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AuRA-NMS: Towards the delivery of smarter distribution networks through the application of multi-agent systems technology

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4 Author(s)
Euan M. Davidson ; Institute for Energy and Environment, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, G1 1XW, UK ; Stephen D. J. McArthur ; Cherry Yuen ; Mats Larsson

This paper discusses AuRA-NMS, an autonomous regional active network management system currently being developed in the UK through a partnership between several UK universities, two distribution network operators (DNO) and ABB. The scope of control to be undertaken by AuRA-NMS includes: automatic restoration, voltage control, power flow management and implementation of network performance optimisation strategies. The paper briefly describes AuRA-NMS and its position in the context of future "intelligent"/"smart" networks. The paper focuses on two key elements of the delivery of a demonstrable version of AuRA-NMS: its agent-based software architecture and the hardware platform on which it will initially be deployed. The paper concludes with a short discussion of the role of MAS technology in future energy networks with reference to its use in AuRA-NMS.

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Power and Energy Society General Meeting - Conversion and Delivery of Electrical Energy in the 21st Century, 2008 IEEE

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20-24 July 2008