Optimising energy plant flexibility

Operation challenges 


Operating a volatile energy system profitably requires high operation and fuel flexibility

Energy markets are changing rapidly. And as energy prices are constantly increasing, the competition increases as well. This applies both to heat production, power production and combined heat and power production.

Therefore, plant operation must adapt to new market conditions, regulations and taxes in order to perform the best. This requires high flexibility in terms of fuels and operation.

When optimizing that flexibility, it is vital to look across the entire utility plant and include all processes.

Our consultancy

Employees at Added Values hold many years of both national and international hands-on experience in optimizing energy production plants. We will advise you to implement the right solutions.

Our specialists combine theoretical knowledge with in-depth and practical expertise of production plant trouble shooting and optimization in Denmark and across Europe.

Thus, our customers benefit from our specialist proficiency and achieve a viable and strong solution.

We offer consultancy within:

  • Heat production
  • Energy security
  • Revenue optimization on energy markets
  • Cost reduction in connection with operation, fuel, maintenance and life time
  • Taxes and regulations

What is flexibility optimization?

It is added value

Using a business case approach, we analyse and assess the various flexibility actions including a thorough prioritization and assessment.

The assessment comprises the following:

  • Technical options – see below
  • Requirements for energy supply
  • Benefits gained through optimized market exploitation
  • Calculation of future taxation and regulation costs
  • Costs/investments
  • Best usage of all assets


Operation flexibility

We optimize plant operation flexibility by:

  • Reducing minimum load
  • Increasing load gradient
  • Increasing overload and capacity
  • Optimizing plant start-up
  • Optimizing operation bypass
  • Optimizing plant interaction
  • Adding new energy technology such as heat pumps 


Fuel flexibility

We optimize plant fuel flexibility by:

  • Converting plants into new fuels, e.g. from coal to pellets
  • Converting plants into co-firing with sustainable biomass fuels such as straw.
  • Optimizing fuel mix to match the desired plant properties, taxes, supplies.


Lifetime optimization

We ensure intelligent usage of residual plant lifetime by:

  • calculating residual lifetime of main components
  • calculating how operation and fuels affect expected plant lifetime (consumption)
  • making a cost/benefit analysis on flexibility versus lifetime consumption, e.g. converting residual lifetime to increased flexibility
  • Establishing total lifetime management