Energy efficiency at the CUTEC-Institute
Prof. Dr. Otto Carlowitz, Managing Director of the CUTEC-Institute and Head of the Institute of Environmental Sciences of the Clausthal University of Technology is talking with Joanna Scheffel from IQPC about his views on managing energy efficiency.
Joanna Scheffel, IQPC: What is your company’s role in the automotive manufacturing industry?
Otto Carlowitz, CUTEC Institute: There are two main goals for our company in the automotive manufacturing industry:
- Optimization of energy and material efficiency in production processes. Examples are:
- Painting shops: Reduction of natural gas consumption in thermal afterburning unity by (1) lowering the waste gas flow and (2) lowering the burning temperature and implementation of catalysts.
- Recovering of zinc from scrap of stamping plants.
- Development of processes for production of fuels from biomass:
- Biological processes like digestions.
- Thermochemical processes like gasification and synthesis.
J.S.: In a rapidly growing and developing market such as energy management in production line, how is your company setting itself apart?
O.C.: CUTEC is a research and development company and cooperates directly with automotive manufacturing industry. Plant engineers from other companies are involved in our projects so that we find final solutions.
J.S.: Where do you see future potential for the industry to continue its phenomenal growth?
O.C.: The industry must develop and produce mobility products with alternative power. Furthermore continuous improvement of material and energy efficiency is necessary.
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