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Germany at its best: Nordrhein-Westfalen

Germany at its best: Nordrhein-Westfalen

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The location marketing campaign "Germany at its best: Nordrhein-Westfalen" calls on local citizens, business people, scientists and inventors and other personalities from NRW to present their outstanding achievements in a national, European and international context.

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The energy sector in NRW

North Rhine-Westphalia is Europe's most important energy region. The state is home to international power utilities, energy-intensive manufacturing companies, power plant producers, as well as a large number of developers, providers and users of energy technology and services. 120 institutes at more than 30 universitities as well as 20 non-university research organizations conduct energy-related teaching and research, with special emphasis on increasing energy efficiency and exploiting the potential of renewables. NRW is among the international front-runners with regard to the development, testing and commercialization of renewable energy sources such as solar and wind.

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NRW.INVEST GMBH

Economic Development Agency of the
German State of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW)
Völklinger Str. 4, 40219 Düsseldorf, Germany

+49 211 13000-0
+49 211 13000-154

Did you know... 

… that NRW supplies nearly one third of Germany's total electric power requirements? ... that Bayer MaterialScience transforms waste carbon dioxide into high-quality plastics at its plant in North Rhine-Westphalia?… that Bottrop is spearheading energy-efficient urban renewal under the heading "InnovationCity Ruhr"? … that NRW is in the process of creating 100 climate-friendly housing projects?

Quick Facts

  • In 2013, around 26,000 employees were working on the development and utilization of renewable energy technologies in 3,600 companies, generating total sales of more than 6.6 billion euros.
  • More than 125 research institutes represent a significant locational advantage for the industry.

Projects for a successful transition to clean energy

Energy efficiency is high up on the research agenda in North Rhine-Westphalia. For instance, the Helmholtz Institute for Ionics in Energy Storage in Münster is addressing a key issue: how to store electric power in large quantities over long periods within compact dimensions. The institute has decided to concentrate its efforts on electrolytes, the most important component of any battery. North Rhine-Westphalia is also conducting research into smart electric power utilization. For example, the utility company RWE is involved in various projects centering on smart grids, smart meters and integrated home automation.


Energy enterprises in NRW

Two of the world's largest utility companies are headquartered in North Rhine-Westphalia: E.ON in Düsseldorf und RWE in Essen. The state is also home to numerous enterprises in the renewable energy sector: 

BioEnergiePlus Bosch Rexroth E.ON Masterflex
Natural Energy West Petrotec RWE SolarWorld
Vaillant Winergy
Energy industry
Bea-Tricks: The biggest cruising range for an electric car
World Record Journey In An E-Mobile Source: BEA-tricks Herne
A Citroën Berlingo converted into an electric-mobile began its record-breaking journey on 17th October 2011 in Flensburg. The destination of the car equipped with special battery technology was Munich, located a 1,000 kilometres away. After a 17-hours journey on country roads and highways at speeds of 50 to 80 km per hour the car reached the southern metropolis. The electric-mobile covered the entire stretch on public roads and therefore under actual traffic conditions, and with just one battery recharge, to set a new range record. BEA-tricks, the company based in Herne, is at the helm of this outstanding achievement. It carries out the modification of sub-compact cars into eco-friendly and efficient electric-mobiles with a conversion-kit specially designed for this. As a result, a great many cars, especially those with engine troubles, have already been recycled and saved from being relegated to the junkyard. The company owes its reputation across the length and breadth of Europe to this concept of modern automobile recycling. This smart solution "Made in Herne" has in fact even reached the distant shores of China.

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Hamburger Containerboard invests EUR20m in Gelsenkirchen

03.02.2017

Hamburger Containerboard, part of Austrian Prinzhorn Holding, European market leaders in the recycling, paper and packaging industry, invests EUR20m in the production facility in Gelsenkirchen (former Fritz Peters GmbH).


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Hamburger Containerboard invests EUR20m in Gelsenkirchen

03.02.2017

Hamburger Containerboard, part of Austrian Prinzhorn Holding, European market leaders in the recycling, paper and packaging industry, invests EUR20m in the production facility in Gelsenkirchen (former Fritz Peters GmbH).


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