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Energies 2012, 5(9), 3347-3362; doi:10.3390/en5093347

An Intelligent Multiagent System for Autonomous Microgrid Operation

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1 Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Incheon, 12-1 Sondo-dong, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon 406-840, Korea 2 Department of Information Media, University of Suwon, 2-2 San, Wau-ri, Bongdam-eup, Hwaseong-si, Gyeonggi-do 445-743, Korea 3 Graduate School of Information Science, Tohoku University, 2-1-1 Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8577, Japan
* Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 16 June 2012 / Revised: 15 August 2012 / Accepted: 30 August 2012 / Published: 5 September 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Electrical Power and Energy Systems)
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A microgrid is an eco-friendly power system because renewable sources such as solar and wind power are used as the main power sources. For this reason, much research, development, and demonstration projects have recently taken place in many countries. Operation is one of the important research topics for microgrids. For efficient and economical microgrid operation, a human operator is required as in other power systems, but it is difficult because there are some restrictions related to operation costs and privacy issues. To overcome the restriction, autonomous operation for microgrids is required. Recently, an intelligent agent system for autonomous microgrid operation has been studied as a potential solution. This paper proposes a multiagent system for autonomous microgrid operation. To build the multiagent system, the functionalities of agents, interactions among agents, and an effective agent protocol have been designed. The proposed system has been implemented by using an ADIPS/DASH framework as an agent platform. The intelligent multiagent system for microgrid operation based on the proposed scheme is tested to show the functionality and feasibility on a distributed environment through the Internet.
Keywords: microgrid; microgrid operation; intelligent multiagent system; autonomous microgrid operation microgrid; microgrid operation; intelligent multiagent system; autonomous microgrid operation
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Kim, H.-M.; Lim, Y.; Kinoshita, T. An Intelligent Multiagent System for Autonomous Microgrid Operation. Energies 2012, 5, 3347-3362.

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