E³ – efficient, emissions-neutral, ergonomic production
Against a background of competitiveness and social development (demographic change), and also of climate protection and conservation of resources, organizations have to meet the challenge not only of realizing resource- and energy-efficient processes and products, but also of producing in an overall sustainable, low-environmental-impact way under ergonomic conditions. This gives rises to three important pillars for the factory of the future: energy and resource efficiency, emission neutrality, and ergonomics (integration of people in production) – summarized as E3.
The lighthouse project “E3-production” addresses these three pillars and focuses, notably, on the design and implementation of ultra-short process chains, the operation of production systems that can adapt their use of energy and resources to a volatile energy supply, the establishing of closed-loop material cycles, and the use of production itself to store energy, including the integration of materials. With regard to the reduction of emissions, approaches being examined include completely closed-loop energy and material re-use cycles, and also the recovery of energy, culminating in self-regulated recycling. The project involves the collaboration of the Fraunhofer Institutes FIT, IBP, ICT, IFF, ILT, IML, IPA, IPK, IPT, IWU, UMSICHT and IGB.