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The Fair Allocation of Power to Air Conditioners on a Smart Grid

Yu-Wen, Chen and Xiuxing, Chen and Maxemchuk, Nicholas F. (2012) The Fair Allocation of Power to Air Conditioners on a Smart Grid. [Journal Articles]

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Our objective is to allocate power to air conditioners fairly when demand exceeds supply or when the load in regions of the network exceeds the capacity of the links. This is an alternative to the current practice of brown outs or black outs and the proposed pricing mechanisms. We hypothesis a smart grid in which the power company can communicate with the customers, measure the temperature and power consumption of each residence, and remotely set each thermostat. We develop simple techniques to predict changes in power consumption for modest changes in the setting of a thermostat, algorithms to apply two fairness metrics used in communications networks to power allocation, and an algorithm to assign power to different parts of a network on a capacity constrained local distribution network. We also propose a practical procedure to apply these algorithms.

Item Type: Journal Articles
Uncontrolled Keywords: power distribution control, proportional fairness, max-min fairness, smart grid
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
T Technology > T Technology (General)
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Electronics and Computer Science
Depositing User: Rebeca De Miguel
Date Deposited: 20 May 2012 09:34
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2014 10:50

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