Single-Course English 2.5 ECTS

Time Series Analysis – with a focus on Modelling and Forecasting in Energy Systems

Overall Course Objectives

To give a hands on introduction to the statistical techniques, which are highly useful for modelling based on data observed from energy systems, as well as the use of these e.g. for control.

Learning Objectives

  • Achieve thorough understanding of maximum likelihood estimation techniques.
  • Formulate and apply non-parametric models using kernel functions and splines – with focus on solar and occupancy effects.
  • Formulate and apply time adaptive models.
  • Formulate and apply models for short-term forecasting in energy systems, e.g. for heat load in buildings, electrical power from PV and wind systems.
  • Application of statistical model selection techniques (F-test, likelihood-ratio tests, model validation).
  • Formulate and apply grey-box models – model identification – tests for model order and model validation, and advanced non-linear models.
  • Achieve understanding of model predictive control (MPC) – via applied examples on energy systems.
  • Achieve understanding of flexibility functions and indicies.

Course Content

Generally, one will need a self tuning model for each component in a system, which has only the complexity needed for the particular application. For example, a building with PV and a heat pump, one will need a model from weather forecasts and control variables to: power from the PV, load from the heat pump and the indoor temperature in the building. These, in combination with electricity prices, will in an MPC control be able to optimize the operation of the heat pump and shift the load to achieve the cheapest operation. There are many other applications of the data-driven models, e.g. performance assessment and fault-detection, these will also be presented with examples. The statistical techniques behind the models will be elaborated, with focus on non-linear models, both discrete (kernels and splines) and continuous (grey-box modelling with SDEs).

Recommended prerequisites

Teaching Method

Springschool held by DTU i collaboration with NTNU. The summer school is arranged by the projects ZEN, ARV, Syn.ikia and Elexia.

Limited number of seats

Minimum: 15, Maximum: 100.

Please be aware that this course has a minimum requirement for the number of participants needed, in order for it to be held. If these requirements are not met, then the course will not be held. Furthermore, there is a limited number of seats available. If there are too many applicants, a pool will be created for the remainder of the qualified applicants, and they will be selected at random. You will be informed 8 days before the start of the course, whether you have been allocated a spot.

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13 weeks




DTU Other Campus

Course code 02960
Course type PhD
Semester start Week 5
Semester end Week 19

10.600,00 DKK

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