Mathematical Programming formulations for the Alternating Current Optimal Power Flow problem

Power flow refers to the injection of power on the lines of an electrical grid, so that all the injections at the nodes form a consistent flow within the network. Optimality, in this setting, is usually intended as the minimization of the cost of generating power. Current can either be direct or alternating: while the … Read more

An algorithm for the Microaggregation problem using Column Generation

The field of Statistical Disclosure Control aims at reducing the risk of re-identification of an individual when disseminating data, and it is one of the main concerns of national statistical agencies. Operations Research (OR) techniques were widely used in the past for the protection of tabular data, but not for microdata (i.e., files of individuals … Read more

A counterexample to an exact extended formulation for the single-unit commitment problem

Recently, Guan, Pan, and Zohu presented a MIP model for the thermal single- unit commitment claiming that provides an integer feasible solution for any convex cost function. In this note we provide a counterexample to this statement and we produce evidence that the perspective function is needed for this aim. Citation Research Report 19-03, Istituto … Read more

New MINLP Formulations for the Unit Commitment Problems with Ramping Constraints

The Unit Commitment (UC) problem in electrical power production requires to optimally operate a set of power generation units over a short time horizon (one day to a week). Operational constraints of each unit depend on its type (e.g., thermal, hydro, nuclear, …), and can be rather complex. For thermal units, typical ones concern minimum … Read more

Tight MIP Formulations of the Power-Based Unit Commitment Problem

This paper provides the convex hull description for the basic operation of slow- and quick-start units in power-based unit commitment (UC) problems. The basic operating constraints that are modeled for both types of units are: 1) generation limits and 2) minimum up and down times. Apart from this, the startup and shutdown processes are also … Read more

A Tight MIP Formulation of the Unit Commitment Problem with Start-up and Shut-down Constraints

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 … Read more