Multiobjective Direct Policy Search Using Physically Based Operating Rules in Multireservoir Systems

J. Ritter, G. Corzo, D. P. Solomatine, H. Angarita

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Abstract

This study explores the ways to introduce physical interpretability into the process of optimizing operating rules for multireservoir systems with multiple objectives. Prior studies applied the concept of direct policy search (DPS), in which the release policy is expressed as a set of parameterized functions (e.g., neural networks) that are optimized by simulating the performance of different parameter value combinations over a testing period. The problem with this approach is that the operators generally avoid adopting such artificial black-box functions for the direct real-time control of their systems, preferring simpler tools with a clear connection to the system's physics. This study addresses this mismatch by replacing the black-box functions in DPS with physically based parameterized operating rules, for example by directly using target levels in dams as decision variables. This leads to results that are physically interpretable and may be more acceptable to operators. The methodology proposed in this work is applied to a network of five reservoirs and four power plants in the Nechí catchment in Colombia, with four interests involved: average energy generation, firm energy generation, flood hazard, and flow regime alteration. The release policy is expressed depending on only 12 parameters, which significantly reduces the computational complexity compared to existing approaches of multiobjective DPS. The resulting four-dimensional Pareto-approximate set offers a variety of operational strategies from which operators may choose one that corresponds best to their preferences. For demonstration purposes, one particular optimized policy is selected and its parameter values are analyzed to illustrate how the physically based operating rules can be directly interpreted by the operators.

Original languageEnglish
Article number05020002
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Water Resources Planning and Management
Volume146
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2020

Keywords

  • Direct policy search
  • Multiobjective reservoir optimization
  • Multireservoir systems
  • Parameterization simulation optimization
  • Policy myopia

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