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Harnessing the Full Potential of Industrial Demand-Side Flexibility: An End-to-End Approach Connecting Machines with Markets through Service-Oriented IT Platforms

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Fraunhofer Research Institution for Casting, Composite and Processing Technology IGCV, Am Technologiezentrum 2, 86159 Augsburg, Germany
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Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA, Nobelstrasse 12, 70569 Stuttgart, Germany
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Institute for Energy Efficiency in Production EEP, University of Stuttgart, Nobelstrasse 12, 70569 Stuttgart, Germany
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FIM Research Center, University of Bayreuth and Project Group Business & Information Systems Engineering of the Fraunhofer FIT, Wittelsbacherring 10, 95444 Bayreuth, Germany
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Project Group Business & Information Systems Engineering of the Fraunhofer FIT, Universitätsstr. 12, 86159 Augsburg, Germany
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Appl. Sci. 2019, 9(18), 3796; https://doi.org/10.3390/app9183796
Received: 15 August 2019 / Revised: 5 September 2019 / Accepted: 5 September 2019 / Published: 10 September 2019
The growing share of renewable energy generation based on fluctuating wind and solar energy sources is increasingly challenging in terms of power grid stability. Industrial demand-side response presents a promising way to balance energy supply and consumption. For this, energy demand is flexibly adapted based on external incentives. Thus, companies can economically benefit and at the same time contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. However, there are currently some major obstacles that impede industrial companies from taking part in the energy markets. A broad specification analysis systematically dismantles the existing barriers. On this foundation, a new end-to-end ecosystem of an energy synchronization platform is introduced. It consists of a business-individual company-side platform, where suitable services for energy-oriented manufacturing are offered. In addition, one market-side platform is established as a mediating service broker, which connects the companies to, e.g., third party service providers, energy suppliers, aggregators, and energy markets. The ecosystems aim at preventing vendor lock-in and providing a flexible solution, relying on open standards and offering an integrated solution through an end-to-end energy flexibility data model. In this article, the resulting functionalities are discussed and the remaining deficits outlined. View Full-Text
Keywords: industrial load management; demand-side management; demand-side response; energy flexibility; IT concept; platform-based ecosystem industrial load management; demand-side management; demand-side response; energy flexibility; IT concept; platform-based ecosystem
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Roesch, M.; Bauer, D.; Haupt, L.; Keller, R.; Bauernhansl, T.; Fridgen, G.; Reinhart, G.; Sauer, A. Harnessing the Full Potential of Industrial Demand-Side Flexibility: An End-to-End Approach Connecting Machines with Markets through Service-Oriented IT Platforms. Appl. Sci. 2019, 9, 3796.

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