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Practical applications of multi-agent systems in electric power systems

Catterson, Victoria and Davidson, Euan and Mcarthur, Stephen (2012) Practical applications of multi-agent systems in electric power systems. European Transactions on Electrical Power, 22 (2). pp. 235-252. ISSN 1430-144X

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The transformation of energy networks from passive to active systems requires the embedding of intelligence within the network. One suitable approach to integrating distributed intelligent systems is multi-agent systems technology, where components of functionality run as autonomous agents capable of interaction through messaging. This provides loose coupling between components that can benefit the complex systems envisioned for the smart grid. This paper reviews the key milestones of demonstrated agent systems in the power industry and considers which aspects of agent design must still be addressed for widespread application of agent technology to occur.