Research Highlight: Digital Ecosystem for Better Management of Microgrids

Digital Ecosystem for Better Management of Microgrids


Project Members:

– Prof. Richard Chbeir,  SPiDER Group, IUT de Bayonne, UPPA, France

- Prof. Haritza Camblong, UPV San Sebastian, Spain

– Khouloud Salameh, Ph.D Student,  SPiDER Group, IUT de Bayonne, UPPA, France

Project Description

Nowadays, we are living in digital networked environments that can be seen as being analogues to the ecological ecosystem where each component has a direct influence on the entire environment. This is the case of Power Systems or Grids where each node can become smart, autonomous, and produce (distributed generation) and/or consume energy. As a result, the behavior of each node could impact the whole network and consequently lead to different economic, social, and political consequences. By understanding this fact, the European Commission initiated a research vision by 2000 in relation to the digital environment, known initially as Digital (Business) Ecosystem.

Through our work, we would like to provide a modelling for grid-oriented digital ecosystems able to detect appropriate agent behaviors under various circumstances (important events, weather, islanding operation, reconnection to the main grid, etc.) and also provide relevant services for:

  • Better distributed generation scheduling and management;
  • Economic optimization (maximization of distributed generation and storage efficiency, minimization of losses in the grid, maximization of the price of sold power/energy to the utility operator, etc.);
  • Minimization of the impact in the environment (specially minimization of green-house effect gases);
  • Predicting energy consumption and/or produced power from renewables sources;
  • Better detecting of some events (grids faults, islanding, etc.)
  • Generating good power quality, with a minimum load shedding.

The architecture to be provided must be fully distributed, secure and with simplified interfaces for easy plugging.