Embedding reservoirs in industrial models to exploit their flexibility

  • Thibaut Cuvelier
  • SN Applied Sciences, December 2020, Springer Science + Business Media
  • DOI: 10.1007/s42452-020-03925-2

Easy modelling of industrial processes to reap the benefits from electrical flexibility

Photo by Matthew Henry on Unsplash

Photo by Matthew Henry on Unsplash

What is it about?

We propose a simple methodology to build new models for industrial processes (like air ventilation, ovens, electrolysis pots) aiming at exposing the benefits of electrical flexibility, in a context where renewable sources of energy are becoming more common.

Why is it important?

The major disadvantage of renewables is their intermittency: they cannot produce electricity whenever it is needed. The industry must be able to exploit this new property of electrical grids. Currently, grid operators are offering flexibility services to the industry: for instance, they pay large consumers not to consume any electricity at a given time. New operation systems are required to take advantage of these services. To do so, building mathematical models of industrial processes is paramount.


Thibaut Cuvelier

I believe that this methodology can be used to quickly assess the potential of many industrial sites. This is a great step forward in the global energy transition. It can also be useful to improve the profitability of heavy industry in countries in the process of deindustrialisation.

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