Holonic Multi-Agent Control of Intelligent Power Distribution Systems

IPDS System

This project will demonstrate a Holonic Multiagent System Architecture capable of adaptively controlling future electrical power distribution systems (PDS), which are expected to include a large number of renewable power generators, energy storage devices, and advanced metering and control devices. The project will produce a general, extensible, and secure cyber architecture based on holonic multiagent principles to support adaptive PDS. It will produce new analytical insights to quantify the impact of information delay, quality and flow on the design and analysis of the PDS control architecture. Finally, it will develop a novel methodology for comprehensive automation of PDS for higher efficiency, reliability, security, and resiliency with high penetration of distributed renewable resources.

The complex nature of future power distribution systems will require them to adapt reactively and proactively to normal and anomalous modes of operation within a very short time period. The architecture produced by this project will be capable of optimizing performance and maintaining the system within operating limits during normal and minor events, such as cloud cover that reduces the output from solar panels. The architecture will also allow the operation of a distribution system as an island in emergencies, such as hurricanes/earthquakes, grid failures, or terrorist acts. The project will inspire future engineers by producing a simulation to allow students to interject faults, failures, or weather events to see how an intelligent power distribution system will respond.

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This project was funded by NSF from September 2011 to August 2015.