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The Kolping City of Kerpen and its partners agree on a long-term cooperation on the way to "SpeicherStadtKerpen"

The aim of the long-term cooperation agreement, is to make the Kolping city worth living in and attractive for long term urban development, to transform it into one of the most modern and sustainable cities in Germany with the help of an innovative, parallel and interlinked eight-stage urban development, energy and infrastructure concept. This goal is to be achieved by successively linking the energy, mobility, logistics, industry and residential sectors. The first component of this development path is the continuous establishment and expansion of emission-neutral, sustainable and intelligent energy supply, transmission and storage, coupled with state-of-the-art and sustainable urban development, mobility, logistics and industrial solutions. Provided financial support from European funds is available, this will make a major contribution to an urban development, that is in harmony with the surrounding nature.
Dieter Spürck, Mayor of the Kolping City of Kerpen, as well as Joachim Schwister, the municipal project developer and technical delegate of the Kolping City, explain the objectives of the project, which has received a lot of positive feedback in politics, economy and society. "Together with Siemens Energy, the Research Centre Jülich GmbH, innogy Westenergie and our public utilities we have developed an extremely promising concept which should help to transform both the Kolping City and the district energetically, innovatively and sustainably in order to become an innovative, strong in implementation and prospering district municipality by the year 2032. With our holistic project approach, which is designed for sustainability and CO 2 neutrality and which combines the energy sector with sustainable urban development as well as the sectors mobility, logistics and industry, we want to become a model for cities and municipalities throughout Europe within the framework of the sector coupling.”

Kerpen’s innovative energy and infrastructure concept is a role-model for Europe. The main feature is the establishment and then expansion of an emission-neutral, sustainable, and intelligent energy supply, along with energy transmission and storage

Manfred Sieger, General Manager Siemens Energy Germany, is also convinced of the project. "We are very pleased the Kolping city of Kerpen has chosen us as the trusted and competent partner for the conception and realization of this project, which is so important for the entire region. Within the framework of the future initiative "Energy Landscape Rhineland Territory", which was launched by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, we as Siemens Energy, with the help of our highly modern technologies and our know-how along the entire energy value chain, want to make a significant contribution, together with our partners, to make the vision of a sustainable and emission-neutral SpeicherStadtKerpen a reality.”
Katherina Reiche, CEO of innogy Westenergie GmbH: “With its concept, Kolpingstadt Kerpen will become a role model for many other municipalities in the areas of structural change and energy transition. We are delighted to be an equal partner in this trailblazing project. innogy Westenergie is the reliable, modern, technology-leading partner to the municipalities when it comes to infrastructure topics in Western Germany. With products, services and solutions, we want to work together to meet the challenges of the 21st century and support cities and municipalities on their way into the energy future.
The partners of Kolping City, innogy Westenergie, the local public utilities and Siemens Energy are planning to install and use state-of-the-art solutions and technologies in the fields of power generation, transmission and storage, such as highly efficient gas and steam turbines in combination with the latest hydrogen technology. In particular, the generation and storage of green hydrogen using electricity from wind and photovoltaic plants, as well as the associated further use and refinement of the element, for example as an important raw material for transportation, housing estates and industry or as fuel for gas turbines, is of great importance in the project. Thus, the combination of various generation and storage sources will ensure an emission-neutral supply of electricity, cold and heat in Kerpen and the region. In addition, the versatile use and the associated promotion of green hydrogen as a renewable energy source and important raw material in industry will be further promoted in Kerpen, especially with regard to the current cooperation of the Kolping city with the Research Centre Jülich regarding the economic use of recycled CO 2 – an important aspect for mastering the energy turnaround.
Michael Kreusch, Managing Director of Stadtwerke Kerpen: "Stadtwerke Kerpen was founded to shape the future of energy for the citizens of Kerpen as a local contact. For the young, municipal energy supply company, Stadtwerke Kerpen, which focuses on innovative and climate-friendly products and projects, offers an excellent opportunity to secure the future of the region together with its partners.”

Left to right: Ralf Stehmann (Finance Director Siemens Energy Deutschland), Michael Stangel (CEO Stadtwerke Kerpen), Mayor Dieter Spürck, Michael Kreusch (CEO Stadtwerke Kerpen), Manfred Sieger (General Manager Siemens Energy Deutschland), Katherina Reiche (CEO innogy Westenergie GmbH), Dr. Ludger Abs (innogy Westenergie GmbH), Joachim Schwister (municipal project developer and technical delegate of the Kolping City) 

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Left to right: Mayor Dieter Spürck, Ralf Stehmann (Finance Director Siemens Energy Deutschland) and Manfred Sieger (General Manager Siemens Energy Deutschland)

Siemens Gas and Power GmbH & Co. KG is the global energy business of the Siemens group, which has been working with its customers on solutions for the evolving demands of industry and society for more than 150 years. With planned stock listing, Siemens’ energy business will operate independently as Siemens Energy in the future.

It will offer broad expertise across the entire energy value chain, along with a comprehensive portfolio for utilities, independent power producers, transmission system operators, the oil and gas industry, and other energy-intensive industries. With its products, solutions, systems, and services, Siemens Energy will address the extraction, processing, and transport of oil and gas as well as power and heat generation in central and distributed thermal power plants, and power transmission and technologies for the energy transformation, including storage and sector-coupling solutions. The majority stake in Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy will round out its future-oriented portfolio. With its commitment to leading the way in decarbonization of the global energy system, Siemens Energy will be a partner of choice for companies, governments, and customers on their path to a more sustainable future. With around 90,000 employees worldwide, Siemens Energy will help shape the energy systems of today and tomorrow.

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About innogy Westenergie GmbH

innogy Westenergie GmbH is the leading energy company in Western Germany with about 9,000 employees. As part of the E.ON Group innogy Westenergie combines all activities in the fields of municipalities, concessions and network cooperations in North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate and Lower Saxony. The innogy Westenergie Group is responsible for and operates about 180,000 km of electricity grids with about 5 million electricity withdrawal points, 24,000 km of gas grids with about 450,000 exit points as well as 10,000 km of broadband and 5,000 km of water networks. Thus innogy Westenergie creates a secure supply and constant added value that stays in the regions. The energy company has set itself the goal to actively participate in shaping the intelligent energy landscape of the future. innogy Westenergie therefore offers holistic services as well as network and infrastructure solutions for modern municipalities and develops these tailor-made in close dialogue with them, especially in their 1.300 partner municipalities. In the field of network services innogy Westenergie develops intelligent solutions for the network infrastructure of municipalities, companies, network operators and public utilities.

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About the Kolping City Kerpen

The Kolping city of Kerpen with its approximately 68,000 inhabitants is the largest city in the Rhine-Erft district in North Rhine-Westphalia. The city is located in the Rhenish lignite mining area and in the Cologne Bay only a few kilometres west of Cologne and covers an area of approx. 14 km². Since 19 March 2012 Kerpen has the official addition of Kolpingstadt. The city administration of Kerpen employs about 1.000 people.

In times of structural change in the Rhenish lignite mining area, Kerpen is a town that is looking for, or has found, a way to bring together ecology, economy, technical progress and social change in an integrated concept with the "SpeicherStadt - Strategie". It thus strives for a new and sustainable form of spatial and urban development and social life. The idea: "...the good life in the urban landscape" as the fourth (r)evolution after the Neolithic (ca. from 8,000 BC), the industrial (ca. from 1800 BC) and the digital (ca. from 1970 BC) using the example of the "SpeicherStadt" as the contemporary "tool" of today's sustainably budgeted society".

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Stadtwerke Kerpen Holding GmbH & Co. KG

Stadtwerke Kerpen was founded with a passion for fresh ideas and future-oriented energy concepts. Stadtwerke Kerpen develops and markets attractive, sustainable products and services specifically for the people of Kerpen. Shape the energy future together with Stadtwerke Kerpen.

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Christina Hümmer

Siemens Gas and Power GmbH und Co. KG

Werner-von-Siemens-Straße 1
80333 Munich                                  

+49 (9131) 17-45722

Sarah Schaffers

innogy Westenergie GmbH

Kruppstr. 5
45128 Essen

+49 20112 20929

Joachim Schwister 

Kolpingstadt Kerpen

Jahnplatz 1
50171 Kerpen

+49 223758-306

Friedemann Reuschel

Stadtwerke Kerpen Holding GmbH & Co. KG

Jahnplatz 1
50171 Kerpen

+49 223758-195