SusLabNWE: Livinglabs show how to do it right

28 per cent of total energy consumption in Germany is attributable to private homes; a field with great potential for driving the Energiewende forward. In addition to comprehensive modernisation measures, for example, the behaviour of the inhabitants plays a decisive role in the reduction of energy consumption. Because what is to point of high investments, if incorrect behaviour or a lack of acceptance negates these?

The "inHaus 1" showplace for innovation activities at SusLabNWE

The SusLabNWE international research project addresses precisely this. Here, users are involved at an early stage in the development and trial processes for energy savings, in order to avoid undesirable developments and to increase user acceptance. The project centres on "living laboratories", so-called LivingLabs, that serve the purpose of testing innovations between technology and behaviour. Here the inhabitants learn through new technology how energy can be saved.

Engine for progress:

  • establishing LivingLabs as a research infrastructure in NRW
  • reducing energy consumption through behaviour changes
  • developing sustainable product services systems

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Photo: Fraunhofer-inHaus-Zentrum

The "inHaus 1" show location for innovation activities at SusLabNWE

A multitude of subject fields and application possibilities

In the project, approaches to heating and ventilation were addressed. This can, however, be extended to many other areas, such as mobility or nutrition. And the experience gained is not restricted to the private sphere. In the future, it will also be possible to represent people's behaviour in public buildings in LivingLabs.

SusLabNWE is an EU project

The SusLab project is a Europe-wide research project that aims to construct a science network of so-called LivingLabs in Europe. Such laboratories are set up at five locations throughout Europe (Rotterdam (NL), the Ruhr district (DE), London (UK), Gothenburg (SE) and Zurich (CH)).

Partners and sponsors

  • Wuppertal Institut für Klima, Umwelt, Energie
  • Hochschule Ruhr West
  • Innovation City Ruhr
  • Fraunhofer-inHaus-Zentrum
  • Ministerium für Innovation, Wissenschaft und Forschung (MIWF)
  • EU-Förderung
  • EU-Förderung