You develop software which brings big savings and advocate digitization in order to reach Industry 4.0. In your opinion, what are the challenges that digitization brings to companies and what are the biggest advantages?
– Company digitization means energy savings and reduction of carbon emission, reduction of costs, higher efficiency. When you talk to executive directors, they know in great detail how much IT costs, but they often don’t know what the energy costs are, so they don’t know what their emissions are. So, the first thing is to use digitization for measuring
, and the second is to use it to save
What we do is to integrate the two, which was previously not possible. Today, when everything is connected, you can integrate both, so that everybody has data visibility
and so that you can manage the software which gives you a visibility of the whole system
throughout its life cycle. Also, now that you have several facilities, you can manage them from one place and have the whole system be visible, not just per facility. You can compare and, based on
real data, make decisions regarding investments, retrofit etc
Time is a challenge. The reality is that the next decade is crucial, considering that, what we build in the next 10 years will be what we will use in the next 50 years
. That is a challenge that stands before us all and which should bind us all. That is why the decisions that we make now are crucial.Energy efficiency is a burning issue and, as such, has become very important in the past years. Which trends and solutions are current at the moment?
– Energy efficiency and sustainability
are imperative in today’s time, not just in Serbia, but also globally
Additionally, the problem of climate change cannot be solved without a transformation of cities and buildings, because as much as 70%
of the impact on the emissions worldwide comes from cities. According to the Paris Agreement, until 2050, all buildings need to have zero net emission of CO2
, and this process will be based on several key formulas. Buildings must become ultra-efficient. They need to be fully electrified. Systems within the facility need to be ready to rely on RES and work with flexible energy sources owned by the facility itself, connected with modern and digitized networks, in order to increase the total resilience and system efficiency.
A combination of efficient, fully electrified and digitized distribution networks, a greater use of distributed energy production, investing in energy storage and electro-mobility will help with the management and control of energy demands, and the full digitization of power grids will upgrade the total energy demands of cities, the resilience of cities through automation and real-time notifications.What awaits us in the future, which technologies and how will they be implemented?
– Future technologies mostly pertain to the implementation of artificial intelligence in all fields, in the near future. Now, regarding the ways that concern our company, we have three ways for artificial intelligence to shape energy management:More efficient energy use
– Companies collect large amounts of data that they can use in order to increase efficiency.Diversification of energy sources
– Industry automation can support companies in implementing RES and controlling their carbon footprint – giving clean energy a better chance in the market. Companies which produce their own renewable energy can apply AI and predictive analytics on time conditions – the data which then help determine the time needed for production. That way, they optimize the use of the system for the storage of distributed energy or batteries.Smarter energy purchase
– Industry automation can test complex market trends and dissect the data in order to design plans for a better management of energy consumption and reduce the risks in an unstable market. This technology can also monitor when and how companies spend energy and supports their trading. For example, companies which spend and produce energy can get guidelines for reaching optimal decisions about when to sell the surplus energy from their renewable sources.
Our solutions already use artificial intelligence to optimize operations, helping our clients achieve energy transparency and spend less energy.
How does this look in practice?
We can take as an example the distribution center of the retailer Lidl in Finland
. Here, the EcoStruxure Building Operation
” the building management system to predict and optimize energy use
. The system works together with the EcoStruxure Microgrid Advisor, so that the energy is produced, consumed or stored exactly where needed, saving 70% on energy costs