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Schöneberger Linse: A city district becomes Berlin’s No. 1 Energy Location

The Berlin district known under the name of ‘Schöneberger Linse’  stretching from Bahnhof Südkreuz right up to the suburban railway station Schöneberg,  is to be developed entirely by taking the ‘Smart City’ aspect into consideration. This includes - amongst others - the following projects:   

  • Construction of flats
  • Day nurseries
  • Offices
  • Service-, retail- and gastronomic offers
  • Infrastructure & road construction

Many of the projects resp. building projects are still in their planning phase while they slowly start to take shape in other places. To this end, for example, the Tempelhofer Weg is to become an important part of the urban restructuring with a tree avenue and squares.

The Schöneberger Linse has experienced a long-standing urban development. Following the opening of the Wall and also once the Bahnhof Südkreuz started operating in 2006, this district became once again the focus of urban planners. The current requirement of increasingly more flats and the increasing population, has encouraged the trend to turn the ‘Linse‘ into an attractive city district.

Developing alternative energies is the centre of the city district

The so-called energy quarter is, however, the centre of this project. It was founded in 2008 and has been extended on the EUREF- Campus since. Some of the energy service providers will have their main office on this site or in the vicinity. To this end a special ‘Efficiency House’  will be set up by 2020, from where GASAG Solution Plus will coordinate the energy concept for the entire Schöneberger Linse. Climate protection and energy efficiency have absolute priority. The Efficiency House is to halve GASAG‘s energy consumption - whereby climate protection and energy efficiency are to take priority again.

The public utility companies are just in the right place on the EUREF-Campus. A highly innovative location is developing around the former gasometer for already established companies and young start-ups that occupy themselves - amongst others - with the subjects of energy and mobility. However, the campus is not only used for research work but it is here that concepts and ideas are tested on site and used for own purposes.  

Close working conditions encourage a productive cooperation

The local proximity and many common aspects regarding research- and objectives of these companies facilitate co-operation, thinking and acting well beyond one’s own objectives. Co-operations between the ‘great’ players from the energy- and mobility industry, as for example, Siemens, Schneider, Cisco, and numerous start-ups, such as InfraLab or Green Garage are especially characteristic for the EUREF-Campus.  But social issues are not forgotten by a long chalk: Mutually set up events, restaurants in walking distance where spare time can be enjoyed and ideas exchanged.        

The EUREF-Campus within the Schöneberger Linse offers a productive togetherness at a high level, promotes cooperation and a wealth of inventions.