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The Institute of Production Management, Technology and Machine Tools (PTW) of the TU Darmstadt is one of the leading research institutes in the field of application-oriented and industry-related production research and has been active in the field of sustainable production for years. Through a variety of research projects, a profound knowledge base on a multitude of topics relevant to the industry has been developed.

The flagship project „ETA-Factory“ once more sharpened the understanding of energetic systems in production and further expanded the aspect of application-oriented research. ETA stands for Energy, Technology and Application Center – a triad, which underlines the focus on the optimized application of final energy among the utilization of innovative technologies.

Through the research project „ETA-Factory“, the development of individual technologies as well as the holistic consideration of the interaction of:

  • the building envelope and the technical building equipment,
  • process technology and production facilities,
  • planning, acquisition and assessment of energy flows and
  • energy recovery, storage and reuse

was propelled and thus the PTW was able to acquire the necessary knowledge to identify previously unexploited energy-saving potentials and to transfer the research results to the industry. From this resulted the current implementation program „ETA-Transfer“, in which previously acquired research findings are put into practice at nine well-known industry representatives. We also regularly work together on smaller projects with various partners in the national and international industry.

According to our research focuses, we offer the following services as a research group:

  • Metrological determination of process-related energy and resource use
  • Development and implementation support of specific energy efficiency measures
  • Determination of energy consumption characteristics of innovative function modules and component benchmark
  • Planning and design of energy-optimized production machines
  • Holistic energy system analyses
  • Support with the implementation of measures for a more energy efficient production infrastructure and supply technology
  • Development and assistance with measures for waste heat recovery
  • Planning and design of heat accumulator systems
  • Acquisition of load management potentials in the production infrastructure (demand response, demand side management, peak load management)
  • Assessment of optimization potentials of the operation of technical supply systems (e.g. self-generation)
  • Development of system-specific measurement concepts and energy indicators
  • Assistance with the setup and implementation of energy management systems
  • Development of models and algorithms for energy and load prognoses
  • Development of models and algorithms for energy data based condition & quality monitoring
  • Modeling and simulation of energy systems (machine components, production machines, process chains as well as supply systems)
  • Analysis and economic evaluation of potential energy efficiency and energy flexibility measures through simulation of various environmental and production conditions
  • Evaluation of system designs and operational strategies through simulation for new projects and existing systems
  • Object-oriented revision or reconfiguration of automation systems for energy systems (e.g. building automation)
  • Accompanying implementation of an electrical load management
  • Development of optimization methods for the operation of energy systems
  • Development of automation concepts with an integrated communication interface for external optimization systems