The state capital Stuttgart and the city of Überlingen are cooperating in the research project "Stadtquartier 2050 - solving challenges together". The aim of the project is to create affordable, climate-neutral living space in the conversion and development of two districts.
On the campus of the vocational college in Detmold, three school buildings and a sports hall were completely refurbished. The facades and top floor slabs were insulated with cellulose, passive house windows were installed and the roof surfaces were covered with PV panels. The existing heating system will continue to be used at lower temperatures. Combined with solar power generation and the use of district heating from biomass, the buildings are now reaching plus energy levels.
On 19 September, the Federal Cabinet adopted the 7th Energy Research Programme "Innovations for the Energy Transition". Compared to its predecessor from 2011, it defines new priorities for research funding and innovation policy in the energy sector and focuses above all on accelerating technology and innovation transfer. To this end, the "Real Laboratories of Energy Turnaround" have been introduced as a new programme pillar.
In the NENIA project, a Germany-wide waste heat register of all industrial sites is being compiled for the first time. This will make it possible to determine the potential of industrial waste heat that can be fed into heating networks and distributed to supply buildings and districts.