Germany at its Best

Germany at its best: Nordrhein-Westfalen

Germany at its best: Nordrhein-Westfalen



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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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

  • Around 26,000 employees are 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 innogy Masterflex
Natural Energy West Petrotec Vaillant Winergy
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Solarcar Team of Bochum University of applied sciences: Around the world in a solar-powered car
Around The World On Solar Power Source: SolarCar-Team Hochschule Bochum
Phileas Fogg makes a wager with the members of London's Reform Club. His adventurous mission goes by the name of 'Around the World in 80 Days'. The classic novel published in 1873 has this Jules Verne protagonist travelling by ship, rail or on the back of an elephant. 139 years later a similarly spectacular tale rewrites history. The solar car, "SolarWorld GT", run exclusively on solar energy, reaches Adelaide, Australia on 13th December 2012 after a journey around the world. On a journey of 455 days covering almost 30,000 kilometres, the yellow solar car reached the USA via New Zealand and crossed the European continent and Russia before returning to its Australian port of departure. This modern adventure bears testimony to the leading position of Bochum University in the field of electric mobility. For over 10 years the Bochum based manufacturer SolarCar has been building solar powered vehicles like the "Solar World GT". These have won prizes in numerous competitions, the last one being the Design Award of the World Solar Challenge in 2011.



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