Towards a Scalable and Flexible Simulation and Testing Environment Toolbox for Intelligent Microgrid Control

H. Bode, S.H. Heid, D. Weber, E. Hüllermeier, O. Wallscheid, ArXiv:2005.04869 (2020).

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Micro- and smart grids (MSG) play an important role both for integrating renewable energy sources in conventional electricity grids and for providing power supply in remote areas. Modern MSGs are largely driven by power electronic converters due to their high efficiency and flexibility. Nevertheless, controlling MSGs is a challenging task due to highest requirements on energy availability, safety and voltage quality within a wide range of different MSG topologies. This results in a high demand for comprehensive testing of new control concepts during their development phase and comparisons with the state of the art in order to ensure their feasibility. This applies in particular to data-driven control approaches from the field of reinforcement learning (RL), whose stability and operating behavior can hardly be evaluated a priori. Therefore, the OpenModelica Microgrid Gym (OMG) package, an open-source software toolbox for the simulation and control optimization of MSGs, is proposed. It is capable of modeling and simulating arbitrary MSG topologies and offers a Python-based interface for plug \& play controller testing. In particular, the standardized OpenAI Gym interface allows for easy RL-based controller integration. Besides the presentation of the OMG toolbox, application examples are highlighted including safe Bayesian optimization for low-level controller tuning.
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Bode H, Heid SH, Weber D, Hüllermeier E, Wallscheid O. Towards a Scalable and Flexible Simulation and Testing Environment  Toolbox for Intelligent Microgrid Control. arXiv:200504869. 2020.
Bode, H., Heid, S. H., Weber, D., Hüllermeier, E., & Wallscheid, O. (2020). Towards a Scalable and Flexible Simulation and Testing Environment  Toolbox for Intelligent Microgrid Control. ArXiv:2005.04869.
@article{Bode_Heid_Weber_Hüllermeier_Wallscheid_2020, title={Towards a Scalable and Flexible Simulation and Testing Environment  Toolbox for Intelligent Microgrid Control}, journal={arXiv:2005.04869}, author={Bode, Henrik and Heid, Stefan Helmut and Weber, Daniel and Hüllermeier, Eyke and Wallscheid, Oliver}, year={2020} }
Bode, Henrik, Stefan Helmut Heid, Daniel Weber, Eyke Hüllermeier, and Oliver Wallscheid. “Towards a Scalable and Flexible Simulation and Testing Environment  Toolbox for Intelligent Microgrid Control.” ArXiv:2005.04869, 2020.
H. Bode, S. H. Heid, D. Weber, E. Hüllermeier, and O. Wallscheid, “Towards a Scalable and Flexible Simulation and Testing Environment  Toolbox for Intelligent Microgrid Control,” arXiv:2005.04869. 2020.
Bode, Henrik, et al. “Towards a Scalable and Flexible Simulation and Testing Environment  Toolbox for Intelligent Microgrid Control.” ArXiv:2005.04869, 2020.

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