On the Applicability of Ant Colony Optimization to Non-Intrusive Load Monitoring in Smart Grids
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Non-intrusive load monitoring
Ant colony optimization
Power consumption disaggregation
Along with the proliferation of the Smart Grid, power load disaggregation is a research area that is lately gaining a lot of popularity due to the interest of energy distribution companies and customers in identifying consumption patterns towards improving the way the energy is produced and consumed (via e.g. demand side management strategies). Such data can be extracted by using smartmeters, but the expensive cost of incorporating a monitoring device for each appliance jeopardizes significantly the massive implementation of any straightforward approach. When resorting to a single meter to monitor the global consumption of the house at hand, the identification of the different appliances giving rise to the recorded consumption profile renders a particular instance of the so-called source separation problem, for which a number of algorithmic proposals have been reported in the literature. This paper gravitates on the applicability of the Ant Colony Optimization (ACO) algorithm to perform ...