Issue No.05 - September/October (2008 vol.23)
Geoff James , CSIRO ICT Centre
Wei Peng , Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
Ke Deng , University of Queensland
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MIS.2008.87
Intelligent agent technology can be used to aggregate wind-energy generation installed at a large number of households and battery storage installed in similarly large numbers but not necessarily at the same households, creating a "virtual generator" that can be dispatched on the electricity grid in a similar manner to centralized generation. The purpose of aggregation is to sell renewable generation to the electricity network and market at a price commensurate with its true value. If this can provide a better return on investment in renewable energy, it will encourage more householders to buy their own generators and contribute to reducing greenhouse-gas emissions.
multi-agent system, renewable energy, coordination, distributed control, virtual generator, scalability
Geoff James, Wei Peng, Ke Deng, "Managing Household Wind-Energy Generation", IEEE Intelligent Systems, vol.23, no. 5, pp. 9-12, September/October 2008, doi:10.1109/MIS.2008.87