We don’t leave innovations to chance. When developing new products and processes we look to the markets of the future. We are constantly seeking better solutions for our customers, focusing on careful use of raw materials and resources, making production more cost-effective, larger production units and increasing equipment availability. Here are some examples:
The digital factory
We are one of the world’s leading suppliers of assembly lines for the automotive industry. BIW production lines are our specialty. Thanks to improving computer processing power and advanced software tools we can now plan entire automotive production lines including machinery, robots and handling systems on the computer.
Redox flow: Storage for energy generated from renewables
In the future energy storage systems will be needed to keep the power grid balanced. These systems can store surplus energy, for example generated during periods of strong winds, and feed it back into the grid during calm periods. Redox flow batteries have an efficiency level of up to 80% and store electricity as chemical energy.
Alternative fuels for cement plants
Every year more than four billion tons of cement are produced worldwide. The energy-intensive process mostly uses fossil fuels such as coal, gas and oil – with correspondingly high consumption levels. We offer a range of technologies and systems that use alternative fuels.
Energy transition in chlorine production
Chlorine is one of the most important raw materials in the chemical industry. Around 70% of all products are manufactured using processes involving chlorine or its compounds. We have developed a process that reduces energy consumption in the manufacture of chlorine by up to 45%.
Battery plant technology: Cost-effective battery production
At our technical center in Hohenstein-Ernstthal in the German state of Saxony we are testing the complete battery production process from cells to systems. We are laying the foundations for the planning and construction of production lines for electric vehicle batteries.