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January 2024

Ecological sustainability and energy efficiency in electrical engineering

The balancing act between economic efficiency and environmental protection

In a world increasingly shaped by technological progress and where climate change, trouble spots and resource scarcity affect all areas of life, electrical engineering plays a prominent role. In this context, the need for ecological sustainability and energy efficiency is becoming ever more pressing. Electrical engineering companies are faced with the challenge of developing innovative solutions that are not only progressive but also environmentally friendly. With the Federal Climate Protection Act, the German government has significantly tightened the requirements with the “Intergenerational Contract for the Climate” and is calling for climate neutrality in Germany by 2045. The target: CO2 emissions are to be reduced by 65% by 2030 – compared to 1990 levels. When the topic of sustainability is applied to electrical engineering, issues such as supply chain optimisation, near-sourcing and proximity to the end customer market all come to the fore.

Reaching these goals is a complex task. The major challenge is to manage the balancing act between fulfilling customer satisfaction and thereby ensuring business success on the one hand and the required ecological responsibility on the other.

There are a number of variables that can be adjusted to achieve the set goals. The optimisation process begins with the correct design of the project planning phases. Plant operation can be improved using simulation models of components. The process also involves utilising innovative technologies to make production more economical and sustainable. Intelligently dovetailing development and production enables companies to offer a comprehensive portfolio. This means high synergy effects, short distances, optimised pooling and resource sharing. This also benefits quality assurance. Expertise in the optimisation of automation processes also ensures safe, state-of-the-art and networked production, which helps to conserve resources.

The fast response time, which allows innovations to be implemented immediately, and effective, flexible service also ensure sustainability. Especially technically complex products that require many ECOS (engineering change orders) should be integrated into production quickly and effectively, as any delay leads to higher material costs and a waste of resources. This is because parts that have already been purchased may no longer be used in the next step – in the next product version. Standardised and manufacturer-independent modular solutions also help to conserve resources because only the necessary parts need to be replaced for updates or repairs, allowing the basic system to remain in operation and product cycles to be shortened.

A distribution chain designed for proximity and efficient logistics are key factors on the road to climate neutrality. For example, it is important to dispense with air freight wherever possible and to avoid long distances between the production site and the target market. Rethinking packaging materials is also required to save on costs and resources.

Generally speaking, production should no longer be seen as an independent, isolated process. It is an important and dynamic component of the value chain and is in constant interaction with the achievement of sustainable corporate goals. Sustainability is a global issue – which is why lively collective dialogue with other experts on innovative technologies is a must when it comes to progress and ecology.
December 2023

The balancing act between economic efficiency and environmental protection

Electrical engineering as a driver of innovation
The energy transition is forcing all sectors to rethink how they operate.Electrical engineering in particular plays a decisive role in the transformation of our energy supply towards a sustainable future. As we switch to renewable energies, electrical engineering is faced with the challenge of not only optimising existing systems, but also creating innovative solutions that will pave the way for an efficient and environmentally friendly energy supply. We would like to illustrate our role as a driver of innovation with a few examples.

Energy-efficient devices and systems
Energy efficiency is a key component of sustainability. More and more companies are focussing on the development of devices and systems that consume less energy. This not only helps to reduce the carbon footprint, but also offers cost savings for consumers.

Renewable energy sources
The integration of renewable energy sources into electrotechnical systems is crucial for a sustainable future. Solar panels, wind turbines and other renewable energy technologies are increasingly being integrated into electrotechnical systems to help reduce the need for conventional energy sources.

Intelligent energy management systems
Intelligent energy management systems are an answer to the challenge of fluctuations in renewable energy sources. These systems optimise energy consumption in real time by analysing data and making automatic adjustments to maximise efficiency.

Recycling electronic waste
The electrical engineering industry produces a significant amount of electronic waste. Taking a sustainable approach requires the development of technologies and systems that make it possible to recycle electronic waste and recover valuable resources.

Sustainable material selection
The choice of materials plays a crucial role in environmental sustainability. Companies are increasingly focussing on environmentally friendly materials that are recyclable and have less of a negative impact on the environment.

Training and awareness
Promoting awareness and training for sustainable practices in electrical engineering is vital. From engineers to technicians to consumers, all stakeholders need to be sensitised to the importance of environmental protection and energy efficiency.

All in all, integrating environmental sustainability and energy efficiency is not only an ethical obligation, but also an economic necessity. Electrical engineering companies that focus on sustainable practices have the opportunity to lead the way in creating an environmentally friendly and future-proof technology landscape.
Dezember 2023

Der Spagat zwischen Wirtschaftlichkeit und Umweltschutz

Die Elektrotechnik als Innovationstreiber
Die Energiewende fordert alle Branchen zum Umdenken auf.
So spielt besonders die Elektrotechnik eine entscheidende Rolle in der Transformation unserer Energieversorgung hin zu einer nachhaltigen Zukunft. Während wir uns auf erneuerbare Energien umstellen, steht die Elektrotechnik vor der Herausforderung, nicht nur bestehende Systeme zu optimieren, sondern auch innovative Lösungen zu schaffen, die den Weg für eine effiziente und umweltfreundliche Energieversorgung ebnen. Anhand einiger Beispiele möchten wir unsere Rolle als Innovationstreiber veranschaulichen.

Energieeffiziente Geräte und Systeme
Energieeffizienz ist ein zentraler Bestandteil von Nachhaltigkeit. Immer mehr Unternehmen konzentrieren sich darauf, Geräte und Systeme zu entwickeln, die weniger Energie verbrauchen. Dies trägt nicht nur zur Reduzierung des CO₂-Fußabdrucks bei, sondern ermöglicht auch Kosteneinsparungen für die Verbraucher.

Erneuerbare Energiequellen
Die Integration erneuerbarer Energiequellen in elektrotechnische Systeme ist entscheidend für eine nachhaltige Zukunft. Solaranlagen, Windturbinen und andere erneuerbare Energietechnologien werden zunehmend in die Elektrotechnik integriert, um den Bedarf an konventionellen Energiequellen zu reduzieren.

Intelligente Energiemanagementsysteme  
Intelligente Energiemanagementsysteme sind eine Antwort auf die Herausforderung der Schwankungen in erneuerbaren Energiequellen. Diese Systeme optimieren den Energieverbrauch in Echtzeit, indem sie Daten analysieren und automatische Anpassungen vornehmen, um die Effizienz zu maximieren.

Recycling von Elektroschrott
Die Elektrotechnikbranche produziert eine beachtliche Menge Elektroschrott. Ein nachhaltiger Ansatz erfordert die Entwicklung von Technologien und Systemen, die es ermöglichen, Elektroschrott zu recyceln und wertvolle Ressourcen zurückzugewinnen.

Nachhaltige Materialauswahl
Die Wahl von Materialien spielt eine entscheidende Rolle in der ökologischen Nachhaltigkeit. Unternehmen setzen vermehrt auf umweltfreundliche Materialien, die recycelbar sind und weniger negative Auswirkungen auf die Umwelt haben.

Schulung und Sensibilisierung
Die Förderung von Bewusstsein und Schulungen für nachhaltige Praktiken in der Elektrotechnik ist von entscheidender Bedeutung. Von Ingenieuren über Techniker bis hin zu Verbrauchern müssen alle Beteiligten für die Bedeutung von Umweltschutz und Energieeffizienz sensibilisiert werden.

Insgesamt ist die Integration von ökologischer Nachhaltigkeit und Energieeffizienz nicht nur eine ethische Verpflichtung, sondern auch eine wirtschaftliche Notwendigkeit. Elektrotechnikunternehmen, die sich auf nachhaltige Praktiken konzentrieren, haben die Möglichkeit, eine Vorreiterrolle in der Schaffung einer umweltfreundlichen und zukunftsfähigen Technologielandschaft einzunehmen.
November 2023

Future prospects and challenges for sustainable electrical engineering

The future of electrical engineering promises a transformative era where sustainability is not just a goal, but the driving force behind innovation and progress. Yet as we move towards a greener future, we also face challenges that require creative thinking and decisive action.

A glimpse into the future
The expansion of renewable energy sources such as solar and wind energy will move electrical engineering towards decentralised energy generation. As a result, local energy communities and autonomous systems could become the norm.

Electromobility and intelligent transport systems will also gain in importance. The electrification of transport will accelerate and intelligent transport systems will pave the way for sustainable mobility. Electric vehicles, supported by advanced charging infrastructures, could play a key role in urban and rural areas.

Smart grids and advanced energy management systems will dominate electrical engineering. Automated processes and AI-based decisions will optimise energy consumption and ensure efficient use.

Let’s master the challenges together!
Customer requirements are changing rapidly and are often as volatile as the market itself. This means that companies need to be flexible, adaptable and quick to respond so that they can effectively fulfil short-term needs. Prediction and prognosis is becoming increasingly complex – not to mention the fact that products are also expected to become more efficient and that complex designs involving numerous components from different manufacturers around the globe will have to be dealt with.

Storage and transport capacities: The intermittent nature of renewable energy sources requires improved storage technologies. Developing efficient battery systems and strengthening transport capacities are critical for ensuring continuous access to clean energy.

Infrastructure expansion: The transition to sustainable electrical engineering requires a comprehensive infrastructure expansion, from charging stations for electric vehicles to smart grids. There needs to be a coordinated effort to create the necessary structures for a green energy future.

Circular economy for electronic waste: As electronic devices increase, so does the challenge of electronic waste. The introduction of circular economy principles in electrical engineering is essential for minimising the environmental footprint and recovering valuable resources.

To summarise: electrical engineering is playing a key role in the energy transition and is therefore in need of a profound rethink. From developing innovative technologies to designing sustainable infrastructures, we are called upon to see the energy transition as an opportunity and to position electrical engineering as a key driver for a greener future.


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