Energy Technologies and Applications in Production

Vision of the research group

Research for climate-neutral production technology, considering a wide range of aspects relating to energy efficiency, energy flexibility and resource efficiency

Research topics

We achieve our vision through our five main research areas:

  • Strategic Energy- and Ressource Management
  • Climate Neutral Production Infrastructure
  • Energy System Analysis and Optimization of Production Machines
  • Energy-Optimized Factory Operations
  • Cyber-Physical Systems in Climate-Neutral Production

Our research covers individual machines as well as holistic energy optimization of the production environment. Both the efficient design of components and systems (machines, supply system) and the synergetic interaction of connected systems as well as control engineering are part of the research. Due to our realistic test field ETA Factory, our research is characterized by its high transferability. An integral component is our holistic energy management system, with which numerous data points from production line and infrastructure facilities can be recorded in real time. This enables the application of digital research approaches such as the dynamic simulation of the production system, as well as machine learning methods, artificial intelligence and mathematical optimization.

Strategies for a Climate Neutral Production
Fields of application: Strategy processes, Scenarios, Competencies, Technologies

  • Climate strategy developement
  • Technical requirements and environmental conditions
  • KPIs and carbon accounting methods
  • Scenarios for climate-neutral factories
  • Competences for climate-neutral production

Climate Neutral Production Infrastructure
Fields of application: Cooling, Heat, Compressed air, Air conditioning, Ventilation

  • Model-based planning
  • Technology benchmarking
  • Topology planning
  • Multimodal networks
  • Rule-based control strategies

Energy System Analysis and Optimization of Production Machines
Fields of application: Machining, Cleaning, Drying, Heat treatment

  • Industry-suited measuring concepts for increased transparency
  • Data-based energy system analysis
  • Energy efficiency and flexibility of production machines and processes
  • Efficient cross-sectional technologies and thermal cross-linking

Energy Management and Monitoring
Fields of application: Data acquisition and processing, Forecasting, Visualization

  • Intelligent meassuring point concepts
  • Real-time data aquisition & Streaming Analytics
  • Energy and load forecasting
  • Systemidentification

Energy Optimized Factory Operations
Fields of application: Production, TGA, Flexibility, Control strategies

  • Optimized operation strategies
  • Simulation and mathematical models
  • Status-quo survey and evaluation
  • Enabling production systems for optimized operation
  • Cost-benefit analysis

Cyber-Physical Systems in Climate Neutral Production
Fields of application: CPPS, Digital twin, Asset administration shell

  • Development of definitions, nomenclature and standards
  • CPPS Architecture
  • Data models for transparency and optimized factory operation
  • Programming schemes for automation, simulation & connectivity layer

About us

The research group ETA | Energy Technologies and Applications in Production conducts research in an interdisciplinary team on technologies for the realization of climate-neutral production. The ETA factory is at the center of our activities. This is more than just a research laboratory – it is a tool and demonstrator for innovations in the areas of energy efficiency, energy flexibility and resource efficiency in production. We work hand in hand with industry and research partners to develop and test solutions that enable climate-neutral production. Our approach connects buildings and machines in a holistic energy system and tests real-world process chains. We also offer interactive workshops and tours to share our research and methods.

Our development

Sustainable, i.e. economically optimized and environmentally compatible production, is a success factor for the future actions of manufacturing companies. Against this background, the research group “Environmentally compatible Production” was founded at PTW in 1996. In the following years, the research group first acquired fundamental know-how on the development of environmentally compatible products and gathered relevant experience in the field of environmentally compatible design of industrial production. After elaborating the concept of an ETA factory and clarifying conditions, construction work was initiated in 2013 – just in time to mark the 120th anniversary of the chair. Only through a high level of joint commitment and with the support of the BMWi, the state of Hesse and the Technical University of Darmstadt was it possible to open the factory just three years later. Since then, production technology research has been made tangible there and new impulses have been set for the environmentally compatible production of tomorrow. As a real large-scale research facility, the ETA factory offers a unique opportunity to test and expand the research field of climate-neutral production in a practical way.

Your contact persons

Photo Name Contact
Head
Fabian Borst M.Sc.
Team Lead Group ETA | Energy Technologies and Applications in Production
+49 6151 8229-684
L6|03 (ETA-Fabrik) 105
Heiko Ranzau M.Sc.
Research Lead Group ETA | Energy Technologies and Applications in Production
+49 6151 8229-720
L6|03 (ETA-Fabrik) 105
Assistance
Jan Hohlbein M.A.
Assistance ETA
+49 6151 8229-717
L6|03 (ETA-Fabrik) 204
Staff
Niklas Bode M.Sc.
MiP | Management of Industrial Production
+49 6151 8229-616
L6|03 201
Andreas Clement M.Sc.
ETA | Energy Technologies and Applications in Production
+49 6151 8229-630
L6|03 (ETA-Fabrik) 103
Benedikt Engel M.Sc.
ETA | Energy Technologies and Applications in Production
+49 6151 8229-623
L6|03 (ETA-Fabrik) 104
Michael Frank M.Sc.
ETA | Energy Technologies and Applications in Production
+49 6151 8229-643
L6|03 (ETA-Fabrik) 101
Tim Frieß M.Sc.
ETA | Energy Technologies and Applications in Production
+49 6151 8229-627
L6|03 (ETA-Fabrik) 104
Dr.-Ing. Daniel Fuhrländer-Völker
ETA | Energy Technologies and Applications in Production
+49 6151 8229-734
L6|03 (ETA-Fabrik) 101
Borys Ioshchikhes M.Sc.
ETA | Energy Technologies and Applications in Production
+49 6151 8229-773
L6|03 (ETA-Fabrik) 103
Tobias Koch M.Sc.
ETA | Energy Technologies and Applications in Production
+49 6151 8229-683
L6|03 (ETA-Fabrik) 102
Tobias Lademann M.Sc.
ETA | Energy Technologies and Applications in Production
+49 6151 8229-622
L6|03 (ETA-Fabrik) 105
Martin Lindner M.Sc.
ETA | Energy Technologies and Applications in Production
+49 6151 8229-680
L6|03 (ETA-Fabrik) 101
Jonathan Magin M.Sc. M.Sc.
ETA | Energy Technologies and Applications in Production
+49 6151 8229-637
L6|03 (ETA-Fabrik) 202
Lukas Nagel M.Sc.
ETA | Energy Technologies and Applications in Production
+49 6151 8229-628
L6|03 (ETA-Fabrik) 102
Oskay Ozen M.Sc.
ETA | Energy Technologies and Applications in Production
+49 6151 8229-635
L6|03 (ETA-Fabrik) 203
Stefan Seyfried M.Sc. M.Sc.
ETA | Energy Technologies and Applications in Production
+49 6151 8229-678
L6|03 (ETA-Fabrik) 203
Arthur Stobert M.Sc.
ETA | Energy Technologies and Applications in Production
+49 6151 8229-711
L6|03 (ETA-Fabrik) 201
Lukas Theisinger M.Sc.
ETA | Energy Technologies and Applications in Production
+49 6151 8229-741
L6|03 (ETA-Fabrik) 203
Adrian von Hayn M.Sc.
ETA | Energy Technologies and Applications in Production
+49 6151 8229-721
L6|03 (ETA-Fabrik) 102
Andreas Wächter M.Sc.
ETA | Energy Technologies and Applications in Production
+49 6151 8229-744
L6|03 (ETA-Fabrik) 104
Jonas Wendt M.Sc.
ETA | Energy Technologies and Applications in Production
+49 6151 8229-774
L6|03 (ETA-Fabrik) 201
Jan Zangenberg M.Sc.
ETA | Energy Technologies and Applications in Production
+49 6151 8229-670
L6|03 (ETA-Fabrik) 105
Robin Zink M.Sc.
ETA | Energy Technologies and Applications in Production
+49 6151 8229-638
L6|03 (ETA-Fabrik) 203
Benjamin Arzt
Experimental Field Technician
+49 6151 8229-779
L6|03 (ETA-Fabrik) 204

Insight into the ETA factory

Recommended external content

We have selected external content from YouTube for you and would like to show it to you right here. To do this, you must reveal it with one click. You can hide the external content at any time with another click.

I agree to external content from YouTube being shown to me. This may result in personal data being transmitted to third-party platforms. You can find more information in our Privacy Policy.

40 percent energy savings in industrial production