The company was founded by engineers who recognized the need to base industrial energy strategies on a quantitatively sound basis for decision making.

We are a specialized consulting and software company with a focus on industrial decarbonization. Our team supports decision-makers from industry and politics in achieving the transition to a 1.5°C-aligned value chain.

Our work is based on mathematical methods that have been proven in a large number of projects with companies in a variety of industries (paper, chemicals, cement, automotive, etc.) and have been validated by peer-reviewed publications in renowned journals.

In 2023, Path to Zero was awarded the Digital Innovation Prize by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection for its software product decide.

Dr. Markus Bohlayer, Founder of Path to Zero, Handelsblatt Jahrestagung Chemie 2024 (© Handelsblatt Media Group / Foto Vogt GmbH)

Our founders

Dr. Markus Bohlayer

Founder and Managing Director 

Markus has more than 10 years of experience in the energy optimization of industrial energy systems and has advised companies from a wide range of sectors (including chemicals, cement, paper and automotive). He conducted research on decarbonization of industry at the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences and received his PhD with distinction from the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg on investment and operational strategies for industrial energy systems in 2020. Markus is a certified BAFA energy auditor and studied industrial engineering with a focus on energy technology at the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences.

Dr.-Ing. Adrian Bürger

Founder and Head of Software and Optimization

Adrian has more than 12 years of experience in software development. He developed software for optimal design and model predictive control of complex renewable energy systems as a research scientist at the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences and the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg and received his Ph.D. with distinction from the University of Freiburg in 2020. Previously, he studied industrial engineering at the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences. Among other things, his algorithms control industrial combined heat and power plants depending on current electricity prices, solar thermal air conditioning systems depending on the weather forecast, and support the design of bidirectional cooling networks.

Our partners

Path to Zero was funded from September 2022 to August 2023 as part of the EXIST program.

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