Authors: A.J. Dinusha Rathnayaka; Vidyasagar M. Potdar; Tharam S. Dillon; Samitha Kuruppu
Addresses: School of Information Systems, Curtin University, Perth, Australia ' School of Information Systems, Curtin University, Perth, Australia; Symbiosis Institute of Telecom Management, Symbiosis International University, Pune, India ' School of Information Systems, Curtin University, Perth, Australia ' School of Information Systems, Curtin University, Perth, Australia
Abstract: In the context of energy generation and distribution networks, the emergence of smart grids has enabled bidirectional energy as well as information flow between energy users and utility grids, transforming traditional energy consumers into economically motivated prosumers, who not just consume energy but also generate green energy, and share the surplus with the main utility grid. Several studies have been carried out to manage the prosumers, and the concept of Prosumer-Community Groups (PCG) has provided a promising approach to achieve that end. However, this concept is still in its infancy and the related aspects have not been comprehensively studied so far. Therefore, in this research paper, we address the formation of PCG. The proposed framework classifies the prosumers' energy-sharing behaviours, while detecting the outliers, and characterises PCG. Further, we also demonstrate the practical functionality of the proposed framework using a prosumer data set.
Keywords: smart grid; prosumers; prosumer community groups; energy sharing behaviour; utility grid; prosumer data sets; virtual communities; web based communities; online communities; green energy.
International Journal of Grid and Utility Computing, 2015 Vol.6 No.1, pp.47 - 56
Received: 16 Sep 2013
Accepted: 11 Jan 2014
Published online: 18 Dec 2014 *