Smart Software as Customer Assistant in Large-Scale Distributed Load
A rather non-technochal overview paper.
Advanced information systems present a key enabling technology for innovative
customer-oriented services by the utility industry. Real-time and two-way
electronic information exchange with the customer over the power grid and
other media is now possible. This provides the baseline for a host of new
customer services, provided proper advantage is taken of a variety of recent
advances in information technology.
In this context, we discuss a) how to engineer knowledge into systems
and services, giving rise to smart software and intelligent systems, and
b) how to exploit this practically for novel ways to achieve distributed
load management, dealing with thousands of devices simultaneously. A special
characteristic of our concept is that the two-way information exchange
for load-balancing purposes is based on market mechanisms similar to an
auction. This auction is carried out by small smart software programs
in devices (such as radiators) that represent and assist the customer.
Field experiments with this intelligent and distributed new approach to
power load management are currently performed.
The entire paper in PDF format.
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