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 innogy Petrotec Vaillant
Energy industry
AC Schnitzer: The fastest LPG car of the world
The fastest LPG car Source: AC Schnitzer
Made by Aachen-based company AC Schnitzer, the GP3.10 is the world's fastest street-legal concept car of its class. A BMW 3-series coupé equipped with a high-performance M5 engine, capable of producing 522 hp and accelerating from 0-100 in just 4.5 seconds alone would have sufficed to make it a spectacular car. The really impressive bit about the concept study, however, is the top speed of almost 320 kph, a world record considering that the converted V10 engine runs on liquid petrol gas (LPG). The GP3.10 can be switched to this eco-friendly fuel at any time and is also fitted with a standard petrol tank. In gas mode, the car reduces CO2 emissions by around 15 percent. The AC Schnitzer team is the most successful touring car team in the world of motorsports. The materials and experience gained in motor sporting are employed to create solutions for daily use in road vehicles. All special parts for the tuning programme are developed in Aachen and marketed from there all over the world. And with some success! AC Schnitzer is the world’s leading supplier of BMW and MINI accessories.
Energy industry
Aachen region