At the kick-off of the research project “EISKIG” (Energy Intelligence System for smart cooling systems in industrial buildings), representatives of etalytics, the PTW Institute of the Technical University of Darmstadt, ETA-Solutions, Equinix, Merck, Bosch Rexroth, Volkswagen, ASML and Trumpf met in an Equinix data center in Frankfurt on September 13, 2022.
All partners are united by the same goal of reducing energy costs and CO2 emissions. The overall goal of EISKIG is to build an autonomously acting system that uses AI-based optimization methods to autonomously analyze and optimize the operating strategy of industrial cooling systems in order to increase energy efficiency and energy flexibility, minimize implementation effort, and increase user acceptance.
The potentials are gigantic and the topic of energy efficiency is more important than ever in view of horrendously rising energy prices, scarce energy resources and the accelerating pace of climate change.
Project partners in the chemical, metal processing and data center industries are aiming to achieve energy savings of at least 15% in selected cooling supply systems. The optimized operating strategies will be validated in two phases in real applications (live operation). In a first phase the control signals are calculated and proposed, in a second phase the direct transfer of the control signals to the cooling supply systems takes place. The role of the cooling supply as a cross-sectional technology becomes clear in the diversity of the investigated use cases. The scalability of all applied and developed methods is therefore a central component of the project.
EISKIG thus makes an important contribution to the goal of the German government and the European Union towards a climate-neutral economy.
The EISKIG project was applied for by etalytics and the Institute PTW of the TU Darmstadt in the lead and is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) with approx. 2.5 million EUR within the 7th Energy Research Program of the Federal Government. The project will be completed in August 2025.
We are looking forward to the joint project work in the top-class and highly motivated consortium.