Smart Residential Load Simulator for Energy Management in Smart Grids

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  • Juan M. Gonzalez
  • Edris Pouresmaeil
  • Claudio A. Canizares
  • Kankar Bhattacharya
  • Abolfazl Mosaddegh
  • Bharat Solanki

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This paper describes the development of a freeware Smart Residential Load Simulator to facilitate the study of residential energy management systems in smart grids. The proposed tool is based on Matlab-Simulink-GUIDE toolboxes and provides a complete set of user-friendly graphical interfaces to properly model and study smart thermostats, air conditioners, furnaces, and various other household appliances, whose models are validated with actual measurements. Wind and solar power generation as well as battery sources are also modeled, and the impact of different variables such as ambient temperature and household activity levels, which considerably contribute to energy consumption, are considered. The proposed simulator allows to model the way appliances consume power and helps to understand how these contribute to peak demand, providing individual and total energy consumption and costs. In addition, the value and impact of generated power by residential sources can be determined for a 24 h horizon. This freeware platform is a useful tool for researchers and educators to validate and demonstrate models for energy management and optimization, and can also be used by residential customers to model and understand energy consumption profiles in households. Some simulation results are presented to demonstrate the performance and application of the proposed simulator.

TidsskriftIEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics
Sidetal (fra-til)1443 - 1452
StatusUdgivet - feb. 2019