Modular energy construction kit for factories: integrated modular production and energy planning


Motivation and approach

In Germany, industry causes about 40% of primary energy consumption. The Fraunhofer study "Energy Efficiency in Production" systematically identifies the need for action and research in order to increase energy efficiency in production. One of the identified fields of action is the optimization of the entire system of a factory, consisting of energy supply and production. The study estimates that global energy efficiency and energy efficiency can be improved by 20 to 30% through global consideration and integration of the overall system.

Research goal

This is where the research project imPROvE starts. Through integration and networking of factory and energy system as well as the phase-spanning consideration of conception, execution planning and operation of the factory, this efficiency potential should be harnessed. The central goal of imPROvE is to develop appropriate integrated methods and tools. A consistent use and networking of methods, models and software tools should allow the optimization of the entire system "factory" over all planning and operating phases. Further innovative components of imPROvE are:

  •     Integration of production processes into mathematical structure optimization of the energy system
  •     Dynamic system simulation for identifying critical system states in execution planning
  •     Integrated monitoring analysis of factory and energy system
  •     Derivation of model-predictive control strategies for the energy system and production planning

In order to ensure the practicability of the developed solutions and the industrial application, all three development phases are intensively accompanied by industrial application partners and concluded with practical tests at real production sites

Research and project partner

  • TLK Energy GmbH, Aachen
  • WZL, RWTH Aachen, Aachen
  • LTT, RWTH Aachen, Aachen
  • Carpus+Partner AG, Aachen
  • TEEKANNE GmbH & Co. KG, Düsseldorf

This project is funded by the European Union and the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.


01.04.2016 - 31.03.2019

Project number

MP-1-1-028f / EFRE-0800322

Project sponsor

Projektträger Jülich (PtJ) | Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH



Max Busch