Association Webinars: Flexible Energy Systems: profitable participation of small and medium-sized industry in the future energy system in Germany



Digitalization and sector coupling are ready to realize the energy transition in many sectors. In the industrial sector, especially also in the small and medium-sized (SME) industrial sector, sector coupling often means electrification. As a result, electricity as a product is gaining importance in medium-sized industry. On the other hand, electricity purchasing and trading is not a core area of activity for medium-sized industries. Digitization can be the "door opener" here to make the energy consumption of SME industry more flexible and to bring it to efficient-use in the energy market, so that the companies can actively participate profitably in the energy market of the future. However, there is still the challenge of introducing digitalization and linking it with sector coupling, as well as identifying, implementing and economically using flexibility for SMEs.

The aim of this webinar is to outline the outputs of a federal-funded joint research project in Germany by providing insights on the profitable participation of SME’s in the volatile energy market of the future. The webinar is divided into four parts with Q&A session at the end.

  1. Flexibility requirements in a volatile energy market
  2. Impact of a broad use of SME’s flexibility on the national energy transition
  3. Leveraging Energy Flexibility in Industry with "Digital Flex Twins"
  4. Energy flexibility audit – systematic identification of flexibility potential

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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Niklas Hartmann is a professor of energy systems and energy economics at Offenburg University of Applied Sciences in Germany, and has over 15 years of experience in energy system modelling, analysis, and assessment. He has substantially developed classical optimization models of the German and European energy system (such as the optimization model of the deployment planning of the electricity system of Germany and Europe (JMM - Joint-Market-Model) as well as his own simulation tools and optimization tools (e.g. in the BMWi funded project NEMAR) for the commercialization of flexibilities in distribution grids, storage technologies and their integration into the energy system. Prof. Hartmann has coordinated various public as well as privately funded projects in Germany, Europe and Africa. His scientific work focuses on the marketing of decentralized properties and the analysis and evaluation of energy systems with a focus on integrating high shares of renewable energies into the energy system of Germany.

Anas Abuzayed is a senior researcher and lecturer at the Institute of Sustainable Energy Systems at Offenburg University of Applied Sciences in Germany, and a doctoral candidate at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), where he investigates different flexibility options for a successful cost-optimal German energy transition. His main research interests are modelling and optimization of energy systems, and developing concepts to evaluate their interactions within the power markets and grids. Anas Abuzayed is the lead developer for the German transmission grid open-source model MyPyPSA-Ger, which aims to preparing a profitable participation of medium-sized industry in in the future power markets and grids, and to evaluate the optimal path towards a Climate-Neutral energy system.

Jan-Niklas Gerdes is a research scientist at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation (IPA) and a doctoral candidate at the University of Stuttgart, where he investigates optimization models to determine the implementation and identification of waste heat utilization pathways in production processes. The focus of his scientific work is the identification, implementation and development of energy flexibility potential, as well as the identification, implementation and assessment of waste heat utilization.

Amine Aamoume is a researcher at the Institute of Sustainable Energy Systems at Offenburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany. His work focuses on enabling energy flexibility for small and medium enterprises by modelling and optimizing their industrial processes and developing the Digital Flex Twin concept with its simulation environment and application. As a doctoral candidate at Ibn Zohr University, Morocco, his research focuses on the modelization, optimization and management of distributed generation of energy within Microgrids, by employing new technologies and concepts of management of energy.

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Event Date: April 26, 2023

Event Time: 10:00 - 11:00 AM Eastern Time

Topic: Flexible Energy Systems: profitable participation of small and medium-sized industry in the future energy system in Germany

Speakers: Niklas Hartmann, Anas Abuzayed, Jan-Niklas Gerdes, and Amine Aamoume

Price: FREE

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