Tackling industrial operational excellence from energy efficiency management
It is huge the number of alternatives and ways to explore energy efficiency improvement in industrial energy systems. As huge as the vast amount of new technologies, technics and equipment available. These days digitalization also calls for a kind of an upcoming enlightment that is not the solution but is becoming a part of the next solution.
Strategies oriented to energy cost reduction, programs dealing with energy use reduction, transitional scenarios seeking to deliver clean energy use, and full renewables deployment as a unique energy generation alternative, here and there push to reshape the “big elephant” (assuming that the energy model is that big as or even bigger than the elephant (sure, not yet as wise)).
For the current exercise I will be proposing to use a specific systems approach as a way of “out of the box thinking” so that the exploratory process might give us basic insight towards the role of energy efficiency in regard to the different energy systems operating in the industrial environment. For the purpose of identifying a kind of a purpose in the exercise it is relevant to keep in mind that we are exploring the function of energy efficiency in regard to the different energy systems, as well as in regard to the relations among the different energy systems.
Thus we will not search for energy reduction amounts or even energy potentials, but for the key parameters and drivers connecting energy efficiency and the function of the different energy systems as well as the overall industrial system in regard to their purpose (put it in quality terms, internal and external customers).
The systems set up in the overall manufacturing operations, despite of the risk of an extra level of abstraction, thus moving one step further from the immediate energy savings approach, might keep us in our practical analysis closer to connect energy efficiency with predictive analysis, quality systems, processes safety and resilience, while opening the path for a wider integration of the overall manufacturing systems more accurately. Although we will not come to a complete new methodology, we will open the path for a method integrating systems analysis and energy efficiency in the process of reengineering.
In the training proposal we will also be seeking to create new scenarios at higher creative levels that come to stimulate and slightly modify the bussiness as usual perspective so that it helps us identify additional small changes and actions without losing the track and the focus towards the added value processes.
During the process:
– We will keep and adjust the right distance towards the physical processes in order to transform in practical actions the outcomes of the session whenever decided
– They shall be identified operational and performance indicators reflecting more precisely the functioning of the analyzed systems
– New ways of energy waste as well as new models of energy efficiency will be identified
– Preliminary rough cut assessment about the introduction of systems in the energy efficiency management
– Priorities selection for moving forward in the improvement actions implementation process
– Widening the use of energy patterns as a way of predictive diagnosis in different environments, in particular in systems scenarios
– Multilevel perspective approach in the different prospected energy systems: energy – energy performance – energy efficiency
– Integration of digitisation processes and information Management as a mean to energy systems optimization
TARGET BEYOND THE SESSION: ENERGY EFFICIENCY EVOLUTION IN INDUSTRIAL ENERGY SYSTEMS
Questions to be addressed during the training session:
- How is it helpful the introduction of systems Management in the development of energy efficiency?
- What are the main connectors among energy systems and the core processes (Customer oriented)?
- How easily define energy systems in the industry and make them accessible to the widest audience?
- How do energy systems interact?
- What are the main systems’ functions and structure?
- Physical and informational components of the system
- What are the specific functions of energy within the system?
- What are the main performance and operational indicators of energy within the system?
- A two ways road: from the system to its components and from the parts to the systems, the role of technology, equipment and people,
- Tracking and tracing from the system to the value processes, key transfer nodes,
- Envisioning the overall manufacturing site from the systems perspective, a way beyond,
- Why to integrate energy efficiency Management and Systems Management?
EIGHT STEPS TO COVER DURING THE SESSION
|I. SYSTEMS BOUNDARIES|
|II. OPERATIONAL LIMITS OF ENERGY SYSTEMS|
|III. FUNCTION AND STRUCTURE IN THE ENERGY SYSTEM|
|IV. ENERGY PROCESSES IN THE SYSTEM|
|V. EQUIPMENT & TECHNOLOGY IN THE ENERGY SYSTEM|
|VI. COMMUNICATION, AUTOMATION, BASELINE, AND PATTERNS|
|VII. THREE LEVEL IN THE ENERGY SYSTEM|
|VIII. CONNECTED SYSTEMS, VALUE PROCESSES AND PROCESSES MANAGEMENT|