Consortium

The FLEX4FACT consortium consists of 23 highly qualified industrial and research institutions from five countries. It is composed of technology providers and research institutions in charge of design and development activities and key industrial stakeholders which will test and validate the developed solutions in five demonstrators.

SINTEF

UNIVERSITAT POLITÈCNICA DE CATALUNYA

ITAINNOVA (ITA)

STEINBEIS INNOVATION GGMBH

EVOLVERE SPA SOCIETA’ BENEFIT

AINGURA IIOT

IKERGUNE

WE PLUS

STANDARD PROFIL

START 4.0

INAVENTA SOLAR

SEACSUB SPA

BARNA STEEL SA

CAPGEMINI ENGINEERING

THEBEN AG

ALBSTADT-SIGMARINGEN UNIVERSITY

INSTITUTT FOR ENERGITEKNIK

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK (UCC)

SENER

STAM

RHEINISCH-WESTFÄLISCHE
TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN (RWTH)
SINTEF
Norway

SINTEF is a multi-disciplinary research organization with international top-level expertise in the fields of technology, natural science, medicine and social sciences. It carries out projects for small and large customers, and delivers innovation by developing knowledge and technologies that are brought into practical use.

In the FLEX4FACT project involved are SINTEF’s Manufacturing, Industry and Energy institutes.

Contribution to the project

  • SINTEF Manufacturing coordinates the project and will lead the pilot characterization, both current and future situation, and the pilot validation phases. A system architecture based on digital technologies for manufacturing will be developed.
  • SINTEF Industry will assess the economic, ecological and socio-technical impacts of the pilots and the project using TEA, LCA and sustainability analysis.
  • SINTEF Energy leads the development of energy solutions and renewable energy integration, and will be involved in their validation in the pilots.


UNIVERSITAT POLITÈCNICA DE CATALUNYA
Spain

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) is a public institution dedicated to higher education and research. CITCEA-UPC is a research and technology transfer centre in the area of electrical engineering and industrial electronics with a strong expertise in Smart Grid and Big Data. DOPS-UPC is a research group specialised in optimising industrial planning and production problems using advanced operations research techniques.

Contribution to the project

UPC will lead the development of the flexible scheduling tool for manufacturing, and the flexibilization algorithm.


ITAINNOVA (ITA)
Spain

ITAINNOVA, the Aragon Institute of Technology, is a non-profit technology centre whose main objective is to support companies through technological research and innovation and promote competitiveness in the industrial sector. It has extensive expertise in the modelling and simulation. ITAINNOVA also leads the IoT & Blockchain Lab, an innovation ecosystem where new systems and products are developed based on IoT, blockchain and Data Analytics technologies.

Contribution to the project

ITAINNOVA is a key technology partner for the development and validation of the digital twin and the blockchain technology that will be used in the aggregator platform.


STEINBEIS INNOVATION GMBH
Germany

The Steinbeis Europa Zentrum SEZ supports companies, universities and research organisations in accessing EU funding and implementing cross-border projects. Its expertise lies in the communication and dissemination of research and innovation projects as well as in the design and implementation of exploitation strategies and IPR management.

Contribution to the project

SEZ leads the communication and dissemination and exploitation activities. It supports the development of complementary business models, the networking with similar initiatives and projects and the definition of exploitation pathways to ensure future uptake of results.

 


EVOLVERE SPA SOCIETA’ BENEFIT
Italy

Evolvere is a leader in the field of decentralised renewable electricity generation in Italy and was strategically acquired in 2020 by energy operator Eni. Evolvere manages 11,000 photovoltaic plants with a total capacity of about 58 MW, Evolvere contributes to the promotion of a new energy model in which the customer goes from being a simple consumer to a producer of renewable energy.

Contribution to the project

Evolvere leads the development of the cloud platform for the integration and optimal management of distributed energy resources (generation, demand and storage).

 


AINGURA IIOT
Spain

Aingura IIoT, a company that is part of the INZU Group, which provides a sophisticated IT / OT system architecture that represents an optimal integration of high-performance computing, reconfigurable computing and machine learning in a single and rapidly deployable solution.

Contribution to the project

Aingura is involved in the Digital Twin development activities and system integration, by providing innovative technology for continuous process monitoring and improvement.

 


IKERGUNE
Spain

IKERGUNE A.I.E is the R&D unit of INZU Group.

Contribution to the project

IKERGUNE A.I.E supports Aingura in the development of the digital twin and in reaching a high technology readiness level (TRL7).

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WE PLUS
Italy

We Plus is an Italian SME that offers IT consulting in Northern Italy, working with large IT integrators and in direct B2B collaboration with many other companies both at national and international level. We Plus offers specialised consulting services (MS Tools/Platforms, Open Source, SAP, Cloud, Big Data) and develops software.

Contribution to the project

We Plus is involved in the development of control processes and the flexibility platform as well as in the integration phase. We Plus‘s IT infrastructure allows a quick development and implementation through parallelization of development resources.

 

STANDARD PROFIL
Spain

Standard Profil Spain, S.A. is a Spanish company part of the Standard Profil Group and founded in 1965, specialized in the manufacturing of sealing systems for the automotive industry. With 1081 employees, the company can cover all engineering phases from concept development to the manufacturing of complete sealing systems, including 3D design and prototyping, finite element structural analysis, computational fluid dynamics analysis.

Contribution to the project

Standard Profil is one of the industrial use cases of the project.

 

START 4.0
Italy

Start 4.0 is an Italian Competence Centre promoted by the Ministry of Economic Development as part of the National Industry 4.0 plan. Its mission is to provide strategic support to businesses in addressing the challenges posed by Industry 4.0 to sight a more resilient and sustainable economy. It counts 6 public institutions and a growing network of more than 40 companies among its active members.

Contribution to the project

START4.0 participates in the communication and dissemination activities. It will strengthen and consolidate the technology transfer and business development initiatives with a focus on the Italian Cluster.

 

INAVENTA SOLAR
Norway

Inaventa Solar manufactures and supplies solar collectors and solar heating solutions based on high performance polymer (HPP) solar technology. Inaventa Solar aims to become a leader in the field of green energy production and to move from supplier to end-user by covering all key parts of the value chain. Inaventa Solar’s factory in Jevnaker is part of a larger complex focused on energy, environment and sustainability.

Contribution to the project

Inaventa Solar is one of the industrial use cases of the project. Find out more here.

 


SEACSUB SPA
SEACSUB SPA

SEACSUB SPA is an Italian company, leader in the diving sector. The company has a product portfolio of almost 4.000 products and 2.000 components. SEAC started a process of re-nationalizing of its production process. It acquired moulding machines to produce plastic components and products such as fins, masks, and thermoplastic components. This investment is extremely strategic as it allows SEAC to have an even deeper control on products’ customization and quality assurance processes, but represents a challenges since the company’s energy consumption drastically increased.

Contribution to the project

SEACSUB SPA is one of the industrial use cases of the project. Find out more here.

 

BARNA STEEL SA
Spain

BARNA STEEL SA is part of the CELSA Group™, one of the leading European multinationals in long steel products. The CELSA Group is the third largest energy consumer in Spain, with an annual energy consumption of approximately 2,300 GWh. The Group has created its own platform, ALPA ENERGY, to procure energy directly from the electricity market.To continuously improve its competitive edge, the company aims to set up its own independent aggregator platform to economically exploit the flexibility of the various processes at its 16 sites in Spain connected to the high-voltage grid.

Contribution to the project

CELSA Group is one of the industrial use cases of the project. Find out more here.

 

CAPGEMINI ENGINEERING
Germany

Capgemini Engineering supports the convergence of the physical and digital worlds with extensive industry knowledge and cutting-edge technologies in digital and software. It has worked on various renewable energy system optimisation projects and provides its expertise in optimising energy consumption and renewable resources in the case of multiple energy sources. Capgemini’s Scientific Computing Method and Tools Expertise Centre supports tool development and support, from specification to coding and validation.

Contribution to the project

Capgemini leads the development of the digital twin for industrial processes.

 

THEBEN AG
Germany

THEBEN AG is a manufacturer of digital and analogue time switches, motion and presence detectors, room and clock thermostats as well as components for KNX, a standard for building system technology. Theben is the owner of a number of patents in the field of home and building automation, remote time switches and electromotive elevator devices for spring-driven clockworks. Theben AG is an innovation leader in the field of smart energy and smart metering systems including features such as extended communication and visualization of consumption data.

Contribution to the project

THEBEN AG is one of the industrial use cases of the project. Find out more here.


ALBSTADT-SIGMARINGEN UNIVERSITY
Germany

Albstadt-Sigmaringen University of Applied Sciences is a state university for applied sciences. The embedded Digital Energy & Management Institute (DEM) is specialized in sustainability in energy and economic as well as sustainable product and process innovations.

Contribution to the project

The DEM Institute supports the German use case activities together with Theben AG. It gathers information related to energy data of the building and processes of the German use case to be used for the modelling of a digital twin. It also contributes to the development and testing of flexibility services and building automation and help evaluate new business models.

 


INSTITUTT FOR ENERGITEKNIK
Norway

The Institute for Energy Technology (IFE) is an independent, non-profit, private research organization founded in 1948 in Norway. IFE has been involved in more than 300 international projects in the areas of renewable energy, environmental technology, physics and materials science, materials production, marine technology, nuclear technology, safety and reliability, and man-machine systems. Digitalization is one of the strategic focus areas of IFE.

Contribution to the project

IFE participates in the modelling of the Norwegian use case Inaventa. IFE develops the digital twins based on the tailored physics-based modelling and contributes with its expertise to the other use cases.

 

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK (UCC)
Ireland

The University College Cork is a major research provider in Ireland. Within UCC, the Intelligent Efficiency Research Group (IERG) is specialised in the advancement of the next generation of energy efficiency technologies; the development of intelligent analytics systems to support industrial energy management; and the incorporation of fault detection and diagnostics to industrial energy systems.

Contribution to the project

UCC participates in the development of Renewable Energy and excess stream module development and leads the mapping of the processes energy streams.

 

Sener
Spain

Sener is a privately held engineering and technology group that provides innovative and high-quality engineering solutions. Sener has gained an international reputation in the energy sector, as well as in the areas of efficient use of energy and optimization of processes and plants.

Contribution to the project

Within FLEX4FACT, Sener contributes to the development of hydrogen and storage technologies and provides as well knowledge regarding plant design optimisation and digitalisation, in order to find the best techno-economic choice for each case.

 

STAM
Italy

STAM is a multidisciplinary engineering firm which provides high-tech and turnkey solutions in the fields of digital transformation and sustainability. Stam develops, deploys, integrates and manages web-based collaborative platforms and modelling tools to deliver training, support and open innovation services as well as empower delivery of asset management solutions with a special focus on sustainability of the built environment and advanced manufacturing.

Contribution to the project

STAM acts as the reference expert for the industrial use case of partner SEAC. Furthermore, STAM supports the development of the Flex4Fact Reference System Architecture and contribute to the technico-economic analysis and life cycle-assessment studies.

 


RHEINISCH-WESTFÄLISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN (RWTH)
Germany

The Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen (RWTH) is the largest technical university in Germany. Within RWTH, the Institute of Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Building (E3D) and the Institute for Energy Efficient Buildings and Indoor Climate (EBC) will participate in the project. Both institutes combine a deep knowledge of energy analyses on multiple sectors and cross-sections between industrial facilities and the surrounding buildings including the interconnecting energy networks.

Contribution to the project

RWTH leads the development of modelling and simulation tools for industry and buildings interactions, that allows simulations of the interactions between buildings and the industry, based on forecasted energy demand and on consumption analysis.