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Demand-Side-Management in Plant Engineering A Matter of Flexibility: How to Turn A Process Plant into an Energy-Saver!

| Editor: Dominik Stephan

Get paid to use electricity? Sounds crazy. But Flexible Power and Demand Side Management are set to make production a highly flexible support of the power grid. Developers specifically have chemistry in mind — and a chlorine production plant demonstrates, how it is done.

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An energy guzzler can become a power-saver: electrolytic chlorine cells
An energy guzzler can become a power-saver: electrolytic chlorine cells
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The energy transition is a challenge: The high fluctuation of wind and solar power and the fluctuations in consumption demand enormous flexibility from energy producers, network operators and large consumers. What can be done if there is limited storage capacity?

Of course, the power stations are asked to provide both the flexibility to compensate for voltage spikes or the required stability to provide the basic grid load — but how about the consumers? Demand Side Management (DSM, also load control) is the name of the concept in which consumers adapt short-term energy needs in order to relieve the network and to prevent dangerous underfrequencies.