DENiM develops an interoperable digital intelligence platform enabling a collaborative approach to industrial energy management. DENiM provides an integrated toolchain to provision advanced digital services including secure edge connectivity leveraging IoT, data analytics, digital twin, energy modelling and automation culminating in the delivery of continuous energy impact assessment, together with energy control and optimisation across existing production facilities, processes and machines. DENiM identifies skills gaps and develops training to build competences to support energy sustainability in smart manufacturing processes through the seamless integration of digital technologies, education and training activities. In view of considering the human factor, DENiM will consider existing and future regulations from a data protection, legal, ethical and energy policy perspectives, which informs the DENiM technological developments and pilot site interventions. In essence, DENiM accelerates energy efficiency transformation in manufacturing systems by enabling the right information and right technology to be available at the right time and in the right form, made accessible to the right people, empowering smart energy efficient decision-making within factories and across entire value chains. DENiM leverages the concept of process integration, taking a holistic approach to energy efficient manufacturing systems management and considers the interactions between the business, technology, infrastructure, and the workforce through the use of engineered systems that integrate both operational technologies and information technologies to accurately identify and map energy flows across the complete manufacturing value chain facilitating the integration of energy efficiency into existing business processes through digitalisation. This will result in a significant reduction of energy across diverse industrial sectors with substantial cost savings derived from optimised operation.
EU roadmaps including the ECS Strategic Research Agenda, EFFRA Vision and ManuFUTURE vision 2030 have emphasised the need for industry to maximise the potential of digital technologies for sustainable manufacturing. DENiM will serve as a catalyst for addressing the identified challenges with specific impact on: Holistic understanding of impact on sustainability through new approaches that captures performance in a continuous manner to enable proactive approach to sustainable optimisation; Development of digital platforms and application development frameworks that ensures interoperability between frameworks\tools and the ability to create distributed control architectures that are both secure and safe; Intelligent analytics and machine learning approaches to implement these algorithms in a way that does not require specific data science engineers and Developing digital twins, modelling and simulation within industrial processes to produce connected, light-weight general models that address domain specific challenges. According to a fortune business analysis of the market size for energy management it is projected to reach USD48,901 Million by the end of 2026. The report cites the adoption of digital technologies, sensors, cloud computing platforms and smart grid technologies will empower organisations to manage energy in a reliable why and boost growth. The industrial energy management segment is viewed to remain dominant in the coming years (mainly driven by government regulations) with monitoring and control service segment to hold the largest market share between (2019-2026). The target for DENiM is to create impact that supports the realisation of this vision by providing digital tools and methodologies to enable sustainability through a holistic approach to energy consumption reduction and production sustainability within manufacturing value chains.