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Title: A GridLAB-D Communication Interface for Smart Distribution Grid Simulations

As more Smart Grid technologies (e.g., distributed photovoltaic, spatially distributed electric vehicle charging) are integrated into distribution grids, static distribution simulations are no longer sufficient for performing modeling and analysis. GridLAB-D is an agent-based distribution system simulation environment that allows fine-grained end-user models, including geospatial and network topology detail. A problem exists in that, without outside intervention, once the GridLAB-D simulation begins execution, it will run to completion without allowing the real-time interaction of Smart Grid controls, such as home energy management systems and aggregator control. We address this lack of runtime interaction by designing a flexible communication interface, (pronounced bus-dot-pie), that uses Python to pass messages between one or more GridLAB-D instances and a Smart Grid simulator. This work describes the design and implementation of, discusses its usefulness in terms of some Smart Grid scenarios, and provides an example of an aggregator-based residential demand response system interacting with GridLAB-D through The small scale example demonstrates the validity of the interface and shows that an aggregator using said interface is able to control residential loads in GridLAB-D during runtime to cause a reduction in the peak load on the distribution system in (a) peak reduction and (b)more » time-of-use pricing cases.« less
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Conference: Presented at the 2015 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting, 26-30 July 2015, Denver, Colorado; Related Information: Proceedings of the 2015 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting, 26-30 July 2015, Denver, Colorado
Piscataway, NJ: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
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National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
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USDOE AOP Systems Integration
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United States
24 POWER TRANSMISSION AND DISTRIBUTION; aggregator; communication interface; demand response; energy systems integration; GridLAB-D; simulation test bed