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Turning the CPPS of the world's largest automotive research factory ARENA2036 into a data gold mine for eco-design

: Wehner, Daniel; Hossfeld, Max; Held, Michael


Hu, Allen H. (Hrsg.):
Technologies and Eco-innovation towards Sustainability I : Eco Design of Products and Services
Singapore: Springer Nature Singapore, 2019
ISBN: 978-981-13-1180-2 (Print)
ISBN: 978-981-13-1181-9 (Online)
ISBN: 978-981-13-1182-6
International Symposium on Environmentally Conscious Design and Inverse Manufacturing (EcoDesign) <10, 2017, Tainan>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IBP ()

ARENA2036 is the world’s largest research factory dedicated to the future of mobility and its creation. It serves as a key enabler for the European Automotive Industry by disrupting and redesigning the entire value chain. The ARENA2036 campus therefore not only incorporates state-of-the-art workplaces for all kinds of knowledge-based work but also a flexible full-scale model factory. Given the long-term horizon of ARENA2036’ research program-viz., the year 2036, i.e., the 150-year anniversary of the automobile-sustainability is at the very heart of its mission. Fully aware that unlocking the disruptive potential of engineering science comes along with radical changes, ARENA2036 not only focuses on shaping the future of mobility and its creation but also addresses, analyses, and shapes the future of man in its workplace. Taken together, this means that ARENA2036 accepts the social, environmental, as well as scientific responsibilities that come with the challenge stemming from rapid technological development and change, by providing holistic perspectives and answers on future questions. In order to integrally respond to these challenges, issues regarding data collection, handling, and storage have to be resolved first, before turning to an actual life cycle assessment (LCA) that allows addressing all aspects of future products along the lines of so-called eco-design-activities. So as to provide such an answer, we will subsequently first localize the CPPS concept within the framework of current research, before turning to further considerations regarding its relation to eco-design more generally. Finally, we will discuss how CPPS as a high-quality data provider fosters sustainability with regard to the product as well as to its production by integrally encompassing the entire value chain.