Energy improvement offers enormous potential for variable cost reduction and improved environmental performance. These types of improvements can be fast tracked and amplified via internet-based collaboration, but there is a risk that outsourced services can lead to a hollowing out of site expertise. Other potential issues include failure to account for the impacts of energy-improvement projects on process throughput, yield or reliability.
Collaborative services with first-principles engineering models and analytics can address these issues. One way in which they can is by simultaneously taking into account both process optimization and energy-use reduction to improve plant and human performance.