for Sustainable Energy Systems in Neighbourhoods
Closing Event: Sustainable Energy Systems in the Neighbourhood
November 3, 2022, 9:30 am to 6 pm
The NRW Research College “Sustainable Energy Systems in the Neighbourhood. Models and Strategies between Local and Global Challenges” is one of twelve research collegia funded by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia as part of the funding programme “Forschungskollegs NRW”. Complex social issues in particular require a multidisciplinary approach to research that cooperates with practice.
The aim of the NRW Research College “Sustainable Energy Systems in Neighbourhoods” (NEQ) is to develop technical, economic and social control models to increase energy efficiency and sustainability in neighbourhoods.
At the final conference on 3 November 2022 in Aachen, the research college would like to present its research results and their relevance for practice. In addition to these results, interesting practical examples of sustainable neighbourhood development will be presented and the future challenges of the conversion of energy systems, the building and housing stock and mobility will be highlighted.
All actors involved in the transformation of the building stock, the electricity and heating sector and mobility, especially at the municipal level, are cordially invited. Also cordially invited are scientists and students of all disciplines who deal with the topics of the Research School NEQ.
Participation in the conference is free of charge.
Since January 2019 until the end of 2022, 11 doctoral candidates at six different universities, colleges and institutes in NRW have been working on their doctorates in the research college. A wide range of disciplines are involved: Engineers from the fields of electrical engineering, civil engineering, architecture and urban planning, masters from the social and economic sciences and law. The common frame of reference is the neighbourhood. Four action-oriented topic clusters will be examined from different perspectives: the integrated conversion of the energy infrastructure, the activation of actors, users and owners, the establishment of new ways of acting for sustainability at the neighbourhood level, and the design of framework conditions for implementation.
Handbook Energy Efficiency in Neighbourhoods
As part of the first funding phase of the Graduate School EEQ: Energy Efficiency in the Neighbourhood, 11 doctoral students from various disciplines have completed their doctorates on topics related to energy efficiency in the neighbourhood. In their work, solution approaches and recommendations for actors in the energy transition are developed. Possibilities and perspectives for energy production, grids and operator models at the neighbourhood level are explained. The publication is available from Springer Verlag since July 2021.
2nd Phase of the Graduate School "Energy Efficiency in Neighbourhoods"
The NRW Research College “Sustainable Energy Systems in the Neighbourhood” aims to develop technical, economic and social control models to increase energy efficiency in the neighbourhood. With its broad interdisciplinary composition and embedding in practice (transdisciplinary), the Research College makes an important contribution to developing integrated concepts and promoting necessary understanding between the disciplines and between future scientists and practitioners from different disciplines. Specific possibilities for action and options support the parties involved, above all municipal utilities, local authorities, politicians and citizens, in driving forward the energy transition in neighbourhoods.
The publications produced by the researchers within the framework of the Graduate School can be found here.