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Energy for industry

Power matters - Electricity as a competitive advantage for Industrie 4.0

The energy sector has been undergoing major changes for years, including decentralization, digitalization and decarbonization. This means that industrial
companies must reposition themselves between the conflicting priorities of energy cost optimization and reliable power supply. Energy is becoming an increasingly important competitive factor globally and digitalization brings opportunities for higher efficiency, security and availability.

Reduced emissions increase social acceptance

Opportunities through sustainable energy systems

Energy accounts for up to ten percent of total production costs, and this figure is as much as 40 percent of manufacturing costs in energy-intensive industries such as the steel, chemical and pharmaceutical sectors. It is estimated that industrial energy consumption has grown three times faster than general consumption over the past 40 years and currently accounts for 42 percent of the energy consumed worldwide. Industries play a key role to play in power supply, power transmission and energy management systems.

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Climate protection, quality of supply, and energy costs represent enormous challenges for industries. Yet without industrial companies, the necessary emission reductions are unlikely to happen, since the generation of electricity and heat for processes and buildings causes high CO2 emissions. However, industrial plants can also be supplied with renewable energy. This reduces CO2 emissions as well as the need to buy electricity, and the sale of surplus energy further offsets operating costs. An additional benefit is the positive social acceptance "green companies" enjoy – as employers and business partners.

The shifting energy landscape also influences the quality of supply. For industries, changes in equipment and technological processes are playing an increasingly significant role – for example, through the use of new and more efficient power electronics and energy-storage technologies. Safeguards against system failure, and the protection of people and property are also important aspects of supply security.

Mastering the costs of energy as part of operations and production costs is a decisive factor for a company’s competitiveness. As energy becomes increasingly important for industries, industrial microgrid solutions become more and more relevant. They combine energy supply, storage and data collection, as well as energy-optimized production planning and control. The elements of a microgrid – distributed power generation, storage, electrical equipment, control technology, and energy automation with corresponding applications – can also be individually monitored and adjusted to optimize the overall electricity supply.

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The benefits of integrated power supply solutions

The TIP concept meets even the strictest requirements of supply-critical plants, from high voltage to supplying low voltage for consumers. Intelligent interfaces to industrial and building automation systems make it possible to tap the full potential of integrated power supply solutions. Extensive support throughout the entire lifecycle, from planning to maintenance, complete the offer.

Energy for industry

Challenges and solutions

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Higher energy efficiency and environmental protection

Distributed energy systems that use cleaner energy or hybrid systems have a lower impact on air quality and help keep the environment cleaner and greener. Combined with traditional energy saving measures, they can increase the efficiency of the entire energy system. Integrated real-time data monitoring and multi-point controlling on the plant, building and network levels can increase plant utilization and efficiency. In addition, electric, cooling, heating and lighting systems can be used only when needed.

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Innovations that help our customers

Siemens’ solutions for the Digital Enterprise enable our customers to invest right now in future-proof solutions for the step-by-step implementation of Industrie 4.0. For our customers, the future of manufacturing is already here today.

TIP at Kia Motors
SGT-750, Grupo Kaltex
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