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This paper presents an approach for intelligent distributed control of power plants using the concept of multi-agent systems (MAS). Solving the problem of optimally controlling a power plant based on multiple objectives, such as minimizing pollution, maximizing equipment life, etc., and coordinating each of the involved tasks that must be performed in distributed environments is a challenge, which involves many individual computationally intensive tasks. These tasks include calculating feasible control valve operating ranges based on unit load demand, multi-objective optimization, training neural networks, monitoring and managing real-time input/output data, and task delegation, among others. Since each of these tasks requires such computational overhead and these systems need to be coordinated among distributed environments, it is necessary to divide them up into multiple agents. The presented method of design of the multi-agent system is a continuation of research to develop a multi-agent system to implement a technique for computing optimal multi-objective power plant controls.
Power and Energy Society General Meeting, 2011 IEEE
Date of Conference: 24-29 July 2011