ET8209 - Methods for Power Production Scheduling


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2023/2024

Course content

The course will give a sound understanding of a number of central challenges related to optimal scheduling of hydro and thermal power generation. The first part is about hydro generation, calculation of water values, long- and short term optimization and the coupling between them. Various methods to solve relevant problems will be presented. Important methods are Stochastic Dynamic Programming and Stochastic Dual Dynamic Programming. Subsequently methods for unit commitment in hydro-thermal power systems are presented, and tintegration of renewable energy is discussed. The course is somewhat adjusted from year to year. A project assignment within power system economic optimization is also part of the course.

Learning outcome

Knowledge:After completing the course, the student shall:- have an insight in generation scheduling in mixed hydro-thermal systems.- have knowlegde about advanced methods for hydro scheduling in market based power systems. - have knowledge about specific methods for operational scheduling of thermal generation, specifically unit commitment.- have a basic insight in power system control.- have an understanding of balancing markets and their design.Skills:After completing the course, the student shall be able to:- formulate relevant optimization problems within the area.- solve these problems using commercial solvers.- understand and explain the results of the computations.General competence:After completing the course, the student shall have acquired:- knowledge about general principles and programs within the area.- training in using operations research techniques and tools.- understanding of power markets.

Learning methods and activities

Colloquiums and mandatory excercises. The course is given every second year.

Required previous knowledge

Corresponding to courses TET4115 Power systems, TIØ4120 Operations research, TET4135 Energy system planning and operation and TET4185 Power markets.

Course materials

To be given at the start of the semester.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
ET8205 7.5 SPRING 2009
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Version: 1
Credits:  10.0 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level



Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Electrical Power Engineering
  • Technological subjects
  • Economics
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of electric energy


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