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JOCET 2015 Vol.3(4): 302-311 ISSN: 1793-821X
DOI: 10.7763/JOCET.2015.V3.213

A Markov Decision Model for Cooperative Virtual Power Plants Market Participation

Crédo Paniah, Cédric Herpson, and Javier Gil-Quijano
Abstract—The advent of renewable energy induces new problematic electrical network configurations. Indeed, the renewable energy characteristics (intermittency, production uncertainty) combined with their inherent spatial distribution implies to aggregate them and to design specific control tools to connect them to the grid and allow them to participate to the market. Based on an industrial case study, we propose in this work to gather and coordinate numerous independent producers through a Cooperative Virtual Power Plant (CVPP). To perform an efficient market participation of such coalition of producers, we model its behavior as a Markov Decision Process. Our model takes into account renewable generation prior uncertainty, market constraints and optimizes sequentially the utilization of available resources. Experiments realized using realistic datasets show the efficacy of the proposed model and speak in favor of renewable and controllable producers’ coalition in CVPP.

Index Terms—Cooperative virtual power plant, partially observable markov decision processes, renewable market participation, storage management.

The authors are with the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission, Saclay, 91191 France (e-mail: credo.paniah@cea.fr).

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Cite:Crédo Paniah, Cédric Herpson, and Javier Gil-Quijano, "A Markov Decision Model for Cooperative Virtual Power Plants Market Participation," Journal of Clean Energy Technologies vol. 3, no. 4, pp. 302-311, 2015.

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