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Durham University

Durham Energy Institute

Past Events

Find out about some of the previous events held by Durham Energy Institute:

DEI Invited Seminar: Intelligent Control of Distributed Energy Resources in Microgrids

15th May 2013, 11:00 to 12:00, Room 013, Board Room, Arthur Holmes Building, Professor Nikos Hatziargyriou

Professor Nikos Hatziargyriou, COFUND Policy Fellow at the IAS, is Professor of Power Systems at the National Technical University of Athens. He was Coordinator of several EU projects, including the EU FP7 MERGE grant and was a member of the EU Advisory Council for the Technical Platform on Future Power Systems (SmartGrids).

The main characteristics of Microgrids as building blocks of the future power systems will be introduced and their benefits and technical and commercial challenges will be presented. Decentralized control of Distributed Generators and Flexible Loads in Microgrids will be discussed next and the key features of intelligent Multi Agent Systems (MAS) will be briefly described. Results from a pilot application of MAS on an isolated settlement of 11 houses powered solely by solar power on the Greek island of Kythnos will be presented. In this application intelligent load controllers with Embedded processors have been used to host intelligent agents, in order to achieve a more efficient use of energy.


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