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SCIENCE CHINA Information Sciences, Volume 61, Issue 1: 012204(2018) https://doi.org/10.1007/s11432-016-9114-y

Economic power dispatch in smart grids: a framework for distributed optimization and consensus dynamics

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  • ReceivedDec 31, 2016
  • AcceptedApr 20, 2017
  • PublishedAug 29, 2017

Abstract

By using the distributed consensus theory in multi-agentsystems, the strategy of economic power dispatch is studied in a smartgrid, where many generation units work cooperatively to achieve an optimal solution in a local area. The relationship between thedistributed optimization solution and consensus in multi-agentsystems is first revealed in this paper, which can serve as a general framework forfuture studies of this topic. First, without the constraints ofcapacity limitations, it is found that the total cost forall the generators in a smart grid can achieve the minimal value if theconsensus can be reached for the incremental cost of all the generation unitsand the balance between the supply and demand of powers iskept. Then, by designing a distributed consensus control protocol inmulti-agent systems with appropriateinitial conditions, incremental cost consensus can be realized and the balance for the powers can also besatisfied. Furthermore, the difficult problem for distributedoptimization of the total cost function with bounded capacitylimitations is also discussed. A reformulated barrier function isproposed to simplify the analysis, under which the total cost canreach the minimal value if consensus can be achieved for themodified incremental cost with some appropriate initial values.Thus, the distributed optimization problems for the costfunction of all generation units with and without bounded capacitylimitations can both be solved by using the idea of consensus inmulti-agent systems, whose theoretical analysis is still lackingnowadays. Finally, some simulation examples are given toverify the effectiveness of the results in this paper.


Acknowledgment

This work was supported by National Key Research and Development Program of China (Grant No. 2016YFB0800401), National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 61673107, 61673104, 61621003, 61532020), National Ten Thousand Talent Program for Young Top-notch Talents, Cheung Kong Scholars Programme of China for Young Scholars, Six Talent Peaks of Jiangsu Province of China (Grant No. 2014-DZXX-004), and Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities of China (Grant No. 2242016K41058).


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