4 questions about an energy digital twin on real ways to improve business operation

4 questions about an energy digital twin on real ways to improve business operation

11. September 2020

Digital twins are a hot subject in this time. When remote working conditions and improved testing and simulation capabilities are a matter of necessity. Many companies are interested on what benefits a digital twin can bring for their business. And the energy domain is no exception to that, especially as it is leading edge in adopting new technologies. So, we thought of a few questions you might want to ask about the energy digital twin technology. And also how its use can optimize costs and streamline your operation.

What is an energy digital twin and why would you need it?

A digital twin is a virtual copy of a device, system or process that accurately simulate actual operation in real-time and can be repeated, adapted for different conditions or transformed to optimize the performance of the real system.
An energy digital twin uses a combination of experience and skills that are supported by an energy management system. Visual MESA EMS is a solution provided by KBC and it is the world’s first integrated monitoring, scheduling, and real-time optimization technology for managing energy systems. It provides recommendations for effective planning, scheduling, and energy trading. And it is able to take real-time actions to deliver fast and accurate operational decisions. It brings together data analytics, first principle energy system digital twins, and multi-period constraints to proactively plan, schedule, and run assets at the lowest economic cost, while maintaining your license to operate.

Register for the live webinar “An Energy Digital Twin for the most efficient and cost-effective operation” which takes place on Wednesday, 16 September 2020, to see a live demo of Visual Mesa EMS and find out how it can work for you.

Which are the main benefits of Visual MESA EMS for your company?

  • The information of the energy system is centralized and organised into a single environment to which everyone has access through a web browser.
  • It provides clear actions in real-time to operators about the best way for reducing operational costs and emissions.
  • You can plan the energy generation and distribution taking into consideration look-ahead forecasts and multi-period optimization decisions. The system auto-adapts fast and automatically to operational scenarios and provides online reporting of energy performance.
  • Exceptions never go unnoticed and the organisation is constantly reminded of benefits which are not being captured, making Visual MESA EMS the ‘watch dog’ of your energy system.
  • It gives a holistic coverage of site equipment, steam headers, fuel streams, energy integration and electricity/fuel contracts.
  • It is available in advisory or automatic (closed-loop) modes, as part of your overall Digitalization strategy.
  • Visual MESA EMS can also be used in stand-alone mode, populated either with current or historical data, to perform case studies for planning or to evaluate alternatives or identify opportunities for a better operation of the energy system.
  • Energy system knowledge transfer across several generations of engineers and operators is easily and systematically done.

Ok, can you add some numbers to back this up?

Visual MESA EMS has a history of more than 30 years of successful application at over 100 sites. This includes some of the world’s leading refining and petrochemical companies. But it is also used for many other process industries like utilities, food and beverage or pharma. It provides the energy the processes need at a minimum cost, with obtained cost savings between 2% to 15% and an excellent ROI between 8 to 18 months. It also showed sustained energy savings end emissions reduction over time.

How can I find out more?

Register for the live webinar “An Energy Digital Twin for the most efficient and cost-effective operation” which takes place on Wednesday, 16 September 2020. Diego Ruiz, Technology Global Services Director at KBC, will share his insights on the challenges industrial producers are facing. And how an energy digital twin that provides a centralized single source of the truth is key in managing them.
Furthermore, you get to try Visual Mesa EMS for yourself! Join the webinar and you will have access to a 30-day Free Web Demo. So you can test its features and see firsthand how it benefits your business.

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