Efficient Power Sharing at the Edge by Building a Tangible Micro-Grid: The Texas Case

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Abstract

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is now touching various aspects of our lives. The electricity grid with the help of ICT is transformed into Smart Grid (SG) which is highly efficient and responsive. It promotes twoway energy and information flow between energy distributors and consumers. Many consumers are becoming prosumers by also producing energy. The trend is to form small communities of consumers and prosumers leading to Micro-grids (MG) to manage energy locally. MGs are parts of SG that decentralize the energy flow by allocating the produced energy within the community. Energy allocation amongst them needs to solve issues viz., (i) how to balance supply/demand within micro-grids; (ii) how allocating energy to a user affects his/her community. To address these issues we propose six Energy Allocation Strategies (EASs) for MGs - ranging from simple to optimal. We maximize the usage of the energy generated by prosumers within MG. We form household-groups sharing similar characteristics to apply EASs by analyzing thoroughly energy and socioeconomic data of households. We propose four metrics to evaluate EASs. We test our EASs on the data from 443 households over a year. By prioritizing specific households, we increase the number of fully served households up to 81 compared to random sharing.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICC 2020 - 2020 IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC)
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherIEEE
Pages1-6
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-7281-5089-5
ISBN (Print)978-1-7281-5090-1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event2020 IEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2020 - Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 7 Jun 202011 Jun 2020

Conference

Conference2020 IEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2020
CountryIreland
CityDublin
Period7/06/2011/06/20

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    Kouvelas, N., Venkatesha Prasad, R., & Nambi, A. U. (2020). Efficient Power Sharing at the Edge by Building a Tangible Micro-Grid: The Texas Case. In ICC 2020 - 2020 IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC) : Proceedings (pp. 1-6). [9148918] IEEE. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICC40277.2020.9148918