Resource efficiency

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Resource efficiency means considering and optimizing all internal flows of resources. Concepts to improve energy and material efficiency are thus considered in an integrated manner, enabling synergies and interdependencies to be identified and analyzed. The interdisciplinary nature of Fraunhofer IPA makes us the ideal partner for technologically-advanced companies or those wanting to implement comprehensive and holistic structures from the outset, or those needing appropriate catalogs of measures. We also help you implement these measures so that you can improve your resource efficiency.


Energy efficiency:

One of the reasons why energy consumption in the manufacturing sector is becoming the focus of optimization efforts is the introduction of mandatory energy audits for companies that are neither small nor medium-sized enterprises. The corresponding measures have a positive impact on both the energy costs and carbon footprint of these companies. In cooperation with our university Partner institute for energy efficiency in production EEP, Fraunhofer IPA offers a range of services that can be tailored to your needs. Energy efficiency is an essential building block on your way to becoming a carbon-neutral company: It is not without reason that the basic principle of the energy turnaround is “efficiency first.”

Material efficiency:

Totaling more than 40% of the manufacturing industry’s total costs, materials offer a considerable savings potential. The focus of optimization is on existing material flows (gate-to-gate) in manufacturing environments. A measurable increase in profitability can be achieved simply by making small savings or reorganizing existing structures (e.g. waste management). At the same time, emissions are reduced across the entire supply chain and thus also in your company (taking into account the Scope 3 framework). Fraunhofer IPA helps you identify and prioritize your savings potential. We also enable you to implement innovative technologies in practice.

Services and expertise:

    • Identify and assess the energy flexibility potential of your industrial systems
    • Plan, design and evaluate thermal storage systems
    • Design concepts for hybrid manufacturing equipment
    • Develop electrification concepts
    • Energy value stream analysis
    • Optimize processes through thermal simulations
    • Optimize heat cascades and waste heat utilization
    • Plan, design and evaluate innovative energy supply systems
    • Identify substitute processes
    • Plan, design and evaluate potential processes
    • Design concepts for manufacturing equipment
    • Compile business cases
    • Integrate renewable energy sources & innovative energy generation technologies
    • Integrate and design thermal and electrical energy storage systems
    • Evaluate techno-economic and ecological aspects
    • Devise control strategies
    • Jointly define the scope of consideration
    • Analyze the manufacturing environment according to eco-lean standards
    • Identify your material efficiency potential
    • Demonstrate best practices for increasing material efficiency
    • Jointly define the scope of consideration
    • Record the process
    • Define relevant data sets; optional data acquisition support
    • Model material flow costs and depict them visually
    • Identify possible cost drivers with integrated analysis
    • Targeted data acquisition
    • Evaluate predefined KPIs
    • Compare company performance with industry average and top performers
    • Derive recommendations for improvement in the five fields of ultra-efficiency (emissions, energy, materials, people/personnel & organization)