Embedded Agents for District Heating Management

Document type: Conference Papers
Peer reviewed: Yes
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Author(s): Paul Davidsson, Fredrik Wernstedt
Title: Embedded Agents for District Heating Management
Conference name: Third International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems
Year: 2004
Publisher: ACM
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Engineering - Dept. of Systems and Software Engineering (Sektionen för teknik – avd. för programvarusystem)
School of Engineering S- 372 25 Ronneby
+46 455 38 50 00
Language: English
Abstract: We investigate the applicability of multi-agent systems as a control approach for district heating systems. The consumers, i.e., the heat exchange systems, in current district heating systems are purely reactive devices without communication capabilities. In this work, the possibilities of a new type of heat exchanger system that has an open software environment and communication capabilities are explored. Operators of district heating systems have several, often conflicting, goals, e.g., to satisfy the demand of the customers and to minimize production costs. Our approach is to embed a cooperative agent in each consumer. Results from a simulation study indicate that the approach makes it possible to reduce production while maintaining the quality of service. In another experiment in a controlled physical environment, two agent-based approaches are evaluated and compared to existing technologies. The experiment shows that it is possible to automatically load balance a small district heating network using agent technology.
Subject: Computer Science\Artificial Intelligence
Computer Science\Distributed Computing