Welcome to Advanced Optimization Techniques for Energy Systems Planning and Operation

Description: Optimal decision-making is a must in energy system planning and operation as the non-optimal decisions may lead to high economic losses and/or technical issues. The course on “Advanced Optimization Techniques for Energy Systems Planning and Operation” is aimed at providing an in-depth introduction to energy system optimization methods. The course will contain a wide range of the basic methods to advanced techniques with hand on examples related to energy systems. The participants will learn how to implement the methods using optimization packages such as GAMS and MATLAB.

The course will mainly cover the following subjects

Day 1 (8:30-16:30- both Lecturers)
1.1. Introduction to optimization
1.2. Linear programming (geometric methods, simplex algorithm, and sensitivity) and duality theories (dual problem, weak duality theory, and strong duality theory)
1.3. Decomposition Techniques for LP ( Dantzig Wolfe & Benders)

Day 2 (8:30-16:30- both Lecturers)
2.1. Mixed integer linear programming
2.2. Nonlinear programming (KKT conditions, convexity, duality)
2.3. Application of Metaheuristic Algorithms

Day 3 (8:30-16:30- both Lecturers)
3.1. Multi-objective optimization
3.2. Bi-level programming
3.3. Stochastic Optimization
3.4. Risk Modelling and Management

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge in linear algebra and programming

Form of evaluation: The participants will be evaluated by exercises in a daily basis (both individually and in groups) and a mini-project on the optimization of energy systems at the end of the course.

Intended Audience:
- Utility personnel involved in energy system operation, planning and related activities

- Power engineers

- Policy makers and energy planers

- PhD/Guest PhD Students (Engineering, Mathematics, Economics, Planning)

Organizer: Associate Professor Amjad Anvari-Moghaddam – Aalborg University

Lecturers:  Associate Professor Amjad Anvari-Moghaddam – Aalborg University Postdoc Behnam Mohammadi-ivatloo – Aalborg University


Time: 10 - 12 March 2020


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Number of seats: 25

Deadline: 18 February 2020

Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.