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How we accompany Energy companies in the transition to Renewables

The transition of the Energy Industry from fossil fuels to renewables is bringing great revitalization to the industry, but also the emergence of new challenges. Together with Siemens, we are deeply committed to helping Energy companies increase Efficiency, Profitability, and Safety, and reduce Risks.

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State of the Energy Industry: main Trends and Challenges

The main Trend in the Energy Industry is the adoption of Renewable Energy. According to the BP Energy Outlook 2022, the structure of energy demand changes, with the importance of fossil fuels gradually declining, replaced by a growing share of renewable energy and increasing electrification. The movement to a lower carbon energy system leads to a fundamental restructuring of global energy markets, with a more diversified energy mix, increased levels of competition, shifting economic rents, and a greater role for customer choice.

Wind and solar power are expanding rapidly as their costs continue to fall and energy systems become increasingly capable of integrating high concentrations of variable energy sources. The growth of wind and solar energy requires a substantial increase in the pace of investment in both new capacity and enabling technologies and infrastructure.

The Energy Industry must face two major Challenges:

  • meet the increasing global demand for energy that is strongly correlated with rising human living standards;
  • reducing carbon emissions as the world seeks to meet its goals to combat climate change.

The transition to decarbonization will open many new Opportunities for businesses to expand into “cleantech” or any technology that contributes to a more sustainable industry.

What the Energy Industry needs

The Energy Industry is targeting three main global objectives:

  1. To increase Efficiency through the reduction of energy and resource consumption. Many of the savings in plant operations can be realized during the Design and Engineering phase of the lifecycle.
  2. To increase Profitability, through the reduction in capital expenditure and in operating expenditure.
  3. To increase Safety and reduce Risks. Large plants are extraordinarily complex and have the potential to be quite dangerous places to work. Through better design, use of technology during the commissioning and operational phases of the plant, the number of accidents can be mitigated.

Applying high-performance, high-resolution, digital capabilities that leverage new data sources will provide businesses with previously unavailable possibilities to solve critical business challenges.

Organizations that are strong innovators and have adopted a digitalization approach will be able to address new market opportunities faster.

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Our vision for the Energy Industry

We provide the tools our clients need to ensure predictable performance and environmental regulatory compliance and to identify opportunities and digitally simulate new designs to:

  1. Improve performance or output.
  2. Reduce waste and emissions.
  3. Consume less energy and raw materials.
  4. Digitalize and automate quality management and compliance to ensure consistent adherence to regulatory guidelines for safe and predictable operations.

This is possible thanks to a comprehensive Digital Twin and Digital Thread, which help companies in the Energy Industry turn complexity into competitive advantages.

Our vision is to support a continuous Digital Thread from Design – Realization - Operations and back to Design with a comprehensive Digital Twin.

The following video allows you to briefly learn what the actual benefits of the Digital Twin are in the Energy Industry.

How Simcenter Flomaster can help in the Energy Industry

Simcenter Flomaster is widely used in the Energy, Nuclear and Oil&Gas industries for simulations of large fluid systems (power plants, pipelines, fire fighting systems etc.).

Simcenter Flomaster offers a comprehensive solution for analysing the flow of different fluids in piping systems of any size and complexity. This means that engineers can understand the behavior of the piping systems in terms of fluid and thermal flows at any stage of its lifecycle, from front-end engineering design to operation. Therefore, risks and cost of development can be reduced, and companies can innovate fast while ensuring the performance and the safety of the piping systems in their plants.

Significant time wasted creating models

Time reduction in the energy industry with Simcenter Flomaster

Companies spend a lot of the time and effort to create your piping systems in CAD environment. When the time comes for system simulation they do not want to recreate the model from scratch. Creating the model of a thermo-fluid system is time consuming and prone to error, especially for large systems like the one you can find in the process industries.

Simcenter Flomaster offers an comprehensive connectivity to CAD systems that allows to automatically create the simulation model and save up to 90% of the time. With automatic model creation from CAD, a process that normally takes hours or even days of manual work, now can take just a few seconds!

With such a significant time saving, engineers gain a significant amount of time to better optimize the design, run additional what-if scenarios, go to market sooner, or whatever else might provide the most benefit.

Efficient system sizing and balancing

Efficient system sizing and balancing in the energy industry with Simcenter Flomaster

Once the model is created it is time to size the system and the components in order to get the best possible design. Simcenter Flomaster provides a fast and reliable steady state solver that allows to perform this operation quickly and efficiently. In addition Simcenter Flomaster provides a best-in-class flow balancing capability that allows to compute the optimal settings of the control valve to ensure that the desired flow is passing through each branch. Note that this is not done running an optimisation, i.e. many simulation, but is done with a single simulation in a matter of few seconds.

Finally, the system behaviour can be understood at a glance thanks to advanced results visualisation tools that allow to visualise any results with vectors and colors.

Guarantee performance for different operations

Performance in the energy industry with Simcenter Flomaster

Finally, the same model used for sizing and balancing can be reused to run transient analyses for the investigation of different operating scenarios. In particular, it is possible to study failure and emergency scenarios where pressure surge can happen and immediately identify critical areas and ensure the safety. The investigation of different operating scenarios allows also to reduce operating costs.

Increase collaboration between teams

Collaboration in the energy industry with Simcenter Flomaster

Simcenter Flomaster offers an extensive connectivity to other tools inside and outside the Siemens portfolio, as you can see in this diagram.

How 3D CFD Analysis tools can help in the Energy Industry

3D CFD analysis tools such as Simcenter FLOEFD and Flotherm XT are used for the simulation of elements of a power plant such as:

  • Pumps, fans, and turbines
  • Valves
  • Pipes, ducts, and stacks
  • Stirred tanks
  • Filters, cyclones, and separators.

Simcenter FLOEFD and Flotherm XT are particularly useful for:

  • Reduce size
  • Optimize performance
  • Understand complex flow behavior.

In addition, Siemens'  two 3D CFD tools are used for the electronic cooling of all electronic devices (inverters, converters, rectifiers, transformers, etc.) involved in the distribution of electricity from power stations to the national grid.

Simcenter POWERTESTER is also used in the Energy Industry for testing IGBT components in terms of power cycling, to find out how many power cycles they can bear before they stop working.

How Simulation and Verification tools can help in the Energy Industry

In the Energy Industry, more than reliable HDL solutions, such as Siemens' ModelSim and Questa solutions are essential:

  • for companies developing FPGA-based instrumentation and control systems:
  • for nuclear plants, focused on safety, compliance with standards, reliability, and top performance;
  • for companies that design energy storage systems.

Nowadays, instrumentation and control systems are the backbone of both plants modernization and new plants construction. Now, how do we replace the aging control systems while enhancing plant safety, maximizing plant availability, improving plant performance, ensuring a good return on our investment, providing a reliable availability of spare parts, and obtaining regulatory compliance?

The answer is Digitalization.

And, what are the competitive advantages of our Simulation and Verification tools to address this issue?

  • They help you gain confidence in your development and be compliant with regulations.
  • They are high quality and have a relevant history in the industry.
  • They ease certification.
  • And they are qualified by TUV Saar, the German authority for safety design purposes.

Why to choose Cadlog?

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Siemens Ecosystem

The technologies already used by best-in-class organizations and Siemens' Digital Twin-based method made accessible for any small and medium business thanks to a set of scalable solutions.

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360-Degree Digitization

You will be part of a large industrial system where many different companies cooperate to provide you with the best solutions for Digitization, whatever the field of application.

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Experts in Electronics

We have been working in Electronics for more than 30 years. We have built a portfolio of solutions and own an expertise that allow us to face any aspect related to the design and manufacturing of electronics.

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Customer at the Center

Listening to you, deeply understanding your company and requirements. Taking into consideration your budget and the goals you want to achieve. Supporting you daily to grow faster,  together.

Software for the Energy Industry

flomaster, 1d cfd simulation

Simcenter Flomaster

Simcenter Flomaster is the leading 1D CFD Simulation tool for fluids engineering which allows to model and analyze complex Piping Systems.

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floefd for 3d cfd analysis

Simcenter FLOEFD

FLOEFD is an Electronic Cooling solution that lets you perform 3D CFD Analysis inside your CAD software in the early stages of the project.

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flotherm, electronics thermal analysis

Simcenter Flotherm XT

Simcenter Flotherm XT is a CAD centric electronics cooling simulation software provided by Siemens, which allows you to reduce time to market.

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modelsim

ModelSim

ModelSim gives you a complete easy-to-use environment for Code Coverage Analysis, a prerequisite for Certifications in safety-critical industries.

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FPGA Design Verification

FPGA Design Verification with Questa Prime

The Questa verification solution is an assemblage of technologies, methodologies, and libraries for modern ASIC and FPGA Design Verification.

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