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Self-organising energy demand allocation through canons of distributive justice in a microgrid

The energy sector is being driven into a new era where considerable portions of electrical demand will be met through distributed energy resources (DERs). Microgrids have been suggested as a tool for integrating and managing DERs. In this context, we formulate the energy demand allocation problem in order to provide service to a given load. We then propose a dynamic method for agreeing and setting the rules to perform the allocation. The methodology is based on self-organisation and the concept of distributive justice which integrates different principles of fairness represented as legitimate claims. Legitimate claims are implemented as voting functions and are used to determine how the DER requests are satisfied. The method is tested by considering different configurations of DERs, mainly of the renewable type, and comparing them with other allocation methods. Results show that this self-organising allocation method provides a better balance amongst all the representations of justice, but also it is more robust for the external authorities that manipulate the allocation process

This research project has been partially funded through BR-UdG Scholarship of the University of Girona granted to Ferran Torrent-Fontbona. Work developed with the support of the research group SITES awarded with distinction by the Generalitat de Catalunya (SGR 2014-2016) and the MESC project funded by the Spanish MINECO (Ref. DPI2013-47450-C2-1-R)

© Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence, 2016, vol. 52, p. 108-118

Elsevier

Manager: Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad (Espanya)
Author: Torrent-Fontbona, Ferran
López Ibáñez, Beatriz
Busquets, Dídac
Pitt, J.
Date: 2016 June 1
Abstract: The energy sector is being driven into a new era where considerable portions of electrical demand will be met through distributed energy resources (DERs). Microgrids have been suggested as a tool for integrating and managing DERs. In this context, we formulate the energy demand allocation problem in order to provide service to a given load. We then propose a dynamic method for agreeing and setting the rules to perform the allocation. The methodology is based on self-organisation and the concept of distributive justice which integrates different principles of fairness represented as legitimate claims. Legitimate claims are implemented as voting functions and are used to determine how the DER requests are satisfied. The method is tested by considering different configurations of DERs, mainly of the renewable type, and comparing them with other allocation methods. Results show that this self-organising allocation method provides a better balance amongst all the representations of justice, but also it is more robust for the external authorities that manipulate the allocation process
This research project has been partially funded through BR-UdG Scholarship of the University of Girona granted to Ferran Torrent-Fontbona. Work developed with the support of the research group SITES awarded with distinction by the Generalitat de Catalunya (SGR 2014-2016) and the MESC project funded by the Spanish MINECO (Ref. DPI2013-47450-C2-1-R)
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Citation: 025030
ISSN: 0952-1976
Document access: http://hdl.handle.net/10256/12886
Language: eng
Publisher: Elsevier
Collection: MINECO/PE 2014-2016/DPI2013-47450-C2-1-R
Versió postprint del document publicat a: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.engappai.2016.02.010
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Is part of: © Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence, 2016, vol. 52, p. 108-118
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Subject: Energia elèctrica -- Distribució
Electric power distribution
Justícia distributiva
Distributive justice
Energia elèctrica -- Producció
Electric power production
Title: Self-organising energy demand allocation through canons of distributive justice in a microgrid
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