Dr. Arash Nejadpak
Department of Electrical Engineering
Cooperative Energy Management System for Clusters of Micro-Grids
Cooperative Energy Management can control energy demand across an entire metropolitan area by coordinating the behavior of individual generation units. Energy management systems are data aggregation and software products that collect energy consumption data for a facility, building, campus, or manufacturing plant. Many companies are offering energy management software products, and many also offer visual display tools for energy usage. However, there is no single solution for different environments and applications. The energy consumption is highly dependent on environmental factors, human (user) interference, available energy recourses, and energy consumers. At metropolitan sites, factories and residential area’s modes of operation is another major factor, which significantly affects the energy management procedure. Taking the advantage of cooperative control, autonomous energy management programs become more crucial to the demand-side management. Most of the existing autonomous energy management schemes are incorporating the traditional analysis and control techniques that are mainly centralized and are applicable to the scenario with a single utility company or the scenario with one-way energy trading. With the advent of communication and computing technology, enhanced operational effectiveness through cooperative teamwork under a distributed manner in power systems is becoming a reality.
This presentation focuses on demonstration of the feasibility of cooperative energy management by showing smooth demand shaping and additive scaling using cheap, decentralized communication hardware, both in simulation and experiments.