Kick-off of the Horizon Europe project FLEX4FACT with EBC participation


Project background. The aim of the FLEX4FACT project is to utilize energy flexibility in the industrial sector. In the course of the overall goal of the EU Green Deal to achieve climate neutrality within the European Union by the year 2050, a comprehensive expansion of renewable energies is targeted. With the accompanying increase in the volatility of power generation, the need for large-scale flexibility options is growing. The energy-intensive industrial sector offers great potential for this. Load shifting of production processes can provide the energy sector with previously untapped flexibilities. Additional flexibilities can be offered through the installation of renewable energy generators and energy storage systems and the cross-site energy exchange of surplus process energy. With increasingly fluctuating and rising energy prices, flexibilization can reduce the costs of production processes and ensure the competitiveness of energy-intensive industries. At the same time, the integration of renewable energies can be promoted and the sustainability of products increased.

The participating RWTH Aachen University Institutes, Institute of Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Building and the Institute for Energy Efficient Buildings and Indoor Climate, contribute their expertise on sustainable building physics and energy systems engineering. They are hereby expanding the expertise of the FLEX4FACT consortium to include flexibility and sustainability potentials through a holistic view between industrial processes, building and building energy system.

Project Kick-off. On June 16 and 17, 2022, the project consortium consisting of 23 partners from Norway, Spain, Germany, Italy and Ireland met for the project kick-off in Barcelona. The project partners will work on the above challenges between June 2022 and December 2025 and bring extensive expertise from a wide range of research and industry perspectives to the project. The European Commission is co-funding the project with almost EUR 18 million.

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