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November 24, 2016
Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
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A new method to adjust electricity consumption via communication networks of smart meters

Under the JST CREST Program, Project, Associate Professor Kazunori Sakurama and Assistant Professor Masashi Miura of Tottori University have jointly developed a new method to adjust electricity consumption in a distributed way via communication networks of smart meters on smart grids, which consist of multiple generators and batteries including renewable energies.

Demand response is a service to enhance power saving awareness of customers by electricity price control, and is expected to adjust daily power supply/consumption balance. This service however causes system operators to collect information from all customers and process large data sets.

In this research, Sakurama and Miura have developed a new algorithm to determine prices and incentives in a distributed way by exchanging information on consumption and supply through communication networks of smart meters. This algorithm does not require collecting and storing large data sets at one place, which enables us to manage power systems without expensive information infrastructures as servers.

The outcome of this research will become publically available through the online version of the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics published by the Institute of Electric and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) on November 21st, 2016 (US Eastern Time).

Researcher Information

Research Area “Creation of Fundamental Theory and Technology to Establish a Cooperative Distributed Energy Management System and Integration of Technologies Across Broad Disciplines Toward Social Application”
Research Theme “System Theory for Harmonized Power System Control Based on PV Power Prediction”

Journal Information

“Communication-based Decentralized Demand Response for Smart Microgrids”. IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, doi: 10.1109/TIE.2016.2631133


[About Research]
Kazunori Sakurama, Dr.
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

[About Program]
Koji Matsuo,
ICT Group, Department of Innovation Research, JST


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