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Energy System Optimisation at BASF

Utility organizations must be able to quickly deal with high volumes of data to gain reliable information about their energy operations. Especially the energy intensive industry with a huge electricity demand, that, at the same time struggles with the challenges of the energy transition. In a mutual operation with BASF Antwerp (Belgium), we are orchestrating processes that are at the core of their Verbund thinking.

The BASF Verbund

The BASF Verbund creates efficient value chains that consolidates operations to construct a highly efficient site. For example, using by-products of one plant as the starting materials of another. In this one-source system, chemical processes consume less energy, produce higher product yields and conserve resources. This leads to saving raw materials and energy, minimize emissions, cut logistics costs and exploit synergies. On a global scale, BASF realizes annual savings of more than €1 billion through its Verbund concept.

Data mapping in line with site topology

The original starting point for this project was to set compliancy goals. Operating as a Closed Distribution System (CDS), BASF needs to reach specific CDS compliancy standards. In order to comply we visualized their required energy numbers by data-mapping and linked these to production information. It turned out that organizing the data in line with site topology resulted in new insights. These insights triggered new ways to improve the Verbund:

  • Reduced imbalances Optimised short term demand planning by using realization data (up to 1 minute intervals).
  • Aligned maintenance planning and production planning Increased insight in the mid-term planning (window of weeks and months) that enables BASF to steer towards less imbalances and peaks. This methodology helps to substantiate the impact of short-term changes in the maintenance planning.
  • Improved portfolio overview Insight in BASF’s total portfolio and feedback to each individual customer (or asset) in order to improve individual planning and operations.
Energy system optimisation

Multi-utility sites and CDS structures are bound to compliancy standards but, at the same time, can capitilise on opportunities. Multi-utilities and CDS can optimise their energy system with better planning, monitoring and operations. Energy system optimisation all starts with processing data quickly and efficiently: collect all data, process it, validate it, analyse the data and translate it back to business operations and (new) business processes.

Whether the business goal is cost based optimization, sustainability, security of supply, capturing opportunities that arise from the energy transition, or all simultaneously – it all comes back to having the right data to base substantiated decisions on.


Eager to hear more?

Contact Alex Trijselaar, our Lead Consultant Industrial Energy Users, via +31 6 3167 3035.