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Forecasting Summer School 2020 | Renewable Energy Forecasting – Theory and Practice
4-5 July 2020, Pontifical Catholic University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Instructors: Henrik Madsen and Peder Bacher, Technical University of Denmark

Following upon the global measures to contain and mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the IIF Board of Directors will postpone this event. We are reviewing several options for rescheduling or meeting alternatives and will announce as new events develop.

Application Deadlines 

  1. 5 April 2020 You will be notified by 17 April, along with details on registration. The registration deadline will be 1 May. No refunds will be given after that date.
  2. 24 February 2020 This deadline is for students applying for the ISF Travel Award program. When submitting your application, indicate whether you would like to attend the summer school. Grants to attend the Summer School are offered in conjunction with the travel award program, and are limited to 12 participants.

Registration Fees
ISF attendee, $195
Non-attendee, $390

* In case of summer school cancellation, the IIF liability will be limited to a refund of the registration fee only.

About the Instructors

Henrik Madsen

Henrik received his PhD in Statistics at the Technical University of Denmark in 1986. He was appointed Asst. Prof. in Statistics in 1986, Assoc. Prof. in 1989, and Professor in Mathematical Statistics, with a special focus on Stochastic Dynamical Systems in 1999. In 2017 he was appointed Professor II at NTNU in Trondheim. His main research interest is related to analysis and modelling of stochastic dynamics systems, which includes signal processing, time series analysis, identification, estimation, grey-box modelling, forecasting, optimization and control. Since 1992 he has been the leader of one of the most active research groups in Europe in relation to wind and solar power forecasting as well as methods for integration of renewables in the power systems.

Henrik has received numerous awards, including the Knight of the Order of Dannebrog by Her Majesty the Queen of Denmark, in June 2016. He was appointed Doctor HC at Lund University in June 2017.

In addition, he has authored or co-authored approximately 550 papers and 12 books. The most recent books are Time Series Analysis (2008); General and Generalized Linear Models (2011); Integrating Renewables in Electricity Markets (2013), and Statistics for Finance (2015).

Peder Bacher

Peder is an Associate Professor at the Technical University of Denmark working with statistical modelling of energy systems for forecasting, control and performance assessment. His PhD was in applying statistical models for solar energy applications, which he finished in 2012 and since the aim of his work has been to find good solutions for integrating renewables into the energy system. Finding suitable models for, on the generation side: models for wind, pv and solar thermal forecasting, and on the load and storage side: models and optimization for energy efficiency and demand side management in building HVAC systems, district heating and for battery charging.


Saturday & Sunday
9:00–5:00pm | Course includes (2) coffee breaks and lunch, each day

Renewable Energy Forecasting – Theory and Practice

Today, on average, roughly 50 percent of the electricity in Denmark is generated as wind and solar power. Wind power alone accounts for around 44 percent of the electricity load, but this is highly fluctuating. Denmark has hours with almost no wind, but also experiences periods with up to 140 percent of the electricity load. Therefore, forecasting is crucial in order to operate the energy systems including the electricity grid. Prof. Madsen and his collaborators are responsible for the methods used, eg. in Denmark, by both transmission system operators and low voltage operators.

Through a combination of lectures and lab sessions, this course will provides an introduction to methods and tools used for forecasting wind and solar power generation. We will touch upon how the forecasts are used in the daily operation of the power system. For the lab session, R software packages will be used. The topics covered are:

  • Point forecasts and probabilistic forecasts
  • Use of meteorological (MET) forecasts
  • Simple parametric models for forecasting (Box-Jenkins, SARIMA, Holt-Winter, Neural Networks, AI, Hidden Markov, Regime based models)
  • Non- and Semi-parametric methods (Kernel, Spline, Local polynomial, and Varying coefficient based methods)
  • State spaces models in discrete and continuous time
  • Multivariate probabilistic forecasting
  • Methods for forecast evaluation
  • Spatio-temporal forecasting
  • Forecasting hierarchies
  • Combined forecasting (eg. for use of several MET providers)
  • Down- and upscaling
  • Adaptive forecasting
  • Generating forecasts for optimal decision making
  • Tools for wind and solar power forecasting

The course will also provide options of the best tool depending on the penetration level of the renewables and the setting in general.