Climate Resilience and Energy Adaptation in Industry under Uncertainty

Task

XXII

Start date 2024-09-01

End date 2026-09-30

Recent developments

The proposal for this new Task was approved by the IETS ExCo on 16 May. The Task will start during fall 2024. Read the Task proposal.

Task Members

  • Denmark (SDU, DTU)
  • Sweden (RISE)
  • Canada (Nature Resources Canada)
  • Germany (Fraunhofer Institute for Energy Economics and Energy System Technology)
  • Portugal (GECAD/LASI/Polytechnic of Porto)

Task Manager

Zheng Grace Ma, Center for Energy Informatics, Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Institute, the Engineering Faulty University of Southern Denmark

Description

The primary aim of this Task is to promote understanding and progression in digitalization, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and related technologies, thus facilitating climate resilience (extreme weather and events) and energy adaptation (electricity, heating, and sector coupling) in energy-intensive industries. The immediate goal is to explore the realm of climate resilience and energy adaptation within these energy-intensive sectors.

Objectives and Scope

To achieve theaim, several specific objectives are defined:

  • To expand the knowledge base concerning climate resilience and energy adaptation within industrial sectors that are intensive in energy use, thereby laying the groundwork for informed decision-making and innovative solutions.
  • To deepen the understanding of stakeholder dynamics and unearth the potential within related fields, thus paving the way for collaboration and synergy.
  • To identify the precise needs and the strategic initiatives planned to strengthen the energy-intensive industries, ensuring that these sectors are equipped to meet current and future challenges.
  • To direct and shape the future subtasks under this Task umbrella, ensuring that they align with the overarching goals and adapt to evolving industry trends.

The scope of the Task is:

  • The Task will conduct thorough analyses of energy-intensive industries, which include not only standalone industrial processes but also clusters of industries operating in tandem. This approach acknowledges the complex interdependencies of modern industrial activities and the benefits of a holistic perspective.
  • A significant part of the Task will be dedicated to exploring the concept of climate resilience and energy adaptation. This includes flexible operations and supply chain strategies, demand response programs, energy market participation, onsite distributed energy resources, especially in electricity and heating, and the ability to adapt to sector coupling, where energy systems are interconnected.
  • A key component will be the application of digitalization and AI. The Task will investigate how these technologies can be harnessed to enhance climate resilience and energy adaptation in energy-intensive industries. This could involve understanding the potentials and barriers of implementing IoT and cloud technologies, big data and AI applications for industrial process operations and demand response.

Organisation of Work – Subtask 1

Activity A: Definitions and State-of-the-Art

Activity A aims to conduct preliminary state-of-the-art investigations to:

  • Outline definitions and terminologies associated with climate resilience and energy adaptation in industry.
  • List technologies and methods that facilitate energy flexibility in industry.
  • Highlight the applications (specific industries) mentioned in scholarly literature.

Activity B: Survey in participating IETS countries

Activity B aims to conduct a survey with the task partners, focusing on:

  • The current status, potential, driving factors, obstacles, and requirements for the adoption of climate resilience and energy adaptation within the industry.
  • Collect examples or case studies.

Activity C: Exchange with other IEA TCPs and IETS Tasks

This activity aims to identify potential collaborations with other IEA TCPs and IETS Tasks by:

  • Establishing communication pathways to facilitate both the exchange of knowledge and the exploration of potential collaborative efforts of shared interest.
  • Creating a cooperative framework between the current Task and other IETS Tasks, as well as with different IEA TCPs.
  • Considering joint activities, such as attending each other’s workshops, sharing valuable insights among Task members, and arranging brief conference calls.

Activity D: Proposals for future Subtasks

This activity’s goal is to recommend subsequent subtasks by:

  • Carrying out a joint, in-depth analysis of shared objectives and interests among Task participants.
  • Cooperatively formulating proposals for future subtasks with input from Task members.

Deliverables

The main deliverables in the Subtask 1 will be the Final Subtask Report.

More specifically, the activities mentioned above includes the following deliveries:

  • Definitions and State-of-the-Art: Report “State-of-the-Art and applications of climate resilience and energy adaptation in industrial processes”
  • Survey in participating IETS countries: Report “Status, potentials, obstacles, and examples of the adoption of climate resilience and energy adaptation within the industry”.
  • Exchange with other IEA TCPs and IETS Tasks: joint meetings and webinars with other IEA TCPs and IETS Tasks.
  • Proposals for future Subtasks: Proposal for future subtasks