Author(s): Pradeep Pant, Karl Schoder, Ali Feliachi

Reference: Proceedings of the Electric Ship Technologies Symposium (ESTS) 2007, Arlington, VA, USA, May 21-23, 2007

Abstract: The authors have developed a multi-agent system for autonomous energy management aboard an all electric naval ship. Simulation results were used to demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed methodologies. To prove the concept and gain insight into this important problem, a hardware prototype is being built. The objective of this paper is to describe the prototype, its hardware components, and the communication scheme that has been adopted. We also discuss the integrated system setup with its multi-agent components to perform tests.

Keywords: shipboard electric power distribution systems, hardware prototype, embedded controls, fieldbus technology, multi-agent systems