Thanks to smart digital solutions like the Viridis Energy & Sustainability Suite, the transformation of an entire industry is made possible. Comprehensive energy management solutions like Viridis improve the energy performance of the production system while reducing energy-related costs, raw material consumption, and even carbon, greenhouse gas, and waste emissions. Its applications help accurately calculate the energy and resource consumption of dozens of energy sources within a single plant and carefully balance them to achieve cost- and environmentally efficient production, while maintaining the desired levels of quality. Process data are collected by the instruments and fed in real time into robust computational models based on artificial intelligence. Those models can make accurate predictions about the process, such as the demand for fuel and electric power on the production line, and the rates of gas emissions. The models transform those data into applied knowledge and guide decision making in real time in various areas, such as the optimal distribution of combustible gases, the flow rates of combustible gases and utilities (cryogenic gases, steam, water and compressed air). It is also possible to control the demand for electric power and natural gas on line - which avoids contractual fines due to an increased consumption and optimizes the purchase of supplies and utilities, thus reducing the cost of production, among many other aspects. This set of guided decisions makes the process more efficient and allows one to produce the same quantity of product, with the same quality, using less electric power and fuel and emitting fewer greenhouse gases.
Investing in energy efficient initiatives has become a matter of the highest importance for major companies. Gains in energy efficiency obviously make companies more competitive and responsible for the environment, and digitalization can be the next arm to be deployed in response to the energy crisis.