Networking in containers and an office made from plastic waste

The environmental economy of the Ruhr Metropolis in the Gelderland region

Belgian, German and Dutch companies took up the invitation of the Cleantech Regio network on 14/03/2019 to examine what the Gelderland region has to offer in the field of circular economy.

The demand is for raw materials, we offer residual materials
The Zwitsal site in Apeldoorn was the venue for the Circular Economy Day in the SOAP-Zwitsal, an event location built from old shipping containers, with an overview of the cross-regional offers for the circular economy. One practical contribution to the circular economy was a special form of matchmaking, where the target of the search was residual materials of companies that could be used in turn as raw materials by other firms, or companies that enable such residual materials to be used by others.

The circular economy in action in Kleefse Waard
Participants could subsequently explore the Kleefse Waard industrial park in Arnhem. The industrial park is privately run and already adheres to the principle of the circular economy. Instead of disposing of the waste of the firms located there in the classic fashion, this is collected in part of the park and serves as a source of raw materials for innovative concepts. One example of such a use is the Airhunters Dock Office, built exclusively from pressed plastic waste.

The event was organised by the Cleantech Regio network from the Gelderland region in co-operation with the networks GREEN WIN of Belgium and Greentech.Ruhr.

Planergruppe GmbH Oberhausen saves 36,000 km!

Planergruppe GmbH Oberhausen relocated to Essen last December. The previous office site in Oberhausen city centre had grown too small for the 18 employees. One key element in the choice of Essen was that the majority of the employees live in Essen and the area to the east of it. As a result, there is an annual saving of a total of 36,000 kilometres that no longer need to be driven! Thanks to the better public transport links the team can now also reach a number of its projects quickly via tram or train, enabling the cars to be left in the car-park more often. As a parting gift to the city of Oberhausen the name of the company – Planergruppe GmbH Oberhausen – remains unchanged.



Further support recommended

The panel of experts has recommended our Greentech.Ruhr 2.0 application for further support in the scope of the Regio.NRW.

There is now a good chance that the network will receive funding from the EU and the state of North Rhine-Westphalia for a further three years, enabling it to dedicate itself even more intensively to issues such as innovation transfer, the acquisition of skilled personnel and strengthening digitalisation know-how in the Ruhr Metropolis.

To see which other projects are being funded read here.

Advertising for specialists at the E-World

Greentech.Ruhr used the well-attended career forum at the E-world energy & water to present the strengths of the region and introduce the network with its diverse job opportunities to students and graduates. Many partners had given us specific job advertisements for skilled staff, dissertations or placements, which met with avid interest from visitors to our stand.

We gave visitors a taste of a career in the Ruhr Metropolis with our presentation “The energy industry in the Ruhr Metropolis – prospects and opportunities for newcomers”, held in collaboration with Thomas Daun of EST Ges. für Energiesystemtechnik mbH,  
Dr. Roland Gaschnitz of aix-o-therm GeoEnergien and Christoph Dollhausen of STEAG GmbH.  

Innovation culture in Israel

On the Greentech.Ruhr delegation trip to Tel Aviv participants were given an introduction to the Israeli innovation culture and start-up scene. In the course of numerous appointments with incubators and in coworking spaces they were able to gain information about current innovations in the environmental industry and establish key contacts with the start-up entrepreneurs.

A further highlight of the four-day trip from 03-06/12/2018 was the visit to the Shafdan, the waste water treatment plant for the entire Dan region and one of the most advanced worldwide.

The fact that Israel not only develops leading technology in the fields of energy and water, but also plays a pioneering role in, for example, data security was illustrated by a trip to the E.ON corporate challenge with a start-up pitch on the subject of cyber security.

In the end the participants agreed that the contact to the Israel environmental sector was a gain and should definitely be pursued further.

In the university wind tunnel

Visit in the scope of the Content Marketing Camp

For research and teaching purposes the Hamm-Lippstadt University of Applied Sciences has 3D printing and augmented reality labs as well as a wind tunnel. These were visited by Greentech.Ruhr partners in the scope of the second Content Marketing Camp.

At the camp the participants joined with Prof. Uwe Kleinkes to develop their personal strategy for content marketing, over the course of three days.

Greentech.Ruhr at the environmental economy summit

The Umweltwirtschaft.NRW took place on 20 and 21 November 2018 at the Messe Essen. In the supporting exhibition Greentech.Ruhr presented the environmental economy of the region.

At the event, the focus of which was on “Digitalisation in the environmental economy of NRW”, visitors could hear keynotes by well-known speakers such as Karl-Heinz Land (author of the book: Erde 5.0- Die Zukunft provozieren) or Prof. Dr. Hans-Jörg Bullinger (long-serving president of the Fraunhofer Society for the Advancement of Applied Research). In addition, start-ups and junior researchers could also introduce themselves to the audience in the form of pitches.

In six parallel sessions on various areas of the environmental economy participants could talk with other experts and add their ideas to the discussion. The findings of the sessions are to be published on the homepage of the KNUW (Kompetenznetzwerk Umweltwirtschaft).

The team from Greentech.Ruhr made interesting new contacts and used the event for the intensive sharing of opinions with representatives of the worlds of politics and business.

Julian Salandi, Christina Zollmarsch, mayor of Essen Thomas Kufen, Dr. Heinrich Herbst, Marcus Bloser, Oliver P. Kuhrt (from left to right).
Photo: Vanessa Leissring
NRW Environment Minister Ursula Heinen-Esser (right), Oliver P. Kuhrt (managing director of Messe Essen), Christina Zollmarsch

Ruhr Metropolis as region of the future for the circular economy

Circular Economy Day: from the region’s most sustainable building to the largest centre for industrial recycling in Europe

The Ruhr Metropolis is the location of the future for the circular economy in Germany. This was the summary of Dutch and German businesspeople at the German-Dutch Circular Economy Day of Greentech.Ruhr on 05 November 2018.

Participants were able to see the potential offered by sustainable construction in a tour of the recently-completed headquarters of the RAG Foundation and RAG on the UNESCO world heritage site Zollverein in Essen. The building is one of the first in Germany to be constructed with the inspiration of comprehensive “cradle to cradle” measures. As a reward, it has received the highest distinction for sustainable construction of the German Sustainable Building Council.

This was followed by a tour of Europe’s largest centre for industrial recycling, the REMONDIS Lippewerk in Lünen. After the visit to the 230-hectare site the participants joined representatives of TSR Recycling and Remondis to discuss the challenges facing the sector.

The German-Dutch matchmaking on the circular economy was organised by Greentech.Ruhr, the network of the environmental economy of the Ruhr Metropolis, in co-operation with the Dutch network Cleantech Regio and the regional business development agencies for Gelderland and Overijssel, oost nl.

Intrapore receives distinction at KfW Award Gründen 2018

Our network partner Intrapore GmbH of Essen has emerged as state winner for North Rhine-Westphalia in the national business competition KfW Award Gründen 2018. The company is focused on the groundwater restoration of contaminated soils on the basis of nano and micro particles (NMP).

Winning the award is a distinction of quality for young companies. With the award the KfW aims to distinguish successful founders as well as helping to raise public awareness of the step towards self-employment.
The business ideas are judged according to their degree of innovation, their creativity and the assumption of social responsibility. Also key to the distinction was how environmentally aware the realisation was and whether jobs and training positions were created or retained.

Intensive content marketing seminar of the environmental sector

Content marketing is the key to success on the internet, particularly for medium-sized companies with globally-unique pioneering technology. This was the lesson taken by participants at the second Greentech.Ruhr Content Marketing Seminar.

In two sessions led by Prof. Uwe Kleinkes they learned new techniques for marketing. In the process, the representatives of the firms were taught how to utilise their expertise for an authentic and individual customer approach. The attendees visited our network partners, H2-Netzwerk Ruhr in Herne and the Bildungszentrum für die Ver- und Entsorgungswirtschaft (BEW) in Essen.

Green solutions for the post-mining age

Greentech.Ruhr at the Business and Investors Forum China

On 14 September 2018 the state business development agency NRW.INVEST  hosted the Business and Investors Forum China (BIFC) for the seventh time.

Here the Greentech.Ruhr team represented the regional environmental sector, prompting avid interest in the managing of mining legacy amongst the Chinese visitors in particular.

This year’s forum saw around 600 managers and experts from China and Germany travel to Düsseldorf to discuss the issues facing the digital economy in the future. The forum is a key network meeting place, offering investors the chance to initiate Sino-German projects.



TRIMET SE wins award

NRW Wirtschaftsminister Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart übergibt die Auszeichnung an den Vorstandsvorsitzenden der TRIMET SE, Dr. Martin Iffert
NRW Wirtschaftsminister Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart übergibt die Auszeichnung an den Vorstandsvorsitzenden der TRIMET Aluminium SE, Dr. Martin Iffert

NRW Economy Minister Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart presents the award to the chairman of TRIMET Aluminium SE, Dr. Martin Iffert

On 03 September 2018 NRW Economy Minister Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart crowned TRIMET Aluminium SE as winner of the "NRW economy in transition" competition.

With its "Vocational training for refugees” project TRIMET aims to open up long-term prospects for young refugees who have found a new home in Germany, thereby facilitating their integration. There are currently 26 refugees working on entry qualifications or as trainees at various TRIMET sites. This number is set to rise to 66 by 2022.

A high-level jury from the fields of business, science, politics and society selected the ten prize winners, who represent the transformation and future capability of the North Rhine-Westphalia location.

Integration with a tail wind

Greentech.Ruhr partner trains refugees as specialists for wind energy plants

They came to Germany as refugees – now they are set to work as specialists in the wind energy sector. Since March 2018 twelve young men who fled Syria and Iran have been participating in the first module of the “Empower Refugees” project. Mid-August saw all participants pass the first hurdle, successfully completing this part of the project.

In the five-month further training course of KRAFTWERKSSCHULE E.V. in the Essen district of Kupferdreh the participants were prepared for an apprenticeship in the electrical engineering sector, with a focus on wind energy plants. One key component of this measure was a five-week placement, in which the participants could put their new knowledge to the test in four companies in the wind energy sector.

Clear job prospects as qualified industrial electricians for technical equipment

This year the participants are to have the opportunity to undertake a 16-month retraining as qualified industrial electricians for technical equipment (IHK) in the wind energy sector. The key feature: after this they will be able to begin their professional careers straight away, as the companies involved signed hiring guarantees for all graduates prior to the beginning of the course.

Content Marketing Camp in Hamm

At the Content Marketing Camp of Greentech.Ruhr the participants developed new strategies and content for their digital marketing. Aided by the expertise of Prof. Kleinkes of Hamm-Lippstadt University of Applied Sciences, the representatives of energy generation and energy efficiency companies drafted an image-based marketing article and an editorial plan over the course of three sessions.

Campus visit to wind tunnel

In conclusion, all interested partners of the network were able to learn about the extensive research infrastructure of the university at its Hamm site – from the building services and electrical engineering lab to the wind tunnel and on to the in-house FabLab with 3D coloured gypsum printer.


New micro steam turbine from Dortmund wins steel innovation prize

Berlin / Dortmund, 19 June 2018. The Greentech.Ruhr partner company Turbonik, a spin-off of Fraunhofer UMSICHT, founded in 2017, has been awarded the 2018 steel innovation prize in the “steel products” category for its innovative micro steam turbine. This saw the most significant German innovation prize awarded to a young Dortmund tech company that gives steam-producing companies the opportunity to create their own electricity economically, even with small volumes of steam. In the words of the jury: “The turbine uses energy efficiently, saves costs and reduces CO2 emissions sustainably.”

Source: Wirtschaftsvereinigung Stahl

Ruhr Metropolis environmental sector makes mark at the IFAT 2018

Greentech.Ruhr auf der IFAT

At the world’s leading trade fair for water, sewage, waste and materials management, IFAT, in Munich, the Ruhr Metropolis displayed its strengths as a hotspot for the environmental sector. A total of 56 companies from the region presented their premium services and products in the environmental sector in Munich. At the fair stand of Business Metropole Ruhr Greentech.Ruhr, the network for the environmental sector in the Ruhr Metropolis, represented a further 90 companies in the trade.

Top region for the water industry

Together with the three network partners - the Centre for Water and Environmental Research at University Duisburg Essen, Tuttahs & Meyer GmbH and Intrapore GmbH - Greentech.Ruhr presented the Ruhr Metropolis as a top region for the water industry in the new Experience Area Future.

[Translate to Englisch:] Eindrücke der IFAT

[Translate to Englisch:] von links: Dr. Erich Bauch, Christina Zollmarsch, Julian Salandi
[Translate to Englisch:] von links: Sonja Behmel, Christina Zollmarsch, Saman Khoddam, Julian Salandi

Floating cows and flooded sports grounds

Ruhr Metropolis environmental sector in Rotterdam

On 30/11/2017 representatives of the environmental sector in the Ruhr Metropolis visited innovative projects relating to the water and energy sector in Rotterdam. The Dutch port city has a long tradition in the sustainable use of water. It has therefore reacted innovatively to the rise in sea levels and increasing weather extremes.

Resilience strategy of Rotterdam city council

For example, the Chief Resilience Officer of Rotterdam city council, Arnoud Molenaar, presented the strategy of the city to prepare citizens for the challenges of the future – urbanisation, digitalisation and climate change. Examples include public squares and sports grounds that can also be used as retaining basins in the event of heavy rain.

The construction of the future: floating cattle farm

The participants subsequently took the water bus to visit the former shipbuilding wharf that now serves as the place for innovations in Rotterdam, with the RDM Campus. The site is used in particular to develop construction projects for the future. To illustrate this, entrepreneurs demonstrated a floating cattle farm as well as houses made from sustainable building materials and with integrated cultivation areas for plants. The excursion was rounded off with a matchmaking exercise with Dutch companies and experts from the Rotterdam environmental sector network, Clean Tech Delta. The day trip was organised by Greentech.Ruhr, the network of the environmental sector in the Ruhr Metropolis.

Greentech.Ruhr partners visit a rooftop garden in Rotterdam
The Greentech.Ruhr delegation

100 celebrate the 100th:

NRW Environment Minister Heinen-Esser welcomes 100th Greentech.Ruhr partner company

From the mobility of the future to data-based, decentralised energy supply: the trends of the future characterise trade gathering in Oberhausen

At the network meeting of Greentech.Ruhr around 100 representatives of companies, research establishments and environmental sector institutions in the Ruhr Metropolis came together on 11 June 2018. In the Technologiezentrum Umweltschutz in Oberhausen the participants joined with the new NRW Environment Minister Ursula Heinen-Esser to discuss the trends in one of the largest future markets in the Ruhr Metropolis.

Heinen-Esser: environmental sector is undergoing a structural transition

Heinen-Esser emphasised the importance of the environmental sector for the sustainable structural transformation of the region . The fact that the Ruhr Metropolis is so strong in environmental technology is largely due to the unique history of the region between Emscher and Ruhr. Because even 100 years ago there was a need to deal with industrial waste water, polluted air and contaminated soil. Today, the environmental sector employs a workforce of around 100,000 and achieves total turnover of 26 billion euros a year. A role model for many other states.

100th partner company in environmental sector network

The environmental sector network in the Ruhr Metropolis supports all partner companies and institutions in establishing themselves nationally and internationally. Greentech.Ruhr has now welcomed its 100th partner company to the network, Volterion GmbH. With its unique batteries, the Dortmund start-up is one of the flagship companies of the region, and can now also benefit from the offers of the network.

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Innovation Award for SEEPEX

[Translate to Englisch:] Innovation award für SEEPEX

Digital pump wins prize at the ACHEMA

Bottrop 12 June 2018 - Greentech.Ruhr partner SEEPEX has developed an intelligent metering pump, a pioneering move in the digital development of eccentric screw pumps. The Bottrop-based engineering company has now been rewarded with the Innovation Award in the category “Pumps and compressors”. The firm fought of competition from well-known companies to win.

The Innovation Award was presented for the fourth time by the journal Process and publisher Vogel Verlag in the scope of the world’s leading fair for the process industry, the ACHEMA. The company was able to apply in eleven categories. The award ceremony took place on 12 June at the fair in Frankfurt.