Kopernikus-Projekt SynErgie


Nilges, Benedikt © Copyright: Lehrstuhl fuer Technische Thermodynamik der RWTH Aachen


Benedikt Nilges

Energy Systems Engineering


+49 241 80 95388




Within the four projects “Kopernikus-Projekte für die Energiewende“, technological and economical solutions are developed for a new energy system cooperatively with science, industry and civil society. The four projects focus on new grid structures for the German future energy system, conversion of electricity from renewable energy sources to other energy vectors, synchronisation of industrial processes to fluctuating energy supply and the assessment of energy policies concerning their anticipated impact. Through an increased expansion of renewable energies, high amounts of fluctuating electricity are generated in the future. The focus of the project “SynErgie” is to synchronise the electricity demand of industrial processes to the fluctuating electricity supply. Thus, consumption of electricity shall take place when it is provided by generation plants.



The goal of this project is to develop alternatives for industrial processes to flexibilize the electricity demand of industrial processes to the fluctuating electricity supply of renewable energy technologies. In the first phase of this project, energy intensive processes with a high potential of flexibilization have been elaborated. In the second phase, the flexible processes are further investigated by testing pilot plants. Industrial sectors, that are considered in this project are chemical industry, paper production as well as metal and steel industry.

  Four Kopernikus projects ENSURE, P2X, SynErgie and Ariadne Copyright: © Projektträger Jülich

In the „SynErgie“ project, the LTT is conducting an ecological assessment of two flexibility options in the chemical industry. One process is a switchable chloralkali electrolysis, which can regulate the electricity demand and still produce chlorine on a constant level. The other process is an electrochemical route for the production of bio-based carboxylic acid. Both processes are evaluated concerning their environmental impacts through the method of life cycle assessment. The goal of this work is to elaborate potentially positive ecological impacts that can be obtained due to the flexibilization of the industrial processes.

  BMBF logo Copyright: © BMBF

Project Details

Project Duration

November 1, 2019 to October 31, 2022


BMBF (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung)