Unique in Europe
A Climate-Neutral Container Terminal Is Being Built in the Port of Duisburg

Where hard coal was once stored, a sustainable energy system is now being established. On a former coal island, hydrogen-based energy will be generated and stored. Researchers are translating their theoretical concepts into practical applications at the container terminal.

© SDE19/ÉMI Non-profit Ltd

Building Energy Competition
Programme published: Solar Decathlon Europe 21/22

On the Solar Campus in Wuppertal 18 building models and concepts will soon become reality. As fully functional houses, they will form the centrepiece of the finals of the European university competition for urban building in June 2022.



The DIAL GmbH building in Lüdenscheid

Conclusion of IEA Task on the Topic of Lighting
“Lighting Must Be Designed with People in Mind”

In the interview, Dr. -Ing. Jan de Boer talks about an international research project on "Integrated solutions for daylight and artificial light".

A row of open windows through which light falls into the building can be seen.
©SasinParaksa - stock.adobe.com

Climate-Smart Behaviour during the Pandemic
These Ventilation Concepts Reduce Aerosols and Save Energy

First interim results: A research team is investigating how higher indoor air hygiene in buildings can be achieved in the most energy-efficient way.

Collage of the main event of the Solar Decathlon Europe
© SDE 21/22

International Expertise for Wuppertal
Solar Decathlon Europe 21/22: Jury Announced

16 renowned experts from science and practice evaluate seven out of ten disciplines of theHigher Education Competition for Sustainable Urban Building.


Research Projects

Launch of the Living Lab for the Energy Transition GWP
New: Large-Scale Heat Pumps in Germany’s District Heating Networks


A large proportion of Germany’s CO2 emissions can be attributed to the supply of heat. Large-scale heat pumps powered by greenhouse gas-free electricity could help the country to reduce its CO2 emissions. In the living lab for the energy transition focused on the installation, operation, monitoring, and system integration of large-scale heat pumps (LHPs) in district heating networks, these systems will now be connected to district heating networks at various types of location.

The Wilhelmsburg community center in Hamburg can be seen next to a lake. Here, the researchers tested their concept in practice.
©Philipp Janßen - HAW Hamburg

More Flexible and Efficient
Combining Building Control Systems and Heating Networks Through Smart Networking

German and Finnish researchers have investigated ways in which heating networks can benefit from intelligent building technology.

This former bunker serves as an energy storage facility.
Bild: Hamburg Energie

Integrated household heating transition in Wilhelmsburg
Sustainable Heating Supply for Urban Districts

In the Hamburg district of Wilhelmsburg, it is shown how regenerative heat can be generated and distributed in urban areas.

Fifth generation energy systems, low-carbon supply systems, new models for energy suppliers and operators
© struvictory - stock.adobe.com

Low Temperature Replaces Coal Infrastructure

Many cities and municipalities have committed themselves to ambitious climate protection targets for reducing CO2 emissions.


Research Topics