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The project Energy Demand Control System – PROcess Optimization For industrial low temperature systems (EDCSproof) develops a future concept for the decarbonisation of industrial energy supply systems through the opportunities offered by digitalisation.
The focus is on online, predictive and holistic, reconfigurable control for industrial energy supply systems, which should enable the integration of renewable energies in four areas

  1. use of (thermal) energy storage
  2. flexible consumers for electricity networks (demand side management taking into account dynamic tariffs)
  3. efficiency through optimum control of the entire system
  4. waste heat by using high temperature heat pumps

The concept is optimised in the laboratory, the scalability and applicability for different industrial sectors will be defined in a techno-economic and ecological evaluation.


  • Integration of renewables by energy storage systems
  • Waste heat use through High temperature heat pumps (< 150 °C)
  • Online, predictive and holistic, reconfigurable control concept
  • Flexible industrial participants in power grids

“The expected project outcome is a broadly applicable, cross-sectoral energy concept for subsequent implementation at the locations of the project partners and for a large majority of companies. The energy efficiency and thus the competitiveness of the manufacturing industry will be increased, the share of renewable energies shall be promoted, and Austria’s pioneering role will be strengthened.”

Bernd Windholz

Project manager EDCSproof
AIT Austrian Institute of Technology


  • Data acquisition completed
  • Basic energy supply system, model structure and interfaces defined
  • Component models developed
  • Overall model developed
  • Storage and heat pump set up/integrated and characterized in the laboratory
  • Control concept (hardware/software) ready for Implementation
  • Functional test of the control concept carried out at the AIT laboratory
  • Human-machine interface ready
  • Control of the entire system implemented and tested
  • Total system tested with representative operating scenarios
  • Techno-economic-ecological evaluation is available

Project management

AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH


Bernd Windholz

Project manager EDCSproof
AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH


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