ENERGETICON: Experience the history and future of energy

In September 2014, a new permanent exhibition on the topic of energy opened in Alsdorf in the Aachen region. Located on the north-western edge of the former operational area of the "Anna" combined mine, ENERGETICON attracted around 30,000 visitors in the first year alone with the exhibition and thematically relevant seminars, workshops and events.

Engine for progress:

  • 30,000 visitors during the first year
  • playful and informative presentation of energy production and the transformation of the energy system
  • 2015 Winner of the "One Show Merit Award"
  • sophisticated learning experiences for diverse target groups

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Photo: Dominik Ketz

The ENERGETICON turns energy into an experience!

ENERGETICON presents the entire history of energy from its geological source to the most advanced technologies for renewable energy conversion. Thus it forms an energy bridge between the fossil fuel industrial and the renewable industrial age: In times of difficult economic structural change, the exhibition looks back to the past while at the same time presenting perspectives for the future. Mining fossil fuels and the associated challenges right up to the need to transform the energy system are presented and explained. Thus the exhibition helps to raise awareness of the transformation of the energy system and to increase acceptance of decentralised energy generation.

There's Something for Everyone

In order to have the greatest possible effect, the permanent exhibition has to address various target groups. This is ensured by ENERGETICON through a variety of offers that invite young and old to experience and understand energy. The exhibition is self-explanatory, with information boards and stations in German and Dutch that provide more in-depth information on the exhibits and individual subject areas. Rallies, additional material and guided tours for school classes, senior groups, people with disabilities and other groups reinforce the information provided.


“The ENERGETICON is a design-award-winning ‘energy experience’ exhibition, which not only tells the story of the energy transition from the fossil fuel era to the modern age of renewable energy, but also allows visitors to personally experience it through renewable technology such as photovoltaics and thermal power from mine water. Located on the site of an authentic former coal mine, it includes a fascinating underground section and interactive elements showing how renewable energy is generated. This compact location in Alsdorf, with its original underground mining structures, is unique to the region and has also now become an attractive venue for events and concerts.”

Thomas König, Managing Director of ENERGETICON gGmbh

Partners and sponsors

  • NRW.Urban
  • Stadt Alsdorf
  • zahlreiche Kooperationsschulen, Bildungseinrichtungen, Kultureinrichtungen und sonstige Einrichtungen (wie z.B. die EnergieAgentur.NRW)
  • Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Energie, Industrie, Mittelstand und Handwerk (MWEIMH)
  • Ministerium für Bauen, Wohnen, Stadtentwicklung und Verkehr (MBWSV)
  • Ministerium für Klimaschutz, Umwelt, Landwirtschaft, Natur- und Verbraucherschutz (MKULNV)
  • EU-Förderung