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07/08/2020 | News

On the way to an en­er­gy-ef­fi­ci­ent cam­pus

Kassel University wants to take additional steps towards climate neutrality in the next ten years. A further research project is now contributing to this; it is developing a comprehensive concept for improving the heat supply on campus "Holländischer Platz", taking into account new construction projects and the existing building stock. Kassel University shall thus become a model for other public institutions in Hesse and universities in Germany.

Image: Andreas Fischer

The project, called CampusKassel2030, develops concepts for energy-efficient planning in upcoming new buildings, for reducing losses of the local heating network and for renovations in existing buildings. The Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy is funding it with around 1.4 million euros. The project is part of a whole package of measures with which the university is improving its energy balance - from the production of solar power on building roofs to the installation of energy-saving lighting and efficient building technology to the thermal insulation of buildings.A total of around 4.6 million euros will be invested in measures and concepts to increase energy efficiency and improve the climate balance within the next three years.

"The conversion to a resource-saving campus is a high priority for us," explained University Chancellor Dr. Oliver Fromm. "We have reduced CO2 emissions per square meter of space by 17.2 percent between 2012 and 2018 and aim to cut CO2 emissions by a further two percent per year in the upcoming years. In doing so, we are making use of the expertise of our scientists, who are doing outstanding work in many research areas in terms of sustainability".

In the CampusKassel2030 project, the university's building department is cooperating with the departments of building physics, technical building services, solar and plant engineering and the Fraunhofer IEE. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Anton Maas (Department of Building Physics) is in charge of the project.

"The heat supply has an enormous potential for savings, which is being discussed less frequently than the power supply," says Maas. "The investigations are designed for transferability, so that the findings from our cooperation project will also be available to others. The research project can serve as a model for other campus areas and large-scale public properties. Thereby it can also help the state of Hesse to achieve the goal of a climate-neutral state administration by 2030".

 

Funding code of the project: 03EN3013A

The project is supported by the House of Energy of the State of Hesse.

 

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