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Electrical Power and Energy Systems 64 (2015) 679–688

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A smart building power management concept: Smart socket applications

with DC distribution
Cemal Keles a,⇑, Abdulkerim Karabiber b, Murat Akcin a, Asim Kaygusuz a, Baris Baykant Alagoz a,
Ozan Gul b
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department, Inonu University, Malatya, Turkey
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department, Bingol University, Bingol, Turkey

a r t i c l e i n f o a b s t r a c t

Article history: Recent developments in power electronics increase DC bus utilization in electrical distribution systems
Received 8 December 2013 due to its numerous advantages compared to AC distribution system in term of energy efficiency, safety,
Received in revised form 25 July 2014 electromagnetic compatibility and renewable energy integration. This study presents a power manage-
ment system concept based on domestic DC distribution with smart sockets for future smart houses.
Energy efficient smart buildings are possible by integrating smart meter, smart sockets, domestic renew-
Keywords: able energy generation and energy storage systems for integrated energy management, and this inte-
DC distribution
grated system supports demand side load management, distributed generation and distributed storage
Home electronics appliances
Smart buildings and systems
provisions of future smart grids. Coming era of smart grids has implications for domestic DC distribution
Demand side load management and load concepts with smarts sockets. Paper describes use of smart DC sockets as an integral part of building
shedding power management automation and presents a load shedding algorithm for plug load control for build-
ings. Simulations show performance of the proposed system components.
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Introduction systems [7]. As DC–DC converters are more efficient than AC–DC
converters in HEAs, DC distribution provides more efficient energy
Nowadays, power distribution systems presents two major dis- distribution for HEAs [4,8,9]. The DC integration of renewable
tinctions called alternative current (AC) power distribution net- energy sources for existing conventional AC distribution systems
work or direct current (DC) power distribution network. Until the offers significant benefits, such as higher voltage stability, easy
last decade, use of AC power distribution preferred due to develop- control and management opportunities [10]. Indeed, it is possible
ments in the incandescent lamp and AC transformers last century. to supply all HEAs via DC distribution [11,12]. Moreover, there is
The situation today is different due to developments in solid-state no harmonics and reactive power problems in DC distribution
power electronics. DC electrical power has been used in many [13]. Hence, the quality of energy in DC distribution systems is also
areas [1]: Many renewable energy systems such as photovoltaic more robust than in AC distribution systems.
cells, wind turbines and fuel cells use DC electrical energy [2]. Despite the fact that DC distribution presents many advantages,
Energy storage systems used as a secondary power supply relies it could not find a common use for local power distribution today.
on DC power [3]. Furthermore, home electrical appliances (HEAs) The main reason for this is that conventional power generation,
such as TVs, computers require DC power [4]. The sensitive loads transmission, distribution infrastructure have been build for AC
in naval and space operations [5,6] need an uninterruptible DC power standards and it could met power requirements of future
power supply. Nowadays, use of DC distribution is possible and world. However, coming era of smart grids can give an opportunity
promises many advantages compared to AC power distribution. for implementation of DC power distribution systems. Provided that
There has been an increasing trend for researches on DC power common and strict electrical standards are declared for powering
consumption and distribution for several decades. Advantages of HEAs, implementation of local or domestic DC distribution becomes
DC distribution systems were demonstrated in many aspects [7– more feasible and effective. For instance; 5 V input voltage can be a
13]: AC systems have more adverse effects on the health than DC standard voltage for all mobile phones and other low-power appli-
ances, the voltages of 24 V or 48 V could be used for mid-power
applications such as laptops and computer screens and 120 V volt-
⇑ Corresponding author. Tel.: +90 5375883659; fax: +90 4223410046. age, which is accepted as safety voltage limits for human by the
E-mail address: (C. Keles). International Electrotechnical Commission, can be used for
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high-power HEA applications such as ovens, washing machines and – Due to microcontroller and communication technology, pro-
irons. A standardized multi-voltage DC distribution reduces the posed DC smart socket can perform built-in programs for fault
requirements of an adaptor for electronic devices to convert grid prevention, power consumption monitoring. When the DC and
energy to DC power. Thus, the cost of products will decrease and AC outlets are unloaded or overloaded by a HEAs, the smart
the dependence of consumers on power adapters will be eliminated. socket switches of power. This makes building power distribu-
The DC distribution system with smart sockets is a step towards tion more secure and energy efficient.
to improve consumption standards for household and office appli- – The proposed plug load control technology requires a load shed-
ances. Smart sockets can work as an integral part of home power ding algorithm to manage tradeoffs between consumer comfort
management system enabling demand side load management and economic constraints. We presented an adaptive load shed-
(DSLM) by using opportunities of automation technology. This ding algorithm to limit domestic power demand with respect to
paper presents an improved smart socket model containing multi- dynamic electricity prices. The algorithm promotes energy from
ple DC voltage outlets for DC power consumption and an AC outlet domestic renewable generators and storages to meet the
for compatibility with conventional household equipment. demand of building and performs plug load actuation for the
The functional automation is the most significant asset of smart energy purchased from grid.
houses [14,15]. DeSilva et al. suggested several intelligent applica-
tions of smart homes such as elder care and child care applications, Load shedding operations are mainly used for overcome gener-
energy efficiency applications, security application [14]. The ation and consumption imbalances following the occurrence of a
energy efficiency and domestic power management tools are one contingency in power distribution system. Power system faults,
of underpinning topics discussed for the smart grid applications. instant load changes and insufficient generation can result in
DSLM, distributed renewable energy generator integration and dis- power mismatch between generation and loads. Load shedding is
tributed energy storage application depends on domestic power the process of abandoning certain amount of load with lower pri-
management operations and use of decentralized control and com- ority to maintain the stability of the system [21,22]. A detailed sur-
munication techniques. Kostková et al. provided a comprehensive vey of contemporary load shedding algorithm was presented by
study of the load management methods, techniques and programs Laghari et al. [23]: The load shedding was grouped into three main
and gives a categorization of load management methods [16]. The categories; conventional algorithms [21,22], adaptive algorithms
proposed smart socket supports direct load control methodology [23], and computational intelligence-based algorithms [24]. Con-
that is based on turning on or off the appliances via sending signal. ventional load shedding methods responds for fast decrease in
In a recent work concerning with direct load control, DC smart AC frequency [25] and voltage instabilities [26]. The computational
houses with controllable loads was presented to manage supply– intelligence-based methods employ intelligent computation and
demand balancing of power system in the case of power fluctua- optimization techniques for contingency detection and optimal
tion caused from renewable energy sources and loads [17]. response. Adaptive methods respond to unscheduled events and
Another realization of direct load control is plug load control appli- perform a predefined load control strategy to reach power balance.
cations [18–20]. Plug load control enables remote control of Although load shedding methods were developed for contin-
switching on/off appliance via special sockets, namely smart sock- gency management of power distribution system containing gen-
ets. Today, integration of smart sockets into building power man- erators and load buses, load shedding method is considered for
agement systems for DSLM proposes was practically propose of DSLM operation in smart building in these days [18–
implemented in many academic study and commercial applica- 20,24]. Economical constraints, power reliability, consumer com-
tions, and many products are commercially available as smart fort, productivity losses were accounted in load control strategies
sockets for plug load control with wireless communication proto- [20,27].
cols such as Wi-Fi and ZigBee. This study presents a domestic DC distribution system concept
The proposed smart building power management system offers containing smart meter (SM), renewable energy and storage sys-
the following innovations: tems and smart sockets as illustrated in Fig. 1(a). This concept pro-
vides demand flexibility by implementing electricity price adaptive
– The domestic DC distribution by smart socket technology per- load shedding algorithm via direct load controlling technique and
forms DSLM in smart grids with the advantages of DC distribu- supports integration of domestic renewable energy generators
tion such as ease of control and renewable energy integration, (solar and low power wind turbines) in smart buildings. The DC
better voltage stability, more secure for health, more compati- outlets of the socket are designed to supply DC power for three
ble with power requirements of HEAs. types of power requirements (Low–Mid–High) of HEAs. The smart
– The proposed system can work in conjunction with dynamic socket includes communication with SM by using power line com-
electricity pricing condition and distributed domestic renew- munication technology [28] and thus it performs DSLM operations
able generation and storage systems. This is very important according to availability of inexpensive grid energy or fertile
for future smart grid trends. renewable energy. We illustrated a load shedding algorithm based
– Despite dominating trend of wireless communication for dis- on maximum power control scheme to stabilize energy cost in res-
tributed plug load actuation in academic and commercial appli- idences. This algorithm abandons the HEAs according to user prior-
cation, we suggested power line communication over domestic ity and power level of HEAs via the direct control of smart sockets.
DC distribution for device communication. Because, power line The proposed algorithm do not include complex optimization tech-
communication techniques reduce electromagnetic interfer- nique to offer an optimal load control considering the both eco-
ence and emissions that inside the building and becomes a nomical and technical constraints, however, it can offer working
more healthy solution. of maximum number of HEAs according to user prioritization in
– We proposed three outlet voltage levels over six point DC smart a way of a low-computational complexity simple and high feasibil-
sockets to supply HEAs without any converter when this volt- ity. It persistently keeps energy cost of building lower than a user
age level becomes a standard for HEA manufacturers. This defined energy expenditure limit in the case of real-time pricing.
makes HEAs produce more compact in shape, more light in Fig. 1(b) shows electrical schema of renewable energy integration
weight, and cheaper in price so that they do not a contain power in smart meter. Continuous DC energy mixing method is used for
converter unit. The socket design also provides conventional AC integration of the renewable energy system to 120 V DC bus [29].
outlet for conventional HEAs. Output of renewable energy system is configured to 130 V DC in
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240V AC
400V DC Meter 120 V DC Distributions

DC Sockets

b Connuous DC Energy Mixing in Smart Meter

240 V AC
DC Bus (120 V)
DC AC 240 V AC
AC DC Smart Sockets
120 V DC
400 V DC DC Domesc Renewable
Energy Generaon
and Energy Storage

Fig. 1. (a) Smart house concept based on DC power distribution and (b) electrical schema of energy integration in smart meter by using continuous DC energy mixing method.

order to give energy utilization priority to renewable sources. In intelligent energy management apparatus were used for control of
the efficient hours of renewable energy system, renewable energy power flow simply by switching on/off [41,42]. Another theoretical
system supplies a DC voltage greater than the 120 V and therefore study presented a smart home energy system concept based on
demands of building are supplied from renewable energy system. many dispersive parts including smart meter, smart socket/switch,
If the renewable energy generation is not sufficient to meet build- grid friendly appliance controller, smart interactive terminal and
ing demand, energy from the grid is used to meet energy shortage. other smart devices [43].
DC continuous energy mixing provides a satisfactory AC voltage The current study presents a domestic DC power distribution
stability under intermittent and fluctuating power generation of concept containing smart sockets. Fig. 2 shows schematic diagram
renewable sources [29]. of the proposed domestic DC power distribution system for smart
houses. SMs work at the core of home distribution and power man-
agement systems [45]. SMs are intelligent devices containing
Smart power management and DC distribution for residences power line communication units, controllers, measurement units,
rectifiers and inverters. It can perform all control and communica-
Nowadays, DC distribution has found numerous applications tion operations concerning with domestic power managements.
with different voltage levels and power ratings. DC distribution Hence, a SM functions as a fundamental domestic power manage-
systems may have a simple structure containing two converters ment device in smart grids. The proposed DC/AC outlet smart sock-
and a DC link, such as a high-voltage direct current system [30], ets are controlled by the SM of the residence via power line
or a complex structure with parallel connected converters used communication. Today, SM and smart sockets can be implemented
both for connecting to the source of energy and supplying loads by using supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) technol-
as in ship power systems [31–33] and hybrid electrical vehicles ogies and thus the smart sockets turn into distributed peripherals
[34,35]. Power converters with high-speed switching technology of local-area decentralized load control schemes and become one
promotes to development of more complex DC distribution sys- of fundamental components for smart house energy management
tem. The converters are fundamental components of DC distribu- systems. This communication-control-power infrastructure allows
tion systems so that they can adjust and stabilize voltage levels development of smart power application for energy efficiency,
throughout the distribution networks [36]. power reliability and demand elasticity.
House power management systems using direct control Direct load control implementing load shedding algorithm can
schemes by means of home network device have been proposed be performed via smart sockets and it makes possible the shedding
in many recent works [18–20,37–44]. Microcontroller (MCU) based loads for cheap energy hours. This elasticity in consumer demand
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Domesc Power Management System

AC Distribuon 240V AC
240V AC 240V AC A B
Grid Smart
Home Distribuon
Smart C
Meter F
DC Distribuon Socket DC neutral
400V DC 48V E D
120V DC 5V


Fig. 2. A schema of domestic power management systems for smart houses.

considerably facilitates penetration of intermittent renewable wind) so that they can be integrated to DC distribution system,
energy sources into grids [46]. The proposed sockets contain DC/ directly [47]. Hence, the DC distribution supports efficient, clean,
DC power conversions with desired voltage levels of HEAs and thus decentralized micro generation for future smart grids [48].
power conversion becomes more standardized, controlled and Fig. 3(a) shows functional block diagram of the smart socket
manageable. Domestic DC distribution facilitates integration and concept. The power line communication module communicates
control of domestic hybrid renewable energy systems (solar and with the SM and conveys SM commands to the microcontroller.

a Smart Socket Appliance Priority Boom

P1 P2 P3 Off

Power Line Databus Microcontroller

Communicaon Unit

240V AC 240V AC
Power A B
120V DC
and Switches DC neutral
48V E D
Measurement 5V
Unit G

Nest for Pin Layout 5V DC 48V DC

Tip A B

Ground Pin
Single Socket G

120V DC 240V AC
P2 Metallic Nest
P3 Nest for Ground Pin
Triple Socket

Fig. 3. (a) Block diagram of DC distribution smart socket concept and (b) an example design for smart socket case and plugs.
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Table 1
Voltage points used in the DC socket according to the input voltage type of the home.

AC & DC input and AC & DC output

Grid distribution voltage Home distribution voltage DC socket output voltage
Voltage Type Point
240 V AC 240 V AC 5V DC B–A
400 V DC 120 V DC 48 V DC D–A
120 V DC E–A
240 V AC C–F–G

Smart Socket Power

Converters and Switches
powergui 1

Control Signal m +
- v
g 500W
1 2
240 V AC line
Ideal Switch
5 V DC Line
120 V DC Line
DC + DC+ +
AC 5W +
DC - - v
DC- -
AC/DC Converter
120 V-5V DC/DC Chopper

AC Voltage Source 48 V DC Line

DC+ +
200W +
- v
DC- -

120 V-48 V DC/DC Chopper

g m

1 2
1000W +
Ideal Switch 1 - v

Fig. 4. Simulink model for power converters and switches system of DC smart socket.

g m
DC+ IGBT /Diode 3
2 C +
DC- 4 - v

Saturation Gain
Operator 1
Repeating Integrator

Fig. 5. Simulink model of a DC/DC chopper circuit.

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The microcontroller performs the commands of SM, measurement a

and control operation of power conversion module. Fig. 3(b) illus- 200
trates a smart socket design example. There is a plastic rectangular
tip located on the DC plugs. The pin corresponds to a rectangular

nest placed on the socket. This conjunction prevents a possible
faulty connection for each DC voltage level on the plug. For the
security purposes, DC neutral can be grounded in the system. Also, -200
there is a metal side pin mounted at the down side of the socket
and it provides the ground connection. To prevent faulty connec- 0.05 0.1 0.15 0.2 0.25 0.3 0.35 0.4 0.45
tion in 240 V AC voltage level, this pin corresponds to a metallic t
nest on the AC plug. The socket outlets labelled by {A, B, C, D, E,
F, G} are connected to power conversion and switching module. b
A three states appliance priority bottoms p1, p2 and p3 are placed 4
to the socket case in order to configure priority of appliance,

The AC waveform in power distribution is today’s standard for
domestic power distribution. In this reason, smart sockets should
be compatible with conventional home appliances. Three different 0
DC voltage levels are considered for DC power distribution for 0.05 0.1 0.15 0.2 0.25 0.3 0.35 0.4 0.45
household equipment in this study. The 120 V is preferred for DC t
power delivery inside buildings because it is sufficient to supply c
home loads and this level of voltage is also low enough to prevent
possible hazards. The DC outlets generate lower DC levels (48 V 40
and 5 V) from 120 V home distribution lines via DC/DC converters
in the sockets.
V 20
Table 1 suggests a minimal voltage level diversity for DC outlets
of the proposed smart socket. However, the output terminals of the
DC power socket can increase in response to potential new DC volt- 0
age level requirements in future. The 5 V outlets are reserved for 0.05 0.1 0.15 0.2 0.25 0.3 0.35 0.4 0.45
low-power consumer electronics, such as phone chargers, the t
48 V outlets are for mid-power home equipment such as laptops,
TVs and computers, and the 120 V outlets are for high-power home d
appliances such as ovens, air-conditioners and washing machines.
The 120 V DC also supports output standards for domestic renew-
able energy systems, such as solar panel arrays, it is because that

120 V bus voltage is the order of the 12 V and 24 V generation volt- 50

ages. These systems can be directly connected to 120 V home dis-
tribution lines via parallel connection of an adequate number of
solar panels. This voltage level standardization is suitable for green
0.05 0.1 0.15 0.2 0.25 0.3 0.35 0.4 0.45
buildings and smart houses concepts in future smart grids. As it is
seen in the schematic block diagram of the home distribution sys-
tem illustrated in Fig. 2, the grid can connected to house with Fig. 6. Simulation results of domestic DC distribution system. (a) 240 V AC voltage
240 V AC or 400 V DC voltage in control of SM. Two lines with an from the grid, (b) 5 V DC voltage from the DC socket for 5 W load, (c) 48 V DC
AC voltage of 240 V and a DC voltage of 120 V supply sockets in voltage from the DC socket for 200 W load and (d) 120 V DC voltage from the DC
socket for 1000 W load.
the house. Each socket provides 5 V, 48 V or 120 V DC and a con-
ventional 240 V AC. Conventional power plugs can be placed in a
lateral pins C–F inside the smart socket and the smart sockets
Table 2
becomes compatible with conventional 240 V HEA standards. The List of appliance priorities and their interpretation.
socket has six points and its plugs with three different DC voltage
Appliance priority Explanation
levels and an AC voltage as defined in Table 1.
Fig. 4 illustrates a Matlab Simulink model of the proposed
p1: The first HEAs connected to p1 must be always supplied
domestic DC distribution system. The home distribution with
120 V DC supplies sockets which contain DC/DC converters for p2: The second HEAs connected to p2 can be switched off after all p3
5 V and 48 V output voltages. Fig. 5 shows DC/DC converter designs priority sockets are turned off
used in the simulations. The DC/DC converters are composed of a p3: The third Operation of HEAs with p3 sockets can be postponed
priority by switching off
DC/DC chopper circuit [49] and a proportional integrator controller
(PI) controller driving Pulse Width Modulator (PWM) as in Fig. 5.
The PI controller controls voltage level appearing on the load and very essential peripherals components working in conjunction
improves voltage stability. Fig. 6 shows results obtained from the with smart meters in future smart house. This homes benefiting
Simulink simulation model of the domestic DC distribution system. from advantages of DC distribution can also provide AC power to
The figure shows that the smart socket supplies 240 V AC, 5 V, 48 V their conventional HEAs simply by DC/AC conversion.
and 120 V DC voltages. These DC/DC converters inside smart sock- When the DC and AC outlets are unloaded or overloaded by a
ets provided very consistent DC voltages at various loads (5 W, HEA, the microcontroller can detect load status of outlets and
200 W and 1000 W) in the simulations. switch off them to reduce energy loses in standby state of HEAs
When DC generation, transmission and distribution are used in and thus makes the power distribution more secure and efficient
power distribution, hybrid DC/AC outlet smart sockets becomes [50].
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Load shedding by smart sockets and they can be switched off, conditionally. Table 2 summarizes
operation of the three appliance priority options.
One of the substantial provisions of a smart grid is to DSLM SM performs control of smart switches according to appliance
applications [51]. DSLM application provides demand elasticity priority setting on sockets. A load shedding algorithm, applying
and increase of domestic DSLM tools greatly enhances the grid for the maximum power limitation control scheme, is illustrated
flexibility. Domestic DSLM systems implementing load shifting, in Fig. 7. Total power consumptions of sockets groups with priority
load scheduling and load shedding algorithms make possible so selection p1, p2 and p3 are denoted by P1, P2 and P3, and expressed
called ‘‘peak shaving’’, which refers to postponing trivial demands as,
at the peak demand times [52] and this leads to flatten the load X
P1 ¼ pi ; ð1Þ
curve [16,53–56] and reduces excessive energy generation.
This section illustrates a direct load control application based
on appliance prioritization, which aims to limit peak power con- X
P2 ¼ pi ; ð2Þ
sumption with respect to peak price preferences of users. Since
user preferences vary depending on environmental, social and eco-
nomical conditions, the consumption of smart house should be X
P3 ¼ pi ; ð3Þ
configurable by domestic consumers [52–55]. The proposed smart
socket are designed to be configurable for three appliance priority
selection, denoted by p1, p2 and p3, by a sliding priority selection where pi presents measured power consumption of the socket i and
bottom on the smart socket as represented in Fig. 3. The priority i e p1 [ p2 [ p3. A socket belongs to only and only one priority
selection indicates operational priority of the home appliance con- selection set, so p1 \ p2 \ p3 = /. Total home consumption can be
nected to a smart socket and sets the consumer preference while written as,
performing load shedding. The p1 states that HEAs connected to X
phome ¼ pi ¼ P1 þ P2 þ P 3 : ð4Þ
a socket with highest priority and they are never switched off. i2p1[p2[p3
Selecting p2 and p3 indicates the second and third priority sockets


Calculate total powers of

socket groups:
- P1 for p1 socket groups
- P2 for p2 socket groups
- P3 for p3 socket groups

pmax = cmax / c(t ) + pr (t ) + p s (t )

Wait for a
p hom e = P1 + P2 + P3 sampling period

p hom e ≤ p max Yes All sockets works


-Turn off p3 sockets from high power to low

P1 + P2 ≤ pmax < phom e Yes power one by one until p hom e ≤ p max
- Keep working all p2 and p1 sockets


- Turn off all p3 sockets

Yes - Turn off p2 sockets from high power to
P1 ≤ p max < P1 + P2
low power one by one until p hom e ≤ p max .
- Keep working all p1 sockets

Yes - Turn off all sockets in p3 sockets

pmax < P1 - Turn off all sockets in p2 sockets
- Keep working all p1 sockets


Fig. 7. Load shedding algorithm based on a maximum power consumption control scheme.
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The algorithm aims to limit the home power consumption a

(phome) to a maximum allowable peak power limit, pmax. The algo-
rithm performed by SM periodically checks the power consump- P1 + P2 + P3
tion and appliance priority status of sockets (pi) and sends switch
on/off requests to the smart sockets to keeps the total power con- P1 + P2
sumption of house as pmax P phome P P 1 . When the total home 2500
power consumption exceeds maximum peak power limits
(phome > pmax), SM requests switching off for smart sockets accord-
ing to their priority and power rates: The algorithm sends the 2000
switch off requests starting from lowest priority and highest power
sockets. Thus, a large number of HEAs according to their priority 1500 p max
(significance) can continue working. This maximizes priorities
and the number of working HEAs, while load shedding. p hom e
Since the sockets with p1 priority never switched off even 1000
5 10 15 20
though phome > pmax, the socket of substantial HEAs, which have
to work continuously, should be configured to p1 priority. The
algorithm performs reduction of home consumption as long as b 0.8
phome > pmax and pmax > P1. It requests switch on starting from high
priority and low power sockets.

Fig. 8 illustrates an hourly load shedding simulation results 0.4
obtained from the maximum power limitation control algorithm. 0.2
This algorithm can adaptively stabilize the electrical cost under 0
dynamically varying electricity pricing condition of future smart 5 10 15 20
grids. In the simulation, consumers set an upper bound for the Hours
maximum electricity cost of building and SM calculates the maxi-
mum allowable peak power by, Priority Selections
p1 p1 p 2 p1 p 3 p 2 p 2 p 2 p1 p 3 p 3 p1 p 3 p 2
pmax ðtÞ ¼ cmax =cðtÞ þ pr ðtÞ þ ps ðtÞ: ð5Þ c

Here, c(t) represents the online unit electricity price (per kilo-
watt) received by SM from the transmission or distribution system
operators, and cmax is the maximum electricity cost presetting of
consumers. The parameter pr(t) is instant power of renewable 15
energy generation and the parameter ps(t) is instant power of

energy storage system. The continuous DC energy integration pre-

fers utilization of renewable energy and storage to building 10
demand. In case of insufficient renewable energy generation, grid
energy is used to overcome energy deficiency. The SM performs
the following strategy in conjunction with continuous DC energy 5
integration method.

(i) As long as pr + ps > phome, SM supplies energy completely 2 4 6 8 10 12 14

from renewable energy and storage systems and the algo- Smart Sockets
rithm does not shed any load due to pmax > phome. : On State : Off State
(ii) If pr + ps < phome < pmax, SM supplies required energy from
Fig. 8. Hourly load shedding simulation results obtained from the maximum power
the grid and the algorithm does not shed any load.
consumption control algorithm (a) pmax and phome profiles (Watt); (b) online unit
(iii) In the case of pr + ps < pmax < phome, SM supplies required electricity price (unit price per kilowatt) (cmax = 1 unit price). (c) Smart switch
energy from the grid and the algorithm also performs load hourly operations (green is for on and red is for off). (For interpretation of the
shedding according to appliance priority status of sockets references to colour in this figure legend, the reader is referred to the web version of
and their power requirements. this article.)

In the simulation scenario, we assumed the electrical energy

prices at midnight tariff between 1:00 and 5:00 decreases due to grid flexibility. The demand elasticity is one of key factor facilitat-
the low energy demand in these hours. This raised pmax over ing penetration of intermittent renewable energy sources to power
3 kW in Fig. 8(a) and therefore all sockets can operate at 3:00 in systems [46].
Fig. 8(c). However, due to increasing electricity cost in day time
as seen in Fig. 8(b), pmax decreases levels of 1500–2000 kW band Conclusions
and SM switches off the low-priority switches (p2 and p3) as illus-
trated in Fig. 8(c) to postpone the excessive consumption. But, it This study presents a DC distribution system concept for smart
does not switch off any p1 priority switches even though pmax < P1 houses. The concept gives a perspective for energy efficient green
between 8:00 and 20:00 h. In other words, SM keeps working all p1 buildings capable of DSLM. Paper discusses a possible DC voltage
priority switches and the condition phome > P1 is accomplished for level standardization according to power rates of HEAs and pre-
all essential HEAs. Thus, power management can be retained oper- sents fundamental components required for smart DC power man-
ationally reliable for consumers. agement system such as SM, domestic DC distribution systems and
This algorithm enables adaptive control of total domestic the smart sockets. Advantages of DC power distribution with smart
demand via dynamic electricity pricing broadcasted in communi- sockets in residences are emphasized in term of domestic renew-
cation infrastructure of smart grid and contributes to increasing able energy and storage integration and DSLM.
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