This paper provides the convex hull description for the following basic operating constraints of a single power generation unit in Unit Commitment (UC) problems: 1) generation limits, 2) startup and shutdown capabilities, and 3) minimum up and down times. Although the model does not consider some crucial constraints, such as ramping, the proposed constraints can be used as the core of any UC formulation, thus tightening the final UC model. We provide evidence that dramatic improvements in computational time are obtained by solving a self-UC problem for different case studies.
Technical Report IIT-14-040A Institute for Research in Technology (IIT) of the School of Engineering (ICAI), Universidad Pontificia Comillas, Madrid, Spain Istituto di Analisi dei Sistemi ed Informatica “A. Ruberti”, C.N.R., Viale Manzoni 30, 00185 Roma, Italy