Overgrid: A Fully Distributed Demand Response Architecture Based on Overlay Networks

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In this paper, we present Overgrid, a fully distributed peer-to-peer (P2P) architecture designed to automatically control and implement distributed demand response (DR) schemes in a community of smart buildings with energy generation and storage capabilities. As overlay networks in communications establish logical links between peers regardless of the physical topology of the network, the Overgrid is able to apply some power balance criteria to its system of buildings, as they belong to a virtual microgrid, regardless of their physical location. We exploit an innovative distributed algorithm, called flow updating, for monitoring the power consumption of the buildings and the number of nodes in the network, proving its applicability in an Overgrid scenario with realistic power profiles and networks of up to 10,000 buildings. To quantify the energy balance capability of Overgrid, we first study the energy characteristics of several types of buildings in our university campus and in an industrial site to accurately provide some reference buildings models. Then, we classify the amount of ``flexible'' energy consumption, i.e., the quota that could be potentially exploited for DR programs. Finally, we validate Overgrid emulating a real P2P network of smart buildings behaving according to our reference models. The experimental results prove the feasibility of our approach.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)471-481
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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