A Negotiation Cloud-based Solution to Support Interoperability among Interconnected Autonomous Microgrids

Adina Cretan, Carlos Coutinho, Ben Bratu, Ricardo Jardim-Gonçalves

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The cooperation of multiple networked microgrids can be one of the best solutions for solving inconsistency between energy production and consumption, which is essential for a more sustainable operation for the manufacturing business. In this paper, we are interested in the collaborative interactions among autonomous microgrids grouped into an alliance to optimise their energy exchange and scheduling as well as ensuring seamless collaboration and interoperability among their distributed systems. Each autonomous microgrid schedules its local power supply and demand, but it may decide to collaborate with other microgrids within the alliance, with minimum information exchange, to better fulfil customer power demands. In this context, this paper proposes a cloud-based collaborative framework where distributed autonomous microgrids can find an optimal solution by negotiating the exchange of energy in order to reduce the need for peak capacity avoiding the risk of blackouts and brownouts. To illustrate this approach, it is described a negotiation scenario in which several microgrids are able to evaluate and generate offers via multi-agent communication protocol.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication9th International Conference on Intelligent Systems 2018: Theory, Research and Innovation in Applications, IS 2018 - Proceedings
EditorsJoão Martins, Vladimir Jotsov, Robert Bierwolf, João Pedro Mendonça, Ricardo Jardim-Gonçalves, Maria Marques
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781538670972
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jul 2018
Event9th International Conference on Intelligent Systems, IS 2018 - Funchal - Madeira, Portugal
Duration: 25 Sept 201827 Sept 2018


Conference9th International Conference on Intelligent Systems, IS 2018
CityFunchal - Madeira


  • Cloud
  • Intelligent agents
  • Interaction protocol
  • Negotiation
  • Smart microgrid


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