Data-driven optimization for distributed energy resources


Data-driven optimization for distributed energy resources

Departamento de Ingeniería Eléctrica y Electrónica
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Data-driven optimization for distributed energy resources

Integration of Distributed Energy Resources (DER) contributes to the decarbonization of current power systems and allows customers to take an active role by consuming and providing grid services as prosumers.  These new scenarios require the modernization of distribution networks to increase their reliability, interoperability, security, flexibility, and efficiency.  In this context, decision-makers can combine advanced optimization modeling techniques to coordinate the integration of DERs properly and to guarantee the balance between supply and demand. This course aims to introduce general aspects of data-driven optimization techniques for the sizing and management of DERs in the context of modern power systems.

This course is the first module of the course Intelligent management of distributed energy resources (DER), participants will share classroom with regular Uniandes students. 
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Professionals with degrees that involve a strong background in mathematics, probability, and programming such as engineering, economics, physics; senior undergraduate students and graduate students that are interested in applying data-driven optimization in distributed energy resource management. Background in probability, calculus, and programming is required.


At the end of this course the student will be able to: 
  • Know the basic concepts of distributed energy resources (DER).
  • Know how to use data-driven distributed and multi-objective optimization for resource energy management. 


We have divided the course into 10 units. Two units will be presented in each four-hour section. The main idea is to present application cases of machine learning and optimization problems in the field of renewable energy. The application cases will be focused on energy management problems. Aspects related to low-level power electronics and control will not be addressed in detail.    
The student will receive a certificate if he/she attends at least 85% of the course. There is no performance evaluation of the student. 



The content is proposed as follows:

  1. Introduction 
    1. Course description.
    2. Cloud computing.
    3. Continuous integration and deployment (CI/CD).
    4. Energy Internet of Things (eIoT). 
  2. Distributed Energy Resources (DERs)
    1. Technical fundamentals of main technologies. 
    2. Integration of DERs in the power system. 
    3. Workshop: Case studies.
  3. Optimization techniques
    1. Fundamentals.
    2. Principle of optimality.
    3. Dynamic programming.
    4. Convex programming.
    5. Workshop: Demand prediction, Bellman and CVXPY.
  4. Dimensioning 
    1. Fundamentals.
    2. Software available. 
    3. Sizing of isolated microgrids and DERs. 
    4. Workshop: Sizing a storage system. 
    5. Work: Sizing of a photovoltaic system with storage.  
  5. Distributed optimization
    1. Fundamentals
    2. Main distributed optimization methodologies. 
    3. Workshop: Consensus and ADMM
  6. Game theory
    1. Fundamentals.
    2. Cooperative and non-cooperative games.
    3. Application to oligopolistic competition: Cournot and Stackelberg equilibrium (price leader and quantity leader).
  7. Energy markets
    1. Fundamentals. 
    2. Structure of energy markets.  
    3. Primary electricity markets.
    4. Secondary electricity markets.
    5. Workshop: Example of energy auction.
  8. Stochastic optimization
    1. Information theory and systems entropy. 
    2. Bayesian inference.
    3. Monte Carlo. 
    4. Workshop: Prediction of demand with uncertainty. 
  9. Modernization of the power system
    1. Facing complexity. 
    2. Management of DERs using Transactional Energy. 
    3. Management of DERs using multi-agent systems.
    4. Taller: Spade, Pymarkets.


Ivan D. Serna

B.S. (2008), M.Sc. (2011) and Ph.D. (2019) degree in Electrical Engineering from Universidad Industrial de Santander. Since 2014 He has been a lecturer of Electricity Power Markets courses in Universidad Industrial de Santander (undergraduate), Universidad de Santander (postgraduate) and Universidad Tecnológica y Pedagógica de Colombia (postgraduate). Additionally, He was the Academic Coordinator of the Master Program on Renewable Energy Resources at UDES from 2016 to 2020. Meanwhile, he also got involved in: (1) The formulation, defense, and approval (by the Colombian Education Ministry) of the doctoral program on renewable energy resources at UDES; (2) The successful execution of The CRUX project, an Erasmus+ project financed by the European Union ( Furthermore, He also supported the information gathering and further editing of the final document of the Colombian Presidency initiative called "Misión de Sabios: Foco Energía". Currently, He is developing a reliability analysis and automatic reconfiguration software for improving the continuity indexes of Santander's electrical network operator (ESSA S.A. E.S.P.). Besides, He is currently working with GISEL research group on: Coordinated electricity and natural gas optimal dispatch, Renewable Power-to-Gas technology integration to power markets, and innovative market mechanism to value power system flexibility.

Nilson Henao

Nilson Henao received his B.S. degree in Electronics Engineering from the Universidad de los Llanos, Villavicencio, Colombia, in 2010, his M.Sc. degree in 2013 and his PhD degree in 2018 in Electrical Engineering from the University of Quebec at Trois-Rivieres (UQTR), QC, Canada. His research interests are related to machine learning methods for power system applications like residential load optimization, load monitoring and diagnosis, and plug-in electric vehicles.

Juan Carlos Oviedo

He is an Engineer and PhD in electrical engineering from the Universidad Industrial de Santander. During his doctoral studies, he completed two research internships at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, at the Hydrogen Research Institute (Canada) and one at the Université de Technologie Belfort-Montbéliard at La Fédération de Recherche FCLAB (France), as well as collaboration with the Ontario Tech University (Canada). His PhD thesis contributed to the sustainable energy topic of the Misión de Sabios organized by the Government of Colombia. He is currently working as an industry research scientist at the Laboratoire des technologies de l'énergie (LTE) of Hydro-Quebec. His research interests lie in the integration of distributed energy resources, optimal sizing and operation of autonomous microgrids, transactive energy markets, and machine learning applications for smart grids.


Eventualmente la Universidad puede verse obligada, por causas de fuerza mayor a cambiar sus profesores o cancelar el programa. En este caso el participante podrá optar por la devolución de su dinero o reinvertirlo en otro curso de Educación Continua que se ofrezca en ese momento, asumiendo la diferencia si la hubiere.

La apertura y desarrollo del programa estará sujeto al número de inscritos. El Departamento/Facultad (Unidad académica que ofrece el curso) de la Universidad de los Andes se reserva el derecho de admisión dependiendo del perfil académico de los aspirantes.