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Autonomous Control of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

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ISBN: 9783039210305 9783039210312 Year: Pages: 270 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03921-031-2 Language: English
Publisher: MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Subject: Technology (General) --- General and Civil Engineering
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Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are being increasingly used in different applications in both military and civilian domains. These applications include surveillance, reconnaissance, remote sensing, target acquisition, border patrol, infrastructure monitoring, aerial imaging, industrial inspection, and emergency medical aid. Vehicles that can be considered autonomous must be able to make decisions and react to events without direct intervention by humans. Although some UAVs are able to perform increasingly complex autonomous manoeuvres, most UAVs are not fully autonomous; instead, they are mostly operated remotely by humans. To make UAVs fully autonomous, many technological and algorithmic developments are still required. For instance, UAVs will need to improve their sensing of obstacles and subsequent avoidance. This becomes particularly important as autonomous UAVs start to operate in civilian airspaces that are occupied by other aircraft. The aim of this volume is to bring together the work of leading researchers and practitioners in the field of unmanned aerial vehicles with a common interest in their autonomy. The contributions that are part of this volume present key challenges associated with the autonomous control of unmanned aerial vehicles, and propose solution methodologies to address such challenges, analyse the proposed methodologies, and evaluate their performance.

Distributed Energy Resources Management 2018

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ISBN: 9783039281701 9783039281718 Year: Pages: 286 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03928-171-8 Language: English
Publisher: MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Subject: General and Civil Engineering --- Technology (General)
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The Special Issue Distributed Energy Resources Management 2018 includes 13 papers, and is a continuation of the Special Issue Distributed Energy Resources Management. The success of the previous edition shows the unquestionable relevance of distributed energy resources in the operation of power and energy systems at both the distribution level and at the wider power system level. Improving the management of distributed energy resources makes it possible to accommodate the higher penetration of intermittent distributed generation and electric vehicle charging. Demand response programs, namely the ones with a distributed nature, allow the consumers to contribute to the increased system efficiency while receiving benefits. This book addresses the management of distributed energy resources, with a focus on methods and techniques to achieve an optimized operation, in order to aggregate the resources namely in the scope of virtual power players and other types of aggregators, and to remunerate them. The integration of distributed resources in electricity markets is also addressed as an enabler for their increased and efficient use.

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clustering --- demand Response --- distributed generation --- smart grids --- demand-side management --- multi-agent system --- distributed coordination --- distributed energy resources --- swarm intelligence --- virtual power plant --- distributed energy resources --- multi-agent technology --- bidding strategy --- stackelberg dynamic game --- aggregator --- distribution system operator --- distributed energy resources --- local flexibility market --- flexibility service --- distributed energy --- comprehensive benefits --- multi-agent synergetic estimation --- synergistic optimization strategy --- control system --- fault-tolerant control --- algorithm design and analysis --- IoT (Internet of Things) --- nonlinear control --- optimization --- DSM --- microgrid --- solar --- wind --- teaching-learning --- microgrid --- energy storage system --- distributed generator --- frequency control --- active power control --- autonomous control --- droop control --- frequency bus-signaling --- batteries --- energy storage --- microgrids --- optimal scheduling --- particle swarm optimization --- power system management --- smart grid --- supply and demand --- trade agreements --- low voltage networks --- multi-period optimal power flow --- multi-temporal optimal power flow --- active distribution networks --- unbalanced networks --- indoor environment quality --- occupant comfort --- building climate control --- healthy building --- energy efficiency --- adaptability --- decentralized energy management system --- local energy trading --- multi-agent system --- optimization --- smart grid --- demand response --- distributed generation --- particle swarm optimization --- prosumer --- n/a

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