Our goal is to achieve sustainability and energy efficiency not at the expense of economic benefit and through high infrastructural investments, but through intelligent, data-based virtual energy system cybernetics. As a spin-off of the Technical University of Darmstadt, we have already dealt with governance issues of complex systems in various research projects over the past years.
Our conclusion: Regardless of whether it is an industrial park, a housing estate, an urban grid or a balancing group – wherever energy is stored and/or exchanged and energy (money and CO2) flows are to be controlled,
a central, omnipresent and intelligent decision maker is needed.
For complex energy systems, there are a vast number of operational decision alternatives that are constantly changing due to altering environmental conditions. In order to find the economically or ecologically best decision out of this multitude of alternatives at any time, it is necessary to employ methods of applied mathematics.
The energy operation system.
We have developed a software, which can be used to model every energy system. It collects at high frequency all the relevant data about the energy system under consideration, like the energy market, loads and weather, forecasts them into the future and then autonomously controls all the plants of a system as a central agent. On the SlothBox the energy operating system SlothBrAIn comes into your energy system. The system is not yet ready for it, e.g. due to missing sensors or other infrastructural barriers? No problem, we also offer the necessary preliminary services.
Our core competence lies at the upper end of the top-down competence architecture of the parties responsible for operating an energy system. Nevertheless, we manage the transformation process of our customers through all three levels and thus already create the necessary preconditions at the lowest level.
Autonomous and optimal centralized governance of the energetic operation of a complex system (setpoint definition).
System integration of automation and control technology to execute operation schedule (setpoint execution).
Installation of metering technology for data acquisition.
We offer our portfolio to all companies that have to deal with complex energy systems but prefer to focus on day-to-day business.
Through our products and services, we help companies plan and operate their entire energy supply system more efficiently. With our energy services, we provide detailed analyses of the current status of energy systems and identify potential for improvement and savings. This applies both to company-wide, large, purely virtual systems (balancing group) in order to minimize the amount of balancing energy, for example, and to local, high-resolution energy systems where the focus is primarily on controlling the hardware. For the latter, we can build on the existing control infrastructure without interfering with safety-related mechanisms (non-invasive).
Our customized dashboards provide customers with the exact information they need in real time to monitor their energetic processes, detect problems early and initiate countermeasures. In addition, with the fully automated energy operating system SlothBrAIn, our customers have the option of having their energy supply system controlled completely autonomously. The target variables considered here can be specified individually and typically include economic and ecological aspects.
Folivora Energy thus helps to ensure that our customers’ existing energy resources and systems are operated as efficiently as possible. Experience shows that systems have an energy savings potential of around 15%, which can be realized exclusively through additional software-based optimization of the existing system. The potential usually depends on the complexity of the system; the more complex, the more we can contribute to the savings. We are convinced that improved operation of existing energy supply infrastructure can make a major contribution to energy and CO2 savings without the need for additional investment in energy-related components.
The cost-effective leveraging of energy efficiency potentials in existing energy systems is the basis for the continuous and timely improvement of our planet’s climate footprint and can be implemented with our solutions in all areas of life. The flexible structure of our products also enables automated adaptations to changing systems and circumstances, so that we always ensure the best possible energetic operation even for future, innovative energy supply systems.
Dr.-Ing. Georg Franke