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Wastewater treatment plant Münchehofe
Wastewater treatment plant Münchehofe, Berliner Wasserbetriebe © Joachim Donath

Innovation area overview: Energy and the Environment

The research capacity in the field of energy is enormous: In Berlin, 500 experts are involved in conducting research on a broad spectrum of energy-related issues. The scientific environment is comprised of three universities in Berlin: TU Berlin, HU Berlin and FU Berlin as well as two universities in Brandenburg: BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg and the University of Potsdam. The energy technology-related university courses alone currently have 5,400 students.

Solar cells
Solar cells © Berlin Partner GmbH/FTB-Werbefotografie

Graduates with Specialized Training

Many of Berlin’s engineering graduates have specialized in energy technology – a decisive location advantage for the city. Around 35,000 people in more than 3,100 companies in the energy sector are currently employed in Berlin. In addition, there are at least 250 companies in the Sustainable Water Management as well as more than 400 companies in the creative industries.

Berlin has made a name for itself internationally, especially in the fields of energy grids, integration of renewable energies, gas turbine engineering of all performance categories and energy efficiency solutions for buildings and industry. There is also excellent expertise in sewage sludge treatment and recycling, rainwater management, measurement and control technology, trenchless channel and pipe construction as well as the energy recovery of waste and innovative waste sorting technology.

Regional research and training facilities in energy technology and environmental engineering also have a promising future.

Sorting plant of Alba Recycling GmbH
Sorting plant of Alba Recycling GmbH © Joachim Donath

Research on behalf of the climate

One leading example for Berlin’s climate research is the Climate-KIC which was founded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology in 2010. Solutions for the innovation challenges to mitigate and adapt to the climate change are supported together with partners from the areas education, research and science. The goal of the community is to fuel and accelerate innovations with high potential.