Well-scalable and distributed multi-agent simulations offer new ways for examining complex overall behaviours of systems and problems that are hard to algorithmize.
The world-wide tendency of opening the regulated, vertically integrated electric utility systems towards free competition has spread into Hungary as well in the last decade, but the free market has not made the expected price and allocation improvements so far. Using an agent-based model to simulate markets is becoming a common method.
Agent-based market models represent each market participant as an independent software agent. Each agent has its own strategy and decision-making process.
One of the main experiments of such type of simulations is to examine the global behaviour emerging from defined local interactions.
The goals of the thesis for me was to develop a simulation software for today’s liberalized electrical energy markets, especially the one in Hungary, and also to gather more experience in programming the JADE distributed agent platform.