AI module provides improved forecasting of local demand, energy generation and pricing
AI module provides improved forecasting of local demand, energy generation and pricing

AI upgrade for ABB energy management system

The latest version of ABB’s digital energy management and optimisation system – ABB AbilityTM OPTIMAX® 6.4 – includes an AI module for improved forecasting of local demand, energy generation and pricing.

The upgrade significantly reduces day-ahead and intra-day nomination errors when feeding energy to the grid, the company claims, which helps avoid rising penalty payments for operators.

The system provides coordinated control of multiple industrial assets and processes, for improving energy efficiency, reducing emissions and supporting decarbonisation.

Dr. Sleman Saliba, Global Product Manager Energy Management and Optimisation at ABB Energy Industries, said, “We believe that the greenest energy is the energy you don’t use, so driving efficiencies across the entire energy value chain is key.”

“OPTIMAX has been upgraded to incorporate the newest technology and address the latest market opportunities, enabling the acceleration of industrial decarbonisation to help preserve resources, as well as sector coupling to replace the use of fossil fuels across energy systems and industrial sectors.”

Modularised for easy installation, each component can be ordered separately and the modular platform enables automated and semi-automated updates and upgrades. For the first time, ABB’s Channel Partner network will also be able to distribute OPTIMAX 6.4 due to enhancements in usability and code-free configuration.

Combined with power process management, advanced process control and digital twin technology, ABB offers solutions across the entire value chain from FEED through to operations and service for industries including power generation, oil and gas, chemicals and hydrogen.

Combining digital technologies with modular solutions, presented in a simplified user interface, it delivers an updated optimisation environment for solving the energy management challenges facing industrial enterprises and energy providers.

In a complex steam and power plant in Germany, the system led to an additional 1.5% reduction in energy costs in the first six months, enabling a ROI within one year.

With industry currently accounting for around a quarter of global energy-related CO2 emissions, ABB is constantly expanding markets that OPTIMAX serves to accelerate industrial decarbonisation.

It currently helps operators across sectors including steam and power, green hydrogen, power-to-x, carbon capture and storage (CCS), wastewater treatment, e-mobility and district heating and cooling to improve energy efficiency by strategically directing energy flows and assets.

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