How Operational Research reacts to disruptive changes

What does the term “resilient energy system” mean in energy related business? What are the planning, investment, and operations decisions that arise from this? What approaches can companies and pubblic organizations adopt to ensure security of supply vs. cost efficiency?

These are some of the questions that Matteo Pozzi, Optit’s CEO and Vice Chair of DHC+ of Euroheat & Power, has adressed in his presentation during the 4th EURO Practitioners’ Forum Conference in Berlin.

The 2023 edition of the conference organized by The Euro Working group on Practice of OR was titled “Exploring OR as a resilient technology: How OR reacts and adapts to disruptive changes and future challenges”. During the event experts have debated the use of OR techniques in unpredictable situations that cause disruptive changes to established processes.

Energy systems are currently undergoing such disruptive changes. Decarbonization, security of supply and resilience in light of unpredictable events have become important drivers on top of the economic goals of energy companies.

Matteo Pozzi has presented his experience (both in Optit and in EHP) in the speech: “Multi-energy systems design and operations in response of climate change policies”.

The energy industry is undergoing a dramatic transformation, mostly caused by the introduction of increasingly stringent decarbonization policies to face the climate change crisis, that represents without doubts one of the largest and most significant societal challenges worldwide.
While renewable energy sources are installed and fossil fuel combustion-based processes are decommissioned or retrofitted, the actual target scenarios are extremely hard to design due to the fact that the traditional boundaries between gas, electricity, heat and mobility are no longer representative due to the increasing importance of sector coupling/integration.
Leveraging on Optit’s consolidated experience in the District Energy sector, Matteo has showed how OR is being used by Utilities and Energy Companies to improve day by day operations in view of uncertain conditions, but also how the design of future scenarios (and indeed decisions on investments and policies) and long-term planning can benefit from OR-based models.

In Optit we have many real life examples from our collaboration with Italian, EU and US companies (and the UN) that highlight both cross-cutting trends and local approaches. In these projects we have seen how digital and analytics innovation unlocks new opportunities to foster sustainability and resilience, improving economic and environmental impacts.

The Berlin event saw interventions in very different areas, from energy systems, to airlines, from hospital staff planning to e-commerce and much more. After these two intense days, the event proved to be an excellent opportunity to meet other professionals, be inspired by best practices (D.Roth’s representation of how the Jeppesen digital aviation system supported the COVID crise in Sweden is a sure highlight of the event) and identify new potential collaboration opportunities.

The event has taken place at the Zuse Institute in Berlin.

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