The future of energy
The building block of a new
The energy system of tomorrow will have to master a series of challenges: a growing share of renewable energy sources, fluctuating feed-in volumes, and increasingly decentralized production at ever smaller power plants. This will require many different market operators and technologies to join forces, forming a complex power supply system. To ensure an efficient and reliable power supply, both now and in the future, Siemens offers its customers a wide range of digital products, technologies, and solutions – from the virtual power plant to intelligent grid management and innovative storage solutions.
A reliable power supply is the basis for prosperity. With its innovative technologies, products, and solutions, Siemens is helping to close the gaps in energy supply and make production, transmission, and distribution smarter. Together with our customers, we analyze their requirements for energy systems and develop tailored solutions that address their challenges along the entire value chain. Siemens' portfolio includes technology and expertise for an economically efficient and reliable power supply, which accounts for resource scarcity and helps to protect the climate.
Because renewable power generation affects grid stability, a special challenge for power supplies involves maintaining a balance between production/transmission capacities and demand. Fluctuations in the power supplied by wind and photovoltaic installations demand intelligent energy management. Smart grid technologies can mitigate the effects of fluctuating power feed-in by incorporating many small generation units in the grid.
Virtual power plants also help to stabilize the grid. These are software systems that automate the interplay of a wide number of power producers and consumers. Virtual power plants bring together many small plants to produce a single, major power plant – without any serious feed-in fluctuation.
Lastly, energy storage systems maintain grid stability. Siemens supplies battery tanks and conducts research with partners into processes such as electrolysis, which converts current into hydrogen. In this way, excess electricity produced by wind turbines could be stored or converted into valuable chemical products such as ammonia.
Modern power plants contain many sensors that record vast quantities of data relating to state of operation. In a large gas turbine, for example, hundreds of sensors measure temperature, pressure, flow paths, and gas compositions every second. State-of-the-art analysis methods are required to ensure this data is intelligently evaluated and utilized. With plant and user knowledge, combined with the right data evaluation algorithms, Siemens helps its customers to optimize their electricity generation.
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