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Artelys Crystal Energy Planner


Operational management

Relying on its experience and knowledge in numerical optimization, energy systems and markets, Artelys presents Artelys Crystal Energy Planner, a software platform within the Artelys Crystal Suite, dedicated to operational optimization and planning of power generation assets (thermal, gas, hydro, etc.). No need to schedule operations by hand anymore, Artelys Crystal Energy Planner automatically builds optimized production plans!

Generic platform for specific needs

Artelys Crystal Energy Planner is a fully customizable software based on an extensive library of pre-built asset models and operational workflows. It allows the user to model realistically and completely its own energy system (production assets, supply and sales contracts, markets, stocks) and to reflect its operational processes.

Significant financial gains

Thanks to its state-of-the-art optimization engine, Artelys Crystal Energy Planner takes advantage of the system flexibility to automatically generate reliable least cost schedules together with optimized bid offers. The generated schedules satisfy all operational constraints, take into account environmental impacts, and maximize the operating profit.

Powerful and ergonomic tool

Artelys Crystal Energy Planner is a proven and innovative software. Its user-friendly interface has been designed to ease input data, visualize production plans and export them; this whole process fitting into your existing IT architecture.

A fully customizable interface

Every step of the workflow is configurable to reflect your operational processes and increase their reliability.

Workflow energy planner

• Automatic import/export data

Automated data import/export from various formats: Excel, databases (SQL), web, …
Adapting to the existing architecture

• Easy results analysis

Results visualization for operational management
Quantitative tabular or graphs specific indicators (sales and generation, stock levels, market blocks…)
Detailed or aggregated configurable KPIs
Reports automation and export

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Complete modelling of your system

• Embedded library of assets

• Production assets

Thermal: min/max generation, efficiencies, fixed and variable costs (fuel costs, no load costs, start-up costs…), min on/off durations, up/down ramps, start-up curves…
Hydro power: head/tail water, reservoir levels, net head and discharge dependent efficiencies, min discharge constraint, rough zones, cascaded run of the river systems, water reservoirs
Renewables: must-run assets (wind, solar, run-of-river, geothermal, …)
Storage: capacity, losses, min/max input/output
Power-to-X: heat pumps, electric boilers, electrolysers, …

• Load, Markets and contracts

Power and ancillaries markets: energy, regulation and reserve prices and constraints, constraints in the real time operations due to day-ahead positions
Daily/hourly energy and spinning-reserves demand: for isolated systems, load serving entities, embedded demand forecasting module, time/quantity-dependent primary and secondary reserves requirements
Supply constraints: fuel costs, supply contracts
Environmental constraints: limits, costs, taxes, quotas on emisssions (CO2, etc.)

Multi-scenario handling and risk management

Uncertainties are at the heart of the operational decision processes, especially for mid-term issues: optimizing yearly production plans based on one unique scenario does not lead to robust decisions-making.

This is why our software enables the user to optimize its generation plan taking into account several scenarios by performing joint or independent optimization(s), and analyse the results with dedicated indicators.

Therefore, you are able to make your decisions based on several forecasts for load, market prices, water inflows, outages…


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A proven track record of adapting to specific contexts

Thanks to its high level of parametrization, Artelys Crystal Energy Planner has been successfully applied to the short term optimization of various portfolios in the Americas, Europe and Africa, such as for example:

• Mid-size (about 100MW peak), isolated power systems using mostly fuel-oil

• Large cascaded hydro power systems: daily optimization of hydro turbine loading and dispatch for day-ahead markets

• Day-to-day optimization of power generation schedules

• Regional power systems with diversified portfolios (gas, hydro, renewables)


Energy system optimization interface

Business benefits

Optimized operating profit
A reliable and normalized operational process
Optimization against several scenarios
Traceable decision-making

Artelys Energy Planner can be configured for various day-to-day tasks

Various day-to-day tasks

A comprehensive offer

Artelys’ consultants master all the steps leading to the successful implementation of the tool: prototyping, proof of concept, modelling, installation, maintenance and support.