CONICOPF: Conic relaxations for AC optimal power flow computations

Computational speed and global optimality are key needs for practical algorithms for the optimal power flow problem. Two convex relaxations offer a favorable trade-off between the standard second-order cone and the standard semidefinite relaxations for large-scale meshed networks in terms of optimality gap and computation time: the tight-and-cheap relaxation (TCR) and the quadratic convex relaxation … Read more

A Framework for Peak Shaving Through the Coordination of Smart Homes

In demand–response programs, aggregators balance the needs of generation companies and end-users. This work proposes a two-phase framework that shaves the aggregated peak loads while maintaining the desired comfort level for users. In the first phase, the users determine their planned consumption. For the second phase, we develop a bilevel model with mixed-integer variables and … Read more

A general framework for customized transition to smart homes

Smart homes have the potential to achieve efficient energy consumption: households can profit from appropriately scheduled consumption. By 2020, 35% of all households in North America and 20% in Europe are expected to become smart homes. Developing a smart home requires considerable investment, and the householders expect a positive return. In this context, we address … Read more

Tight-and-cheap conic relaxation for the optimal reactive power dispatch problem

The optimal reactive power dispatch (ORPD) problem is an alternating current optimal power flow (ACOPF) problem where discrete control devices for regulating the reactive power, such as shunt elements and tap changers, are considered. The ORPD problem is modelled as a mixed-integer nonlinear optimization problem and its complexity is increased compared to the ACOPF problem, … Read more

Improving the linear relaxation of maximum hBccut with semidefinite-based constraints

We consider the maximum $k$-cut problem that involves partitioning the vertex set of a graph into $k$ subsets such that the sum of the weights of the edges joining vertices in different subsets is maximized. The associated semidefinite programming (SDP) relaxation is known to provide strong bounds, but it has a high computational cost. We … Read more

A realistic energy optimization model for smart-home appliances

Smart homes have the potential to achieve optimal energy consumption with appropriate scheduling. The control of smart appliances can be based on optimization models, which should be realistic and efficient. However, increased realism also implies an increase in solution time. Many of the optimization models in the literature have limitations on the types of appliances … Read more

Tight-and-cheap conic relaxation for the AC optimal power flow problem

The classical alternating current optimal power flow problem is highly nonconvex and generally hard to solve. Convex relaxations, in particular semidefinite, second-order cone, convex quadratic, and linear relaxations, have recently attracted significant interest. The semidefinite relaxation is the strongest among them and is exact for many cases. However, the computational efficiency for solving large-scale semidefinite … Read more

Load Scheduling for Residential Demand Response on Smart Grids

The residential load scheduling problem is concerned with finding an optimal schedule for the operation of residential loads so as to minimize the total cost of energy while aiming to respect a prescribed limit on the power level of the residence. We propose a mixed integer linear programming formulation of this problem that accounts for … Read more

A decentralized framework for the optimal coordination of distributed energy resources

Demand-response aggregators are faced with the challenge of how to best manage numerous and heterogeneous Distributed Energy Resources (DERs). This paper proposes a decentralized methodology for optimal coordination of DERs. The proposed approach is based on Dantzig-Wolfe decomposition and column generation, thus allowing to integrate any type of resource whose operation can be formulated within … Read more

A class of spectral bounds for Max k-cut

In this paper we introduce a new class of bounds for the maximum -cut problem on undirected edge-weighted simple graphs. The bounds involve eigenvalues of the weighted adjacency matrix together with geometrical parameters. They generalize previous results on the maximum (2-)cut problem and we demonstrate that they can strictly improve over other eigenvalue bounds from … Read more