11/06/2020 Joint Press Release
On November 8, Tegel Airport closes and goes into a standby for at least six months. After that, the Berlin TXL – Urban Tech Republic (UTR) – a research and industrial park in which urban technologies are researched, developed, produced, tested and exported – is to be built on the airport site. At the same time, the Schumacher Quartier (SQ) with over 5,000 residential units is being constructed on the almost 500-hectare site.
E.ON will be responsible for the cold and heat supply of the UTR and the new SQ together with the Berliner Stadtwerke. Together, the two partners are building a more than twelve-kilometer low-temperature network (low-exergy network: LowEx network for short) for the supply of cold and heat. Centrally generated energy is taken from the low-temperature network or fed into it and converted into cold or heat on site. Innovative geothermal energy, environmental energy and waste heat allow the highest sustainability requirements of all customers to be met.
Two years ago, the consortium consisting of E.ON and the Berliner Stadtwerke already received the concession for the supply of heating and cooling. Since then, work on the development of the energy concept and the technical design has been running at full speed. On-site construction work will begin in summer 2021.
With its climate-friendly cooling and heating supply, as well as the combination of renewable energies and state-of-the-art engineering, the Tegel Airport site will become a landmark for future neighborhood development.