OpenBuildNet Framework for Distributed Co-Simulation of Smart Energy Systems

The complexity and diversity of future energy systems will require co-simulation solutions that enable the integration of tools from multiple domains for research and development. We introduce an open-source framework, OpenBuildNet, for distributed co-simulation of large-scale smart energy systems. Using a loose-coupling approach to co-simulate parallel processes, it can leverage and seamlessly integrate specialized simulation and computation tools in a common platform. Users can therefore benefit from the capabilities of state-of-the-art and widely used tools in each domain. OpenBuildNet is scalable and highly flexible as it uses a decentralized architecture, message-based communication, and peer-to-peer data exchange between subsystem nodes. It also provides a set of easy-to-use software tools tailored for researchers and engineers. This paper presents the architecture and tool suite of OpenBuildNet, and demonstrates its usefulness in a case study of controlling multiple buildings for demand response.

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Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Control, Automation, Robotics and Vision
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14th International Conference on Control, Automation, Robotics and Vision, Phuket, Thailand, November 13-15, 2016

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