A low-complexity decision model for home energy management systems

Marcelo Salgado, Matias Negrete-Pincetic, Álvaro Lorca, Daniel Olivares

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A low-complexity decision model for a Home Energy Management System is proposed to follow demand trajectory sets received from a Demand Side Response aggregator. This model is designed to reduce its computational complexity and being solved by low performance processors using available Single-Board Computers as a proof of concept. To decrease the computational complexity is proposed a two-stage model, where the first stage evaluates the hourly appliance scheduling using a relaxed set of restrictions, and the second stage evaluates a reduced set of appliances in a intra-hourly interval with a detailed characterization of the scheduled appliance properties. Simulations results show the effectiveness of the proposed algorithm to follow trajectories for different sets of home appliances and operational conditions. For the studied cases, the model presents deviations in the demand for the 3.2% of the cases in the first-stage and a 12% for the second-stage model. Results show that the proposed model can schedule available appliances according to the demand aggregator requirements in a limited solving time with diverse hardware.

Original languageEnglish
Article number116985
JournalApplied Energy
StatePublished - 15 Jul 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Demand aggregator
  • Demand response
  • Home energy management system
  • Load following


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