Discover Germany, Issue 54, September 2017

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Discover Germany  |  Special Theme  |  Focus on Energy & Water Technology Solutions HafenCity Hamburg. Photo: © HafenCity Hamburg GmbH/Michael Korol

Establishing local heat and energy supply with tailor-made contracting solutions enercity Contracting GmbH, based in Hannover, puts its main focus on customised contracting in the energy sector: no matter if planning and establishing an energy solution, constructing or the settlement of energy costs with owners and tenants. Since 1989, the company has been a pioneer in this field, convincing clients with innovative strategies and ideas, client-focused solutions and madeto-measure contracts. TEXT: JESSICA HOLZHAUSEN  |  PHOTOS: © ENERCITY/JONAS GONELL

One of enercity Contracting’s recent and important projects was the local heating supply for the eastern HafenCity in Hamburg. The former harbour area with its 157 hectares in total is currently being redeveloped and, next to offices, living spaces for about 14,500 people are created. The masterplan had determined in 2000 that the HafenCity should be a milestone in transforming the area, not only to economic, social and cultural standards, but especially to mark a start into a new urban ecology. So, it was the core task for enercity Contracting to establish an environmentally and climate-friendly heat supply. What made this project so special for enercity Contracting was not only the sheer size: “From an energy supplier’s point of view, the urban development project had a very long development time, which also meant that there had been a 60  |  Issue 54  |  September 2017

few changes in between,”says Dr. Manfred Schüle, chairman of the executive board, about the project. “What was needed was a high flexibility – for example, adapting the supply concept to embrace new technologies that might arise during this timespan. So we now use carbon dioxide-free waste heat, that was originally not included in our original concept.” The heat is an excess product from the Aurubis (Europe’s leading copper group) headquarters and plant in Hamburg. “Our main challenge is to tailor the optimum energy supply concept for our respective clients,” says Dr. Manfred Schüle about the company’s overall approach. This includes aspects like energy efficiency, sustainability, future-oriented technologies and of course economic efficiency. enercity Contracting GmbH is a subsidiary company of the Stadtwerke Hannover

AG, one of the largest municipal energy supply companies in Germany. “We are a medium-sized business with 80 dedicated employees that has established a decentralised and efficient energy supply in more than 100 cities and communities,” says Schüle. This covers energy, heating or cooling, including all services. Individual and flexible – that are key success factors enabling enercity Contracting to fulfil clients’ requirements effectively. Biomass, project Edemissen.

Storage in HafenCity.