MAS-Based Modeling of Active Distribution Network: The Simulation of Emerging Behaviors

Merkebu Z. Degefa, Antti Alahäivälä, Olli Kilkki, Muhammad Humayun, Ilkka Seilonen, Valeriy Vyatkin, Matti Lehtonen

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Agent-based modeling of active distribution network helps to understand the dynamics and to design the control strategies for overall system efficiency. There is, however, a lack of generic and multipurpose agent definitions in existing studies. In this paper, a multi-agent system-based modeling of an active distribution network is presented using cooperative agents. A method to solve a network-wise objective of state estimation is explained with the proposed model. The network component agents are defined to be cooperative to meet the overall objectives and greedy to fulfil individual objectives such as energy cost minimization. A token-ring protocol is deployed for the agent communication among themselves, as well as with market and network operator agents. Furthermore, a MATLAB/Simulink model of active distribution network is used to simulate the emerging stochastic loading scenario, while the autonomous prosumer agents optimize their total energy cost responding to market price variations.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7394195
Pages (from-to)2615-2623
Number of pages9
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Demand response
  • distributed power generation
  • IEC 61968
  • multi-agent systems
  • power distribution
  • state estimation


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