Unlocking the energy-saving potential in manufacturing systems.
Manufacturing is one of the largest energy-consuming sectors and responsible for approximately a third of the global energy demand. Therefore, energy management is key to ensuring that manufacturing remains competitive as well as being sustainable as part of the global energy transition. The EU-funded DENiM project is developing an integrated toolchain for the provision of advanced digital services including secure-edge connectivity leveraging the Internet of Things (IoT), data analytics, digital twin, energy modelling and automation. Digital technologies will play a significant role by providing the ability to automatically monitor and optimise energy usage, while continuously informing users about the environmental and economic impact of decisions made at all stages of the manufacturing process.
The industry sector was responsible for 37% of the total global energy use in 2017, representing a 1% annual increase in energy consumption from 2010, with the growth of 1.7% in 2017 following much slower growth of 0.1% the previous year. The increase in energy consumption is driven by an escalating introduction in energy-intensive industry subsectors. The primary characteristic of Industry 4.0 is the digitisation of manufacturing processes, which offers opportunities for energy saving through the
optimisation of or replacement of technologies, the application of new software tools for energy efficiency management or adaptation in the business processes. Energy efficiency remains one of the most effective short to medium term targets to reduce industry carbon footprint and needs to be considered at all stages of the manufacturing process.
The overarching objective of DENiM is the development of an interoperable digital intelligence platform to enable a collaborative approach to industrial energy management. In order to achieve significant energy savings DENiM will provide the ability to collect, analyse and communicate realtime and historical data, to optimise the performance and resource consumption at machine, process and factory, where decision support systems consider energy consumption globally.
DENiM provides an integrated toolchain to provision advanced digital services including secure edge connectivity leveraging IoT, data analytics, digital twin, energy modelling and automation culminating in the delivery of continuous energy impact assessment, together with energy control and optimisation across existing production facilities, processes and machines.
DENiM identifies skills gaps and develops training to build competencies to support energy sustainability in smart manufacturing processes through the seamless integration of digital technologies, education and training activities. Because of considering the human factor, DENiM will consider existing and future regulations from data protection, legal, ethical and energy policy perspectives, which informs the DENiM technological developments and pilot site interventions.
In essence, DENiM accelerates energy efficiency transformation in manufacturing systems by enabling the right information and right technology to be available at the right time and in the right form, made accessible to the right people, empowering smart energy-efficient decision-making within factories and across entire value chains.
- Client European Commission
- Date 16 November, 2020
- Tags Energy, Engineering & Construction, Environment, Expertise area, Funding type, Horizon 2020, ICTs, Industrial technologies, Modeling and Simulation, Multidisciplinary Design Optimization, Public - EU FP7 / H2020, Public - H2020, Research area
- Programme Horizon 2020
- Call ID 958339
- Client European Commission
- Partners CORK INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, DEPUY (IRELAND) UNLIMITED, SIDENOR ACEROS ESPECIALES S.L., SCM GROUP SPA, GORENJE ORODJARNA DOO VELENJE PARTIZANSKA 12, R2M SOLUTION SRL, IDENER RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT, MET SNC DI MILANI GIANFRANCO E TOFFOLI GRAZIANO, BAG-ERA, GATE SOCIETA PER AZIONI, TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT OY, UNIVERSIDAD DE SEVILLA, SCUOLA UNIVERSITARIA PROFESSIONALE DELLA SVIZZERA ITALIANA, FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK - NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, CORK, UNIVERSITE DE NAMUR ASBL, K-LOOPS SRL, CIE GALFOR SA.
- Project cost 11.007.262,30 €
- Start date 1st November 2020
- End date 31st October 2024