The potential of shallow geothermal energy for Germany’s heat supply is to be utilized more effectively. To achieve this, a nationwide standardized database is to be created in the WärmeGut project.
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Launch of WärmeGut Project
Geological Information for Transforming the Heating Sector

Ground-source heat pumps are a promising option for achieving a net-zero heating supply. However, information on suitable locations for these geothermal heating systems has not been centrally available. In the WärmeGut project scientists are now developing a nationwide standardized database.

A model of the heat pump, built by Siemens Energy, that is being used in the Qwark3 project
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Climate-Smart District Heating
High-Temperature Heat Pump Utilizes Waste Heat from Cooling Systems

The district heating supply at Potsdamer Platz in Berlin is to be made more efficient. As part of the Qwark3 project, an innovative heat pump will be deployed that supplies climate-smart district heating. The heat source will be provided by waste heat from the district’s cooling plant. 


18th International Symposium of District Heating and Cooling
DHC Symposium: Submit your papers now

Urban energy systems, combined heat and power systems or digitalisation: researchers can now submit papers on these and similar topics for the 18th International Symposium on District Heating and Cooling.

Icon Research Call Heating Cooling
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IEA program
International call for heating and cooling projects

The International Energy Agency's Technology Collaboration Programme for District Heating and Cooling (IEA-TCP DHC) is looking for projects that make energy systems more digital, profitable or flexible. And, of course, emission-free.

Green building next to project plans
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Information event
Europe-wide ideas sought for more sustainable cities

The European partnership "Driving Urban Transitions to a Sustainable Future" has published its first call for funding. The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research invite potential applicants to an information event

Based, among other things, on the European Green Deal and with a view to the commitments under the Paris Climate Agreement, the EU wants to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 (symbol image).
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Joint Call 2022 of the CETPartnership
European Call: Apply now for funding

The European Union (EU) has published the new funding call ,,Joint Call 2022'' with a budget of around 140 million euros. The funding is available for projects that develop innovative technologies and system solutions that will help Europe become the first climate-neutral continent by 2050.

The GKM Mannheim power station situated by the Rhine features highly efficient water abstraction and return flow systems. These are ideally suited for the integration of a large-scale heat pump as a heat source

Living Lab for the Energy Transition
Rhine Supplies Thermal Energy via New Large-Scale Heat Pump

18 metres long, around five metres high, and highly efficient: Mannheim-based energy company MVV is building a river water source heat pump along the bank of the Rhine by the GKM power station in Mannheim. The heat pump extracts thermal energy from the river and uses it to produce heating water.

The RoofKIT winning team celebrates their achievement at Solar Decathlon Europe 21/22 next to their demonstration house on the premises of the Solar Campus in Wuppertal.

Building Upwards for the Climate
German RoofKIT Team Wins Solar Decathlon Europe

The winner of the international student competition Solar Decathlon Europe has been announced: the RoofKIT project from Karlsruhe shows how buildings in cities can be designed in a sustainable, recyclable, and socially acceptable way. 

Several hundred students put their ideas for a climate-friendly future into practice at the Solar Decathlon Europe.

International Building Energy Competition
Solar Decathlon Europe: Fresh Ideas for Climate-Smart Future Buildings

A kitchen front made of recycled yoghurt cups, a photovoltaic facade with photo printing or insulation made of hemp: Anyone who wants to know what ideas international students have for climate-friendly building stock in cities should visit the Solar Decathlon Europe in Wuppertal by 26 June.

Sixteen climate-smart buildings can be viewed up close on the premises of the SolarCampus in Wuppertal from 10 to 26 June.

Seven competition entries from Germany
Solar Decathlon Europe 21/22: View Climate-Smart Buildings Up Close

Adding on, adding storeys, closing gaps between buildings: this is how sustainable living space can be created in cities. Interested parties can see how international student teams have put this task into practice in Wuppertal from 10 to 26 June.

The DIAL GmbH building in Lüdenscheid

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

Scientists from 17 different countries have conducted research as part of the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) project on “Integrated Solutions for Daylighting and Electric Lighting” (IEA SHC Task 61/EBC Annex 77). Task manager Jan de Boer explains why it is not only the technology that matters.

Collage of the main event of the Solar Decathlon Europe
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International Expertise for Wuppertal
Solar Decathlon Europe 21/22: Jury Announced

From architecture to urban mobility, 16 renowned experts from science and industry will judge seven of the ten contests in the university competition for sustainable building and living in cities. In three contests, the best measurement result is what counts.