Energy management at industrial sites: a holistic approach

Panel: 3. Energy management: The nuts and bolts

Authors:
Paul Noble, DNV GL - Energy, United Kingdom
Matthew Jones, DNV GL, United Kingdom

Abstract

The industrial and manufacturing sector uses more delivered energy than any other end-use sector, consuming approximately 54% of the world’s total delivered energy. The sector faces a rapidly changing energy and production landscape including (i) energy costs and exposure to energy market volatility (ii) market-driven product and technology-driven production changes, for example increased customisation and electrification (iii) energy management opportunities such as revenues from flexibility (demand side response), improving on-site renewable generation and storage technologies, energy efficiency and improved automation and control. By combining the evaluation of these factors, industrial / manufacturing companies can improve productivity, competitiveness and sustainability performance. The resulting approach, holistic energy management, if properly developed and applied, can support companies operating in industry sectors in meeting these challenges and opportunities. While recent EU and UK policy supports renewables, flexibility and energy efficiency, there is clearly scope for a more proactive and holistic approach to industrial energy management.

This paper will present a number of industrial case studies that demonstrate the potential of holistic energy management. Each case study will include analysis of a portfolio of sites and a range of opportunities including energy efficiency, on-site renewable energy generation, flexibility and storage. The benefits will be presented in terms of energy, cost and carbon savings and revenue opportunities.

The role and implementation models of diverse market actors (utilities, aggregators, financiers, developers, OEMs and ESCOs) will be summarised to highlight the range of implementation options open to industrial companies.

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