Sustainable Energy Systems in the Neighbourhood
The NRW Graduate School “Sustainable Energy Systems in the Neighbourhood” aims to develop technical, economic and social control models to increase energy efficiency in neighbourhoods. With its broad interdisciplinary composition and embedding in practice (transdisciplinary), the Graduate School contributes to developing integrated concepts and promoting the necessary understanding between the disciplines and between future scientists and practitioners from different disciplines. Concrete possibilities for action and options should support the parties involved, above all municipal utilities, municipalities, politicians and citizens, in driving forward the energy transition in neighbourhoods.
In doing so, the Graduate School will draw on the scientific findings and experience gained in the first phase of the Graduate School “Energy Efficiency in Neighbourhoods”, which has identified, obstacles to the practical implementation of energy efficiency measures. The second phase will focus on transformation strategies and thus the dimension of implementation. With an eye on people and their motivations, actor-related and technical models as well as business and control models will be developed for implementing energy transition in neighbourhoods.
The complex topic of energy efficiency is linked to the challenges of climate change, demographic development, transformation of the energy supply as well as the transition of heat and mobility. It is not enough to look at the electricity sector here, as the heating sector and mobility also have great potential for reducing CO2 emissions. For these three important sectors, on one hand, and for the consideration of acting and consuming parties, on the other hand, the neighbourhood is a suitable spatial reference in the 2nd Graduate School. The spatial focus of the research work will not only be on the Ruhr Area and the neighbourhoods selected there, but also on the Rhenish Region.
Considering changed demographic conditions in the last two to three years (especially growth through immigration) and the paradigm shift towards growth and urban expansion – also in regions that tend to be structurally weak – the focus of the Graduate School will be extended to the future-oriented construction of new neighbourhoods (including land recycling, collective uses, new mobility concepts).
- Project duration: 01/2019 - 06/2022
- Project homepage: www.forschungskolleg-neq.de/en/startseite-english/
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Location & approach
The campus of TU Dortmund University is located close to interstate junction Dortmund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dortmund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dortmund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dortmund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the university are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dortmund.
To get from Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.
TU Dortmund University has its own train station ("Dortmund Universität"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dortmund main station ("Dortmund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The university is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.
You can also take the bus or subway train from Dortmund city to the university: From Dortmund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dortmund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dortmund main station to the stop "Dortmund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dortmund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dortmund Universität S".
The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.
The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dortmund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dortmund Universität S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the university directly with the city of Dortmund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.
The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".
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