A new, almost climate-neutral urban quarter is being built on the site of the former freight yard in Esslingen. Over a period of five years, scientists in the planned “New Weststadt” district are experimenting with an innovative energy supply concept in which electricity surpluses from fluctuating renewable energies are converted into hydrogen, stored and, if necessary, returned to the grid. The quarter also serves as a real laboratory for the system-compatible coupling of the sectors heat, cooling, electricity and mobility. The city district “New Weststadt” on a 12 hectare site directly on the Neckar River encompasses more than 600 apartments, office and commercial space as well as a new building of Esslingen University of Applied Sciences. The research project builds on the findings of a preparatory study in which the necessary foundations for a climate-neutral urban district were developed. In the implementation of the concept is a goal to realize solutions for the use of renewable electricity surplus and waste heat. The coupling of the various sectors such as electricity, heat, cold and mobility should relieve national supply structures and enable a climate-neutral supply of the neighborhood.
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