On the Potential of Multi-objective Optimization in the Design of Sustainable Energy Systems

  • Claude Bouvy
  • Christoph Kausch
  • Mike Preuss
  • Frank Henrich
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Economics and Mathematical Systems book series (LNE, volume 634)


A new multi-criterial methodology is introduced for the combined structural and operational optimization of energy supply systems and production processes. The methodology combines a multi-criterial evolutionary optimizer for structural optimization with a code for the operational optimization and simulation. The genotype of the individuals is interpreted with a superstructure. The methodology is applied to three real world case studies: one communal and one industrial energy supply system, one distillation plant. The resulting Pareto fronts and potentials for cost reduction and ecological savings are discussed.


Communal energy supply concepts Distillation plants Evolutionary algorithms Industrial energy supply systems Multi-objective optimization 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Claude Bouvy
    • 1
  • Christoph Kausch
  • Mike Preuss
  • Frank Henrich
  1. 1.Forschungsgesellschaft Kraftfahrwesen mbH AachenAachenGermany

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