The energy supply from renewable sources such as wind and solar fluctuates and is not as predictable as traditional energy sources. As a result, energy supplies vary from abundant to limited.
The Kopernikus project SynErgie is investigating how the energy sector can help balance out these fluctuations by flexibly adapting energy supply demands through an adjustment of electricity consumption.
Funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the Kopernikus SynErgie project was conducted by the University of Stuttgart and the Fraunhofer Society. Fraunhofer is Europe's largest application-oriented research organization.
Our team developed a digital simulation of industrial processes. Its visualizations reflect the fluctuation in renewable energy supply. As a result, we could visualize how energy production can be buffered during the production process and within a furnace so that the under-utilized energy can be sold in the local energy market.
The “Digital Twin” simulation helps the SynErgie project articulate its future vision of an Energy Flexibility Market. It illustrates a synchronized and energy-adaptive production technology for flexible alignment of industrial processes to a fluctuating energy supply.