PSI has been awarded the contract for a research project for the optimised inclusion of “smart industrial customers” in an energy platform for the marketing of energy flexibilities. The research project will be implemented as a prototype in the Aachen region and is being sponsored by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. The project was commenced on 1 August 2015 and run for three years.
The core element of the platform is a mechanism that assesses the flexibility of the smart industrial customer and therefore allows them to participate on the energy spot market and the balancing energy market. In general, this will establish a preference for local balancing in the distribution network over cross-regional balancing in transmission networks. Along with partners from the scientific and industrial communities, PSI is participating in the research project with its subsidiaries PSI Energy Markets, PSI Metals und PSIPENTA.
PSI Energy Markets is heading the sub-project Smart Services, which will pursue the design and expansion of portfolio management for the compensation, marketing and optimisation of the flexibility of industrial customers, energy generation and storage. The PSIPENTA sub-project is aimed at the development of methods and procedures for the prognosis of consumption, planning and control for smart industrial customers in discreet production. In their sub-project, PSI Metals and PSIPENTA will jointly develop energy-flexible planning and controlling processes. Furthermore, a process for the determination of an energy fingerprint will be designed that describes the consumption prognosis and flexibilities of the industrial customers. For PSI Metals, the focus will be on the steel and aluminium industries that, in addition to the classical criteria deadline and capacity, also takes the flexible use of energy into consideration in the planning. An additional focus is on the development of standard interfaces for manufacturing execution systems (MES).
As one of few providers, PSI has in-depth knowledge in both the energy sector as well as the production and metals industry and sophisticated algorithms and processes for increasing the efficiency of the use of energy. With the FlAixEnergy research project, PSI is further expanding its strong position in industrial energy management and in the field of virtual power plants. Beyond that, the research project is making a contribution to an economical and environmentally tolerant energy supply while simultaneously increasing the security of supply.