Date Added: Mar 2012
The future smart grid is expected to be an integration of intelligent microgrids featured by localized electricity generation, storage, and consumption. Wireless communication is a promising means to facilitate pervasive microgrid monitoring and control at a high flexibility and low deployment cost. In order to avoid a single point of failure, Multi-Agent System (MAS) based decentralized microgrid control is widely considered. In this paper, the authors present a consensus theory based multiagent coordination scheme for information discovery in microgrids via wireless networks. The information discovery process is fully distributed such that each agent only needs to communicate with its direct neighbors.