Tag: energy21

31
Jan

BASF prolongs partnership with Energy21

BASF prolongs partnership with Energy21 to futureproof its position towards the energy market

Utrecht, The Netherlands To futureproof its position towards the energy market, BASF, one of the largest integrated industrial sites of Europe, has chosen to prolong their partnership with Energy21. BASF is maximizing the value of their energy data supporting its business decision making with the energy expertise and digital solution EBASE of Energy21.

The EBASE platform is a digital solution that processes great quantities of energy data reflecting BASF’s site topology. Analyzing this data results in a better understanding how to improve the individual planning and operations of the utilities while incorporating energy prices, market contracts, technical boundaries and protocols that ensures compliancy to regulatory and legislative requirements.

Frederic Viaene, Head of Utility Management of BASF, said “We look forward to further develop the platform for the energy intensive industry, which is both innovative and at the same time proven-in-use. The partnership with Energy21 enables us to operationalize our ‘Verbund strategy’, linking and collecting the different utilities in a one-source system, allowing to fulfill our role as grid operator and to optimize our energy operations without compromising on the primary production processes and sustainability goals.”

Energy expertise combined with a dedicated DevOps team supporting the continuous development of the EBASE platform were the main reasons for prolonging the contract with Energy21.

“We are very excited to extend our relationship with our long-standing customer and are eager to support them to take even more advantage of digitalization,” said Frank de Jong, COO of Energy21. “With this prolonged contract, BASF confirmed the trust in our energy expertise and digital solutions for the energy intensive industries.”

***For more information regarding Energy21, please contact:

Martine Broekman, Marketing Manager

Martine.broekman@energy21.com or +31 6 33 99 03 58

About Energy21

Energy21 was founded in 1997 and has since established itself as long term partner for renowned energy companies. By combining expertise of the energy ecosystem and its digitalization capabilities, relevant data is transformed into actionable insights based, on the clients’ processes and within their regulatory framework. These insights enable clients to achieve their sustainability goals, improve cost effectiveness and capture market opportunities while guaranteeing security of supply. Our digital tools include the latest developments in database technology that handles exceptionally large data streams (such as large balancing portfolios or complete industry site measurements).

Energy21 is located in The Netherlands (HQ) and is active in European countries such as Belgium, France, Germany, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

7
Feb

Een dag in het leven van… een systeembeheerder bij Energy21

 

Systeembeheer bij Energy21 – Hoe ziet je dag eruit?

8:00 uur (soms al eerder)

Het is nog rustig op kantoor, je zet je laptop aan en pakt ondertussen een mok koffie. Nog voordat je weer op je plek zit heb je de eerste vragen al gehad. Je zet deze ad-hoc werkzaamheden om in tickets die je later op de dag uitvoert. Plots is er een storing op een SAN bij een klant, maar een systeembeheerder zou geen systeembeheerder zijn als dat niet snel is opgelost. Snel schakelen tussen collega’s zorgt ervoor dat alles weer werkt zoals het hoort. Je checkt de Azure omgevingen om te kijken of er geen onverwachte kosten zijn, want cost management hoort ook bij de taken van een systeembeheerder.

9:15 uur
Na het verwerken van de eerste vragen, zoals enkele DNS-, netwerk- en serveraanpassingen, neem je de werkzaamheden door die voor deze dag belangrijk zijn. Taken worden verdeeld over de week en afgestemd met collega’s door middel van de dagelijkse stand-up. Eventuele storingen of onderhouds-windows stem je af met je directe collega’s. Je controleert alle aspecten zoals back-up en monitoring: een algehele health check. Volgende week begint een nieuwe collega, dus je maakt alvast het account aan in de AD, Azure omgeving en zorgt ervoor dat zijn Office365-omgeving klaar staat. Zijn laptop rol je uit over het netwerk met de image die je gemaakt hebt met WDS.

10:30 uur
Het loket is geopend! Nou ja, niet letterlijk een loket, maar elke dag rond dit tijdstip loop je even door het ticketsysteem, en pakt de openstaande tickets op die op jouw naam staan. Daarnaast houd je je bezig met de geplande werkzaamheden. Je bewaakt je eigen planning en taakverdeling. Je collega haalt nog een mok koffie voor je.

11:30 uur
Alle werkzaamheden, gepland en ad-hoc, zijn inzichtelijk (voor nu, je weet maar nooit wat er nog komt). Het loket is gesloten, maar tóch komen er verzoeken binnen. Je categoriseert ze, afhankelijk van de prioriteit. Daarna schuif je aan bij een scrumteam om ze ondersteuning te bieden.

12:30 uur
Lunch! Van de laatste console games tot hardware/gadgets, vakanties, irritante tv programma’s en ontwikkelingen op de energiemarkt: alles wordt besproken tijdens een (tegen een minimale bijdrage) verzorgde lunch met je collega’s.

13:00 uur
Volgens planning dien je een volledig hosted omgeving in te richten en te configureren. Zaken als DNS record’s, migraties en afhankelijkheden overleg je met de delivery managers, consultants of developers én rechtstreeks met de klant. Je zorgt voor de VPN verbinding tussen de stepstone server en de nieuwe Azure VM’s, en maakt de Database as a service aan. Bij het inrichten van omgeving zorg je voor de juiste tooling en configuratie. Standaard configuraties worden toegepast als in Backup en Monitoring. Maatwerk voor monitoring configureer je vervolgens zelf in de daarvoor aanwezige systemen, zodat ook binnen en buiten kantoortijden de juiste notificaties worden verstuurd.

14:30 uur
Het “loket” is weer geopend. Eerdere ingeschoten verzoeken behandel je zo goed en snel mogelijk. Natuurlijk komen er ook weer nieuwe vragen bij. Vragen die veel voorkomen verwerk je in de kennisdatabase, zodat je niet elke keer het wiel opnieuw hoeft uit te vinden.

15:30 uur
Je bekijkt de rest van je to-do list. De meeste primaire taken zijn nu uitgevoerd. Je rondt de laatste werkzaamheden die vandaag op de planning staan af en kijkt naar morgen.

17:00 uur
Je controleert de laatste dingen, en je zorgt ervoor dat alle onderhoudswerkzaamheden volgens planning verlopen. Alles is klaar voor morgen: weer een volle dag vol multitasken en snel schakelen. Je kletst nog even met collega’s en gaat naar huis. Althans, dat denk je….

17:05 uur
Je wordt gebeld door een van je collega’s uit Portugal, ‘iets’ werkt niet Samen met hem ga je aan de slag om het probleem op te lossen. Je stelt hem gerust (hij leek nogal in paniek)

17:45 uur
Je pakt je spullen, zegt collega’s gedag en bedenkt wat je vanavond gaat eten….. Morgen weer een dag.

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20
Jan

Scholt Energy selects Energy21 to enable its future growth

Scholt Energy selects Energy21 to enable its future growth


Utrecht, The Netherlands  To further strengthen its position towards the energy market and its qualitative service model to customers, Scholt Energy has chosen to partner with Energy21 for its energy expertise and data management solution EBASE. By partnering with Energy21, Scholt Energy is ensured of a future proof solution that enables them to optimize their services to its customers.

EBASE is a European data management platform that provides Scholt Energy market access, flexible integration with boundary systems and automation of business processes. The platform enables Scholt Energy to optimal plan, operate and settle their energy business and offers numerous possibilities for data analyses and management reporting.

Frank van Gastel, CFO of Scholt Energy: “We believe Energy21 has a natural fit with Scholt Energy as a service-oriented solution provider. Supported by a dedicated DevOps team to implement EBASE, we find that the platform is a proven-in-use digital solution and is adaptable to (future) market opportunities and changes, like Allocation 2.0. Our collaboration enables us to further improve the planning of our portfolio covering more renewable production and minimized imbalance, while at the same time we can maximize the flexibility in products and services to customers.”

Michiel Kuiper, CCO of Energy21: “We are very excited to expand our client base with Scholt Energy in a partnership agreement and are eager to support them in operationalizing their energy and utility strategy”.

***For more information regarding Energy21, please contact:
Martine Broekman, Marketing Manager

Martine.broekman@energy21.com or +31 6 33 99 03 58

About Energy21

Energy21 was founded in 1997 and has since established itself as long term partner for renowned energy companies. By combining expertise of the energy ecosystem and its digitalization capabilities, relevant data is transformed into actionable insights based, on the clients’ processes and within their regulatory framework. These insights enable clients to achieve their sustainability goals, improve cost effectiveness and capture market opportunities while guaranteeing security of supply. Our digital tools include the latest developments in database technology that handles exceptionally large data streams (such as large balancing portfolios or complete industry site measurements).

Energy21 is located in The Netherlands (HQ) and is active in European countries such as Belgium, France, Germany, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

2
May

A tailored approach to data structuring

A tailored approach for data structuring

The growing need to differentiate in the dynamics of the energy market pushes energy service providers to become data driven organizations. As data-driven strategies take hold, in reality we see that big data, data lakes and data analytics not automatically deliver on their potential value. The common pitfall is starting with the data and simply ask what it can do for you. We share some insights and considerations that can help you find value in your (data analytical) investments.

One size does not fit all 

Have you ever tried to get into a suit that says “one size fits all”? Then you probably know that it never really fits. It is either too big and slumps down from your shoulders, or too narrow so you can hardly breathe. In both cases: probably best to wear something else. The same could be said for an operational data environment and an analytical one.

Combining both purposes in one environment enforces opposing needs and requirements into one system, resulting in excessive costs and/or concessions on functionality or prerequisites. The different characteristics ask for a tailored approach for each.

Read the full article here:

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Would you like to know more about data structuring?

For more information, please contact Michiel Dorresteijn (Principal Consultant)
via +31 6 117 169 27 or mail michiel.dorresteijn@energy21.com 

21
Dec

Layered Energy System: exploring a new energy market model

Towards a sustainable energy ecosystem with the Layered Energy System

Our energy market model has been set up top-down and centralistic, from production (via transmission and distribution) to consumption. But our current model is no longer fit-for-purpose. For example the model is not suitable for end-users with solar panels that generate a surplus of energy and feed it back into the energy network (bottom-up). This leads to questions that urgently need to be answered. 

Local energy community
A very important question regarding a (new) sustainable energy ecosystem is: what should be the role of local energy communities in our energy system? Distributed generation and flexibility are part of the cause as well as the solution of the challenges the energy system faces. Demand-response by aggregators is currently not very attractive for the owners of flexibility (the end-user) nor is it a scalable solution in the long run. At the same time, local communities of end-users are founded and are experimenting with energy sharing, flexibility and with distributed network technologies (like blockchain). We believe that this system-averse social trend is an important factor in the energy transition.

Layered Energy System Concept
In close co-operation with the Dutch distribution grid operator Stedin, Energy21 developed the Layered Energy System (LES). In an earlier phase we explored the concept of local energy communities and local markets. Now, we have described more detailed the mechanics and roles of stakeholders in a Layered Energy System. We believe that the concept of LES provides a feasible elaboration of the “Citizens Energy Community” as mentioned in the EU Clean energy package.


LES offers insights and possible solutions to stakeholders’ issues moving towards a sustainable energy ecosystem. Energy21 is proud to present the LES Whitepaper and continues to discuss the topic with all stakeholders in the energy ecosystem.

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Would you like to know more about the Layered Energy System?

For more information, please contact Michiel Dorresteijn (Projectlead Market Analysis & Blockchain Technology)
via +31 6 117 169 27 or mail michiel.dorresteijn@energy21.com

9
Oct

Energy transition: challenges and solutions

The energy market is in transition. More renewables, increasing demand for electricity and the rise of electric vehicles are putting incredible pressure on the grid. New players enter the market and current ones need to adapt. All these factors create a technically complex discussion on both a national and international level.

USEF (Universal Smart Energy Framework) Foundation launched a serious game to increase understanding of the new market dynamics and facilitate a broader dialogue. The interactive documentary covers three major dilemmas for setting up an effective energy market:

    1. Flexibility versus grid reinforcement
    2. The admission of one or more aggregators
    3. The degree of regulation of the market

 

What decisions would you make for a future proof energy market?

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3
Apr

Updated compliancy directives CDS network tariffs

Updated compliancy directives CDS network tariffs – now what?

The Dutch regulator Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) ensures fair competition between businesses, and protects consumer interests. This agency specified the criteria for Closed Distribution System (CDS) operators regarding the transparency of network tariffs. What does this mean for (future) CDS operators?

We studied the criteria and summarized the most important consequences when it comes to compliancy. Also, we identified the optimization possibilities that arise when industrial energy users re-organize their energy data following these regulatory transparency criteria.

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Would you like to know more about Closed Distribution Systems?

For more information, please contact Eugene Baijings, CFO and Principal Consultant
via +31(0)20  or mail eugene.baijings@energy21.com