# Optimal Power Flow¶

See the module `pypsa.opf`

.

## Non-Linear Optimal Power Flow¶

Optimisation with the full non-linear power flow equations is not yet supported.

## Linear Optimal Power Flow¶

Optimisation with the linearised power flow equations for (mixed) AC and DC networks is fully supported.

All constraints and variables are listed below.

### Overview¶

Execute:

`network.lopf(snapshots, solver_name="glpk", solver_io=None, extra_functionality=None, solver_options={}, keep_files=False, formulation="angles")`

where `snapshots`

is an iterable of snapshots, `solver_name`

is a
string, e.g. “gurobi” or “glpk”, `solver_io`

is a string,
`extra_functionality`

is a function of network and snapshots that is
called before the solver (see below), `solver_options`

is a
dictionary of flags to pass to the solver, `keep_files`

means that
the `.lp`

file is saved and `formulation`

is a string in
`["angles","cycles","kirchhoff","ptdf"]`

(see Passive branch flow formulations for more details).

The linear OPF module can optimises the dispatch of generation and storage and the capacities of generation, storage and transmission.

It is assumed that the load is inelastic and must be met in every snapshot (this will be relaxed in future versions).

The optimisation currently uses continuous variables for most functionality; unit commitment with binary variables is also implemented for generators.

The objective function is the total system cost for the snapshots optimised.

Each snapshot can be given a weighting to represent e.g. multiple hours.

This set-up can also be used for stochastic optimisation, if you interpret the weighting as a probability.

Each transmission asset has a capital cost.

Each generation and storage asset has a capital cost and a marginal cost.

WARNING: If the transmission capacity is changed in passive networks, then the impedance will also change (i.e. if parallel lines are installed). This is NOT reflected in the LOPF, so the network equations may no longer be valid. Note also that all the expansion is continuous.

### Optimising dispatch only: a market model¶

Capacity optimisation can be turned off so that only the dispatch is optimised, like a short-run electricity market model.

For simplified transmission representation using Net Transfer Capacities (NTCs), there is a Link component which does controllable power flow like a transport model (and can also represent a point-to-point HVDC link).

### Optimising total annual system costs¶

To minimise long-run annual system costs for meeting an inelastic electrical load, capital costs for transmission and generation should be set to the annualised investment costs in e.g. EUR/MW/a, marginal costs for dispatch to e.g. EUR/MWh and the weightings (now with units hours per annum, h/a) are chosen such that

In this case the objective function gives total system cost in EUR/a to meet the total load.

### Stochastic optimisation¶

For the very simplest stochastic optimisation you can use the
weightings `w_t`

as probabilities for the snapshots, which can
represent different load/weather conditions. More sophisticated
functionality is planned.

### Variables and notation summary¶

label the buses

label the snapshots

label the branches

label the different generator/storage types at each bus

weighting of time in the objective function

dispatch of generator at bus at time

nominal power of generator at bus

availability of generator at bus at time per unit of nominal power

binary status variable for generator with unit commitment

start-up cost if generator with unit commitment is started at time

shut-down cost if generator with unit commitment is shut down at time

capital cost of extending generator nominal power by one MW

marginal cost of dispatch generator for one MWh

flow of power in branch at time

capacity of branch

efficiency of generator at bus

efficiency of controllable link

CO2-equivalent-tonne-per-MWh of the fuel carrier

Further definitions are given below.

### Objective function¶

See `pypsa.opf.define_linear_objective(network,snapshots)`

.

The objective function is composed of capital costs for each component and operation costs for generators

Additional variables which do not appear in the objective function are the storage uptake variable, the state of charge and the voltage angle for each bus.

### Generator constraints¶

These are defined in `pypsa.opf.define_generator_variables_constraints(network,snapshots)`

.

Generator nominal power and generator dispatch for each snapshot may be optimised.

Each generator has a dispatch variable where labels the bus, labels the particular generator at the bus (e.g. it can represent wind/gas/coal generators at the same bus in an aggregated network) and labels the time.

It obeys the constraints:

where is the nominal power (`generator.p_nom`

)
and and are
time-dependent restrictions on the dispatch (per unit of nominal
power) due to e.g. wind availability or power plant de-rating.

For generators with time-varying `p_max_pu`

in `network.generators_t`

the per unit
availability is a time series.

For generators with static `p_max_pu`

in `network.generators`

the per unit
availability is a constant.

If the generator’s nominal power is also the
subject of optimisation (`generator.p_nom_extendable == True`

) then
limits `generator.p_nom_min`

and `generator.p_nom_max`

on the
installable nominal power may also be introduced, e.g.

### Generator unit commitment constraints¶

These are defined in `pypsa.opf.define_generator_variables_constraints(network,snapshots)`

.

The implementation follows Chapter 4.3 of Convex Optimization of Power Systems by Joshua Adam Taylor (CUP, 2015).

Unit commitment can be turned on for any generator by setting `committable`

to be `True`

. This introduces a
times series of new binary status variables ,
which indicates whether the generator is running (1) or not (0) in
period . The restrictions on generator output now become:

so that if then also .

If is the minimum up time then we have

(i.e. if the generator has just started up () then it has to run for at least periods). Similarly for a minimum down time of

For non-zero start up costs a new variable is introduced for each time period and added to the objective function. The variable satisfies

so that it is only non-zero if , i.e. the generator has just started, in which case the inequality is saturated . Similarly for the shut down costs we have

### Generator ramping constraints¶

These are defined in `pypsa.opf.define_generator_variables_constraints(network,snapshots)`

.

The implementation follows Chapter 4.3 of Convex Optimization of Power Systems by Joshua Adam Taylor (CUP, 2015).

Ramp rate limits can be defined for increasing power output and decreasing power output . By default these are null and ignored. They should be given per unit of the generator nominal power. The generator dispatch then obeys

for .

For generators with unit commitment you can also specify ramp limits at start-up and shut-down

### Storage Unit constraints¶

These are defined in `pypsa.opf.define_storage_variables_constraints(network,snapshots)`

.

Storage nominal power and dispatch for each snapshot may be optimised.

With a storage unit the maximum state of charge may not be independently optimised from the maximum power output (they’re linked by the maximum hours variable) and the maximum power output is linked to the maximum power input. To optimise these capacities independently, build a storage unit out of the more fundamental `Store`

and `Link`

components.

The storage nominal power is given by .

In contrast to the generator, which has one time-dependent variable, each storage unit has three:

The storage dispatch (when it depletes the state of charge):

The storage uptake (when it increases the state of charge):

and the state of charge itself:

where is the number of hours at nominal power that fill the state of charge.

The variables are related by

is the standing losses dues to e.g. thermal losses for thermal storage. and are the efficiency losses for power going into and out of the storage unit.

There are two options for specifying the initial state of charge : you can set
`storage_unit.cyclic_state_of_charge = False`

(the default) and the value of
`storage_unit.state_of_charge_initial`

in MWh; or you can set
`storage_unit.cyclic_state_of_charge = True`

and then
the optimisation assumes .

If in the time series `storage_unit_t.state_of_charge_set`

there are
values which are not NaNs, then it will be assumed that these are
fixed state of charges desired for that time and these will
be added as extra constraints. (A possible usage case would be a
storage unit where the state of charge must empty every day.)

### Store constraints¶

These are defined in `pypsa.opf.define_store_variables_constraints(network,snapshots)`

.

Store nominal energy and dispatch for each snapshot may be optimised.

The store nominal energy is given by .

The store has two time-dependent variables:

The store dispatch :

and the energy:

The variables are related by

is the standing losses dues to e.g. thermal losses for thermal storage.

There are two options for specifying the initial energy
: you can set
`store.e_cyclic = False`

(the default) and the
value of `store.e_initial`

in MWh; or you can
set `store.e_cyclic = True`

and then the
optimisation assumes .

### Passive branch flows: lines and transformers¶

See `pypsa.opf.define_passive_branch_flows(network,snapshots)`

and
`pypsa.opf.define_passive_branch_constraints(network,snapshots)`

and `pypsa.opf.define_branch_extension_variables(network,snapshots)`

.

For lines and transformers, whose power flows according to impedances, the power flow in AC networks is given by the difference in voltage angles at bus0 and at bus1 divided by the series reactance

(For DC networks, replace the voltage angles by the difference in voltage magnitude and the series reactance by the series resistance .)

This flow is the limited by the capacity :math:`F_l`

of the line

Note that if is also subject to optimisation
(`branch.s_nom_extendable == True`

), then the impedance of
the line is NOT automatically changed with the capacity (to represent
e.g. parallel lines being added).

There are two choices here:

Iterate the LOPF again with the updated impedances (see e.g. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0360544214000322#).

João Gorenstein Dedecca has also implemented a MILP version of the transmission expansion, see https://github.com/jdedecca/MILP_PyPSA, which properly takes account of the impedance with a disjunctive relaxation. This will be pulled into the main PyPSA code base soon.

### Passive branch flow formulations¶

PyPSA implements four formulations of the linear power flow equations that are mathematically equivalent, but may have different solving times. These different formulations are described and benchmarked in the arXiv preprint paper Linear Optimal Power Flow Using Cycle Flows.

You can choose the formulation by passing `network.lopf`

the
argument `formulation`

, which must be in
`["angles","cycles","kirchhoff","ptdf"]`

. `angles`

is the standard
formulations based on voltage angles described above, used for the
linear power flow and found in textbooks. `ptdf`

uses the Power
Transfer Distribution Factor (PTDF) formulation, found for example in
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0360544214000322#. `kirchhoff`

and `cycles`

are two new formulations based on a graph-theoretic
decomposition of the network flows into a spanning tree and closed
cycles.

Based on the benchmarking in Linear Optimal Power Flow Using Cycle
Flows for standard networks,
`kirchhoff`

almost always solves fastest, averaging 3 times faster
than the `angles`

formulation and up to 20 times faster in specific
cases. The speedup is higher for larger networks with dispatchable
generators at most nodes.

### Controllable branch flows: links¶

See `pypsa.opf.define_controllable_branch_flows(network,snapshots)`

and `pypsa.opf.define_branch_extension_variables(network,snapshots)`

.

For links, whose power flow is controllable, there is simply an optimisation variable for each component which satisfies

If the link flow is positive then it withdraws
from `bus0`

and feeds in to
`bus1`

, where is the link efficiency.

If additional output buses `busi`

for are
defined (i.e. `bus2`

, `bus3`

, etc) and their associated
efficiencies `efficiencyi`

, i.e. , then at
`busi`

the feed-in is . See also
Link with multiple outputs or inputs.

### Nodal power balances¶

See `pypsa.opf.define_nodal_balances(network,snapshots)`

.

This is the most important equation, which guarantees that the power balances at each bus for each time .

Where is the exogenous load at each node (`load.p_set`

) and the incidence matrix for the graph takes values in depending on whether the branch ends or starts at the bus. is the shadow price of the constraint, i.e. the locational marginal price, stored in `network.buses_t.marginal_price`

.

The bus’s role is to enforce energy conservation for all elements feeding in and out of it (i.e. like Kirchhoff’s Current Law).

### Global constraints¶

See `pypsa.opf.define_global_constraints(network,snapshots)`

.

Global constraints apply to more than one component.

Currently only “primary energy” constraints are defined. They depend on the power plant efficiency and carrier-specific attributes such as specific CO2 emissions.

Suppose there is a global constraint defined for CO2 emissions with
sense `<=`

and constant `\textrm{CAP}_{CO2}`

. Emissions can come
from generators whose energy carriers have CO2 emissions and from
stores and storage units whose storage medium releases or absorbs CO2
when it is converted. Only stores and storage units with non-cyclic
state of charge that is different at the start and end of the
simulation can contribute.

If the specific emissions of energy carrier is
(`carrier.co2_emissions`

) CO2-equivalent-tonne-per-MWh and the
generator with carrier at node has efficiency
then the CO2 constraint is

The first sum is over generators; the second sum is over stores and
storage units. is the shadow price of the constraint,
i.e. the CO2 price in this case. is an output of the
optimisation stored in `network.global_constraints.mu`

.

### Custom constraints and other functionality¶

PyPSA uses the Python optimisation language pyomo to construct the OPF problem. You can easily
extend the optimisation problem constructed by PyPSA using the usual
pyomo syntax. To do this, pass the function `network.lopf`

a
function `extra_functionality`

as an argument. This function must
take two arguments `extra_functionality(network,snapshots)`

and is
called after the model building is complete, but before it is sent to
the solver. It allows the user to add, change or remove constraints
and alter the objective function.

The CHP example and the
example that replaces generators and storage units with fundamental links
and stores
both pass an `extra_functionality`

argument to the LOPF to add
functionality.

### Inputs¶

For the linear optimal power flow, the following data for each component are used. For almost all values, defaults are assumed if not explicitly set. For the defaults and units, see Components.

network{snapshot_weightings}

bus.{v_nom, carrier}

load.{p_set}

generator.{p_nom, p_nom_extendable, p_nom_min, p_nom_max, p_min_pu, p_max_pu, marginal_cost, capital_cost, efficiency, carrier}

storage_unit.{p_nom, p_nom_extendable, p_nom_min, p_nom_max, p_min_pu, p_max_pu, marginal_cost, capital_cost, efficiency*, standing_loss, inflow, state_of_charge_set, max_hours, state_of_charge_initial, cyclic_state_of_charge}

store.{e_nom, e_nom_extendable, e_nom_min, e_nom_max, e_min_pu, e_max_pu, e_cyclic, e_initial, capital_cost, marginal_cost, standing_loss}

line.{x, s_nom, s_nom_extendable, s_nom_min, s_nom_max, capital_cost}

transformer.{x, s_nom, s_nom_extendable, s_nom_min, s_nom_max, capital_cost}

link.{p_min_pu, p_max_pu, p_nom, p_nom_extendable, p_nom_min, p_nom_max, capital_cost}

carrier.{carrier_attribute}

global_constraint.{type, carrier_attribute, sense, constant}

Note that for lines and transformers you MUST make sure that is non-zero, otherwise the bus admittance matrix will be singular.

### Outputs¶

bus.{v_mag_pu, v_ang, p, marginal_price}

load.{p}

generator.{p, p_nom_opt}

storage_unit.{p, p_nom_opt, state_of_charge, spill}

store.{p, e_nom_opt, e}

line.{p0, p1, s_nom_opt, mu_lower, mu_upper}

transformer.{p0, p1, s_nom_opt, mu_lower, mu_upper}

link.{p0, p1, p_nom_opt, mu_lower, mu_upper}

global_constraint.{mu}