Ontology of Sustainable eco-friendly Technologies and Products based on the Inventive Principles of the TRIZ Theory (OntoSustIP)


Industries are now facing rising societies demands to make their products and technologies more sustainable and environmentally friendly. Although numerous methods and tools have been developed in the last decades to support environmentally‐friendly product and process development, an interdisciplinary knowledge base of eco‐innovative examples linked to the eco‐innovative problems and solution principles is lacking. The paper proposes an ontology of examples for eco‐friendly products and technologies assigned to the inventive principles of the TRIZ methodology in accordance with the German TRIZ Standard VDI 4521. The examples of sustainable technologies and products build a database for sharing and reusing eco‐innovation knowledge. The ontology acts as a tool for systematic solving of specific environmental problems in typical life cycle phases, for different environmental impact categories and engineering domains. Finally, the paper defines a future research agenda in the field of the TRIZ‐based systematic eco‐ innovation.

The authors develop a matrix of environmental impacts and further categories of environmental relevant inventions. Using literature, patent analysis and collecting examples via a specific web page,the ontologie to be created will give examples of eco‐innovation technologies and products with particular focus on the assignment of underlying eco‐inventive solutions to the TRIZ Inventive Principles. The internet link of the web based database will be opened to the public TRIZ community as well as to a wide audience of interested parties for further contributions.


01.01.2022 - 31.01.2023



VDI-GPP, FA 320 "Innovationsmethodiken"


  • VDI, Dr.-Ing. Daniela HeinHTW Berlin, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Claudia HentschelHochschule Coburg, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Kai HiltmannHochschule Weihenstephan, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Norbert HuberHochschule Offenburg, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Pavel LivotovC4Pi GmbH, Dipl.-Ing. Horst T. NählerHochschule Kaiserslautern, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian M. ThurnesVDI GPP FA 320



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