Stiebel Eltron energy campus

Stiebel Eltron Energy Campus officially opened

08.12.2015  –  Stiebel Eltron Energy Campus officially opened

Minister President Weil as one of 300 enthusiastic guests

Stephan Weil, Minister President of Lower Saxony

The Energy Campus, Stiebel Eltron’s new training and communication centre, commenced operation with an official inauguration. The 300 guests, who were delighted and impressed by the building, the technical possibilities and last but not least the show, included Stephan Weil, Minister President of Lower Saxony, and high-ranking industry representatives from the electrical, plumbing and heating trades and wholesale business.


The Energy Campus, Stiebel Eltron’s new training and communication centre, commenced operation with an official inauguration. The 300 guests, who were delighted and impressed by the building, the technical possibilities and last but not least the show, included Stephan Weil, Minister President of Lower Saxony, and high-ranking industry representatives from the electrical, plumbing and heating trades and wholesale business.

The guests marvelled right from the start of the opening event: the lights were dimmed and a short film sequence started on the media wall behind the empty stage showing a Stone Age man in front of his cave at a crackling campfire. And the visitors were even more perplexed when with a roar this Stone Age man thundered down the prestigious curved open staircase with his cudgel and wandered through the rows of chairs. “Mr Held – Mr Held – take a look around you – the Stone Age is no more”, a female voice whispered over loudspeakers – upon which the caveman mutated into a moderator in the person of actor Thomas Maximilian Held. Later on, the whole spot with the likeable comedian was presented. In it he shows how following the refurbishment of his old house with a photovoltaic system and heat pump from Stiebel Eltron for him “Oil and gas are a thing of the past – welcome to independence, welcome to the future!”

And this is also how he welcomed the guests: “Welcome to the Energy Campus, to the future!”, before guiding them through the programme and announcing the various speakers – first of all Rudolf Sonnemann, Chairman of the Management Board, who made a clear appeal to the politicians present: “Just eight years ago we carried out an in-depth investigation into the possibility of building a photovoltaic factory on the site – that would certainly be an investment disaster today. Politicians must continue to seriously push ahead with the transition to renewable energy sources and do their part to ensure that the Energy Campus does not run this risk; on the contrary – to ensure that the building is a success story.”

Dr Ulrich Stiebel outlined the history of the company and reminded the audience that the foundation stone for the building was laid on May 5th last year, the company’s 90th birthday. “Now I am proud to celebrate its inauguration here today. Let us succeed in securing our market position from this building!”

In his welcoming address, Minister President Stephan Weil said that there are things that politicians understand: “It has long since ceased to be the case that a higher electricity price is better for the environment – on the contrary, the electricity price as a whole must fall. The 50 per cent state share in the electricity price is too high – I and many regional government authorities are on your side where this demand is concerned.” And he didn't spare with praise for Stiebel Eltron, a company belonging to the “German Mittelstand” – a category of companies recognised worldwide. He said that family-owned companies are a major factor in Germany’s economic success, and that it’s even better when these family-owned enterprises are based in the region of South Lower Saxony. “After all, Stiebel Eltron also operates in an industry with excellent prospects for the future. In a word: the Energy Campus comes from the right company at the right time!”
Architect Günter Schleiff from the office HHS Planer + Architekten from Kassel stressed that the building reflects Stiebel Eltron’s claim “Feel-good technology”. “Situated just outside the factory gates, the Energy Campus is the symbolic hand which the company extends to visitors and guests, but also to the citizens of Holzminden. The Stiebel Eltron building welcomes its guests with open arms.”

A lively panel discussion with industry representatives Lothar Hellmann, Chairman of the Central Association of the German Electrical and Information Technology Trade (ZVEH), Benedikt Mahr, First Chairman of the Association of German Service Installation Wholesalers (DGH), Holger Heckle, Chairman of the Board of Management of the German Association of Electrical Wholesalers (VEG), Manfred Stather, Chairman of the German Central Association of Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning (ZVSHK) and Karlheinz Reitze, Director of Sales and Marketing at Stiebel Eltron, looked at the question of whether the industry is missing an historic opportunity in view of the increasing demand for smart home solutions – “Who will lead the field in building systems in future?”, Karlheinz Reitze asked provocatively. “Too few electrical companies also install heating systems, while too few plumbing and heating companies have the confidence to concern themselves with heat pumps let alone PV systems – although it is precisely this integration that the market wants as one-stop solutions.” All participants agreed that there is a big challenge to be faced – but emphasised that lots of companies have already reacted to it and operate as experts for the entire service installations.



Official inauguration of the Energy Campus with (from the left) Fabian Stiebel, Inge Stiebel, Dr Ulrich Stiebel, architect Günter Schleiff, Director of Technology Dr Kai Schiefelbein, Director of Sales and Marketing Karlheinz Reitze, Chairman of the Management Board Rudolf Sonnemann and Kai Stiebel

A musical interlude with drummers and a violinist rounded off the opening event. The audience was particularly captivated by the charming artist Michaela Danner with her electric violin. Afterwards there was a get-together and all guests had an opportunity to tour the new Energy Campus, to experience the training opportunities for themselves – or simply to talk shop in an informal atmosphere.

 

 

Surplus power from the PV system is supplied to electric cars and ebikes via charging stations in front of the building.

Facts and figures

Investment sum: around €16.5 million

Area:almost 4,000 square metres

Training participants per year: 6,000

Description:

- Modern training centre for professional training and development
- Beacon for what is technically possible
- The company’s business card
- Meeting and conference rooms for national and international guests
- Theory and practice rooms
- Intelligent and feasible solutions for energy production, energy storage and energy management
- All systems can be visualised and operated with measuring and control technology in keeping with the house of the future
- Focus on heat pumps, ventilation systems, photovoltaics and water heaters
- Energy-plus building
- Target certification: platinum from the German Sustainable Building Council
Technology:

- Heat pumps heat and cool the building
- Electricity generation from photovoltaics on the roof and integrated in the vertical shaded area in front of the restaurant

Construction time:
Spring 2014 to autumn 2015

Premises:

Ground floor:
- Reception/large hall/event room (also available for large company, external and public events)
- Four versatile training and seminar rooms for theory and basics (room layout can be adjusted to large and small visitor groups, state-of-the-art event equipment)
- Two communication cubes: - History -

Company/brand
- Restaurant (for employees and guests)
- Kitchen facilities

First floor:
- Four practical training rooms: Theme area heat pump systems, theme area ventilation systems, theme area hot water and theme area

installation centre
- All equipment in operation, also for commissioning, maintenance and

troubleshooting
- Conference/meeting rooms
- Communication cube “News”

Energy garden
- Heat pumps in operation outside
- Equipment presentation for the use of renewable energies
- Several groups of learners at once do not disturb each other

Forecourt/parking area
- Water basin
- Charging station for electric vehicles
- Charging station for e-bikes
- 100 bicycle parking spaces
- Car parking space