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Graduate School

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).

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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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