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Multi-agent systems for power engineering applications - part 2 : Technologies, standards and tools for building multi-agent systems

McArthur, S.D.J. and Davidson, E.M. and Catterson, V.M. and Dimeas, A.L. and Hatziargyriou, N.D. and Ponci, F. and Funabashi, T. (2007) Multi-agent systems for power engineering applications - part 2 : Technologies, standards and tools for building multi-agent systems. IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, 22 (4). pp. 1753-1759. ISSN 0885-8950

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Abstract

This is the second part of a 2-part paper that has arisen from the work of the IEEE Power Engineering Society's Multi-Agent Systems (MAS) Working Group. Part 1 of the paper examined the potential value of MAS technology to the power industry, described fundamental concepts and approaches within the field of multi-agent systems that are appropriate to power engineering applications, and presented a comprehensive review of the power engineering applications for which MAS are being investigated. It also defined the technical issues which must be addressed in order to accelerate and facilitate the uptake of the technology within the power and energy sector. Part 2 of the paper explores the decisions inherent in engineering multi-agent systems for applications in the power and energy sector and offers guidance and recommendations on how MAS can be designed and implemented. Given the significant and growing interest in this field, it is imperative that the power engineering community considers the standards, tools, supporting technologies and design methodologies available to those wishing to implement a MAS solution for a power engineering problem. The paper describes the various options available and makes recommendations on best practice. It also describes the problem of interoperability between different multi-agent systems and proposes how this may be tackled.