A Collaborative Approach to Demand Side Energy Management

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Integrating the idea of collaborations into the energy domain appears a promising feat, although, relatively contemporary and uncommon. In this study, we implement a Demand Side Management strategy using the concept of Collaborative Virtual Power Plant Ecosystem as a digital representation of an Energy Community. The community uses a sharing platform to share experience, technical and professional knowledge, facilitating members ambition to change their energy use behaviours. Members of the community are represented as software agents. Behaviours in the adopted model are arranged in a framework of tasks and goals for agents to accomplish. Agents join the ecosystem under deterministic and stochastic conditions. A multi-method modelling approach is used. This study revealed that through collaboration, agents are able to accomplish set tasks faster, thus reducing their chances of frustration and subsequent exit from the ecosystem. This approach helps to influence member´s behaviour and increases membership fluidity, facilitating community stability and sustainability.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBoosting Collaborative Networks 4.0 - 21st IFIP WG 5.5 Working Conference on Virtual Enterprises, PRO-VE 2020, Proceedings
EditorsLuis M. Camarinha-Matos, Hamideh Afsarmanesh, Angel Ortiz
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-62412-5
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-62411-8
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event21st IFIP WG 5.5 Working Conference on Virtual Enterprises, PRO-VE 2020 - Valencia, Spain
Duration: 23 Nov 202025 Nov 2020

Publication series

NameIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
ISSN (Print)1868-4238
ISSN (Electronic)1868-422X


Conference21st IFIP WG 5.5 Working Conference on Virtual Enterprises, PRO-VE 2020


  • Collaborative Networks
  • Demand Side Management
  • Goal setting
  • Incentivization
  • Virtual power pants


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