Building on the launch of ABB’s CO2 neutral factory-of-the-future in Germany earlier this year, ABB Bailey Japan is engaged in the process of targeting a carbon neutral-oriented facility with a new energy management system, together with the existing 1,000 solar panel installation that will generate up to 257kW electric power, enough to power normal daily operations of the facility, except during high peak load.
The new system at ABB Bailey Japan has been developed to help customers understand how they can drive energy efficiencies and enhance performance, optimizing energy production, consumption and storage for their operations. The facility leverages an in-house energy management system based on ABB Ability™ Energy Management for sites - OPTIMAX® for Industrials & Commercials, enabling customers to see firsthand how they can achieve optimal power flexibility.
Integrating solar panels, EV chargers, and factory loads, the energy management system performs virtual operations by allocating the electric power generated by the solar panels to a high-speed EV charger within the factory. It will offer real-time data and insights, combining information about demand responses, peak cuts, peak shifts and predictions of power generation supply and demand. This data allows operators to calculate the load schedule required for the next day based on the most up-to-date, measured, real-time data and then adjust operations accordingly. As a result, energy resources can be reallocated, utilization plans updated, and an optimum operation plan be agreed for the next day.
“The EMS is part of our integrated suite of digital solutions and services that exemplify our ability to create an ecosystem aligned to customer’s requirements, while considering energy targets,” said Tatsuya Noguchi, President of ABB Bailey Japan.
“Our new system allows our facility to demonstrate to our customers how a sustainable energy transition can succeed with effective energy management.”
With the full-scale liberalization of Japan’s electricity system coming into effect by 2020, ABB is committed to supporting power generators and energy companies further explore the domestic market, by enabling operational excellence through digitalization and automation technologies that optimize resources, drive down risk and increase profitability.
ABB Ability™ Energy Management for sites plays a key role within ABB’s Busch-Jaeger purpose-built ‘Mission to Zero’ factory in Lüdenscheid, Germany, and currently supports optimal operations of more than 6,000 assets and more than 5 gigawatts of virtual power plants worldwide.
As solar power generation is subject to the FIT system, the energy is not directly controlled by ABB Bailey in the site.