Lightouse city: Cologne
Situated on the banks of the river Rhine, Cologne is the fourth largest city in Germany and home to key players in business and industry. The city is committed to the European Union’s goal of achieving a 20% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, a 20% increase in the share of renewable energy and a 20% increase in energy efficiency by 2020 based on 1990 levels. It aims to reduce carbon dioxide even further, with a 50% reduction target by 2030.
In order to achieve these goals, Cologne is looking to work closely with local industry. Areas of focus include sustainable mobility, energy efficiency of buildings, low-emission heating facilities and ensuring an integrated infrastructure as the city expands.
In 2018, the Stegerwaldsiedlung area of Cologne's smart district was awarded as being part of 100 Climate Protection Housing Estates in North Rhine-Westphalia.
Which smart solutions are we using?
The 12 smart solutions are being implemented in Mülheim, a vibrant area in the North-East of Cologne which is currently undergoing a process of regeneration.
Low Energy District - solutions 1-4
1. Efficient and smart climate shell refurbishment
Energy efficient refurbishment of the building
Windows with extra low U-values
3. Smart energy-saving tenants
Active House/ Home Energy Management Systems/ Smart Home System
Smart plugs, connected lighting and thermostats
Dynamic price models
4. Smart local electricity management
Virtual Power Plant
Fuel cells as an add-on to air heat pumps
Heat pumps for heat storage in heating system and hot tap water system
VPP managed batteries for Renewable Energy Storage (RES)
Dynamic price models
Integrated Infrastructure - solutions 5-8
5. Smart street lighting
lampposts and traffic posts as hubs for communication
Smart meter information analysis and actuators
8. Big data management
Big consolidated open data platform
Semi-automatic instance mapping
Sustainable Urban Mobility - solutions 9-12
11. Alternative fuel driven vehicles
Developing charging infrastructure
12. Smart mobility solutions
Electrical and conventional car and bike sharing
How are we doing?
Barbara Moehlendick is leading the implementation of the 12 'smart solutions' in Mülheim, and shares regular updates from the Cologne site.
We would like to develop blueprints for the sustainable development of complete neighbourhoods”.
What will 'smart' look in Mülheim?
Check out what Cologne is up to in this short and informative video!