Research

Our research projects focus on planning and decision making models to improve resource and energy efficiency in individual companies and value chains. For that we use quantitative models and mathematics methods to solve complex decision making problems. Above all we apply methods of operations research for the techno-economic optimization of in-plant and interplant production systems. In context of Industry 4.0 it offers many current research questions. We work interdisciplinary and together with national and international partners from science and industry.

Our areas of Research

Modelling and optimization of production and logistic systems

We develop material and energy flow models to map the production processes along selected value chains. They can contribute the improvement of resource and energy efficiency at in-plant and interplant level and analyse the effects of innovative production processes by preparing investment decisions.

Sustainable use of renewable raw materials

The industrial use of renewable raw materials offers various advantages and disadvantages, which can be assessed differently as seen from the three sustainability dimensions: ecology, economy and social affairs. Methods of ecobalance and multi-objective decision support enable transparent and comprehensible comparisons of different paths.

Industrial risk management

Industrial emergencies can occur every time and require a coherent and effective risk management. Thereby complex decision situations will arise, which require consideration of technical, economical, ecological, socio-psychological and political aspects. The industrial risk management includes risk analysis, risk response and risk monitoring.

Current Research Projects

SALAM 2: Transboundary Strategies for Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) for Solving the Water Deficit Problem in the Middle East
Funding: German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
Duration: 2020 - 2021

NEDS: Nachhaltige Energieversorgung Nidersachsen (Sustainable supply of energy Lower Saxony)
Funding: Volkswagen Foundation, Ministry of Science and Culture of Lower Saxony (funding programme “Science for sustainable Development”)
Duration: 2015-2019

SustEnergyPort – Simulation-based evaluation of measures to increase energy sustainability in port operations
Funding:
Federal ministry of Transport and digital Infrastructure within the framework of the funding guideline innovative port technologies (IHATEC)
Duration: 2017-2019