Greentech.Ruhr wins preliminary round

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Greentech.Ruhr has won the German preliminary round of the European Business Development Award!
The network of the environmental economy of the Ruhr metropolis represents Germany as one of two initiatives at the European Enterprises Promotion Award 2020. In addition to Greentech.Ruhr, the state competition "Start-up BW Local - Gründungsfreundliche Kommune" (Start-up BW Local - Start-up-friendly municipality) is also involved." [Translate to English:] Greentech.Ruhr has won the German preliminary decision of the European Enterprises Promotion Award 2020.

The Federal Government Commissioner for SMEs, Thomas Bareiß, commented: "The two German finalists promote responsible entrepreneurship.

Since 2006, the European Commission has been awarding the European Enterprise Promotion Prize to public authorities, economic and educational institutions and public-private partnerships that have made outstanding contributions to the promotion of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship. The prize is awarded in the 28 EU Member States, Iceland, Norway, Serbia and Turkey.



Employer Branding during and after the crisis


It can also be digital. The search for personnel must and should not be interrupted in this time of crisis.
Digital processes can even shorten the recruiting process and offer good opportunities to involve even more employees in the personnel selection process.

It is important to keep a close eye on the mood in the company. Regular, anonymous surveys help to counteract dissatisfaction and prevent negative comments on evaluation portals.

Peer Bieber, ArbeitgeberGold GmbH, gave these and other impulses for personnel marketing in corona times to the network partners in a 90-minute "Innovation Talks - Greentech".

We have divided the recording of the event into five parts, which you can watch here:

Employer Branding during and after the crisis:

Part 1: Introduction, Facts and figures

How has Corona changed the labour market?

Part 2: External impact - positioning
How do I successfully create an employer brand?

Part 3: Internal recruiting - employee retention
Why do I have to be in close contact with my employees right now?

Part 4: Candidate Journey, social media recruiting
How do I deal proactively with COVID 19 in personnel marketing?

Part 5: Employer evaluation - digitalization of recruiting processes
How do I deal with bad ratings and what does digitalization mean for my corporate culture?

Smart solutions at the E-World 2020



Forward-looking solutions from the Ruhr Metropolis: With an exciting programme at our stand in Hall 4, network partners presented the entire spectrum of the environmental economy at E-World 2020.

Just how closely the subject areas of water and energy, for example, are interlinked was demonstrated by the contribution of the Emschergenossenschaft: the thermosolar drying of sewage sludge as a building block for the Emscher hybrid power plant.

Cross-sectoral innovations were also inspired by the diverse contributions from hydrogen-based energy storage systems (HYCON GmbH), drone technology for measuring the surface and subsoil (ASDRO GbR) to solutions for handling perfluorinated and polyfluorinated chemicals (Cornelsen Umwelttechnologie GmbH).

The innovative power of the Ruhr Metropolis was demonstrated to the international audience of E-World Energy & Water at the Greentech.Ruhr panel "Smart Mobility - Requirements and innovative solutions in the Ruhr Metropolis". innogy SE, for example, uses the existing infrastructure of the street lamps for digital networking, air analyses or parking guidance systems with the Smart Pole Factory. The Essen-based start-up eMobilify GmbH links the charging points of the suppliers to a smart, holistic e-mobility solution. And the Thelen Group and its subsidiary SV Gebäudeautomation are building the digitally networked city quarter #Essen51.

Our stand was always well attended and brought the network exciting contacts and new partners.

Career forum at the E-World Energy & Water



Students and young professionals informed themselves about the companies in our network at our stand at the E-World Career Forum in Essen.
Many network partners used the opportunity at the Greentech.Ruhr stand to make their current job offers and master's/bachelor's thesis topics public. This information was received with great interest by the visitors.

Summit Umweltwirtschaft. NRW

Christina Zollmarsch (BMR), Staatssekretär Dr. Heinrich Bottermann (NRW Umweltministerium), Thien Trang Do (BMR)
Photographer: Peter Wolf


10. and 11.12.2019

At the largest meeting of the environmental economy in NRW, Greentech.Ruhr made many new contacts for the network. At our stand we informed about our work and welcomed many of our partners, who took part in the varied offer of workshops and lectures.
Greentech.Ruhr project manager Christina Zollmarsch moderated the session "Using funding for the environmental economy sensibly", in which Michael Niemczyk from the Effizienz-Agentur NRW presented various funding programmes and Elio Brunetti from Intrapore and Peter Mund from atech innovations discussed their experiences with funding projects with the participants.

Resource-saving innovations at the Trend-Speed-Dating "Green Tech"



Together with the IHK Mittleres Ruhrgebiet, Greentech.Ruhr organised a Trend-Speed-Dating for the first time on the 21st of November 2019. Under the trend theme "Green Tech, or: Which technologies can contribute to resource conservation in the future", the participants examined 16 global and regional innovations. From natural rubber made from dandelion to biosolar panels made from algae and E-Quadricycle for delivery journeys to modular wind turbines, various inventions were discussed and evaluated in terms of their potential and degree of difficulty in terms of feasibility. Particularly pleasing was the participation of four partner companies, who came up with their own business ideas, thus illustrating the innovative ability in the Ruhr Metropolis: ASDRO GbR, Kabel.Consult.Ing, Thyssengas GmbH and TURBONIK GmbH.

In the end, all participants agreed that there are already many surprising innovations in the Green Tech sector, but that it was precisely the regional examples that represented the most impressive products and thus illustrated the potential of the Ruhr Metropolis in the field of environmental economics.

SEO and SEA applied pragmatically in everyday life


23. and 25.09.2019

"Very nice and interactive event, lots of content, compressed and interestingly presented and overall very satisfied. Presentations were provided for your own documents TOP! Thus the voice of a participant of our online marketing seminar.
As a guest at our partner, Gelsenwasser AG, Ms. Kartin Nyland gave the participants a very practical and application-oriented introduction to the topics Search Engine Optimisation and Search Engine Advertising on two days.
For the time being, this was the last training event in this field. Digitisation and recruiting will be the contents of further offers that we will be presenting to environmental economy companies in the Ruhr Metropolis in the coming years.

Advertising for a strong region


September and October 2019

Greentech.Ruhr is repeatedly invited to present the environmental economy of the Metropole Ruhr to international delegations or at events.
This was also the case on 09.09.2019 at an Energy Infrastructure in Germany event organised by renac at the Impact HUB in Essen where representatives from companies and politics from Israel informed themselves about the energy industry in NRW.
We were also able to make exciting contacts at the Business and Investors Forum China in Cologne on 12.09.2019. This year's main topic Smart City & Smart Innovation offered many points of contact for our network.
On 27.10.2019 EWG gave us the opportunity to present the network to a delegation from CzechInvest. During a three-day visit the visitors from the Czech Republic informed themselves about brownfield refurbishment.

Networking for a strong environmental economy



Productive networking in producing location
Climate protection and growth are not contradictory - on the contrary. The Ruhr region's strong environmental economy not only stands for the transformation from a coal and steel industry to an industry of the future, but also for growth. At the network meeting of Greentech.Ruhr on Monday evening, the member companies strengthened their successful cooperation.

At the Greentech.Ruhr network meeting on 20 May 2019, around 100 representatives of companies, research institutions and institutions from the environmental economy of the Metropole Ruhr met. At the network partner, Siloxa Engineering AG in Essen, the participants worked out the wishes and goals for Greentech.Ruhr 2.0 under the guidance of network expert Ute Blindert.

Wolfgang Doczyck calls for reason 

"Success is never a matter for the individual, but always for teams. For us, Greentech.Ruhr is a network of like-minded people who actively lobby for more sustainability and environmentally friendly management," says Wolfgang Doczyck, CEO of Siloxa AG. The Essen-based company, which is a leader in plant construction for the treatment of gases, hosted the network meeting on Monday.
The Regionalverband Ruhr (RVR) is also committed to a sustainable and economically strong region at Greentech.Ruhr, says Nina Frense, Head of Environment at RVR: "Large, green infrastructure projects such as the IGA are also a laboratory for new technological solutions. They offer the opportunity to showcase themselves as a model region in which economic growth, climate protection and climate adaptation go hand in hand".

Project content for 2.0 developed by the network

The network was very committed during the workshop and worked in small groups - led by network expert Ute Blindert - to develop the wishes and needs for the next three years. The Greentech.Ruhr 2.0 team will focus on the following topics starting in summer: shortage of skilled workers, knowledge transfer and digitisation. For these three pillars of Greentech.Ruhr 2.0 concrete contents from the heart of the network could be compiled in such a way. This ensures that Greentech.Ruhr will continue to respond to the needs of its partners and offer suitable formats in the future.

In her concluding speech, Minister Ursula Heinen-Esser once again stressed the importance of these three topics, which represent new cross-sector opportunities for the environmental economy in NRW. Her plea for a strong environmental industry network rounded off the event.

We would be pleased to provide you with a summary of the workshop results. Please contact Christina Zollmarsch at zollmarsch@business.ruhr.

Impressions of the networking event

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


9./16./23. November 2018

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


20. and 21.11.2018

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.

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


22.6./ 29.06./ 6.7.2018

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.

Turbonik wins steel innovation prize

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

Innovation Award for seepex

Digital pump wins prize at the ACHEMA



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.

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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Ruhr Metropolis environmental sector makes mark at the IFAT 2018

Greentech.Ruhr auf der IFAT


May 2018

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.

Impressions of the IFAT

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