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Computerized Agents For Smart Electricity


University of Southampton computer scientists have developed a system of computerized agents that can manage energy use and storage in the home. The system is designed to optimize individual electricity usage and storage to improve efficiency of the electricity grid. The system will make it possible to install smart software into electricity meters, which will allow the agents to optimize the usage and storage profile of the home.

"This approach focuses on the system dynamics where all agents in the system are given the freedom to buy electricity whenever they see fit and, building on this, they can then learn the best storage profile in a market place where prices keep changing," says Southampton's Alex Rodgers.

The agent-based management technique is described in a paper, "Agent-Based Micro-Storage Management for the Smart Grid."

From University of Southampton
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