Two of the four workshops will take place in Germany (Ruhr Region and Stuttgart). The other two workshops will be held in the U.S. (Northern Virginia) and in Canada (Guelph, Ontario). The explicit purpose of each workshop will be to highlight the development and performance of German, Canadian and U.S. community energy planning practices within unique thematic contexts (e.g. energy efficient buildings, building retrofits, district energy systems, or regional redevelopment) and to evaluate the transfer of innovative practices between Germany and selected North American metropolitan regions. The four workshops will be accompanied by site visits.
Workshop #1: Ruhr Region, Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Urban Redevelopment in the Ruhr Region and Integrated Local Energy Planning
October, 16th – October, 19th, 2011
Location: Wissenschaftspark Gelsenkirchen
This workshop focused on the efficient conversion of waste heat from industrial sources, the re-use and development of contaminated industrial sites into renewable energy centers, and the reconstitution of water infrastructure into an energy asset rather than energy liability.