Distributed control of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles on a smart grid

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Conference Proceeding

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Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering


This paper explores the effect of a distributed control system for the charging of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles utilizing an agent-based approach in a smart grid. The vehicles are regarded as additional loads in addition to a primary forecasted load and use information transfer with the grid to make their charging decisions. MATLAB was used as the simulation tool to design the control strategy and simulate its effect on a power grid. The findings of this study are that the charging behavior and peak loads on the grid can be reduced by use of this distributed control strategy.

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© 2012 IEEE. Publisher’s version of record: https://doi.org/10.1109/SPEEDAM.2012.6264641

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SPEEDAM 2012 - 21st International Symposium on Power Electronics, Electrical Drives, Automation and Motion