Conference Paper

Multi-Agent Systems in a Distributed Smart Grid: Design and Implementation

M. Pipattanasomporn and S. Rahman

IEEE PES 2009 Power Systems Conference and Exposition (PSCE’09), Seattle, Washington.


The objective of this paper is to discuss the design and implementation of a multi-agent system that provides intelligence to a distributed smart grid – a smart grid located at a distribution level. A multi-agent application development will be discussed that involves agent specification, application analysis, application design and application realization. The message exchange in the proposed multi-agent system is designed to be compatible with an IP-based network (IP = Internet Protocol) which is based on the IEEE standard on Foundation for Intelligent Physical Agent (FIPA). The paper demonstrates the use of multi-agent systems to control a distributed smart grid in a simulated environment. The simulation results indicate that the proposed multi-agent system can facilitate the seamless transition from grid connected to an island mode when upstream outages are detected. This denotes the capability of a multi-agent system as a technology for managing the microgrid operation.

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