Simulation-based analysis of energy flexible factories in a regional energy supply system

Stefan Roth, Markus Thimmel, Jasmin Fischer, Michael Schopf, Eric Unterberger, Stefan Braunreuther, Hans Ulrich Buhl, Gunther Reinhart

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In a decentralized and renewable energy system, reliable and economical solutions are necessary to adjust power demand to a volatile power supply by photovoltaic and wind energy plants. A high potential for the balancing of short and medium-term power supply fluctuations is seen in energy flexible factories. To leverage this potential, monetary incentives and technological enablers have to be developed. Apart from that, the ecological and social aspects of energy flexible factories have to be considered in transdisciplinary research, to achieve a broad public acceptance. To assess the complex interrelations between the technical, political, legal and social sector, a clear and accessible base for discussions is necessary. This paper presents an approach for a simulation based-analysis of energy flexible factories with focus on high applicability and comprehensibility for stakeholders from different disciplines. This paper presents the general structure of the simulation model including the operation module for the energy flexible region Augsburg.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-82
Number of pages8
JournalProcedia Manufacturing
StatePublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes
Event16th Global Conference on Sustainable Manufacturing, GCSM 2018 - Lexington, United States
Duration: 2 Oct 20184 Oct 2018


  • Energy flexibility
  • Energy oriented simulation
  • Load profiles
  • Model region
  • Production processes
  • Transdisciplinary research


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