Versatile modeling platform for cooperative energy management systems
in smart cities

A team of researchers from Waseda University, Osaka University, Japanese power companies, the Technical University of Munich, and the University of Tennessee constructed a versatile modeling platform accommodating cooperative energy management systems, which produces realistic models of a smart city with a distribution network by using data obtained from the real world.

“This newly innovated platform involves models of various EMSs in cooperation, governing the operation of a power system or controlling consumer-installed devices, and simulating the power flow, electrical losses, and voltage in the distribution network,” explains Yasuhiro Hayashi, an engineering professor at Waseda University and a member of this study. “Indices measuring the sustainability of the model city, such as CO2 emission, are also estimated from scenarios such as photovoltaic system installation and electrical vehicle penetration, and the results can be visually displayed.” The research team hopes that their platform will contribute to new developments in system optimization technologies and promotion of the technology.

The study, published online in the Proceedings of the IEEE on March 27, 2018, was supported by the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) Core Research for Evolutional Science and Technology (CREST) under Grant JPMJCR15K5 and in part by the Engineering Research Centers (ERC) program of the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) under Award EEC-1041877.