Entrance hall of the ICMS Workshop

ERGO Forum: Optimization in Energy Day

Mar 05, 2013

ICMS, 15 South College Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9AA

The Edinburgh Research Group in Optimization (ERGO) is proud to present the second ERGO Forum: Optimization in Energy Day

Energy Systems have always been one of the main applications for Optimization models. With the current emphasis on reducing the carbon footprint of human activity and the depletion of natural resources, the effective management of renewable energy sources has emerged as a new area of interest. Due to their often intermittent nature, questions of uncertainty management and security of supply have to be addressed. Also improved management and operation of existing energy sources, integration of both with minimal disruption to existing energy infrastructures are of interest. Further the deregulation of markets has sparked renewed interest in the analysis of market mechanisms especially with regard to the integration of intermittent energy sources.

The purpose of the day is to bring in researchers and practitioners with an interest in Applications, Optimization Models and Algorithms in the Energy Industry. Targeted areas include, but are not limited to, power systems, risk, oil and gas distribution and extraction, global energy models, Infrastructure planning,  energy markets, stochastic optimization, mixed integer linear and nonlinear programming, optimal and predictive control and complementarity problems.

Asgeir Tomasgard of NTNU, Trodheim, Norway will be the plenary speaker.

Title: A stochastic model for analysing the future European power system under a climate policy regime

Abstract: This paper introduces a modeling framework where a top-down integrated assessment model (GCAM) is soft-linked with a more detailed capacity expansion model of European power system. This approach aims at adding sector specific detail to the GCAM results and to analyze the cost minimizing investment plan required to implement a GCAM strategy. Results like country-wise investments in generation and transmission capacity are obtained. The framework is tested on  greenhouse gas concentration stabilization scenarios using a two-stage stochastic programming model.

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A selection of presentations from the day are now available


 Usher   Carvalho   McKinnon   Schulze   Hirst   Zachary





Andreas Grothey(University of Edinburgh)


Will Usher (UCL)
Assessing Investment Options in Long-term Energy Transitions under Uncertainty


Gabrial Anandarajah (UCL)
Modelling Endogenous Technology Learning in TIAM-UCL Global Energy System Model: A multi-cluster approach


Dudley Foster  (Independent Consultant)
Optimisation and Public Policy




Asgeir Tomasgard (Norwegian University of Science and Technology)
A stochastic model for analysing the future European power system under a climate policy regime


Rui Carvalho (Queen Mary University of London)
Fair sharing of resources in a supply network with constraints


Poster Presentation




Ken McKinnon (University of Edinburgh)
A MINLP approach to forming secure islands in electricity network


Tim Schulze (University of Edinburgh)
Stabilized Scenario Decomposition for Stochastic Unit Commitment Problems


Ahmed Zobaa (Brunel University)
Single-Tuned Passive Harmonic Filters Design with Uncertain Source and Load Characteristics




David Hirst (HSL)
Setting and auditing dynamic electricity prices


James Robertson (University of Edinburgh)
Receding-Horizon Optimal Power Flow for Smart Grids


Stan Zachary (Heriot-Watt University)
Valuing energy storage


Name Institution
Anandarajah, Gabrial University College London
Andrei, Bejan University of Cambridge
Bruce, Alasdair University of Edinburgh
Buchanan, Finlay University of Edinburgh
Bukhsh, Waqquas University of Edinburgh
Campion, Josh Durham University
Carvalho, Rui Durham University
Chernysh, Ksenia Heriot-Watt University
Crespo Del Granado, Pedro Lancaster University
Cruise, James Heriot-Watt University
Dan, Eager AF-Mercados EMI
Davison, Christopher University of Strathclyde
Eggar, Glyn Heriot Watt University
El Ghandour, Laila Heriot-Watt University
Elliot Mathis, Angela ThinkTank Maths Ltd.
Foster, Dudley Independent Consultant
Gibbens, Richard University of Cambridge
Gonzalez-Brevis, Pablo University of Edinburgh
Goryachev, Alexander Wood Mackenzie Ltd
Goryacheva, Anastasia ERI RAS
Grothey, Andreas University of Edinburgh
Haftendorn, Clemens Wood Mackenzie Ltd
Hall, Julian University of Edinburgh
Heggarty, Tom Wood Mackenzie
Hirst, David HSL
Johnson, Tim Heriot-Watt University
Ken, McKinnon University of Edinburgh
Mathis, Cyrille ThinkTank Maths Ltd.
Murray, Kirsty University of Strathclyde
Palin, Annina AF Mercados EMI
Plecas, Milana University of Strathclyde
Poudineh, Rahmatallah Heriot-Watt University
Richtarik, Peter University of Edinburgh
Robertson, James University of Edinburgh
Schulze, Tim University of Edinburgh
Shneer, Seva Heriot-Watt University
Tindemans, Simon Imperial College London
Tomasgard, Asgeir Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Usher, Will University College London
Vylegzhanin, Evgeny Heriot-Watt University
Wallace, Ian University of Edinburgh
Weatherill, George ThinkTank Maths Ltd.
Yan, Yiming University of Edinburgh
Zachary, Stan Heriot-Watt University
zeng, junwei Lancaster University Management School
Zobaa, Ahmed Brunel University