EMCON, Energy Management by Constraint Solving Techniques

  • Jantzen, Jan (Project Manager)

    Project Details


    The objective in EMCON is to develop a software platform for solving the type of problems, that can be described by constraints. The approach relies on array based logic, a theory developed at the Department of Electric Power Engineering by Ole I. Franksen. A sub-project of EMCON is to extend the logical basis into fuzzy logic. The test example is a unit commitment problem, that is, finding an optimal mix of power production units that will meet the consumer demand. Traditionally this is solved by the power utilities using mathematical programming. The constraint solver uses discrete variables and soft constraints, for example 'approximately equal' instead of equality, 'much greater than' instead of greater than, and 'a little' instead of zero. So far the applications are within power systems, but any configuration problem is a potential application. No other research groups work on the same approach, but there is a lot of activity within constraint programming. The project has Eureka status.
    Effective start/end date01/01/199531/12/1996