Industrial Energy Flexibility Fundamentals

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Industrial Energy Flexibility Fundamentals
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This single day course is primarily intended for energy managers as well as engineering and management staff who are involved in energy transition & related projects. Typical relevant industries include the power generation industry (conventional gas & coal power plants, as well as bio-energy) and energy-intensive industries such as steel, cement, paper, chemicals, electrolysis, etc.

The objective is to give attendees the fundamentals of flexibility for industry: why, how, who? The day is setup as a crash course with the energy transition being the starting point. In the first half of the day many concepts, technological & economical, are introduced and the path towards flexible industrial processes is laid out. The second half of the day is filled with case studies where these concepts are applied.

Course instructor is Jens Baetens, Business Advisor & Algorithm Designer at Entras.

About the instructor: Jens has a MSc and PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Ghent and focusses on flexibility for industry. During his research he worked closely with several industrial sites in Belgium. At Entras he brings this academic knowledge into practice by advising industry & implementing tool to valorise flexibility.

Energy transition basics: concepts & terminology

  • Path to net-zero & renewable energies
  • Carbon capture, hydrogen, electrification, synfuels: see the forest for the trees.
    Overview, concepts & future
  • Electrification technology overview: basics on e-boilers, heat pumps, heat storage, etc. Understanding the dynamics, efficiencies & COPs
  • Flexibility in all its forms: from seconds to seasons. What is flexibility, why is it needed and how is it supplied?

Energy markets, tariff structures & contracts

  • Commodity markets for natural gas & electricity: forwards, futures & spot markets.
  • Imbalance market & ancillary services, financial implications of (un)controlled electricity consumption & production
  • Non-commodity energy costs: capacity tariffs, grid costs, taxes, etc.
  • Industrial energy contracts: yesterday, today & tomorrow. How a typical energy contract looks like, and how it might change in the future.
  • The economics of flexibility: how market structures & contracts (dis)incentives industrial flexibility

Case studies: economical & ecological optimal dispatching of assets, processes & industries.

Examples of applications to real-life industry. Touching upon technical, operational & financial aspects.

  • Natural gas & electric hybrid boiler setup: fit flexibility within a steam or hot water system
  • Combined heat & power, steam turbines, bio-fuel engines: producing own electricity in a flexible way
  • Chlor-alkali or hydrogen electrolysis process with storage and constraints: energy-efficiency vs flexibility
  • Large scale Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS): thé flexible energy asset?
  • Additional industrial process upon request
Contact Tetra Engineering further details.

Courses are hosted worldwide. Courses can be delivered on-site and tailored to a client’s specific needs if required.

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