“Stadt der Moderne” (City of Modernity) is the title that Saxony’s third largest city uses to describe itself. In terms of its energy concept, this rings true to us. In 2015, the municipality has received the European Energy Award in Gold. During our excursion today we got to meet some main actors contributing to this sucess: employees of the city administration as well as Dr. Schwenk of FASA AG. The company earns most of its money with noise cancelling infrastructure, but is also passionate about offering affordable buildings equipped with solarthermal heating.
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Mr. Braumann works on energy management for the city of Chemnitz. He has introduced us to a municipal, energy efficient kindergarten building which is heated by cloud computing servers.
After Mr. Zichner from Chemnitz’s environment office has introduced us to the energy-related activities of the city, Dr. Schenk of FASA AG outlines the solar-thermal building concept employed by the company.
We get to see refurbished houses dating back to 1904.
The lower part of the heat storage tank in the refurbished multi-family homes.
Not far away, a complete solarthermal district is being established.
We get to see various stages of construction an can ask tons of questions to the endlessly patient Dr. Schwenk.
We met with the head of the environment office of the city of Dresden, Dr. Korndörfer, and his colleague Mr. Pielenz to learn about and discuss the city’s approach to energy management. In the light of an ambitious commitment to reduce greenhouse gases, the integrated approach spans transportation, supply of heat and cold as well as electricity. In the coming years a seasonal thermal storage facility will be added to mix.
On Wednesday November 2nd the 69th UNEP/UNESCO/BMUB International Short Course on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (SC69) concluded in festive manner and 21 experts from 18 countries were looking back at four weeks with CIPSEM, but also ahead towards their challenges back home. Good luck SC69 – and all the best!
We are glad to announce a new set of courses for the 2016/17 period:
31 August – 23 September, 2016
68th UNEP/UNESCO/BMUB International Short Course on Integrated Water Resource Management and Health (SC68)
5 October – 2 November, 2016
69th UNEP/UNESCO/BMUB International Short Course on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (SC69)
17 November – 13 December, 2016
70th UNEP/UNESCO/BMUB International Short Course on Sustainable Cities (SC70)
10 January – 11 July, 2017
40th UNEP/UNESCO/BMUB International Postgraduate Course on Environmental Management for Developing and Emerging Countries (EM40)
In support of the sustainable development goals, our courses are designed to prepare the participants for their tasks of environment-related planning, coordination and management within ministries, agencies and local governments as well as NGOs of their home countries. Participants are expected to have several years of course relevant professional experience and to be nominated by their institution in a developing or emerging country.
Today, after an introductory lecture on thermal treatment of waste, we went to see some practical applications. One group visited a coupled heat and power plant operated by STEAG New Energies. It is fuelled completely by chips of scrap wood supplied mainly by local waste management companies and is thus compensated under the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG). We were given a very clear explanation of the technical and logistical set-up and a huge number of questions were patiently answered.
Explanation of the flue gas treatment system
Next to the boiler and combustion chamber. This is where fresh air gets into the system.