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A Practical Implementation of a Distributed Control Approach for Microgrids

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Padraig LyonsORCiD, Professor Phil Taylor, Professor Graham Coates



Public low voltage feeders containing a mixture of several micro-sources, distributed energy storage units (ESUs) and controllable loads, which appear to the upstream distribution network as controllable entities, are known as MicroGrids. Through intelligent co-ordination of micro-generators and ESUs, coupled with demand side management techniques, MicroGrids have the potential to offer significant improvements in the commercial value and environrnental impact of installed micro-generators. Furthermore, using appropriate active control techniques, MicroGrids could potentially overcome the low voltage distribution network constraints associated with high levels of micro-generation. The reseazch described in this paper builds upon previous research carried out at Durham University, which proposed a preliminary distributed control approach for MicroGrids. The fast steps in this approach have now been implemented using agent technology on the laboratory based Experimental MicroGrid at Durham University. Results from this practical implementation of fast-stage agent-based control are presented and discussed. Finally, the agent-based controllers are evaluated based on their suitability to satisfy the specific control requirements of MicroGrids.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Lyons P, Trichakis P, Taylor P, Coates G

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Intelligent Automation & Soft Computing

Year: 2010

Volume: 16

Issue: 2

Pages: 319-334

Print publication date: 01/01/2010

Online publication date: 01/03/2013

Date deposited: 08/10/2014

ISSN (print): 1079-8587

ISSN (electronic): 2326-005X

Publisher: Taylor & Francis


DOI: 10.1080/10798587.2010.10643084


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