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Pre-Engineering and Plant optimization

In the field of project development and conceptualization, we assist our clients with a variety of consulting and (pre-)planning measures. Our services are cross-industry and provide customers with a broad foundation for further planning and implementation, both for conceptualization within existing structures and for the design of new (energy supply) systems.

A particular focus in project development is on the potential use of renewable energy sources, the identification of economically and technically efficient solutions, and adhering to established timelines.

Services in the field of project development and optimization include:

Planning of process and energy facilities:

Infrastructure planning:

Concept / Feasibility Studies


Concept and feasibility studies provide comprehensive answers to questions of energy supply, distribution, and generation, forming the basis for evaluation and decision-making.


Components of concept and feasibility studies can include:


  • Assessment of new installations Integration and expansion of production facilities
  • Process expansions and conversions
  • Conversion of primary energy systems to sustainable energy supply systems in view of carbon neutrality goals.
  • Solutions for new or expanded installations


as well as:


  • Site and needs analysis Construction concept
  • Planning and design
  • Coordination with regulatory authorities
  • Investment cost budgeting
  • Reporting and documentation of results


Energy and process systems need to be reconsidered over a longer-term cycle due to political and economic changes. This could involve switching to alternative fuels or the adoption of different technologies, such as combined heat and power. In addition to heat supply, we also examine other energy sources, such as compressed air, refrigeration, or ventilation technology. We place a particular emphasis on low-carbon or carbon-neutral energy sources and their efficient utilization.


In conjunction with a feasibility study or an energy concept, an assessment of the economic viability of various plant variants is conducted using our proprietary economic analysis tools.


Potential facility expansions, retrofits, and improvements are identified, presented, and evaluated in the course of a study. Subsequently, renewal concepts are implemented.


The feasibility analysis enables:


  • Verification of the feasibility of the task
  • Definition of potential conditions (or key criteria)
  • Solution variants
  • Creation of documentation for the analysis.

Project Planning


Project planning aims to align the clients’ ideas with building regulations and formalize them. Typically, the planning process starts with sketches, progresses through preliminary designs, and culminates in a proposal that is coordinated with the clients. In the final step, it delivers the completed design in accordance with the client’s preferences.


Upon approval of the design, the submission planning phase begins. During this phase, we prepare the necessary documents for the regulatory approval process on your behalf:


  • Submission documents (site plan, floor plans, elevations, sections, etc.)
  • Construction description
  • Geological conditions / groundwater level
  • Floor area calculations
  • Energy certificate or building physics proof
  • Daylight exposure proof
  • Building permit application

Furthermore, we guide our clients through the entire approval process and provide supportive expertise at every step.

Plant Optimization – Pathways to (Process) Decarbonization


In fulfilling our responsibility to future generations, we support our clients not only with our ‘classic’ engineering services but also with the development of site-specific decarbonization concepts.

With a focus on carbon-neutral solutions, we assess potential adaptations with the goal of efficient energy utilization, transitioning to renewable primary energy sources, and the integration of heat pumps (flue gas, well water, wastewater, and waste heat). Services in the field of plant optimization include:


  • Capture (3D Laser Scan) and assessment of existing facilities, along with evaluation of existing documentation
  • Design and engineering of new utility systems
  • Expansion and enhancement of plant components with a focus on improved energy and process efficiency
  • Planning and development of power generation facilities and infrastructure networks
  • Conceptualization & Engineering of flue gas and pollutant abatement systems
  • Projection of future needs in relation to operational growth, process changes, and regulatory requirements


Your Benefits:


  • We identify potential incentives for you.
  • We solve your problems proactively rather than simply react to them: We assist our clients in identifying future challenges (technical, economic, and ecological) and implementing solutions proactively.
  • Technical development in alignment with budgets and cost estimates
  • Our project teams develop customized (energy) solutions for you based on years of experience across all sectors of plant design
  • Based on our optimizations, you reinforce and relieve your internal resources.

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