27 June 2022
Digital can play a key role in optimizing and decarbonizing district heating networks. Uniper has implemented Gradyent's digital solution and is already saving cost and CO2 emissions. Uniper is an international energy company that operates roughly 33 GW of generating capacity, which ranks the company among the world’s largest power producers.
Uniper has the ambition to reduce CO2 by 50% in 2030, compared to 2019, of its power plants in Europe. The company is striving to make its district heating systems more efficient and sustainable, while delivering affordable and reliable heat to their customers. The team at Uniper believes that digital initiatives play a key role in making this transformation happen and has selected Gradyent as its partner.
Building a Digital Twin of the Uniper heating system
At the heart of Gradyent’s digital solution is a Digital Twin for district heating systems. A Digital Twin is a digital copy of the physical heating system, combining geographical, weather and sensor data with physical models, enhanced by AI. It can predict the heating system’s behavior in different situations, enabling district heating companies to optimize, decarbonize and grow their systems.
In 2021, we started to build a Digital Twin for one of the Uniper heating systems, including the heat distribution in the network and the heat production units – a complex system of multiple production units in different locations across the network.
Since fall 2021 the Digital Twin is live and enables real-time optimisation. While ensuring that every user in the network obtains sufficient heat, the Digital Twin optimises the operation of the network and the source heat dispatch by selecting the most cost-efficient operation strategy of the heat production assets. The Digital Twin shows substantial cost and CO2 reduction potential. This proves that cost savings and decarbonisation can go hand-in-hand.
Would you like to learn more?
The team at Uniper has published a blog article about why and how they are using the Digital Twin.