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Multi Agent Systems for the Active Management of Electrical Distribution Networks

TRICHAKIS, PAVLOS (2009) Multi Agent Systems for the Active Management of Electrical Distribution Networks. Doctoral thesis, Durham University.

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Abstract

This Thesis presents an investigation on the technical impacts caused by the steady state operation of Small-Scale Embedded Generators (SSEGs) and also introduces the
Small Scale Energy Zone (SSEZ) concept which aims to remove the technical barriers associated with SSEGs through intelligent coordination of large numbers of customerowned SSEGs, energy storage units and controllable loads. This approach represents a move away from the conventional passive, “fit-and-forget” philosophy under which the majority of Low Voltage (LV) distribution networks are currently operated and towards a higher degree of network operational management.

The employment of a distributed management and control approach for an SSEZ, realised through the Multi Agent Systems (MAS) technology, is proposed due to the advantages that can potentially be realised in the areas of: (i) scalability and openness, (ii) reliability and resilience and (iii) communications efficiency. A FIPA-compliant MAS-based control approach is designed, developed and evaluated based on the specific SSEZ control requirements. The MAS is composed of three types of agents:
direct control agents, indirect control agents and utility agents, exchanging information through the employment of a common ontology. In addition, a relational database management system is also designed and developed in order to be coupled with the developed MAS for data management purposes.

Item Type:Thesis (Doctoral)
Award:Doctor of Philosophy
Keywords:Multi Agent Systems; Small Scale Energy Zones; Distributed Generation; SmartGrids; MicroGrids
Faculty and Department:Faculty of Science > Engineering and Computing Science, School of
Thesis Date:2009
Copyright:Copyright of this thesis is held by the author
Deposited On:18 Dec 2009 15:30

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