Integrating Electric Vehicles into Smart Grid Infrastructures - A Simulation-Based Approach that became Reality

AutorMarco Lützenberger, Tobias Küster, Sahin Albayrak
QuelleA. Tolk, S. D. Diallo, I. O. Ryzhov, L. Yilmaz, S. Buckley, J. A. Miller (eds.) Proceedings of the 2014 Winter Simulation Conference (WSC 2014), Savannah, GA, USA. pp. 1061-1072 

The development of software that controls real life processes can be highly difficult and error prone. In the case that the destination test-bed does not fully exist, the situation becomes significantly more challenging. We developed a control software for charging processes of an electric vehicle fleet in a smart grid architecture. To accelerate the development and to ease the integration process, we used an agent-based approach and embedded the optimization software within a simulation environment. Later we enhanced this simulation environment to a consulting tool which can be used to assess the impact of structural extensions. In this paper we present both, the optimization mechanism as well as the simulation environment.