OPERATIONAL DECISION MAKING IN COMPOUND ENERGY SYSTEMS USING MULTI-LEVEL MULTI PARADIGM SIMULATION BASED OPTIMIZATION
AuthorMazhari, Esfandyar M.
MULTI PARADIGM SIMULATION
OPERATIONAL DECISION MAKING
SIMULATION BASED OPTIMIZATION
Systems & Industrial Engineering
COMPOUND ENERGY SYSTEMS
MULTI-LEVEL MULTI PARADIGM SIMULATION
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AbstractA two level hierarchical simulation and decision modeling framework is proposed for electric power networks involving PV based solar generators, various storage, and grid connection. The high level model, from a utility company perspective, concerns operational decision making and defining regulations for customers for a reduced cost and enhanced reliability. The lower level model concerns changes in power quality and changes in demand behavior caused by customers' response to operational decisions and regulations made by the utility company at the high level. The higher level simulation is based on system dynamics and agent-based modeling while the lower level simulation is based on agent-based modeling and circuit-level continuous time modeling. The proposed two level model incorporates a simulation based optimization engine that is a combination of three meta-heuristics including Scatter Search, Tabu Search, and Neural Networks for finding optimum operational decision making. In addition, a reinforcement learning algorithm that uses Markov decision process tools is also used to generate decision policies. An integration and coordination framework is developed, which details the sequence, frequency, and types of interactions between two models. The proposed framework is demonstrated with several case studies with real-time or historical for solar insolation, storage units, demand profiles, and price of electricity of grid (i.e., avoided cost). Challenges that are addressed in case studies and applications include 1) finding a best policy, optimum price and regulation for a utility company while keeping the customers electricity quality within the accepted range, 2) capacity planning of electricity systems with PV generators, storage systems, and grid, and 3) finding the optimum threshold price that is used to decide how much energy should be bought from sold to grid to minimize the cost. Mathematical formulations, and simulation and decision modeling methodologies are presented. A grid-storage analysis is performed for arbitrage, to explore if in future it is going to be beneficial to use storage systems along with grid, with future technological improvement in storage and increasing cost of electrical energy. An information model is discussed that facilitates interoperability of different applications in the proposed hierarchical simulation and decision environment for energy systems.
Degree ProgramGraduate College
Systems & Industrial Engineering
Degree GrantorUniversity of Arizona
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