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See detailHarnessing the flexibility of energy management systems: a retailer perspective
Mathieu, Sébastien ULiege; Manuel de Villena Millan, Miguel ULiege; Vermeulen, Eric et al

in Proceedings PowerTech 2019 (2019, June)

The business of electricity retailing is changing following the current evolution of the electricity system. An example of such an evolution is the increasing number of clients installing sophisticated ... [more ▼]

The business of electricity retailing is changing following the current evolution of the electricity system. An example of such an evolution is the increasing number of clients installing sophisticated energy management systems controlling the production or consumption of a large variety of devices as, for instance, photovoltaic panels with storage solutions. These systems, if managed properly, may provide flexibility to the electricity system to which they are connected, typically by means of an intermediary such as a retailer. Retailers could transfer such flexibility in consumption/production of electricity to the day-ahead and intraday electricity markets, trade it with other balance responsible parties, or use it to participate in the imbalance market. This paper defines an interaction model between a retailer and its clients, based on generic flexibility bids over multiple market periods. The defined interaction model relies on smart meters for registering the trades of electricity and requires no modification of the current rules and regulations of the European electricity system. The concept of flexibility is defined with respect to a baseline, which is negotiated and agreed upon between the retailer and each client. This baseline can be modified by the client following an update mechanism, which must comply with certain security checks by the retailer in order to make sure it is not fraudulent. Any deviations from the quarter-hourly comparison between expected and actual production/consumption are invoiced at a discounted price. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of gate closure time on the efficiency of power systems balancing
Petitet, Marie; Perrot, Marie; Mathieu, Sébastien ULiege et al

in Energy Policy (2019), 129

This paper focuses on market design options for operational balancing management in self-dispatch electric power systems. In particular, it investigates the most relevant timing for the balancing gate ... [more ▼]

This paper focuses on market design options for operational balancing management in self-dispatch electric power systems. In particular, it investigates the most relevant timing for the balancing gate closure, when competitors' decisions on the setting of controllable assets are neutralized and this responsibility is simultaneously transferred to the system operator. This discussion is central in the development and implementation of the European Electricity Balancing Guideline. Based on a multi-level simulation tool with a realistic modelling of short-term power system operations, this paper proposes the first quantitative assessment of postponing the balancing gate closure time from 1 h to 15 min ahead of the imbalance settlement period. For different environments (energy mix, power plant capabilities, outages, etc), the results highlight that postponing the balancing gate closure time from 1 h to 15 min increases the operational cost of the system. Based on robust and scalable results, we show that this difference is mainly due to a better coordination of the available resources by the central decision maker. [less ▲]

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See detailOn the efficiency of decentralized decision-making in self-dispatch power systems
Petitet, Marie; Perrot, Marie; Mathieu, Sébastien ULiege et al

E-print/Working paper (2018)

This paper focuses on market design options for operational balancing management in self-dispatch electric power systems. In particular, it investigates the most relevant timing for the balancing gate ... [more ▼]

This paper focuses on market design options for operational balancing management in self-dispatch electric power systems. In particular, it investigates the most relevant timing for the balancing gate closure, when competitors can no longer modify their decisions on the setting of controllable assets and when this responsibility is simultaneously transferred to the system operator. This discussion is central in the development and implementation of the European Electricity Balancing Guideline. Based on a multi-level simulation tool with a realistic modelling of short-term power system operations including informational asymmetry between market participants and the system operator, this paper proposes the first quantitative assessment of reducing the balancing gate closure time from one hour to 15 minutes ahead of the imbalance settlement period. For different environments (energy mix, power plant capabilities, outages, etc…), the results highlight that postponing the balancing gate closure time from one hour to 15 minutes increases the operational cost of the system. Based on robust and scalable results, we show that this difference is mainly due to a better coordination of the available resources by the central decision maker. [less ▲]

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See detailDistributed Control of Photovoltaic Units in unbalanced LV Distribution Networks to Prevent Overvoltages
Olivier, Frédéric ULiege; Fonteneau, Raphaël ULiege; Mathieu, Sébastien ULiege et al

in Proc. of the 6th IEEE International Conference on Smart Energy Grid Engineering (SEGE 2018) (2018, August 12)

As more and more photovoltaic units are being installed, some LV networks have already attained their maximum hosting capacity, i.e. the maximum amount of distributed energy resources that they can ... [more ▼]

As more and more photovoltaic units are being installed, some LV networks have already attained their maximum hosting capacity, i.e. the maximum amount of distributed energy resources that they can accommodate during regular operations without suffering problems, such as overvoltages. As an alternative to network reinforcement, active network management (ANM) can, to a certain extent, increase their hosting capacity by controlling the power flows. In the framework of ANM, a distributed control scheme was previously presented. It makes use of a distress signal sent by each participating unit, when its terminal voltage is higher than 1.1 p.u. All units then proceed to absorb the maximum reactive power available. If the problem is not resolved, the units proceed to active power curtailment. This paper extends this control scheme to the case of unbalanced three-phase four-wire distribution networks with single- and/or three-phase inverters. The control scheme works by first partitioning the inverters into four groups, three for the single-phase inverters (one for each phase), and one for the three-phase converters. Each group then independently applies a distributed algorithm similar to the one previously presented. Their performance are then compared to those of two reference schemes, an on-off algorithm that models the default behaviour of PV inverters when there is an overvoltage, and the other one based on an unbalanced OPF. Its resulting total curtailed energy always lies between the two, with the on-off algorithm presenting the poorest performance, and the proposed algorithm losing its edge when the network is strongly unbalanced. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of Voltage Constraints on the Exchange of Flexibility Services in Distribution Networks
Mathieu, Sébastien ULiege; Olivier, Frédéric ULiege; Ernst, Damien ULiege et al

in Proceedings of the 9th Conference on Innovative Smart Grid Technology North America (ISGT 2018) (2018, February)

Many possibilities exist to organise exchanges of flexibility within a distribution system. In this paper, we call such a possibility an interaction model. The DSIMA (Distribution System Interaction Model ... [more ▼]

Many possibilities exist to organise exchanges of flexibility within a distribution system. In this paper, we call such a possibility an interaction model. The DSIMA (Distribution System Interaction Model Analysis) testbed allows one to compare quantitatively candidate interaction models by simulating a distribution system with actors taking decisions to maximise their own profit or minimise their costs. The original testbed focused on establishing the procedures to exchange information between actors and used a network flow model considering only active power. This paper extends DSIMA with a linear approximation of the power flow equations, the line limits and the voltage constraints. This linear flow model is compared to a network flow model by simulating three different interaction models governing the exchange of flexibility services within a Belgian distribution system. Results show that changing the network model may significantly impact the quantitative results obtained from the simulations. [less ▲]

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See detailAggregation of flexible domestic heat pumps for the provision of reserve in power systems
Georges, Emeline ULiege; Quoilin, Sylvain ULiege; Mathieu, Sébastien ULiege et al

in Proceedings of the 30th International Conference on Efficiency, Cost, Optimisation, Simulation and Environmental Impact of Energy Systems. (2017, July)

The integration of renewable energy sources in the electricity production mix has an important impact on the management of the electricity grid, due to their intermittency. In particular, there is a ... [more ▼]

The integration of renewable energy sources in the electricity production mix has an important impact on the management of the electricity grid, due to their intermittency. In particular, there is a rising need for flexibility, both on the supply and demand sides. This paper assesses the amount of flexibility that could be reserved from a set of flexible residential heat pumps in a given geographical area. It addresses the problem of a load aggregator controlling a set of heat pumps used to provide both space-heating and domestic hot water. The flexibility of the heat pumps is unlocked in order to reduce electricity procurement costs in the day-ahead electricity market, while ensuring the provision of a predefined amount of reserve for real-time grid management. The objective of the paper is two-fold. On the one hand, an aggregation method of large sets of heat pumps based on physics-based models and random sampling techniques is proposed. On the other hand, a combined optimization problem is formulated to determine both the optimal electricity demand profile to be bought on the day-ahead market and the cost associated to the reservation of a defined amount of power. The method is applied to a set of 40000 residential heat pumps in Belgian houses. Results show that these houses can provide up to 100MW of upward reserve for 50% of the current costs. The provision of downward reserve at competitive cost is hampered by significant overconsumption. [less ▲]

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See detailResidential heat pump as flexible load for direct control service with parametrized duration and rebound effect
Georges, Emeline ULiege; Cornélusse, Bertrand ULiege; Ernst, Damien ULiege et al

in Applied Energy (2017), 187

This paper addresses the problem of an aggregator controlling residential heat pumps to offer a direct control flexibility service. The service consists of a power modulation, upward or downward, that is ... [more ▼]

This paper addresses the problem of an aggregator controlling residential heat pumps to offer a direct control flexibility service. The service consists of a power modulation, upward or downward, that is activated at a given time period over a fixed number of periods. The service modulation is relative to an optimized baseline that minimizes the energy costs. The load modulation is directly followed by a constrained rebound effect, consisting of a delay time with no deviations from the baseline consumption and a payback time to return to the baseline state. The potential amount of modulation and the constrained rebound effect are computed by solving mixed integer linear problems. Within these problems, the thermal behavior of the building is modeled by an equivalent thermal network made of resistances and lumped capacitances. Simulations are performed for different sets of buildings typical of the Belgian residential building stock and are presented in terms of achievable modulation amplitude, deviations from the baseline and associated costs. A cluster of one hundred ideal buildings, corresponding to retrofitted freestanding houses, is then chosen to investigate the influence of each parameter defined within the service. Results show that with a set of one hundred heat pumps, a load aggregator could expect to harvest mean modulation amplitudes of up to 138 kW for an upward modulation and up to 51 kW for a downward modulation. The obtained values strongly depend on the proposed flexibility service. For example, they can decrease down to 2.6 kW and 0.4 kW, respectively, if no rebound effect is allowed. [less ▲]

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See detailAgent-based analysis of dynamic access ranges to the distribution network
Mathieu, Sébastien ULiege; Ernst, Damien ULiege; Cornélusse, Bertrand ULiege

in Proceedings of the 6th European Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (ISGT) (2017)

There is a need to clearly state an interaction model that formalizes interactions between actors of the distribution system exchanging flexibility. In previous works we quantitatively evaluated the ... [more ▼]

There is a need to clearly state an interaction model that formalizes interactions between actors of the distribution system exchanging flexibility. In previous works we quantitatively evaluated the performance of five interaction models devised with industrial partners using the agent-based testbed DSIMA. Simulation results showed that these interaction models relying on active network management suffer from a lack of coordination between the distribution and the transmission system operator, activating flexibility simultaneously in opposite directions. This paper introduces a new interaction model fixing this issue based on dynamic access bounds to the network changing throughout the day and preventing the activation of flexibility leading to congestions. This new interaction model is implemented in DSIMA and compared to a model restricting the grid users to a very restrictive but safe access range. Results show that this new model allows to safely increase by 55% the amount of distributed generation in the network. [less ▲]

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See detailDirect control service from residential heat pump aggregation with specified payback
Georges, Emeline ULiege; Cornélusse, Bertrand ULiege; Ernst, Damien ULiege et al

in Proceedings of the 19th Power Systems Computation Conference (PSCC) (2016, June)

This paper addresses the problem of an aggregator controlling residential heat pumps to offer a direct control flexibility service. The service is defined by a 15 minute power modulation, upward or ... [more ▼]

This paper addresses the problem of an aggregator controlling residential heat pumps to offer a direct control flexibility service. The service is defined by a 15 minute power modulation, upward or downward, followed by a payback of one hour and 15 minutes. The service modulation is relative to an optimized baseline that minimizes the energy costs. The potential amount of modulable power and the payback effect are computed by solving mixed integer linear problems. Within these problems, the building thermal behavior is modeled by an equivalent thermal network made of resistances and lumped capacitances whose parameters are identified from validated models. Simulations are performed on 100 freestanding houses. For an average 4.3 kW heat pump, results show a potential of 1.2 kW upward modulation with a payback of 600 Wh and 150 Wh of overconsumption. A downward modulation of 500 W per house can be achieved with a payback of 420 Wh and 120 Wh of overconsumption. [less ▲]

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See detailFlexibility services in the electrical system
Mathieu, Sébastien ULiege

Doctoral thesis (2016)

The work presented in this thesis considers the electrical flexibility from the electric load to its usage as a commodity. The conception of the European electrical system has led to a large amount of ... [more ▼]

The work presented in this thesis considers the electrical flexibility from the electric load to its usage as a commodity. The conception of the European electrical system has led to a large amount of actors that are impacted by flexibility exchanges. This thesis proposes approaches to assess the impact of exchanging flexibility in the electrical system and analyzes the complex interactions resulting from these exchanges. The modeling techniques used to carry the analysis are optimization, game theory and agent-based modeling. The impacts on different parts of the electrical system are presented: the day-ahead energy market, the secondary reserve and the distribution system. Since flexibility is the base block of this thesis, two methods to obtain flexibility from actual consumption processes are broached: direct control of the loads and dynamic pricing. One chapter provides an example of how flexibility can be obtained by the direct control of a portfolio of heat pumps and another chapter studies the control of electric heaters and boilers via the use of a simple price signal. [less ▲]

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See detailFlexibility services in the electrical system - presentation
Mathieu, Sébastien ULiege

Speech/Talk (2016)

This thesis assesses the impact of exchanging flexibility in the electrical system and analyzes the complex interactions that may result from these exchanges. The impacts on different parts of the ... [more ▼]

This thesis assesses the impact of exchanging flexibility in the electrical system and analyzes the complex interactions that may result from these exchanges. The impacts on different parts of the electrical system are presented: the day-ahead energy market, the secondary reserve and the distribution system. The modeling techniques used to carry the analysis are optimization, game theory and agent-based modeling. Since flexibility is the base block of this thesis, two methods to obtain flexibility from an actual consumption process are broached: direct control of a portfolio of heat pumps and dynamic pricing to control electric heaters and boilers. [less ▲]

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See detailResidential heat pumps as flexible loads for direct control service with constrained payback
Georges, Emeline ULiege; Cornélusse, Bertrand ULiege; Ernst, Damien ULiege et al

Conference (2016, January 26)

This paper addresses the problem of an aggregator controlling residential heat pumps to offer a direct control flexibility service. The service is defined by a 15 minute power modulation, upward or downward ... [more ▼]

This paper addresses the problem of an aggregator controlling residential heat pumps to offer a direct control flexibility service. The service is defined by a 15 minute power modulation, upward or downward, followed by a payback of one hour and 15 minutes. The service modulation is relative to an optimized baseline that minimizes the energy costs. The potential amount of modulable power and the payback effect are computed by solving mixed integer linear problems. Within these problems, the building thermal behavior is modeled by an equivalent thermal network made of resistances and lumped capacitances whose parameters are identified from validated models. Simulations are performed on 100 freestanding houses. For an average 4.3 kW heat pump, results show a potential of 1.2 kW upward modulation with a payback of 600 Wh and 150 Wh of overconsumption. A downward modulation of 500 W per house can be achieved with a payback of 420 Wh and 120 Wh of overconsumption. [less ▲]

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See detailBox search for the data mining of the key parameters of an industrial process
Louveaux, Quentin ULiege; Mathei, Axel; Mathieu, Sébastien ULiege

in Intelligent Data Analysis (2016), 20(6),

To increase their competitiveness, many industrial companies monitor their production process, collecting large amount of measurements. This paper describes a technique using this data to improve the ... [more ▼]

To increase their competitiveness, many industrial companies monitor their production process, collecting large amount of measurements. This paper describes a technique using this data to improve the performance of a monitored process. In particular we wish to find a set of rules, i.e. intervals on a reduced number of parameters, for which an output value is maximized. The model-free optimization problem to solve is to find a box, restricted on a limited amount of dimensions, with the maximum mean value of the included points. This article compares a machine learning-based heuristic to the solution computed by a mixed-integer linear program on real-life databases from steel and glass manufacturing. Computational results show that the heuristic obtains comparable solutions to the mixed integer linear approach. However, the exact approach is computationally too expensive to tackle real life databases. Results show that the restriction of five process parameters, on these databases, may improve the quality of the process by 50%. [less ▲]

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See detailDSIMA: A testbed for the quantitative analysis of interaction models within distribution networks
Mathieu, Sébastien ULiege; Louveaux, Quentin ULiege; Ernst, Damien ULiege et al

in Sustainable Energy, Grids and Networks (2016), 5

This article proposes an open-source testbed to simulate interaction models governing the exchange of flexibility services located within a distribution network. The testbed is an agent-based system in ... [more ▼]

This article proposes an open-source testbed to simulate interaction models governing the exchange of flexibility services located within a distribution network. The testbed is an agent-based system in which the distribution system operator, the transmission system operator, producers and retailers make their decisions based on mixed-integer linear programs. This testbed helps to highlight the characteristics of an interaction model, the benefits for the agents and eases the detection of unwanted or abusive behaviors which decreases the welfare. The testbed is implemented in Python and the optimization problems are encoded in the modeling language ZIMPL. A web interface is coupled with an instance generator using macroscopic parameters of the system such as the total power production. This testbed is, therefore, well suited to test the implemented interaction models on various scenarios and to extend the implementation to other models. Five interaction models developed with industrial partners are simulated over a year on a 75-bus test system. Simulations show that interaction models relying on active network management, as they have been developed, lead to substantial welfare even though they suffer from a lack of coordination between the DSO and the TSO. A conservative interaction model restricting grid users to an access range that is computed ahead of time to prevent any congestion, avoids shedding distributed generation but considerably restrains the amount of distributed production. [less ▲]

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See detailMacroscopic analysis of interaction models for the provision of flexibility in distribution systems
Mathieu, Sébastien ULiege; Ernst, Damien ULiege; Cornélusse, Bertrand ULiege

in Proceedings of the International Conference on Electricity Distribution, CIRED 2015 (2015, June)

To ease the transition towards the future of distribution grid management, regulators must revise the current interaction model, that is, the set of rules guiding the interactions between all the parties ... [more ▼]

To ease the transition towards the future of distribution grid management, regulators must revise the current interaction model, that is, the set of rules guiding the interactions between all the parties of the system. Five interaction models are proposed, three of them considering active network management. This paper evaluates the economic efficiency of each model using macroscopic representation of the system, by opposition to more techniques requiring a complete picture of the system. The interaction models are simulated on the horizon 2015-2030. Results show that for the first five years all the models provide similar economic efficiency. For the remaining ten years, interaction models implementing active network management provide up to a 10% higher economic efficiency. [less ▲]

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See detailOptimal Assignment of Off-Peak Hours to Lower Curtailments in the Distribution Network
Merciadri, Luca ULiege; Mathieu, Sébastien ULiege; Ernst, Damien ULiege et al

in Proceedings of the 5th European Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (ISGT) (2015)

We consider a price signal with two settings: off-peak tariff and on-peak tariff. Some loads are connected to specific electricity meters which allow the consumption of power only in off-peak periods ... [more ▼]

We consider a price signal with two settings: off-peak tariff and on-peak tariff. Some loads are connected to specific electricity meters which allow the consumption of power only in off-peak periods. Historically, off-peak periods were located during the night and on-peak periods during the day. Changing the assignment of off-peak periods is an easy method for distribution system operators to access to the flexibility of small consumers. This solution can be implemented quickly as the infrastructure needed already exists in some countries. We propose a mixed-integer linear model to assign optimally the off-peak hours so as to minimize a societal cost. This cost gathers together the cost of electricity, the financial losses due to energy curtailments of photovoltaic installations and the loads' wellbeing. Our model considers automatic tripping of inverters and constraints of the electrical distribution networks. Simulation results show that the new disposition of off-peak hours could reduce significantly the photovoltaic energy curtailed in the summer. [less ▲]

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See detailA quantitative analysis of the effect of flexible loads on reserve markets
Mathieu, Sébastien ULiege; Louveaux, Quentin ULiege; Ernst, Damien ULiege et al

in Proceedings of the 18th Power Systems Computation Conference (PSCC) (2014, August)

We propose and analyze a day-ahead reserve market model that handles bids from flexible loads. This pool market model takes into account the fact that a load modulation in one direction must usually be ... [more ▼]

We propose and analyze a day-ahead reserve market model that handles bids from flexible loads. This pool market model takes into account the fact that a load modulation in one direction must usually be compensated later by a modulation of the same magnitude in the opposite direction. Our analysis takes into account the gaming possibilities of producers and retailers, controlling load flexibility, in the day-ahead energy and reserve markets, and in imbalance settlement. This analysis is carried out by an agent-based approach where, for every round, each actor uses linear programs to maximize its profit according to forecasts of the prices. The procurement of a reserve is assumed to be determined, for each period, as a fixed percentage of the total consumption cleared in the energy market for the same period. The results show that the provision of reserves by flexible loads has a negligible impact on the energy market prices but markedly decreases the cost of reserve procurement. However, as the rate of flexible loads increases, the system operator has to rely more and more on non-contracted reserves, which may cancel out the benefits made in the procurement of reserves. [less ▲]

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See detailA combinatorial branch-and-bound algorithm for box search
Mathieu, Sébastien ULiege; Louveaux, Quentin ULiege

in Discrete Optimization (2014), 13

Considering a set of points in a multi-dimensional space with an associated real value for each point, we want to find the box with the maximum sum of the values of the included points. This problem has ... [more ▼]

Considering a set of points in a multi-dimensional space with an associated real value for each point, we want to find the box with the maximum sum of the values of the included points. This problem has applications in data mining and can be formulated as a mixed-integer linear program. We propose a branch-and-bound algorithm where the bounding is obtained by combinatorial arguments instead of the traditional linear relaxation. Computational experiments show that this approach competes with current state of the art mixed-integer solvers. The algorithm proposed in this paper may be seen as a simple and dependence-free method to solve the box search problem. [less ▲]

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See detailAn efficient algorithm for the provision of a day-ahead modulation service by a load aggregator
Mathieu, Sébastien ULiege; Ernst, Damien ULiege; Louveaux, Quentin ULiege

in Proceedings of the 4th European Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (ISGT) (2013, October)

This article studies a decision making problem faced by an aggregator willing to offer a load modulation service to a Transmission System Operator. This service is contracted one day ahead and consists in ... [more ▼]

This article studies a decision making problem faced by an aggregator willing to offer a load modulation service to a Transmission System Operator. This service is contracted one day ahead and consists in a load modulation option, which can be called once per day. The option specifies the range of a potential modification on the demand of the loads within a certain time interval. The specific case where the loads can be modeled by a generic tank model is considered. Under this assumption, the problem of maximizing the range of the load modulation service can be formulated as a mixed integer linear programming problem. A novel heuristic-method is proposed to solve this problem in a computationally efficient manner. This method is tested on a set of problems. The results show that this approach can be orders of magnitude faster than CPLEX without significantly degrading the solution accuracy. [less ▲]

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See detailA computationally efficient algorithm for the provision of a day-ahead modulation service by a load aggregator
Mathieu, Sébastien ULiege; Karangelos, Efthymios ULiege; Louveaux, Quentin ULiege et al

Poster (2012, October 08)

We study a decision making problem faced by an aggregator willing to offer a load modulation service to a Transmission System Operator (TSO). In particular, we concentrate on a day-ahead service ... [more ▼]

We study a decision making problem faced by an aggregator willing to offer a load modulation service to a Transmission System Operator (TSO). In particular, we concentrate on a day-ahead service consisting of a load modulation option, which can be called by the TSO once per day. The option specifies the maximum amplitude of a potential modification on the demand of the loads within a certain time interval. We consider the specific case where the loads can be modeled by a generic tank model whose inflow depends on the power consumed by the load and outflow is assumed to be known the day before for every market period. The level of the reservoir at the beginning of the market day is also assumed to be known. We show that, under these assumptions, the problem of maximizing the amplitude of the load modulation service can be formulated as a mixed integer linear programming problem (MILP). In order to solve this problem in a computationally efficient manner we introduce a novel heuristic-method. We test this method on a set of problems and demonstrate that our approach is orders of magnitude faster than CPLEX - a state-of-the-art software for solving MILP problems - without considerably compromising the solution accuracy. [less ▲]

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