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Utility Systems Management and Operational Optimization
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The provision of an adequate and reliable supply of utilities (fuel, steam and power) represents a significant operating cost for many industrial companies. For many industries, the energy/utilities cost is the largest operating expense after the purchase of raw materials. The paper provides an overview of how site-wide utility system optimization and management can be tackled using Aspen Utilities™. Aspen Utilities addresses the key issues in the purchase, supply and usage of fuel, steam and power simultaneously within the context of an integrated utilities management objective. Aspen Utilities™ provides a single environment to optimize business processes relating to utilities management and substantially improves financial performance typically equivalent to 2 to 5% of total energy costs without requiring any plant capital investment. Additional benefits are available in the capital investments in the utility system.
Dhole, V.; Seillier, D.; Garza, K. (2002). Utility Systems Management and Operational Optimization. Energy Systems Laboratory (http://esl.tamu.edu). Available electronically from