STSM WG3 (Gillian Basso)

Start Date: 2012-04-23

End Date: 2012-05-25

Host Institution: U of Applied Science Western Switzerland

Host Country: Switzerland

Home Institution: TU Belfort-Montbéliard

Home Country: France


Energy management is, nowadays, a subject of great importance, because of the need of facing petroleum shortage and earth global heating. However such a management has to deal with many problems, like the enforcement of constraints of the different components of the system, or from the difficulty in selecting, among a set of sources able to produce energy, the one that will give energy to a set of loads.
In the end each source has its specific characteristics such as production cost, environmental constraints, capacity, etc. Finally, the stability issues of a power network with many distributed generation units of significant rating is still an open problem.
The chosen approach in order to deal with this class of problem is based upon Multi-Agent Systems (MAS). Each device, loads or source, for example, is represented by an autonomous agent able to perceive its environment, the state of other agents and interact with them in order to jointly fulfill tasks. This approach allows taking into account the heterogeneity of the system and of the different constraints and characteristics of the different entities.