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The chemical industry is characterized by complex processes that rely on maximum accuracy and safety. Power plays a key role in this: Even the smallest disruptions in the power supply can result in expensive interruptions in the production processes and cause serious damage to high quality facilities in the factory. In a worst-case scenario, a supply bottleneck can even endanger humans and the environment. For all these reasons, ensuring a reliable, safe, and efficient power supply is of the utmost importance in the chemical industry.
Enterprises in the chemical industry have to meet high technology requirements on the one hand, as well as stringent laws and regulations for environmental protection on the other hand. It is also essential to provide maximum safety in a highly controlled business environment. In addition, increasing energy costs call for greater efficiency. That’s why reliable, safe, and efficient power supply contributes to consistent market success facing strong global competition.
The chemical industry requires a reliable, safe, and economical power supply. Power outages severely impact the manufacturing process, and result in huge losses. Siemens' Totally Integrated Power (TIP) is tailored to the needs of the chemical manufacturing industry. Our portfolio is compliant with the highest safety standards and provides a broad range of certified and standardized equipment and services. From energy planning to configuration and management, TIP is our comprehensive concept for ensuring an optimal power flow for chemical plants – supporting every stage of the facility's power supply lifecycle.
The chemical industry is experiencing extreme changes in their business environment. Shifting market dynamics, dedicated innovations for specific problems, and even the increased commercialization of alternative manufacturing technologies are among the challenges that are emerging.
Chemical plants, often based in remote locations, need a reliable and safe power supply. There are, however, many standards that need to be fulfilled in order to secure a stable power supply. International laws and regulations demand the highest quality of products used in the chemical manufacturing. The electric system must be able to withstand harsh environments: In the petrochemical sector in particular, the construction must be highly resistant to extreme environmental conditions.
Chemical plants are often located in areas of the world where there is high uncertainty about grid reliability as well as fluctuating power quality – because the local grids are not designed for the huge amount of power needed for chemical production.
Modern grids are becoming more and more complex. The mixture of centralized and decentralized power generation and multiple infeeds into the grid calls for more advanced automated power management processes. This results in more data that needs to be processed in order to monitor, control, and manage the power flows reliably.
Globalization and the growth potential of emerging countries combine to create growth opportunities for the chemicals industry, even in mature economies. New manufacturing plants are being built and existing ones expanded to meet the world's need for chemicals. This growth in the industry is resulting in an increasing power demand, such that medium-voltage infeed to industrial plants may no longer be sufficient in some cases.
Energy prices are increasing over the long term, and this also applies to the chemical industry, for various reasons. Cost-efficient energy management is therefore extremely important to the future competitiveness of your business.
CO₂ emissions are increasing worldwide, and at the same time the extraction of fossil fuels is becoming more difficult. The chemical industry is also being scrutinized by politicians, ecologists, and the public. These sources are demanding an efficient use of resources as well as corporate social responsibility. Meeting these requirements allows companies to gain acceptance and meet the high standards of sustainability that are placed on the chemical industry.
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