Flexible IT platform for synchronizing energy demands with volatile markets

Paul Schott
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  • Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology FIT, Project Group Business & Information Systems Engineering, D-95444, Bayreuth, Germany
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  • Paul Schott studied Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at the Technical University Munich (Bachelor of Science 2014, Master of Science 2016) Since 2017 he is a research fellow at the Project Group Business & Information Systems Engineering of the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology FIT.
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, Raphael Ahrens
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology FIT, D-53754, Sankt Augustin, Germany
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  • Raphael Ahrens studied Computer Science at the University of Applied Sciences Cologne now Technical University of Cologne (Diplom 2013). Since 2015 he is a research fellow at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology FIT in the department of user-centered ubiquitous computing.
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, Dennis Bauer
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA, D-70569, Stuttgart, Germany
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  • Dennis Bauer studied Mechanical Engineering at the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University Mosbach (Bachelor of Science 2012) and Production Engineering at the University of Stuttgart (Master of Science 2015). Since 2015 he is a research fellow and project manager at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA in the department of digital tools for manufacturing.
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, Fabian Hering
  • University of Bayreuth, Faculty of Law, Business, and Economics, D-95440, Bayreuth, Germany
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  • Fabian Hering studied Computer Science at the University of Kaiserslautern (Master of Science 2017). Since 2017 he is a research fellow at the University of Bayreuth in the department of Information Systems and Sustainable IT Management.
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, Robert Keller
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  • Robert Keller studied Finance and Information Management at the TU Munich and the University of Augsburg (Master of Science 2014). Since 2014 he is a research fellow and project manager at the Project Group Business & Information Systems Engineering of the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology FIT.
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, Jaroslav Pullmann
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  • Jaroslav Pullmann studied Computational Linguistics and Phonetics at the University of Bonn (Magister Artium 2002), worked as software developer and consultant. Since 2008 he is a research fellow at Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology FIT in the department of User-Centered Ubiquitous Computing.
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, Daniel Schel
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA, D-70569, Stuttgart, Germany
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  • Daniel Schel studied Software Engineering at the Heilbronn University (Bachelor of Science 2011). Since 2011 he is a research fellow and project manager at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA in the department of digital tools for manufacturing.
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, Jens Schimmelpfennig
  • Software AG, D-66115, Saarbrücken, Germany
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  • Jens Schimmelpfennig studied business administration at the University of Saarland (Diplom 2005). He has worked as consultant and project lead in several subject areas, focusing on Business Process Management for customers of diverse industries. At present he is in charge of research projects at Software AG on national and European level, mainly in the area of smart manufacturing, IoT, data analytics/prediction and smart energy solutions.
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, Peter Simon
  • Fraunhofer Research Institution for Casting, Composite and Processing Technology IGCV, D-86159, Augsburg, Germany
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  • Peter Simon studied Technically-Oriented Business Administration at the University of Stuttgart (Bachelor of Science 2011) and Technology and Management at the Technical University Munich (Master of Science 2014). Since 2015 he is a research fellow at the Fraunhofer Research Institution for Casting, Composite and Processing Technology IGCV in the department of Factory planning and evaluation.
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, Thomas Weber
  • The Institute of Production Management, Technology and Machine Tools, D-64287, Darmstadt, Germany
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  • Thomas Weber studied environmental engineering for his Bachelor Degree and Energy Science and Engineering for his Master Degree at TU-Darmstadt. Since 2017 he works as a research fellow at the PTW at the TU-Darmstadt.
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, Eberhard Abele
  • The Institute of Production Management, Technology and Machine Tools, D-64287, Darmstadt, Germany
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  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Eberhard Abele, born in 1953, has been head of the Institute of Production Management, Technology and Machine Tools (PTW) at the Technical University of Darmstadt since 2000. After studying Cybernetics and General Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of Stuttgart, he received his doctorate from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. From 1986 to 1999, he worked for several industrial companies in various executive positions.
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, Thomas Bauernhansl
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  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Bauernhansl studied Mechanical Engineering at RWTH Aachen University (Diplom 1998, Promotion 2002). Since 2011 he is head of Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA and Institute of Industrial Manufacturing and Management IFF at the University of Stuttgart. The expert for Industrie 4.0 is member of the strategy council of the Platform Industrie 4.0 of the German government as well as deputy head of the steering committee of Alliance Industrie 4.0 Baden-Württemberg. Thomas Bauernhansl is author and editor of numerous books regarding versatility of production, Industrie 4.0 and production management.
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, Gilbert Fridgen
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology FIT, Project Group Business & Information Systems Engineering, D-95444, Bayreuth, Germany
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  • Prof. Dr. Gilbert Fridgen studied Managerial Economics as well as Computer Science and Electronic Commerce (Diplom 2005, Bachelor of Science 2005). From 2005 to 2010 he did his doctorate on IT risk/return management. From 2010 to 2013 he pursued his habilitation in Information Systems Engineering. From 2011 to 2013 he was Deputy Professor for Business Engineering, especially Finance, Operations & Information Management. Since 2013 he is University Professor of Information Systems and Sustainable IT Management at the University of Bayreuth, Deputy Director of the Project Group Business & Information Systems Engineering of the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology (Fit), and Deputy Director of the Research Center Finance & Information Management.
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, Matthias Jarke
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology FIT, D-53754, Sankt Augustin, Germany
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  • Prof. Dr. Matthias Jarke is Professor of Information Systems at RWTH Aachen University and Executive Director of the Fraunhofer Institute of Applied Information Technology FIT. After his doctoral degree at Hamburg University, he held professorships at the Stern School of Business at New York University and at the University of Passau prior to joining RWTH Aachen in 1991. In his research focus, metadata management for business, engineering, and culture applications, he has published over 400 refereed papers and several books. Jarke served as Senior Editor resp. Program Chair of international journals and conferences, such as Information Systems, ACM TNIS, IEEE TSE, VLDB, EDBT, and CAiSE, as President of the German Informatics Society GI, and as member of the Fraunhofer Presidential Board. He is a member of the acatech National Academy and Fellow of the ACM.
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and Gunther Reinhart
  • Fraunhofer Research Institution for Casting, Composite and Processing Technology IGCV, D-86159, Augsburg, Germany
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  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gunther Reinhart studied Mechanical Engineering at Technical University of Munich (diploma 1982, PhD 1987), where since 2007 he holds the Chair for Industrial Management and Assembly Technologies at Institute for Machine Tools and Industrial Management iwb. Since 2016 he is executive director of Fraunhofer Research Institution for Casting, Composite and Processing Technology IGCV. The member of supervisory and advisory boards of various companies is also chairman of the Bavarian Cluster for Mechatronics and Automation e.V. Gunther Reinhart is author and editor of ten books and 300 journal articles regarding innovations in production technologies, the future of manufacturing systems and intelligent processes.
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Abstract

Abandoning fossil and nuclear energy sources in the long run and increasing amount of renewable energies in electricity production causes a more volatile power supply. Depending on external realities, renewable energy production emphasizes the need for measures to guarantee the necessary balance of demand and supply in the electricity system at all times. Energy intensive industry processes theoretically include high Demand Response potentials suitable to tackle this increasing supply volatility. Nevertheless, most companies do not operate their production in a flexible manner due to multiple reasons: among others, the companies lack know-how, technologies and a clear business case to introduce an additional level of flexibility into their production processes, they are concerned about possible impacts on their processes by varying the electricity demand and need assistance in exploiting their flexibility. Aside from fostering knowledge in industry companies, an IT-solution that supports companies to use their processes’ Demand Response potential has become necessary. Its concept must support companies in managing companies’ energy-flexible production processes and monetarize those potentials at flexibility markets. This paper presents a concept, which integrates both companies and energy markets. It enables automated trading of companies’ Demand Response potential on different flexibility markets.

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