Abstract— Analogous to the smart grid in electrical context, we have developed a smart thermal grid providing features to supply grid network partners either with heat or to consume superfluous thermal energy. A local communication and supply network connects several customers with each other. Depending on offer or demand, the transport medium can be transmitted bidirectional between interconnected network node stations. The network for information exchange and trading operates parallel to the thermal supply network.
Our developed network nodes consist of a hydraulic module for transportation, measurement and control technology as well as a microcomputer for advanced tasks and communication. Furthermore, the microcomputer provides a swarm intelligence controller. Our controller is responsible for data communication, processing network events and realizing a strategy for optimized network operation. Network nodes are able to optimize the network in a decentralized manner. Network nodes are devices that manage all transport-, measuring and control tasks. This paper gives a brief insight into our development efforts to the hardware and software platform of our microcomputer as well as the routing strategy based on ant colony optimization.
Keywords— Smart Thermal Grid, Smart Grid, Swarm Intelligence Controller, Ant Colony Optimization
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