Large Scale Control of Deferrable Domestic Loads in Smart Grids

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In this paper, we investigate a realistic and low- cost deployment of large scale direct control of inelastic home appliances whose energy demand cannot be shaped, but simply deferred. The idea is to exploit 1) some simple actuators to be placed on the electric plugs for connecting or disconnecting appliances with heterogeneous control interfaces, including non- smart appliances, and 2) the Internet connections of customers for transporting the activation requests from the actuators to a centralized controller. Our solution requires no interaction with home users: in particular, it does not require them to express their energy demand in advance. A queuing theory model is derived to quantify how many users should adopt this solution in order to control a significant aggregated power load without significantly impairing their quality of service.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)733-742
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Transactions on Smart Grid
Publication statusPublished - 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Computer Science


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