Power moves everything: from the industrial sectors of oil and gas, mining, chemicals, and the automotive industry to data centers and airports. However, the previous unidirectional power generation and distribution system is being replaced by multidirectional alternatives. Ralf Christian, CEO of the energy management division at Siemens, says: “Today, more and more electricity is being generated in a decentralized way from renewable energy sources. It is the basis for a sustainable power supply in industrial plants, buildings, and infrastructures.” A growing number of companies are already generating their own power using renewable energy, for example to cover peak loads during production-intense periods.
Feeding an increasing amount of renewable energy into the grid makes power systems more and more complex. This can result in voltage fluctuations and can therefore disrupt plant operations and even cause downtime. Ensuring plant availability and profitability with new technologies such as digitalization is essential. The answer is to design a holistic, reliable, adjustable, and intelligent power supply system. The following stories illustrate three examples from different industrial branches.