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operational resilience and asset optimization .
SENSORS , DATA , AND IOT Making electrification ‘ smart ’ means adding sensors and Internet-of-Things platforms that can collect huge amounts of data . This data is then aggregated and analysed by algorithms and software to help plant operators identify efficiency opportunities within the plant ’ s energy system and broader operations .
Outcomes include optimized production , reduced electricity consumption , and proactive identification of situations that could compromise system efficiency , such as equipment failure .
Going a step further , digitalization can enable development of a digital twin for the plant ’ s power systems . When combined with industrial automation , planners can test a range of operating scenarios to find the optimal coordination of systems and services for lower error rates and reduced planning , construction , and maintenance costs .
Two real-world examples can help illustrate the magnitude of opportunity available to industrial companies .
The 200-year-old Finnish brewer Sinebrychoff is building a grid-connected battery energy storage system . With advanced software guiding energy system operations , the plant will operate as a virtual power plant , not only optimizing electricity use at the brewery , but also engaging in energy trading with the grid operator .
As a result , the plant will achieve improved energy efficiencies , as well as a new revenue stream by getting paid by the grid operator to reduce demand on the grid at certain periods – a process enabled by the advanced virtual power plant software and onsite battery storage .
Another example is Gestamp , a metal automotive components manufacturer in Spain . It has numerous energy-intensive processes , but lacked visibility into its energy consumption , even as it faced rising electricity prices .
By installing energy meters and communication solutions linked to big data analytics across 15 factories in six countries , Gestamp was able to identify and implement operational improvements that cut electricity consumption by 15 percent and lowered CO2 emissions by 14,000 tonnes annually .
Central to the decarbonisation of the industrial sector is efficient energy management , and the most effective way to make that happen is smart electrification . For plant managers , the benefits include greater production flexibility , lifecycle optimization and enhanced performance . It also opens the door to the decarbonisation of the sector through green electricity and significant opportunities in energy efficiency .
By implementing smart electrification in industrial plants , companies can shrink their environmental footprints , and support national and regional sustainability commitments such as the Green Deal in Europe .
The pandemic has forced us to pause and reconsider much about how we operate .
For industrial firms , now is the time to build for the future by incorporating smart electrification into their post-pandemic recovery and growth plans . The results will not only benefit the bottom line , but also the future for their customers , community , and our planet .
Matthias Rebellius is the chief executive of Siemens Smart Infrastructure He took part in Enlit Europe ’ s virtual debate , What if the global pandemic accelerated the green transition ? Watch now .