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Preventing the blackout with backup generators & ESPS

We need electricity in all important life situations and almost nothing works without it. But what happens if the energy supply collapses completely?

How likely is the risk of a blackout?

The Federal Network Agency classifies the danger of a blackout, i.e. a nationwide power failure, as low. Nevertheless, according to the Federal Office for Civil Protection, the supply is more susceptible to disruptions today than it was a few years ago. The causes are climate-related extreme weather events, technical and human failure, but also criminal and terrorist acts. In addition, the restructuring of the energy supply and speculation on the market pose risks to the power supply. To make matters worse, our electricity grid is part of the European Energy Union. And a blackout does not stop at the borders. So if there is a power cut in our neighbours, there is a high probability that we will also be affected.

How secure are our electricity grids?

Our power grids are virtually the Achilles’ heel of our entire supply. A prolonged and widespread power blackout is equivalent to a national disaster. The Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance has therefore already called for better emergency planning. In Germany, the individual municipalities are responsible for disaster control themselves. The Karlsruhe Regional Council has prepared a comprehensive document on recommendations for action in this regard. In this paper, all relevant areas of public life are highlighted. The introduction already makes clear statements: “In the event of a nationwide power blackout, it must be assumed that assistance from neighbouring areas cannot take place because all available resources are needed in the respective area. This means that authorities, businesses and municipalities must make do with their own resources.”

How can backup generators or ESPS help during a blackout?

In a crisis, replacement generators are the most important element for reducing damage. But what preventive measures can be taken to increase the availability of backup generators? In very few cases does a power failure announce itself in time. In the event of an emergency, standby power systems (ESPS) or backup power systems such as emergency generators are the means of choice to maintain vital basic functions such as supplying the sick, logistics centres, waterworks, sewage treatment plants, the communications infrastructure and much more. However, a study by the BSI (German Federal Office for Information Security) came to the alarming conclusion that only eight percent of the replacement power systems examined were fully usable in continuous operation. A lack of staff is cited as a frequent reason for desolate equipment. This makes proper maintenance impossible, not to mention test runs.

Risks with replacement power plants (ESPS)

This fact quickly leads to discussions about liability risks as an operator of a “source of danger”. Some insurers might see the very fact of self-testing the aggregates as a problem.

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How can safe maintenance of the backup power systems (ESPS) be carried out?

Can a lack of personnel or time be the reason for unstable supply security? In a highly industrialised and high-tech country like Germany, the possible danger situation should be taken seriously after all. In BentoNet there is also ESPS management as a module. With this, we offer the operators of ESPS quick and easy help with smooth operation in case of emergency. Through modern, digital diagnostics, appropriate communication tools and a range of diverse services, we help keep ESPS running. In doing so, all specifications according to DIN VDE 0100-551, DIN VDE 0100-56, DIN VDE 0100-710, DIN VDE 0100-718, DIND 6280 etc. are fulfilled.

Examples from ESPS Management:

  • Fuel management:
    • Monitoring to avoid overageing of fuel
    • Report minimum levels and replenish
    • Joint purchase of fuel
    • Secure procurement in case of crisis
  • Monitoring of operating value limits:
    • Active, reactive and apparent power in isolated operation
  • Visualisation: Requirement according to DIN VDE 0100-710, in addition to DIN 6280-13, operating and fault messages must be forwarded not only to a suitable point, but also to a point that is permanently manned during operation of the building system.
  • Documentation:
    • Actual / target state of the system
    • Electronic monitoring of test runs
    • Risk assessment of components
  • Services:
    • Development of action guidelines, execution of test runs (according to DIN 6280-13, an extensive, monthly test is required).
    • Test according to DIN VDE 0100-710, the nominal operating temperature of the unit must be reached monthly and all changeover functions must be tested.

So that you are always on the safe side
Even if we feel safe when it comes to power supply. All operators of standby power installations (ESPS) should be armed at all times to be able to reliably absorb a power failure. In the event of an emergency, a number of extensive tasks must be carried out. We can take over essential parts of this – already in advance – and relieve our customers with a system that is always optimally operated. Contact us. We will create a master plan tailored to your needs.

Flexibilitäten in der Regelenergie nutzen und Zusatzerlöse erwirtschaften

Use flexibilities and earn money with balancing energy

According to estimates, there are 4,000 to 6,000 emergency power generators in Germany that can be integrated into a virtual power plant based on their size. Do you operate a standby power system for a medical facility, data centre, telecommunications company or cold store? Has it already occurred to you that this emergency generator can also earn money profitably through flexibility marketing and control energy in addition to its actual operation? But what does that mean? Even if you are the operator of a power generation system such as a combined heat and power unit (CHP) or a PV system, the following explanations could be of interest to you for an increase in yield.

Marketing on the power exchange

By networking an energy plant with BentoNet, ad-hoc energy can be fed in from the emergency backup when needed. BentoNet optimises and controls these inflows and also markets the surplus electricity. This means that active participation in various energy markets is open to you as a plant operator. But optimising your own load profile and peak capping are also additional possible applications here.

Benefits:

Your system continues to serve its intended purpose and also generates additional revenue for your company – while at the same time reducing costs in administration and sales.

In order to minimise your own additional expenditure and to fulfil all legal requirements, it makes sense to use the know-how and infrastructure of an established provider. With the connection to our BentoNet, you receive the complete solution from a single source. You provide control power with your plant and we have the corresponding market access to participate in direct marketing easily and without effort. Coupled with a secure and reliable infrastructure that fulfils all the necessary legal requirements, we act as an aggregator, so to speak, connecting many small, independent, decentralised plants. This means that the power plant minimum size of 5 MW, which is actually required, does not apply to the individual operator.

A connection to BentoNet also offers you the opportunity to make an active contribution to climate protection and reduce energy costs in the process. In times of Fridays for Future, this is an additional image gain that you can expand and use. As an IoT application, BentoNet is simple, fast, secure and cost-effective. Talk to us. We will tell you what you need to do for this and calculate the optimal solution for you and your plant.

Press release: Finalist for smarter E Award 2021 “Smart Renewable Energy

Press release
Baden-Baden, July 2021

BentoNet GmbH: Smart cloud solution covers the entire value chain for decentralised energy producers

BentoNet GmbH, founded in 2020, is nominated for the smarter E Award 2021 in the “Smart Renewable Energy” category

Smarter E Finalist 2021 "Smart Renewable Energy"

It is the first cloud solution that combines hardware and software and thus advances the energy transition for the European energy sector in a highly secure as well as flexible manner: the newly founded BentoNet GmbH, based in Baden-Baden, delivers an innovative cloud solution in which decentralised energy producers, plant manufacturers and software developers can jointly design and operate applications for the first time. BentoNet provides software, platform and infrastructure “as a service” and thus offers a uniform tool for the field, communication, process, data and web levels. This enables decentralised energy producers to use their energy data securely and easily – for faster and better networking and thus greater efficiency and productivity. BentoNet’s hitherto unique approach has now been honoured with a nomination for the smarter E Award.

More info here.

Contact person for the press:
Laura Rieger
Marketing and Communication
BentoNet GmbH
Flugstrasse 15
76532 Baden-Baden
Phone: +49 7221 90194-91
E-mail: rieger@bentonet.de
Internet: www.bentonet.de

Künstliche Intelligenz in der Energieversorgung

What can artificial intelligence contribute to the energy transition?

Statistical data analyses and thus also the Internet of Things (IoT) are influencing our everyday lives more and more – consciously or quite inconspicuously. They have rapidly found their way into many areas and their enormous potential is far from exhausted. Above all, plant manufacturers, companies and the energy industry should look into this instrument of digitalisation, which implies a high economic power.

What does IoT mean for the energy sector?

The IoT virtually connects the real world with the digital one. It can collect and transform vast amounts of data. The interconnected devices act independently, adapt to circumstances and react to certain scenarios. Any mediation or intervention by the user becomes superfluous. It creates measurable values that offer an enormous opportunity for efficient operation, especially for plant manufacturers, plant operators and energy companies – as long as the collected raw data is precisely evaluated, analysed and implemented.

What potential resides in data collection and data flows?

Accurate data analysis not only turns the data into cash, but also shows forward-looking changes, for example:

  • Load profile optimisation to reduce energy procurement costs
  • Early fault detection and analysis for technical systems such a CHP units, construction or industrial washing machines
  • Reduction of energy consumption through digital energy management
  • IT security

Requirements for the use of artificial intelligence and big data in the energy sector

A system that performs such tasks is complex and must meet high safety requirements. A large number of components and services are required, which must be coordinated with each other. Examples of components and services are:

  • Hardware box
  • IF
  • Mobile radio
  • VPN + MPLS
  • Pooling
  • Storage
  • Analytics
  • Service: IBN of the entire route

By the way: Our end-to-end-services as IaaS and SaaS means that your systems are always up to date and secure without your own investment.

BentoNet offers such an IoT solution as a complete package. As an ecosystem, it combines existing and new data services with a perfectly coordinated infrastructure. It is able to capture data streams from industry and the energy sector. But BentoNet also enables software developers, engineering firms and plant manufacturers to quickly get started with analytics clouds. For this purpose, we create an individual overall concept from collecting the data to evaluating it and, if desired, feeding it back into the plant.

How does BentoNet help in the implementation and use of data volumes?

BentoNet offers the following data tools that can be accessed with little effort:

  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Blockchain
  • Big Data
  • Big Data Discovery
  • Application Images
  • API Interface
  • Database
  • Business Intelligence
  • Industry 4.0

Artificial intelligence can therefore offer enormous potential for the long-term improvement of asset management, but the aspect of security must not be forgotten.

Smart City und intelligente Energieverteilung

Smart City: Energy distribution in the city of the future

The Smart City needs many solutions.

Thanks to the Fridays for Future movement, climate change and the urgent need for action have entered the consciousness of even more people. The pressure on politicians and responsible actors in the energy sector and other areas is increasing. But how can an effective energy transition succeed in the future “smart cities”? In the following, we show how a virtual power plant can drive the energy transition in conurbations, reducing additional work for plant operators, saving costs and generating profitable additional revenues at the same time.

Digital platforms – the energy system of the future in fully networked cities?

The smart city needs many solutions: Building automation, e-government, autonomous driving, 5G, public transport, smart factory, smart home and even charging e-scooters – but also a sustainable decentralised energy supply.
The energy transition is a must. And for its implementation, new and fast-acting strategies are urgently needed. This requires a rethink and decisive action across the entire energy market.

But what do innovative models in the industry look like?

How can smaller plant operators and companies also act professionally and economically and further and reliably expand the energy transition? How can energy bottlenecks in the supply be avoided at the same time? What role does digitalisation play?

One thing is certain: the German energy market is already undergoing a power plant turnaround. Coal and nuclear power plants are being phased out. Practical tests show that a full supply of renewable energies is realistic and that large power plants can be replaced. With the energy transition, the number of decentralised, renewable generation plants is steadily increasing. They all have to ensure security of supply, economic efficiency and sustainability. These decentralised plants must therefore be intelligently and efficiently networked and controlled. Challenges of a new generation of power plants that have to be mastered.

Sustainable energy supply in the green city

In a nutshell: The digitalisation platform itself is not an electricity producer. It combines decentralised, smaller energy systems such as combined heat and power plants, wind, water and solar systems into a networked, flexibly adjustable and centrally controlled system (building management). This involves an extremely high IT effort. The information from all the connected systems comes together in the control system. With the help of a separate computer centre, as with BentoNet, the data is coordinated in real time. They provide information about the utilisation status of each individual plant and calculate forecasts for possible energy fluctuations. This sensitive data communication takes place with the support of particularly secure connections.

Controllable plants such as hydropower plants, CHPs or emergency generators play a special role in the energy transition. In the event of an oversupply of electricity, they can on the one hand throttle or interrupt their production (negative control energy) and on the other feed additional electricity (positive control energy) into the grid in the event of an electricity shortage. Tenant power solutions can also be realised in this way, with which tenants can benefit directly from the sustainable and cheap electricity of the decentralised plants – keyword Smart Factory.

What can a digital platform do?

The purpose of a platform is mainly the joint marketing of electricity and flexible and reliable access to power from the aggregated plants at any time. The particular strength of a shared infrastructure is its rapid adaptability. This flexibility – a clear differentiator from traditional large-scale power plants, by the way – enables adaptable trading on the exchange to market the generated electricity profitably.

How viable are platforms as business models in the energy market of the future?

Renewable energies are land-intensive. Their production will take place outside the urban centres. Therefore, the energy market of the future will be determined by virtual power plants in smart cities.

Digital technologies help to network the connected plants in a meaningful way and to process the data sustainably. A flood of information hits the infrastructure on site every minute; analogue calculation is impossible. So digitalisation has already successfully made its way here. In the future, the energy market will be dominated by decentralised power generation and battery storage technologies, and the further development of intelligent networking will be forced. The Internet of Things (IoT) will also play a major role in this. Examples of this are charging management and load distribution in e-mobility. There is no chance of a successful energy transition without digitalisation. Optimal asset management ensures climate-friendly electricity and is certainly up to the challenge of digitalisation.

With a stake in a digital platform, plant operators also have access to various markets. They can have their electricity traded on the exchange or contribute to reliable utilisation via the balancing energy market. The goal for the operator must be to generate positive strategic and business effects.

IoT platforms with TSO compliance such as BentoNet offer operators security of supply, efficient and transparent plant operation with energy management, greater economic efficiency, workload reduction and – last but not least – the opportunity to make an active contribution to climate protection. It is simple, fast, secure and cost-effective.

Energiewende vorantreiben – Besuch MdL Behrens & Thomas Gönner (Grüne)

Baden-Baden, 16 July 2021

State parliament member Behrens and Bundestag candidate Thomas Gönner (Greens) visited BentoNet for an exchange on current framework conditions and implementations of the energy transition.

The smart grid – a pipe dream?

People have been talking about the smart grid for 20 years and it cannot exist without data – but data acquisition and data transfer are far from solved problems. “While more and more diverse consumers and producers are in the energy grid, the infrastructure behind it has not changed for decades,” says Manuel Gernsbeck, Managing Partner of BentoNet GmbH. Station digitalisation, for example, is an important step for stable e-mobility. State parliament member Behrens and Bundestag candidate Gönner also spoke out in favour of clear commitments and framework conditions, which are currently lacking in these places.

Lack of openness to technologies

Furthermore, for the Greens and also for BentoNet, CO2 taxation is a key step in driving the energy transition forward in a more focused way. This taxation can at the same time pave the way for the urgently needed new technologies, of course in the circumstances of critical infrastructure.

Opportunities & limits of standards

The existing standards in the energy industry and energy technology offer little room for new technologies and short-term implementations. Until now, technologies have been strongly tied to the manufacturer. Manuel Gernsbeck contrasted this with the idea of cooperation: “Energy transition in the sense of the target triangle (CO2 neutral, secure supply and low marginal costs) cannot be achieved without cooperation. We need joint solutions on central platforms”.
For the Greens, too, this cooperation and the associated exchange play a major role in the future energy landscape. The question, however, is how new sustainable standards can be created. There are also different positions here between market regulation and political framework conditions, but the critical factor of time hangs on both positions.

Finding common ground = Gaia X?

Bundestag candidate Gönner also spoke out in favour of the new mindset and agile learning processes, such as at the major investor BlackRock, which is pulling its investments out of fossil energies by 2030. Likewise, state parliament member Behrens sees politics as the central control centre for shaping the technology landscape in the energy sector. All agreed that large international companies have little knowledge of the existing energy sector and therefore have increased deficits in the areas of security, which small and medium-sized companies in Germany are better able to solve.

The European cloud “Gaia X” was also discussed, thus forming a pilot project for European cooperation and showing that overarching solutions are needed. Managing Director Gernsbeck of BentoNet GmbH positions himself clearly: “We ourselves also offer a European solution, this is urgently needed – but we must not forget our origins, the SCADA sphere is a spectre for many IoT afficionados”.

from left to right: Herbert Meyer-Jacob (BentoNet GmbH), Manuel Gernsbeck (BentoNet GmbH), Hans-Peter Behrens ( Greens, MdL), Thomas Gönner (Greens, Bundestag candidate), Laura Rieger (BentoNet GmbH), Fabrice Gireaud (Greens speaker)

We would like to thank them for the intensive exchange and were pleased to welcome state parliament member Behrens and Bundestag candidate Gönner.

 

 

Landtagsabgeordneter Tobias Wald (CDU) besuchte die BentoNet GmBH

Making Innovations Visible – Visit by State Parliament Member Wald (CDU)

Baden-Baden, 19 July 2021

Member of the State Parliament Wald (CDU) visited BentoNet to get to know it and exchange ideas in its new premises, where they talked about current areas of tension in local and state politics as well as in the energy industry.

Innovations in the “Ländle” must become more visible

Manuel Gernsbeck, managing partner of BentoNet GmbH, opened the discussion with a clear statement: “The locations must also be made more attractive in Baden-Württemberg, otherwise the innovation drivers will go to other locations”. State parliament member Wald also presented local business development as a central factor for action. This is about connections to public transport, motorways – but also about internet and fibre optics, which also presented BentoNet with some problems. It is just as much about investments in infrastructure as it is about funding measures and support for start-ups in the region.

Decentralised energy needs a legal framework and smart solutions

On the premise that the grids require an ever-increasing need for networking and communication, exchange platforms are needed. State parliament member Wald also spoke in favour of overarching solutions such as those offered by BentoNet. Manuel Gernsbeck also sees politics as responsible for this: “Without a structural framework, the real networking of energy market participants will fail; so far, not even 1% of the loads are connected,” he continues. Tobias Wald is equally aware of the concerns of citizens who are intensely concerned with wallboxes and innovations. It requires further dialogue and cooperation to jointly tackle the municipal challenges – without forgetting the infrastructure behind it.

Landtagsabgeordneter Tobias Wald (CDU) besuchte die BentoNet GmBH

From left to right: Manuel Gernsbeck (Managing Director BentoNet), Tobias Wald (MdL, CDU), Laura Rieger (Marketing) and Herbert Meyer-Jacob (Sales BentoNet)

We thank Mr Wald for his visit and exchange and look forward to making our innovation more visible.