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Winners of the German inter-ministerial research project competition "Energy Efficient City" announced

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To further support the energy transition in the building sector, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy have launched a funding initiative entitled “Solar Building / Energy-Efficient City”. More than 60 consortia from municipal administrations, research institutes and companies have applied for government funding. The most promising ones have been selected: six lighthouse projects are to show how energy consumption in urban areas can be reduced, how smart networking of electricity, heat and mobility can be achieved and how renewable energies can be integrated into the energy supply system.


  1. former Pfaff AG factory compound in Kaiserslautern: high share of locally generated renewable energy, new buildings as well as listed buildings in need of renovation
  2. “Quarree 100” in Heide: avoiding the curtailment of renewable energy and making local use of this energy - for example using the waste heat from electrolysis systems for the heat supply of existing buildings
  3. "ENaQ - Energetic Neighbourhood" in Oldenburg: connecting not only power, heat and electric mobility, but also the players and users
  4.  "ZED" in Zwickau: zero-emission district, intending to show how apartments based on electrical, thermal interconnected systems can be supplied with energy in a sustainable and affordable way
  5. "ES-West-P2G2P" in Esslingen: climatic-neutral urban district with cross-sectoral use to be made of regenerative electricity surpluses through a combination of innovative technologies
  6. “Urban neighbourhood 2050 - Solving challenges together" in Stuttgart und Ueberlingen: innovative building solutions contribute towards climate neutrality and social compatibility in tense housing markets in two urban neighbourhoods in Southern Germany