Win4climate – Heat transition in the industry


Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety

Duration February 2019 – April 2022


In this project, different approaches to solutions for an industrial, sustainable energy system are developed, presented and made available to the general public.
The approach is to decarbonise the heat supply in industry and to integrate the electricity surpluses from volatile regenerative power generation or to bridge dark lows. A simultaneous consideration of these two challenges opens up new opportunities for innovative players in the energy market through a realised sector coupling. By integrating these energy market actors and using computer-aided modelling, concepts for cross-sectoral, system-serving energy supply are to be developed in 10 existing, real industrial locations and initiated for implementation.

Goals and Results

In order to achieve the project goals, the relevant energy markets will first be analysed and tools for energy system modelling will be further developed or adapted to the requirements of the project. In parallel, ten suitable industrial complexes will be acquired as partners and their relevant energy consumption structures will be modelled. Using modern optimization methods, those structures will be identified which produce the final energy more cost-effectively and with lower CO2 emissions. On this basis, it will be investigated how this company-owned energy supply can be operated in such a way that it can produce electricity itself when stock exchange electricity prices are high and use more public electricity when stock exchange prices are low. To this end, contact is being established with relevant energy market players. Building on this, technical concepts and possible operator models are developed using structural, design and operational optimisation and incorporating the experience of the energy market players. The results of the project will be distributed in conferences, publications and a guideline.

Tasks of IREES

  • Co-Coordinator

Project partner

  • Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences


Dr. Jan Steinbach
Dr. Jan Steinbach
Eftim Popovski
Eftim Popovski