Spatial Energy Simulation for Berlin Tegel

In 2014, the German government and the State of Berlin made plans to repurpose the former Berlin Tegel Airport into a science and innovation district, known as the Urban Tech Republic (UTR), which was expected to include commercial space for more than 800 businesses, research institutes, and a university campus. Alongside the UTR district, the scheme was also expected to deliver extensive new green space and around 5,000 new homes of different types, sizes and tenures.

The UTR district is intended to be a living lab for new approaches to city living. And as such, green infrastructure, and in particular sustainable energy technologies, are an integral part of the vision for the Tegel site.

EDF and the European Institute for Energy Research (EIFER) were commissioned by Tegel Projekt GmbH to evaluate planning scenarios for a local energy system for the site that would be as efficient and sustainable as possible, leading to the designing of a possible scenario of a hefty +44% on-site electricity production, -17% of primary energy consumption and -16% greenhouse gas emission.