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Envisioning the future together

The Ruhr region epitomizes innovation: nowhere else in Europe is there a greater density of large international corporations, leading SMEs and institutes pursuing scientific research.

The Industrial Innovation Excellence Cluster (SPIN) derives its power from the strengths of the Ruhr region. In an age where speed is the primary factor for the success of industrial innovations, this platform forges new alliances between industry, digital technology and applied research. The aim is to develop solutions for industrial applications, rapidly implement these and export them around the world across sector and industry boundaries.

SPIN innovation cluster focuses on the development of technologies, processes and products for CO-neutral energy systems and the digital transformation in the field of industry. To this end, its partners are able to rely on the industrial expertise of complementary sectors. For example, the innovation cluster, which is supported by the Ministry for Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, unites knowledge from the energy business and energy-intensive industry and links it to professional expertise from academia. The project partners also include experts in the field of industrial digitalization. They utilize the wealth of datasets available from production firms to develop project-specific algorithms and artificial intelligences.

Thanks to the accelerated development of energy transformation technologies, the large corporations, small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), start-ups and research institutes involved in the innovation cluster are able to make an important contribution to meeting the Paris climate targets and together they are driving industrial digitization forward. By sharing both knowledge and development risks, the partners strengthen the region’s industrial core while keeping jobs and value creation in the Ruhr region.

The future is diverse – and so are our projects

Be it power-to-X technologies, thermal storage, AI-based facility monitoring, machine learning or automated language processing, the Industrial Innovation Excellence Cluster unites industrial know-how with digital technology. And all of its activities are focused on reaching the test phase quickly.

The biogas
business model

#Digitalization

Biogas facilities are key components of the energy transformation. But can they actually be profitable without state subsidies? We analyze new business models for facility operators and use digital technologies to bring players throughout the value chain closer together.

Keeping the
current flowing

#Digitalization

Even as cities grow smarter, significant components of electrical power supply systems remain largely analogue. These include the low-voltage distribution networks. To ensure that their operators can benefit from the advantages of digitalization in future, we are working to develop existing IoT infrastructures and intelligent sensors to precisely suit new requirements.

AI for power plants

#Digitalization

The energy transformation means that conventional power plants have to be able to react flexibly to fluctuations in power inputs. We are using extensive sets of operating data to develop a cloud-based platform whose capabilities include providing real-time information on capacity utilization and facility status.

Products from
renewable energy

#Decarbonization

As renewable energy accounts for an ever-greater share of the electricity mix, it becomes ever more important to efficiently store excess electricity. We are establishing an open testing platform for power-to-X technologies and are conducting tests that include converting renewable power into basic chemical substances.

Storage for
the energy
transformation

#Decarbonization

Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) are used to compensate for fluctuations in the power supply. However, the complex structure characteristic of the storage media results in high levels of power loss during transmission and renders systems susceptible to malfunctions. We develop a new high-voltage battery storage system that is able to overcome these disadvantages.

Industry 4.0
goes SME

#Digitalization

To fully digitalize production processes, it is necessary to network all manner of systems and integrate these into an overarching IT environment. This is a task that poses tremendous challenges for SMEs in particular. Now we are providing them with a newly developed universal IoT platform.

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The characteristics of the Ruhr metropolitan region mean that it is practically predestined to play a leading role in future technologies worldwide. SPIN industrial innovation cluster will help this region develop into a prime location for modern, internationally competitive and climate-friendly technologies and solutions. By supporting this cluster, our state government is fulfilling its responsibility to help companies transform themselves and improve their readiness for change.

Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart, Minister for Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia

The Ruhr region is one of Germany’s most active areas for new companies, and start-ups based here generate approx. two-thirds of their turnover in the B2B sector. This is well above the average for Germany as a whole. The entrepreneurs’ expertise is particularly strong in the field of digitalization, something that does more than simply benefit collaborative efforts in the industrial innovation cluster: as SPIN members, start-ups also have the opportunity to pursue the targeted implementation of their innovative approaches.

Oliver Weimann, Managing Director of Ruhr:Hub GmbH

In the innovation cluster, businesspeople and researchers work together to drive industrial innovations in the Ruhr region, such as in the fields of environmental technology, energy technology and systems engineering. A spirit of innovation is already evident in the initial pilot projects. It is a source of motivation, and we look forward to welcoming additional organizations who will enrich our work with valuable expertise from a variety of disciplines.

Prof. Dr. -Ing. Görge Deerberg, Deputy Director and Division Director Processes, Fraunhofer-Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology UMSICHT

As the innovators and drivers of innovations, some 700,000 small- and medium-sized enterprises constitute the economic backbone of North Rhine-Westphalia. We welcome all technology-oriented hidden champions and start-ups from the Ruhr region to bring their know-how for tomorrow’s energy systems to SPIN industrial innovation cluster and help develop practical solutions for the industrial transformation.

Jürgen Schnitzmeier, Managing Director of ZENIT GmbH (Center for Innovation and Technology in North Rhine-Westphalia)

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The characteristics of the Ruhr metropolitan region mean that it is practically predestined to play a leading role in future technologies worldwide. SPIN industrial innovation cluster will help this region develop into a prime location for modern, internationally competitive and climate-friendly technologies and solutions. By supporting this cluster, our state government is fulfilling its responsibility to help companies transform themselves and improve their readiness for change.

Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart, Minister for Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia

The Ruhr region is one of Germany’s most active areas for new companies, and start-ups based here generate approx. two-thirds of their turnover in the B2B sector. This is well above the average for Germany as a whole. The entrepreneurs’ expertise is particularly strong in the field of digitalization, something that does more than simply benefit collaborative efforts in the industrial innovation cluster: as SPIN members, start-ups also have the opportunity to pursue the targeted implementation of their innovative approaches.

Oliver Weimann, Managing Director of Ruhr:Hub GmbH

In the innovation cluster, businesspeople and researchers work together to drive industrial innovations in the Ruhr region, such as in the fields of environmental technology, energy technology and systems engineering. A spirit of innovation is already evident in the initial pilot projects. It is a source of motivation, and we look forward to welcoming additional organizations who will enrich our work with valuable expertise from a variety of disciplines.

Prof. Dr. -Ing. Görge Deerberg, Deputy Director and Division Director Processes, Fraunhofer UMSICHT

As the innovators and drivers of innovations, some 700,000 small- and medium-sized enterprises constitute the economic backbone of North Rhine-Westphalia. We welcome all technology-oriented hidden champions and start-ups from the Ruhr region to bring their know-how for tomorrow’s energy systems to SPIN industrial innovation cluster and help develop practical solutions for the industrial transformation.

Jürgen Schnitzmeier, Managing Director of ZENIT GmbH (Center for Innovation and Technology in North Rhine-Westphalia)

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Participating partners

Participating partners

Companies

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Research and project partners

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Contact

If you have any questions,
simply contact us!

Our platform is open to interested corporations, SMEs, start-ups and research institutes from the Ruhr region. Join us and we will work together to implement pioneering projects for the future!

CEO SPIN

Thomas Bagus

info(at)spin.ruhr

 

CEO Ruhr:Hub GmbH

SUPPORTED BY:

Ministry for Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy
of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia

SUPPORTED BY:

Ministry for Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia

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