The overall goal of SIC! is the development of methods for the energy-optimized operation of industrial plants, their energy conversion, distribution and storage, as well as, the investigation of their interaction with the general conditions of the energy industry. This should make a significant contribution to better integration of renewable sources of energy in increasingly volatile markets. An information model will serve as a central knowledge base and general data management tool. It will enable a more systematic access to data-driven modeling, analysis and simulation of component models. Key issues present heterogeneous data sources, poor data quality and availability, compatibility and interoperability of system components and implicit domain knowledge, which should be provided explicitly. The runtime system comprises the actual system for optimizing the operation of the energy supply and is envisaged to ensure optimum conditions both in extreme load situations and fluctuations.
Since 2015 Prof. René Hofmann holds a professorship and is head of the research area Industrial Energy Systems at the Institute for Energy Systems and Thermodynamics, TU Wien. In parallel he is thematic coordinator at the AIT Center for Energy. He has many years of experience and publications in the field of thermal and industrial engineering and was active as senior process engineer in R&D at Josef Bertsch GmbH & Co. KG, Austria.
His current main research focuses on design and operational optimization of energy systems for complex industrial and energy production systems. Prof. Hofmann teaches methods for modelling, simulation and optimization of thermal processes and components.
Prof. Hofmann is Scientific Coordinator of the Cooperative Doctoral School SIC! [Smart Industrial Concept] and active as alternate delegate in the executive committee of the technology collaboration programme Industrial Energy-Related Technologies and Systems(IETS) of the International Energy Agency(IEA).