Symphony – Distributed Smart Grid Platform

Symphony – SG experiment platform

Symphony – SG experiment platform
Symphony is a multi-agent distributed experiment platform that allows running real-world Smart Grid experiments within a distributed environment with the participation of both simulated and real-world actors.

Symphony – a Distributed Smart Grid Experiment Platform

Dynamic Data-Driven Experiments in the Smart Grid Domain with a Multi-agent Platform

  • Thema: virtual infrastructures
  • Onderwerp: IT: Distributed Service Platform

Pervasive information and communication technologies and large-scale complex systems, are strongly influencing today’s networked society. Understanding the behavior and impact of such distributed, often emergent systems on society is of vital importance.

This study proposes a new approach to better understand the complexity of large-scale participatory systems in the context of smart grids. Multi-agent based distributed simulations of realistic multi-actor scenarios incorporating real-time dynamic data and active participation of actors is the means to this purpose. The Symphony experiment platform, developed to study complex emergent behaviors and to facilitate the analysis of the system dynamics and actor interactions, is the enabler.

The Smart Grid, as an automated and distributed energy network, offers viable solutions to the challenges that electricity networks in many countries face, such as integration of renewable energy sources, managing peak demands, and increasing security and environmental concerns.

For example, software agents running on customer premises or embedded in appliances and equipment can be used to plan future energy consumption and to shift loads according to pre-defined constraints.

However, testing such distributed solutions prior to actual deployment in domestic households is a challenge.
Simulations may not capture all the aspects of distributed, large-scale, complex environments, such as one can find in the Smart Grid.

Symphony: a multi-agent distributed experiment platform

Symphony is a multi-agent distributed experiment platform that allows running real-world Smart Grid experiments within a distributed environment with the participation of both simulated and real-world actors.

The platform takes care of interconnection and security issues so that actors in different physical locations can safely join distributed experiments. The flexible infrastructure provided by Symphony connects participants to distributed services.

Experiments with pricing and load balancing

These participants can use the platform, for example, to experiment with pricing and load balancing.

SES

Symphony is being developed in the context of two European Institute for Innovation and Technology projects: SES European Virtual Smart Grid Lab (11814)
and Open SES Experience Labs (11831)

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