Four ways simulation software improves small and medium-sized energy businesses

By Justin Tuttle

(Updated July 25, 2023)

Innovation is essential in today’s volatile and sustainability-focused energy industry, and small to medium-sized energy businesses are uniquely suited for this role. Why? They’re typically less weighed down by overly-complex organizational structures and outdated legacy software systems. Regardless of the energy industry subsegment, your small or medium-sized business can fuel innovation by empowering engineers with energy simulation software.

Whether your goal is more effective R&D or reducing asset emissions, here are four ways simulation software improves small and medium-sized energy businesses.

Knowledge workers can accelerate optimization in engineering design

With simulation software, your engineers will gain access to a digital twin of your real-world or planned energy assets, systems or processes. This digital replica fuels optimization in engineering design and remains in sync as it evolves with added data. The digital twin will become the primary tool for defining and selecting the best opportunities to improve designs, enhance sustainability and reduce costs.

Integrated software streamlines R&D processes

Engineers can use a single integrated software environment that includes CAD, automated meshing, multi-physics computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software and design exploration technology. These combined, cloud-powered engineering simulation solutions help engineering teams accelerate research, development and design through modeling and gaining a better understanding of system complexity. Because new designs validated through simulation have a much higher chance of performing as expected during physical testing, time-consuming and costly prototyping processes are shortened or eliminated. As a result, your business can deploy reliable new energy assets and systems in faster timeframes.

Collaboration and knowledge sharing dramatically improves

Simulation software fuels engineering-specific, project-based, ad hoc collaboration and knowledge sharing between simulation teams and other engineering disciplines. Whether you want to achieve better energy asset designs, optimize operations for performance and integrity, or focus on deep engineering solutions such as decarbonization, your company can rapidly reach a new level of simulation maturity to better achieve these goals.

Your business can help lead the clean energy transition

The latest simulation solutions give engineers tools in the emerging area of design space exploration. This feeds multi-physics simulation results into mathematical models that explore and suggest new designs that satisfy all given constraints. The results can help your engineering teams achieve revolutionary new designs and configurations faster, including reduced-emission assets and systems that will help lead the clean energy transition. Additionally, cloud-based simulation and tests will predict the performance of these unique designs and systems while sharing the information across disciplines and teams to boost collaboration.

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