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Integration of energy management  and production planning: Application to steelmaking industry
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Mathematics (Dept.), Optimization and Systems Theory.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Steelmaking industry, one of the most electricity-intensive industrial processes, is seeking for new approaches to improve its competitiveness in terms of energy savings by taking advantage of the volatile electricity prices. This fluctuation in the price is mainly caused by the increasing share of renewable energy sources, the liberalization of energy markets and the growing demand of the energy. Therefore, making the production scheduling of steelmaking processes with knowledge about the cost of the energy may lead to significant cost savings in the electricity bills.

With this aim in mind, different models are developed in this project in order to improve the existing monolithic models (continuous-time based scheduling) to find an efficient formulation of accounting for electricity consumption and also to expand them with more detailed scheduling of Electric Arc Furnace stage in the production process.

The optimization of the energy cost with multiple electricity sources and contracts and the production planning are usually done as stand-alone optimizers due to their complexity, therefore as a new approach in addition to the monolithic model an iterative framework is developed in this work. The idea to integrate the two models in an iterative manner has potential to be useful in the industry due to low effort for reformulation of existing models.

The implemented framework uses multiparametric programming together with bilevel programming in order to direct the schedule to find a compromise between the production constraints and goals, and the energy cost. To ensure applicability heuristic approaches are also examined whenever full sized models are not meeting computational performance requirements.

The results show that the monolithic model implemented has a considerable advantage in terms of computational time compared to the models in the literature and in some cases, the solution can be obtained in a few minutes instead of hours. In the contrary, the iterative framework shows a bad performance in terms of computational time when dealing with real world instances. For that matter a heuristic approach, which is easy to implement, is investigated based on coordination theory and the results show that it has a potential since it provides solutions close to the optimal solutions in a reasonable amount of time.

Multiparametric programming is the main core of the iterative framework developed in this internship and it is not able to give the solutions for real world instances due to computational time limitations. This computational problem is related to the nature of the algorithm behind mixed integer multiparametric programming and its ability to handle the binary variables. Therefore, further work to this project is to develop new approaches to approximate multiparametric technique or develop some heuristics to approximate the mp-MILP solutions.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
TRITA-MAT-E, 2014:06
Keyword [en]
Scheduling, Linearization methods, Mixed integer linear programming, multi-parametric programming, Bilevel programming, Sensitivity Analysis;
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-141432OAI: diva2:696781
Subject / course
Optimization and Systems Theory
Educational program
Master of Science in Engineering - Computer Science and Technology
Available from: 2014-02-15 Created: 2014-02-15 Last updated: 2014-02-15Bibliographically approved

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