The energy sector in NRW
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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. Some 120 institutes at more than 30 universities as well as about 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.

44.000

employees
Around 44,000 employees are working in the field of renewable energy technologies in more than 4,500 companies.

168 Mio. €

annually
Of the funds that are spent Germany-wide for energy research at universities, around 168 million euros is accounted for by North Rhine-Westphalia annually. That is about a quarter of the total.

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 and RWE in Essen.

The state is also home to numerous enterprises in the renewable energy sector i.E.:

innogy, Vaillant, winergy.

How to do business in NRW

Do you have questions about entry regulations, tax issues and relevant laws for your investment project? You can find all the important information on setting up a company and other practical answers in our Business Guide.

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