Saving Energy and Providing Value Added Services in Intelligent Buildings: A multi-agent system approach

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Author(s): Paul Davidsson, Magnus Boman
Title: Saving Energy and Providing Value Added Services in Intelligent Buildings: A multi-agent system approach
Translated title: Energibesparing och tillhandahållande av värdehöjande tjänster i intelligenta hus: En multiagentsystem ansats
Series: Research Report
Year: 2000
Issue: 8
ISSN: 1103-1581
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: Department of Software Engineering and Computer Science (Institutionen för programvaruteknik och datavetenskap)
Dept. of Software Engineering and Computer Science S-372 25 Ronneby
+46 455 780 00
http://www.bth.se/eng/ipd/
Authors e-mail: paul.davidsson@ipd.hk-r.se
Language: English
Abstract: In a deregulated market the distribution utilities will compete with added value for the customer in addition to the delivery of energy. We describe a system consisting of a collection of software agents that monitor and control an office building. It uses the existing power lines for communication between the agents and the electrical devices of the building, such as sensors and actuators for lights, heating, and ventilation. The objectives are both energy saving and increasing customer satisfaction through value added services. Results of qualitative simulations and quantitative analysis based on thermodynamical modeling of an office building and its staff using four different approaches for controlling the building indicate that significant energy savings, up to 40 per cent, can be achieved by using the agent-based approach. The evaluation also show that customer satisfaction can be increased in most situations. In fact, this approach makes it possible to control the trade-off between energy saving and customer satisfaction (and actually increase both in comparison with current approaches).
Summary in Swedish: Ett multiagentsystem för energibesparing och tillhandahållande av värdehöjande tjänster i intelligenta hus presenteras och utvärderas. Agenter, intelligenta hus, elnätskommunikation, energibesparing
Subject: Computer Science\Distributed Computing
Keywords: Agents, Intelligent buildings, Power line communication, Energy saving
URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-00151
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