Renewable and distributed energy resources are expected to contribute to our climate change targets while providing a secure, economic and reliable supply of electricity. Technically, the electricity transmission and distribution networks need to accommodate generation and load pattern changes, while maintaining effective control of voltages, frequency, and power flows. Existing control solutions are not able to accommodate the changing generation, load and market environment, and therefore there is considerable interest in intelligent and decentralised control of electric power systems. At the same time, transmission and distribution companies wish to add greater levels of intelligent monitoring and “self-healing” capabilities to evolve towards a Smart Grid.
This seminar will describe these challenges, and indicate how intelligent systems and multi-agent systems will be a platform upon which the control and management of future electric power systems will be achieved. Industrial examples of the use and deployment of intelligence and agents for asset management, condition monitoring and network control applications will be discussed, while highlighting the underlying research challenges.
Professor Stephen McArthur
Stephen McArthur is a Professor in the Institute for Energy and Environment within the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde. His main areas of interest are intelligent system applications in power engineering covering active network management, condition monitoring and diagnostics. His research is focused on the use and application of knowledge based systems, model based reasoning, neural networks, machine learning and multi-agent systems to provide enhanced solutions to power industry problems. He leads a team of 15 researchers, funded via EPSRC and industry, and has attracted over £8M in funding. He is the Director of the British Energy Advanced Diagnostics Centre at Strathclyde, and co-director of the Strathclyde Centre for Applied Intelligent Systems. Within the international research community, he is Chairman of the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) Subcommittee on Intelligent Systems and Chairman of the IEEE PES Working Group on Multi-Agent Systems.