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Neue Weststadt - a climate-neutral urban district

An urban model district with more than 600 apartments, offices and commercial units plus a new building for Esslingen University of Applied Sciences is to be created on the site of Neue Weststadt in Esslingen. The project titled “Klimaneutrales Stadtquartier Neue Weststadt Esslingen” has now received funding approval from the German federal government for the innovative realisation of the energetic concept for the district.
In Neue Weststadt, the use and possibilities of P2G (Power to Gas) is to be tested in an urban environment. It involves converting the surplus electricity from wind and solar power plants nationwide into hydrogen and storing it. When electricity is required, the CO2-neutral hydrogen can be converted back into electricity again by means of a fuel cell and fed into the grid.

Principal researchers at Esslingen University of Applied Sciences

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Walter Czarnetzki
Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Mathias Oberhauser
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Rohrbach

Project duration:

11/2017 to 10/2022


Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Collaboration partners:

Stadt Esslingen
Steinbeis-Innovationszentrum EGS aus Stuttgart
Institut IGS der TU Braunschweig
Wohnungsbau-Unternehmen RVI Saarbrücken
Windgas Esslingen
Verkehrsbetriebe Esslingen (SVE)
Polarstern GmbH
HyEnTec GmbH aus Zell

People to contact

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Walter Theodor Czarnetzki

Alexander Müller-Dollinger

Further Information about the project

LOK.West (in German)

Press release "Mit klimaneutraler Stromerzeugung zum Wasserstoffantrieb" (in German) (24.11.2021)

Press release "Grüner Wasserstoff im Quartier: Ein Beitrag zum Klimaschutz"(in German) (25.10.2021)

Project Weststadt: Lösungen für klimagerechte Mobilität (in German) (26.07.2021)

Project Weststadt: Wasserstoffgewinnung über Elektrolyse – Konzepte (in German) (07.05.2021)

Apply for summer semester 2023!

Attention, the application phase only runs until 15 January.

Please note that the application deadlines for the international Master's degree programmes may differ.
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Walter Theodor Czarnetzki
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Walter Theodor Czarnetzki