Application of Model Predictive Control for Active Load Management in a Distributed Power System with High Wind Penetration

Yi Zong, Daniel Kullmann, Anders Thavlov, Oliver Gehrke, Henrik W. Bindner

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Abstract

This paper introduces an experimental platform (SYSLAB) for the research on advanced control and power system communication in distributed power systems and one of its components-an intelligent office building (PowerFlexHouse), which is used to investigate the technical potential for active load management. It also presents in detail how to implement a thermal model predictive controller (MPC) for the heaters' power consumption prediction in the PowerFlexHouse. It demonstrates that this MPC strategy can realize load shifting, and using good predictions in MPC-based control, a better matching of demand and supply can be achieved. With this demand side control study, it is expected that MPC strategy for active load management can dramatically raise energy efficiency and improve grid reliability, when there is a high penetration of intermittent energy resources in the power system.
Original languageEnglish
JournalI E E E Transactions on Smart Grid
Volume3
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)1055-1062
ISSN1949-3053
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Keywords

  • Active load management
  • Distributed power system
  • Flexible consumption
  • Model predictive control
  • Wind power penetration

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