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Control of Shared Energy Storage Assets Within Building Clusters Using Reinforcement Learning

[+] Author Affiliations
Philip Odonkor, Kemper Lewis

University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

Paper No. DETC2018-86094, pp. V02AT03A028; 11 pages
  • ASME 2018 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 2A: 44th Design Automation Conference
  • Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, August 26–29, 2018
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5175-3
  • Copyright © 2018 by ASME


This work leverages the current state of the art in reinforcement learning for continuous control, the Deep Deterministic Policy Gradient (DDPG) algorithm, towards the optimal 24-hour dispatch of shared energy assets within building clusters. The modeled DDPG agent interacts with a battery environment, designed to emulate a shared battery system. The aim here is to not only learn an efficient charged/discharged policy, but to also address the continuous domain question of how much energy should be charged or discharged. Experimentally, we examine the impact of the learned dispatch strategy towards minimizing demand peaks within the building cluster. Our results show that across the variety of building cluster combinations studied, the algorithm is able to learn and exploit energy arbitrage, tailoring it into battery dispatch strategies for peak demand shifting.

Copyright © 2018 by ASME



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