Intelligent energy management in a prosumer community considering the load factor enhancement

Fernando V. Cerna, Mahdi Pourakbari‐kasmaei, Luizalba S.S. Pinheiro, Ehsan Naderi, Matti Lehtonen, Javier Contreras

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In prosumers’ communities, the use of storage batteries (SBs) as support for photovoltaic (PV) sources combined with coordination in household appliances usage guarantees several gains. Although these technologies increase the reliability of the electricity supply, the large‐scale use of home appliances in periods of lower solar radiation and low electricity tariff can impair the performance of the electrical system. The appearance of new consumption peaks can lead to disturbances. Moreover, the repetition of these events in the short term can cause rapid fatigue of the assets. To address these concerns, this research proposes a mixed‐integer linear programming (MILP) model aiming at the optimal operation of the SBs and the appliance usage of each prosumer, as well as a PV plant within a community to achieve the maximum load factor (LF) increase. Constraints related to the household appliances, including the electric vehicle (EV), shared PV plant, and the SBs, are considered. Uncertainties in consumption habits are simulated using a Monte Carlo algorithm. The proposed model was solved using the CPLEX solver. The effectiveness of our proposed model is evaluated with/without the LF improvement. Results corroborate the efficient performance of the proposed tool. Financial benefits are obtained for both prosumers and the energy company.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3624
Number of pages24
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jun 2021
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Community of prosumers
  • Load factor
  • New consumption peak
  • Shared PV plant
  • Storage batteries


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