SmartGrid Optimization

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At the University of Amsterdam, in the course of Heuristics, we have a case on SmartGrids. The assignment involves writing algorithms to optimally configure a grid of energy consuming and producing entities.

Houses with solar panels with different outputs must be linked to batteries, all placed on a grid, with minimal wiring cost. In a later stage, alternative locations for batteries might also be obtained.

Check out the case on

What is the goal of the project?

The first goal is to teach students algorithms for optimizing smart grids in terms of costs (wire length & battery application). Auxiliary goals could encompass getting acquainted with instance hardness, and possibly scientific publication.

What is the result of the project?

A city working with smart grids would be well-off by having some people trained in algorithmic optimization for the specific purpose.

Who initiated the project and which organizations are involved?

Alex Wittebrood, Stijn Verdenius, Jasper Bakker, Wouter Vrielink, Daan van den Berg

What is the next step?

We're currently learning. Hopefully we'll start publishing about the subject. Also, we are open for ideas or collaboration.

What can other cities learn from your project?

What algorithmic thinking can mean for your configuration.


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Daan van den Berg

Sounds good. Call your office @Surinameplein? (I can see the number).

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Daan van den Berg

Can you get in? There is some progress, but we're still working on writing it down.

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Evert Kuiken

The website does not work. Is there a working URL? Any progress so far?