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Heat recovery on ships
power from exhaust gases
Economical use of resources
The car of the future
Visionary production processes from Siemens create the car of tomorrow
Product lifecycle management enables production and operations to be simulated
Minimize costs and increase productivity
Integrated technologies, vertical market expertise and services for greater productivity, energy efficiency and flexibility.
The Industry Sector is one of the world’s leading suppliers of innovative, environmentally friendly products and solutions for industry customers. Solid market expertise, technology-based services and software for industrial processes are the levers we use to increase our customers’ productivity, efficiency and flexibility.
We consistently rely on integrated technologies and, thanks to our bundled portfolio, we can respond more quickly and flexibly to our customers' wishes. With our globally unmatched offering of automation technology, industrial control and drive technology as well as industrial software, we equip enterprises with what they need over their entire value chain – from product design and development to production, sales and service. Our industry customers also profit from our comprehensive offering of services tailored for their market and their needs.
Siemens Industry is able to cut the time needed for the market launch of many products in half with software and automation technology while also significantly reducing energy or wastewater costs for manufacturing companies. In this way we increase our customers‘ competitive strength and make an important contribution to environmental protection at the same time with our energy-efficient products and solutions.
The advantages of energy recovery at sea: fuel savings and the resulting reduction in fuel costs, more eco-friendly transportation, and an on-board power supplies that eliminates the need to run an additional generator.
The Umm Salal is a giant. The ship with a length of 365.5 meters and 48.40 meters wide across the beam, is larger in area than two FIFA standard-size soccer pitches. That’s enough room for more than 13,000 20-foot standard containers (TEU – twenty-foot equivalent unit) that the Umm Salal carries across the seas on a weekly container service between Europe and the Far East. The largest vessel in the fleet of the United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) – one of nine large container ships currently on order – is a floating city, and yet is still just a small cog in the world of container traffic. Ninety-five percent of global cargo traffic is transported by ship, and the trend is on the rise. More than just one of these giant vessels is needed.
This costs energy, that is to say, fuel. “Over the past four to five years we’ve seen a steady increase in bunker prices,” says UASC CEO Jorn Hinge. “Fuel costs are now the largest individual cost item in container shipping, and UASC is no exception in this respect.”
Energy consumption as an opportunity
However, the high absolute energy requirement of the Umm Salal also creates the potential for efficiently recovering its heat losses. Although this may seem paradoxical at first – especially considering that the shipping industry worldwide is responsible for up to four percent of carbon dioxide emissions – it also represents an opportunity. Waste heat recovery systems (WHRS) that enable energy to be recovered from exhaust gases are being used today in the shipping industry, reflecting the rising price of marine fuel and additional costs for CO2 emissions.
More and more shipping companies are recognizing the advantages of energy recovery at sea: fuel savings and the resulting reduction in fuel costs, more eco-friendly transportation, and an on-board power supplies that eliminates the need to run an additional generator.
In all nine of the new ships under construction, the exhaust gases from the diesel propulsion unit – or more accurately, their heat – is converted into steam in a waste-heat boiler by the WHRS. This steam drives a turbo generator and generates electric power that can be used, for example, to supply the on-board supply system or the booster, an electric motor integrated in the drive shaft. In this way, the recovered energy is fed directly back to the consumer.
Lower consumption, more planning flexibility
As a result, a ship’s fuel consumption and CO2 emissions can be reduced by as much as twelve percent and energy costs can be cut by up to ten percent. A ship with a daily consumption of about 240 metric tons of heavy fuel oil would use 24 tons less fuel – equivalent to about US $17,000 (at $ US 710 per metric ton on April 11, port of Rotterdam). There also other benefits in the form of a substantial reduction in maintenance costs and more flexible planning in the construction of new ships. Fuel tanks can be made smaller, thereby increasing available space on the ship and improving its external lines, and the ship’s main propulsion unit can have a lower rated power.
All of this adds up, for the environment as well as the shipping company. “In order to be able to survive in a competitive environment in which fuel costs have reached historic peaks, we have to be able to keep fuel costs per TEU and mile as low as possible,” Hinge emphasized. In addition, a WHRS pays for itself within two or three years of operation: after that, it runs at a profit.
The sparing use of resources is of major significance, not only in ecological but also economic terms.
With prices rising and resources dwindling around the world, the responsible use of energy is becoming increasingly important. Today, energy efficiency isn’t just a matter of ecology but also of economy, and has become the focus of great attention.
With its energy-efficient products and solutions – like Sirius industrial controls – the Industry Sector is making an important contribution to improved energy efficiency and environmental protection for its customers in industry. Our coordinated range of automation technology, industrial control technology, and industrial software is unique worldwide. And our innovative energy efficiency tools help customers reduce their energy and operating costs by up to 20 percent – benefiting both them and the environment.
In the current issue of Industry Automation Press Feature you’ll find bundled information on the topic of energy efficiency, and you can learn more about Siemens’ expertise in this area.
Safety, fuel efficiency, and individualized features – the characteristics of the car of the future can already be seen today. Thanks to innovative production technologies from Siemens, this car will primarily be one thing: a product that is fine-tuned to our needs.
A car dealership in 2025: four people – two adults and two children – are standing in front of a projection surface and are moving images through the air with their hands. Is the family looking for its new car? No, it is building one: a flower vase over the navigation device, bottle storage under the passenger seat, a tachometer and speedometer in motorsport design, one multimedia console for the rear seat in blue, the other in green.
From series production to made-to-order
Fuel efficiency, networking with the environment, automatic driving – what will the car of the future bring? The biggest trend in the automotive industry is diversity of variants and individual design. If you take a look at the innovations in production technology, that can already be clearly recognized today. “The future lies in the early identification of customers with the product, when the car purchaser helps decide details of the product’s design already in the planning phase, for example,” explains Matthias Frische, Integration Manager of the Siemens Industry Sector, citing the example of Fiat. For the launch of the new Fiat 500, the manufacturer offered not just a great variety of combination options, but also went a step further in Italy: an online portal allowed consumers to help with the decision about certain design details.
New technology changes the way we work and think
Behind the new options for creating cars in an unimagined diversity of variants – and even for producing niche vehicles with which a great deal of money can nevertheless be made –, there is a lot of innovative technology. First and foremost, however, this trend is leading to a revolutionary change in established ways of working. The path from vision to design to production of a car usually occurs in a step-by-step manner – without a given station in the process being able to influence the previous one. “Between product development and production, there are still gaps on the map,” says Matthias Frische. “Siemens works tirelessly to close these gaps with innovations.” As an example, he describes a production planner who is able to optimize production processes through the Siemens Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software. He does this, for example, by suggesting to the designer that certain screws be planned in a more favorable location for his tool – and this is accomplished with a graphical interface without the need to pass a lot of papers back and forth. Such innovations are the first important basis of modern production.
Digital factory – planning, testing, building cars
A second pillar of the manufacturing of the individual car of the future is the digital factory: with the virtual representation of the actual factory, production processes can be simulated, new variants can be tested, and processes can be optimized. The results are then implemented in the construction of the manufacturing plants. That makes production both flexible and cost-efficient: if you can eliminate errors in a plant already in the digital world, this creates enormous savings potential. By having design and production grow together, more efficient production methods are also used, allowing material to be conserved, for example.
Intelligently networked energy wonders
Whether intelligent LED lights, low-consumption powertrain concepts, or accident prevention through communication with traffic signs and other vehicles – the car of the future will surely also be individually tailored to the buyer. And that will now be possible on the basis of new manufacturing methods that bring production together with design. Or as Matthias Frische formulates it: “Siemens is the only company worldwide that simultaneously offers a complete solution portfolio on the software side and on the automation side – both for the digital and the actual factory.”
The digital factory is breaking new ground with the simulation of production scenarios – all the way from product conception to the recycling phase.
In an age of fast-paced technological change and growing demand for customized products, industrial equipment and systems must be adapted to current market needs more quickly, flexibly and cost-effectively than ever before. Throughout the entire product development process, speed is a key competitive advantage. In today’s increasingly complex environment, conventional development and production processes are reaching their limits. That’s where the digital factory is breaking new ground with the simulation of production scenarios – all the way from product conception to the recycling phase. Product lifecycle management (PLM) is the preferred approach for transforming fledgling ideas into successful products.
Our industrial software translates this concept into proven solutions that are open, scalable and flexible. Using our PLM software, manufacturers can simulate production steps and operational states, without the need for costly real-world prototypes. In the field of mechanical engineering, for example, we offer PLM solutions that span the entire process chain – from computer-aided design and manufacturing to the construction of entire virtual machines. The advantages: time-to-market is accelerated considerably, while end customers benefit from improved product quality and productivity.
Our innovative and ecofriendly solutions help conserve natural resources, improve energy and capital utilization, and optimize processes.
To master the challenges of global competition, our customers must minimize costs, continually increase the productivity of their systems and meet ever-stricter environmental regulations. Our innovative and ecofriendly solutions help conserve natural resources, improve energy and capital utilization, and optimize processes. For our customers, this means lower raw materials consumption, fewer emissions, greater energy efficiency, lower costs and increased output.