Modelling and Control of Co-generation Power Plants under Consideration of Lifetime Consumption: A Hybrid System Approach

In this paper the load optimization of a combined cycle power plant under consideration of the real cost of lifetime usage is accomplished by exploiting hybrid systems, i.e., systems evolving according to continuous dynamics, discrete dynamics, and logic rules. The possibility of turning on/off the gas and steam turbines, the operating constraints (minimum up and down times) and the different types of start up of the turbines characterize the hybrid behavior of a combined cycle power plant. In order to model both the continuous/discrete dynamics and the switching between different operating conditions we use the framework of Mixed Logic Dynamical systems. Next, we recast the economic optimization problem as a Model Predictive Control (MPC) problem, that allows us to optimize the plant operations by taking into account the time variability of both prices and electricity/steam demands. Because of the presence of integer variables, the MPC scheme is formulated as a mixed integer linear program that can be solved in an efficient way by using commercial solvers.

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15th IFAC World Congress on Automatic Control
Barcelona, Spain, 21-26 July.

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