SynErgie –
Synchronized and energy-adaptive Production Technology for the flexible Adjustment of Manufacturing Processes to a volatile Energy Supply


The future electricity system in Germany is faced with the challenge of providing an affordable and steady power supply with an increasing rate of renewable energy. One possible solution is to increase the flexibility of demand. With a total of 44% of net electricity and 25% of heat demand, industrial processes and, in particular, large single plants have considerable flexibility levers in energy-intensive industrial sectors. In contrast to other measures, which are partly associated with high costs, also for the consumer, as well as with social acceptance problems, the medium- and short-term flexibility of industrial electricity demand (procurement and positive / negative load sensing), the so-called Demand- Management (DSM), an opportunity to allow energy-efficient and cost-effective socially acceptable.

Objective and Approach

This approach is supported by the KOPERNIKUS project "SynErgie - Synchronized and energy-adaptive production technology for the flexible alignment of industrial processes on a fluctuating energy supply", funded by the BMBF and managed by the project sponsor Jülich, under which about 100 partners are united. The unique composition of the partners from a broad industrial spectrum with companies from all energy-intensive industries, production equipment, power market representatives, leading research institutes in the fields of production and process engineering, energy industry, computer science, social, legal and economic sciences as well as civil society stakeholders with associations, NGOs, chambers of industry and commerce, and municipalities, provides a holistic approach to research. It considers the relevant key production processes, the production infrastructure, the market and the electricity system and the social impact.

Project Partner Cluster II: Production Infrastructure

  • PTW, TU Darmstadt
  • ISM-D, TU Darmstadt
  • IWB, TU München
  • WZL, RWTH Aachen
  • EEP, Universität Stuttgart
  • FAPS, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • Siemens AG
  • Festo AG & Co. KG
  • Hirschvogel Automotive Group

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Energy flexibility, Production Infrastructure


09/2016 to 08/2019


Christine Schulze


Federal Ministry of Education and Research

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