Based on the predicted energy consumption schedules, the Energy Optimization module of the ABB Energy Manager software can:
- calculate the optimum use of supply resources to meet the predicted consumption at minimum total cost
- optimize running schedules for selected consumers based on minimum energy cost and given restrictions
- utilize a real-time LP / MILP optimization environment and economic flow network, in which the energy process is divided into logical sub-processes which are connected to each other through a flow network
- optimize the complete energy flow network in real-time when any of the input parameters change, allowing the facility operators and management to maintain the most cost-effective operating mode in changing production conditions.
In the balancing process, the schedules are calculated and agreed daily for the next day. In strategic planning and budgeting, the schedules may extend over several months, or even years, while during real-time monitoring they may cover only the next few minutes or hours.
For a corporate customer multiple facilities can be integrated to provide a company-wide solution and to allow comparisons, benchmarking and sharing best practices between the production facilities.