Be energy intelligent – with distributed energy solutions

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Take control of your energy supply and achieve guaranteed results

Industries, campuses, commercial areas, large buildings, municipalities, and communities are facing three main challenges in the area of energy: costs, security of supply and CO₂ reduction. With the help of local distributed energy solutions, it’s possible to turn these challenges into opportunities – across all businesses and industrial sectors. The solutions utilize an optimized mix of distributed energy resources (DER) such as renewable energy, combined heating and power stations, or energy storage, supported by sophisticated energy management systems. In case you want to outsource your energy matters you can opt for energy-as-a-service. This is an option in which Siemens addresses all aspects of your energy assets, from design through installation right up to operation and maintenance, while you remain focused on your core business.

Market-specific solutions

Tailored solutions to cover your specific requirements

Different markets require different solutions.

Take a look at how our distributed energy solutions are tailored to suit specific market requirements.

Key technologies

Standardized and proven technology for highest flexibility

The optimal solution is different for every customer. In order to provide the best offering we combine modular and proven distributed energy resource (DER) technology, which allows for faster project delivery and easier expandability and scalability. 

The Smart Grid Atlantic project: developing the electrical grid of the future 

Smart Grid Atlantic is a four-year, federally-funded initiative that will help Atlantic Canada move to a smarter, cleaner, more resilient and efficient power grid.

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Challenges

Tackle your challenges

The transformation of the energy system is affecting energy providers and consumers at the same time. It not only holds significant optimization opportunities when combined with innovative technology, but even enables completely new business models.
Energy intelligence

The smart way to take control of your energy future

In the wake of energy system change – from a system of centralized large-scale power generation to an increasingly distributed, decarbonized, and digitally enabled landscape – significant new opportunities arise. Industrial plants, campuses, infrastructural facilities, buildings, urban districts, as well as municipalities can now play a new role in the energy system.

Optimizing energy spending

Optimizing energy costs becomes more and more important in order to increase competitiveness. There are several ways to achieve this goal: An optimized energy mix can help to lower purchase costs for energy. Reducing the overall energy consumption and increasing energy efficiency are also effective ways.

 

With a local energy solution, it’s also possible to reduce grid fees and to create additional revenue by selling surplus energy to the energy market. 

Reliable energy supply

For virtually all industries and especially for critical infrastructures a reliable power supply is crucial. Local energy solutions help improve system reliability and availability of power, ensure power quality, and support the implementation of resilience.

 

This enables you to safeguard your processes and become future-proof and scalable as well. 

Environmental awareness

Sustainability has grown to a real paradigm shift for many companies. Not only is it a means to improve the public perception and brand value, but also an effective way to reduce emissions and carbon footprint.

 

Thanks to available technologies such as waste heat recovery, forecasting, and measures for better allocation of available power it’s also possible to create significant energy and resource savings. 

Algonquin’s goal: A zero net carbon footprint by 2024

In 2007, Algonquin became the first Canadian college to sign the Talloires Declaration, which commits post-secondary institutions aroundthe world to being leaders in sustainability. 

Algonquin College took its first approach on this project to upgrade its backend operations to energy efficient assets which has led to an energy reduction in the amount of $3.2 million annually!

How did they do this?

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Key technologies

Standardized and proven technology for highest flexibility

The optimal solution is different for every customer. In order to provide the best offering we combine modular and proven DER technology, which allows for faster project delivery and easier expandability and scalability. Additional performance guarantees like share of renewable energies or system reliability help to minimize risks and to add value.

Turnkey solutions for generation of power, heat, and cooling

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Integration of multiple fossil and renewable technologies (diesel, photovoltaics, wind, combined cycle power plant, combined heat and power solutions) for energy generation.

As leading player in power generation, Siemens offers one of the broadest portfolios of generation assets in the market, including gas turbines, combined heat and power (CHP), and renewables. With our extensive experience in developing CHP solutions, fuel efficiency levels of up to 90% can be achieved thanks to the heat utilization. In addition, up to 30% energy cost savings are possible, while at the same time ensuring high security of supply and environmental protection.

 

Siemens renewable solutions deliver reliability along with sustainability. Our experts can specify and design the intelligent grid connection of complete solar arrays or customize a wind solution that fits your needs.   We configure new solutions, which also allow for integrating already existing assets into a full turnkey solution.

Tailor-made solutions for energy storage

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Every local power supply solution profits from an efficient and reliable energy storage system. There are different storage solutions available that fit the needs of industries, municipalities, large buildings, and communities. They make your on-site energy solutions much more efficient as they provide one of the greatest assets of all – flexibility. In particular, electrical storage systems are able to react very quickly and are specialized for improving power quality, enabling black start, and optimizing frequency response.

Another way of storing energy is hydrogen, which enables large amounts of renewable energy to be stored long-term. Additionally, it can be used by industries like refineries, glass, and food and beverages, as hydrogen is an essential feedstock that serves as fuel, additive, or reduction agent. Hydrogen is primarily used as a basis for the synthesis of ammonia and other fertilizers such as urea, and for the synthesis of methanol, various polymers, and resins. 

 

All our solutions are designed based on your specific infrastructure and can be backed with a performance guarantee. 

Controlling local energy supply and independent operation

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Energy management systems ensure a reliable, optimized, and efficient control of power generation, consumption, and storage. In addition, Siemens software will make your distributed energy solution fit for the energy market.

More and more industrial operators are using local energy solutions to produce the electricity they need cost-effectively, sustainably, and reliably. Siemens provides a comprehensive portfolio to monitor, control, and operate these microgrids – no matter what size. Thanks to open interfaces and international standards, our offer can be seamlessly integrated into existing solutions. 

 

With our control solutions, we monitor all components involved, thus protecting your local power supply against blackouts and balancing out grid fluctuations as well as fluctuations in power consumption. Additionally, our advanced control and optimization software allows to maximize the value of onsite energy resources in coordination with local utility or wholesale market rates. It has the ability to forecast site electrical and thermal loads and – while taking into account the current electric and fuel/gas utility prices – will execute a comprehensive resource optimization routine in order to find the economic optimal unit schedules for the next 24 hours. 

 

We will work with you to determine the specifications for your project, find the right controller, and support you with optimizing your energy management through data-based analytics. To take control of energy consumption of buildings and infrastructures, cloud-based applications enable to increase transparency over KPIs and to gain new insights. This provides the basis for making the right decisions that can be implemented by using our integrated building management solutions.

Highlights

Distributed energy systems

The energy market is facing three main challenges: cost, security of supply, and CO₂ reduction. In recent years only a few energy companies had to find the answers to these challenges. Now, virtually every single market participant can decide on the best strategy for their own situation.
Local energy in practice

The optimal solution for any requirement

Distributed energy solutions need to be specifically tailored to the individual requirements of companies.  Discover our broad offering for various markets and the underlying technical applications. As an experienced partner we ensure a comprehensive solution from consulting to services, including tailored financing and business models. 
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Distributed energy solutions at work

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