An important benefit of being a company member in the Open Source Modelica Consortium is OEM licensing which allows including the OpenModelica software in commercial products shipped to customers.
ABB OPTIMAX® provides advanced model based control products for power generation and water utilities. Plant models are typically formulated in Modelica and deployed through FMI 2.0. The optimizing control applications maximize the efficiency and provide more flexibility to large conventional power plants that face frequent load ramps and start-ups. Moreover they aggregate small renewable units to large virtual power plants. This enables renewables to provide grid services like power/frequency control, achieving grid stability despite of high penetration of renewable power and raising revenues. ABB uses several compatible Modelica tools, including OpenModelica, depending on specific application needs. OpenModelica provides outstanding debugging features that help to save a lot of time during model development.
Generation of code for real-time optimizing control almost one tenth of German power production
Since March 2015, OpenModelica is used as part of ABB's OPTIMAX PowerFit product to generate code for real-time optimizing control. Meanwhile this code controls within seconds about 5000 MW (approx. 7.5%) of the German power production. Of these, about 1500 MW are generated from more than 2500 small sun-, wind- and biogas power plants (a rapidly increasing number), which are controlled and coordinatedto act like one bigger power plant in the energy system.
Modeling and simulation environment that includes a large part of the OpenModelica compiler using the OEM license. The picture shows a water treatment effluent and sludge simulation.