Power and Data Engineering (PDE)

Operations Research in Energy Economics

Teaching Methods Lecture
Learning objectives / competencies

Qualitative and quantitative methods of management science / Operational Research are gaining ever higher importance in the energy sector e. g. optimization problems play a prominent role in energy economics, considering for example development of power plant fleets, development of grids and the usage of power plants. Students learn about the background of forecasting methods and optimization as mathematical tool for analysing power systems. They are able to formulate mathematical models and to apply optimization methods, e. g. linear programming, and forecasting methods, e. g. time series analysis.

Within module PDE-02 the students also apply the knowledge and competencies in economics and business strategy gained so far. Within required elective courses the students deepen and expand their capabilities when implementing a revised business strategy and experience the impact on an enterprise as a whole or when analysing and further developing energy management solutions in industry.


Duration 1
SWS 4.0
Classes 60
Self-study / group work: 60
Workload 120
ECTS 4.0
Requirements for awarding credit points

written exam 90 minutes

Responsible Person

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Grit Köhler

Frequency Annually (ss)

Master PDE


Operations Research in der Energiewirtschaft

Type Vorlesung
Nr. M+V3038
SWS 4.0
Lecture Content

1. System analysis in Energy Economics (data acquisition and data
refinement, data representation, regression techniques)
2. Optimization problems in Energy Economics (types of problems; e.g.
development of power plant fleet; resource planning)
3. Approaches to develop models for optimization problems in energy
4. Application of selected computational optimization techniques

  • KONSTANTIN, P.: Praxisbuch Energiewirtschaft - Energieumwandlung, -transport und -beschaffung im liberalisierten Markt. 2. Auflage, Berlin: Springer, 2009.
  • RUDOLPH, M., WAGNER, U.: Energieanwendungstechnik. Wege und Techniken zur effizienteren Energienutzung. Berlin: Springer, 2008.
  • SUHL, L., MELLOULI, T.: Optimierungssysteme : Modelle, Verfahren, Software, Anwendungen. 2. Auflage, Berlin : Springer, 2009.