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 universities 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 innogy Petrotec Vaillant
Energy industry
TÜV Rheinland (Technical Control Board Rhineland): The most advanced testing centre for solar energy systems
Certification Beyond Borders Source: Die PR-BERATER GmbH
Nothing lasts forever. Not even eco-friendly solar energy systems, be they photovoltaic modules, solar thermal collectors or should they consist of a combination of both. Help is now at hand, though, to resolve issues regarding their longevity and cost effectiveness thanks to TÜV Rheinland, which has created the world’s most advanced testing centre for solar energy systems, in Cologne. Ultra-modern equipment to test solar energy systems of all kinds has been set up over an area measuring 1,800 m2. Apart from halving the testing time for efficiency, quality and security checks, TÜV Rheinland can boast the two largest testing chambers in the world. Even corrosion tests of bigger offshore wind turbine components can be carried out in these. Six climate chambers and five solar simulators add to the installation and the spectral measuring station here is simply beyond compare. Is it of any surprise, then, that over 500 international manufacturers of solar energy systems have their products tested and certified by TÜV Rheinland?
Energy industry
Cologne/Bonn region



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