Maximizing the consumption of self-generated power

Predictive plant control systems help maximize consumption of self-generated power and reduce costs for power obtained from the grid.

Making efficient use of self-generated power

Alongside rising power costs and charges for grid usage, companies also face growing social pressure to show increased environmental awareness. With the help of photovoltaic installations, they can take a big stride towards climate-friendly production and greater energy efficiency as well as reduce their power costs. This means, however, making effective use of such installations.

This is where it is crucial to maximize the consumption of self-generated power and thereby increase the efficiency of self-installed photovoltaic systems. To achieve this, companies must connect production machinery and distributed energy resources in such a way that the former can be managed in accordance with the availability of photovoltaic power. This enables companies to defer planned production – and the power consumption that this entails – to periods when they can increase consumption of their own, self-generated power and thereby reduce the amount of power obtained from the grid.

Benefits at a glance

  • Maximize the consumption of self-generated power
  • Reduce power obtained from the grid and charges for grid usage
  • Smart connectivity and predictive management of production machinery
  • Greater energy efficiency for production processes
  • Reduce carbon emissions

How companies benefit from maximizing the consumption of self-generated power

In terms of their load profile, industrial companies and their production facilities are ideal candidates – as are office and business complexes – for a tool that maximizes the consumption of self-generated power.

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Optimal use of resources

By flexibilizing machine operation and other processes, plant operators can maximize the use of self-generated, renewable power.

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Reduction of charges for grid usage

By maximizing the consumption of self-generated power and by deferring the consumption of power to periods when the consumption of self-generated power can be maximized, operators are able to reduce the costs of power obtained from the grid.

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Aligning commercial targets with scope for maximizing energy efficiency

Plant operators with renewable energy resources can fully exploit potential for maximizing energy efficiency while continuing to focus on their commercial targets.

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Our solution: Balancing Energy Network

As a rule, conventional energy management solutions are used to aggregate and display energy-related data, which is then analyzed manually. By contrast, the Balancing Energy Network is an intelligent energy management system that uses artificial intelligence (AI) not only to analyze energy flows but also to control production machinery and distributed energy resources on the basis of dependable generation and load forecasts.

Electricity consumption without own consumption optimization.
Optimization of own consumption with the Balancing Energy Network from Bosch.IO.
Electricity consumption without own consumption optimization.
Optimization of own consumption with the Balancing Energy Network from Bosch.IO.

The Balancing Energy Network solution enables companies to plan production in line with the availability of green energy while continuing to focus on their business targets. Given the existing flexibilities in energy generation, some consumption can be deferred to periods when self-generated, green energy is available in sufficient or surplus quantities. This solution also factors in information such as meteorological data and shift plans in order to draw up enhanced schedules. In addition, load forecasts help establish a production facility’s future energy requirements and thereby create optimal conditions for the purchase of electricity.

Alongside reducing the cost of power drawn from the grid, the Balancing Energy Network also helps reduce the CO2 emissions generated by production companies. By connecting the solution to a heating supply or charging infrastructure for electric vehicles, companies can improve their energy efficiency even further.