A digital approach to energy networks: Allocation and distribution of energy requests

Camila Fukuda, Henrique Pita, Haim Grebel, Roberto Rojas-Cessa, Ahmed Mohamed

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Abstract

In the current grid, power is available at all times, to all users, indiscriminately. This makes the grid vulnerable to sporadic demands and much effort has been invested to mitigate their effect. We offer here a digital approach to power distribution: an energy-on-demand approach in which the user initiates an energy request to the server of the energy provider before receiving the energy. Considering a micro-grid with a mix of generators (sustainable and other sources), the server optimizes the entire power network before granting the energy requests, fully or partially. The energy is packetized and is routed to the user's address by an array of switches. For example, in an office building, the energy provider may queue energy requests by some air-condition units and grant these requests later. During recovery from a blackout, pockets of instability may be isolated by their unusual energy demands. In its simplest form, this network can be realized by overlaying an auxiliary (control, or, data) network on top of an energy delivery network and coupling the two through an array of addressable digital power switches. In assessing this approach, we are concentrating in this paper on the management of energy requests by using statistical models. An energy network with a limited channel capacity and the optimal path for energy flow in a standard IEEE 39 bus are considered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2018 3rd International Conference on Fog and Mobile Edge Computing, FMEC 2018
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages205-210
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781538658963
DOIs
StatePublished - May 23 2018
Event3rd International Conference on Fog and Mobile Edge Computing, FMEC 2018 - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: Apr 23 2018Apr 26 2018

Publication series

Name2018 3rd International Conference on Fog and Mobile Edge Computing, FMEC 2018

Other

Other3rd International Conference on Fog and Mobile Edge Computing, FMEC 2018
Country/TerritorySpain
CityBarcelona
Period4/23/184/26/18

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Hardware and Architecture

Keywords

  • Energy Networks
  • Energy management and Distribution
  • The Digital Grid

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