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Industrial/PhD Course: Advanced Optimization Techniques for Energy Systems Planning and Operation (ONLINE)


10.03.2021 kl. 08.30 - 12.03.2021 kl. 16.30



Associate Professor Amjad Anvari-Moghaddam,, Aalborg University, Denmark 


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



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.

Syllabus: 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


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)


6000 DKK for PhD students outside of Denmark and 8000 DKK for the Industry.


Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University



Registration Deadline

17.02.2021 kl. 23.59

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