Peak-load shaving in smart homes via online scheduling

Giuseppe Tommaso Costanzo, J. Kheir, Guchuan Zhu

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This paper addresses the problem of load-shaving in Smart Homes in view of improving energy efficiency in Smart Grids. An architecture of home power management systems, allowing the separation of domestic power load control from grid dynamics, is introduced. In this framework, the operation of appliances is modeled as a finite state machine which enables the implementation of online scheduling borrowed from the techniques developed in real-time computing systems. A scheduling algorithm is developed for peak-load shaving and the simulation results confirm the effectiveness and the efficiency of the proposed approach.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIndustrial Electronics
Publication date2011
ISBN (Print)9781424493104
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event20th International Symposium on Industrial Electronics (ISIE 2011) - Gdansk University of Technology, Gdansk, Poland
Duration: 27 Jun 201130 Jun 2011


Conference20th International Symposium on Industrial Electronics (ISIE 2011)
LocationGdansk University of Technology


  • Building management systems
  • Energy conservation
  • Finite state machines
  • Scheduling
  • Smart power grids

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