First and foremost, both editors acknowledge Elsevier for being given this great opportunity to publish a book on energy-storage applications for smart grids. Energy storage is one aspect of the smart-grid revolution that it is taking place in all areas of electric-power systems. The application of advanced storage technologies presents many great opportunities. These include:

 Shaving peak demand, which makes more efficient use of the transmission and distribution systems.

 Facilitating maintenance of aging grid infrastructure and potentially deferring the need for future system improvements.

 Competitively hedging or reducing energy, capacity, and ancillary service costs to load customers (or improving revenues to owners of supply ...

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