Sustainable Port Industries
Hamburg's harbour is the second biggest in Europe. It is likely to be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about Hamburg. Despite the sheer economic power, Hamburg's harbour relies on sustainability and is on its way to become an ecologically aware business of the highest technological standards. The HHLA container terminal is, for example, powered by industrial waste heat from the nearby sewage disposal facility, saving up to 1,000 tons of carbon dioxide. It is the HHLA’s declared aim to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 30% by 2020. For the Altenwerder container terminal, a battery management system is being developed to harness wind and solar energy. The construction of a woodchip heating plant, designed to heat the office buildings of the container terminal, has already been completed.
'Going green' for Growth
Ecology and economy go hand in hand in Hamburg. Energy suppliers have pledged to invest in the storage and transformation of renewable energy in order to make Hamburg a centre of green energy. Today, Hamburg is already regarded as the capital of wind energy: all the more fitting that Hamburg has been the host of the international Hamburg WindEnergy trade fair since 2014. Click the video below for impressions.
In this city by the Elbe river, the advantages of 'green technologies' and their potential for both inhabitants and businesses were discovered many years ago. Now, more than 33,400 employees work in energy generation, green building, water and waste management or energy services. The annual turnover in 2012 was estimated at 10.66 billion Euros and is growing steadily.
A Silicon Valley of Renewable Energies
At the Energy Campus of Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW) scientists and students deal with questions focusing on wind energy, storage technologies and intelligent mains. This so-called 'Silicon Valley' of renewable energies is also a hub for businesses that research environmental topics.
Besides theoretical approaches to sustainability, many projects have already been realised in the course of the International Architecture Exhibition of 2015. In Hamburg's Wilhelmsburg district, where the exhibition was hosted, a 42-metres tall anti-aircraft bunker was turned into an energy centre. It now creates energy and heat by means of a biomass power plant, a solar thermal system and a water reservoir. After finishing reconstructions in 2015, the bunker can supply heat for up to 3,000 homes and energy for approximately 1,000 households. Wilhelmsburg is also home to several other innovative pilot projects: the Algenhaus (Algae Fuel House) offers large bio-reactionary water reservoirs along its facades, in which algae supply the building with energy by means of producing biomass. Moreover, a former Georgswerder waste dump has been transformed into another energy centre that delivers wind and solar energy to about 4,000 homes.