Synchronized and Energy adaptive Production Engineering for flexible Adjustment of Industrial Processes referring to fluctuating Energy Supply


Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)


More than 50 Partner from academia and industry


November 2019 until October 2022

The Kopernikus project SynErgie investigates how the industry can help balance the fluctuating feed-in of renewable energies (e.g., wind or solar) by flexibly adapting its demand to electricity supply. In other words, how can an industry consciously increase or decrease its electricity consumption without compromising the quality of its products?

The project aims to create all the technical and market conditions within ten years – in line with legal and social aspects – to synchronize the German industry’s energy requirements with the volatile energy supply.

Project objectives

  • Enable industrial processes and cross-sectional technologies to use energy in a way that can be both scheduled and controlled
  • Synchronize industrial energy demand with increasingly fluctuating energy supply
  • Identify and assess the societal impact of energy-flexible solutions and incorporate findings into solution development to create broad societal acceptance.
  • Presentation of the operational and economic benefits of energy-flexible industrial processes concerning the regulatory framework conditions

EWI’s contribution

  • The analysis of flexibility commercialization in sequential markets under incomplete information and considering stochastic elements to evaluate investments in flexibility options and flexibility commercialization under uncertainty.
  • Participate in identifying and evaluating commercialization opportunities and products for flexibility at the local level, especially considering potential conflicts between market and grid requirements.
  • Economic analysis of different market designs’ influence on investments in flexibility options and their spatial allocation, considering coordination problems between grid investments, generation investments, and investments in further flexibility options.
  • Regionally differentiated analysis of the interactions between grid expansion and the optimal allocation of flexibility options.
  • Economic evaluation and classification of the various design options for future market designs
  • Collaboration in the Kopernikus working group “Reference Scenarios” for the Kopernikus cross-project coordination of scenarios for the energy system 2030 to 2050