"FlexGUIde" project provides tools to reduce CO2 emissions and energy costs
The new joint project "FlexGUIde - Toolset for low-threshold participation of SME industry in the energy market of the future", funded by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection (BMWK), started on 01 January 2022.
Industry has the potential to make an important contribution to a climate-neutral energy supply. There are a large number of flexible consumers in companies that could be used to control electricity consumption at certain times in an economically and ecologically profitable way. However, small and medium-sized enterprises lack the tools to use this potential profitably. In the joint project FlexGUIde, concrete tools are to be developed and tested using digitalisation, state-of-the-art communication technologies and forward-looking artificial intelligence methods. These are intended to reduce the CO2 footprint of industrial companies, for example through preferential energy consumption at times of high renewable generation and more efficient energy use. In addition, energy costs can also be further reduced if price reductions are used. At the same time, electricity traders benefit by allowing industrial customers to assume part of the trading risk.
In the project, nine collaborative partners from science (Offenburg University of Applied Sciences with the Institute for Sustainable Energy Systems (INES) and the Institute for Reliable Embedded Systems and Communication Electronics (ivESK), Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA, University of Stuttgart) and business (ENIT Energy IT Systems GmbH, MVV Trading GmbH, Merantix Labs GmbH, mech-tron GmbH & Co. KG, Rheinspan GmbH & Co. KG and Hiller Objektmöbel GmbH) are working closely together to enable low-threshold participation of medium-sized industry in the energy market of the future.