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Dormagen Innovation Belt: Transforming the economy through digital and sustainable business models

Three innovative settlement projects in the focus of the Industry Talk.
<p>Normally, the "Industry Talk" offers start-ups a stage to present innovative solutions to industry and SMEs. However, the most recent edition of the event series was dedicated to three projects planned in Dormagen, which inspired the company representatives from the chemical, digital, construction and industrial sectors to participate. All projects have in common that they are designed to offer companies a space for innovation and modern (data) infrastructures in order to be able to use the megatrends of digitalisation and sustainability for new business models. The inspiring pitches with almost 30 participants in the CHEMPARK neighbourhood office CHEMPUNKT were part of the current concept of the Dormagen City Marketing and Economic Development Corporation (SWD), which wants to develop areas between the industrial estate on the A57 and the sugar factory on the one hand and the city area and CHEMPARK on the other as Dormagen's innovation belt.</p> <p>After a welcoming speech by district director Dirk Brügge, André Heryschek, SWD Head of Structural Change and Smart City, gave an insight into the Edge Cloud Reallabor project: "Together with research and education partners from the region, we want to create a nucleus for edge computing. In addition to a competence team and an innovation room, a demonstrator consisting of a mini-data centre and a 5G test field will support companies from Dormagen and the Rhineland region in using the edge cloud diffusion for digital transformation and new business models. A funding application is currently being prepared.&nbsp;<br /> The second initiator is currently examining locations for the construction of an ecosystem-integrated edge data centre in Dormagen and emphasised that, in addition to offering storage space and computing power, data centres of the next generation must above all also function as an energy centre. For this reason, the company is particularly proud that it has been able to create an energy-optimised offering in this segment, which is now to be rolled out. Using an entry-level scenario in Dormagen, 250 MW of heat per month could be generated and put to use. SWD is primarily looking at commercial utilisation options in the summer months.</p> <p>Martin Bellof presented chemstars, an initiative of market-leading companies in the chemical industry to strengthen the start-up scene. The aim of chemstars is to pave the way for ideas, technologies and business models from research to the market. It is still "anything but easy to found a successful company in chemistry, biotechnology or material sciences", says Bellof. chemstars helps start-up teams with know-how and a network. The initiative is currently supported by Bayer, Covestro and CURRENTA, and other companies and the NRW Ministry for Economic Affairs, Industry, Climate Protection and Energy are also involved.</p> <p>"The three projects presented are an excerpt from current settlement projects and initiatives in the Dormagen innovation belt. The great response shows that the transformation of the economy is in full swing and does not stop at Dormagen. We want to make joint use of the movement in the market and give important impetus to the business location", Heryschek and Martin Voigt, Head of Political and Citizen Dialogue at CURRENTA in Dormagen, summed up in unison. SWD and CURRENTA, as an associated partner of the Industry Hub, are jointly organizing the "Industry Talk" series.</p>

First Smart Industrial City Rally: Experience Dormagen data infrastructures up close and win great prizes

On Tuesday, 25 April, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., citizens of Dormagen can find out about the modern data infrastructures that the Stadtmarketing- und Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft (SWD) has been building for some time at three different locations in the city area.
<p>The first Smart Industrial City Rally will lead through the city centre. For example, there will be a notice board at the city library on Marktplatz, the former "Ratskeller" on Kölner Straße and the innovation location ChemLab, Unter den Hecken, which will have a so-called NFC tag.</p> <p>Participants have to scan this "tag" to get further information in the UnserDormagen app and to fill a digital stamp card. Once the stamp card is full, it can be redeemed at the ChemLab, Unter den Hecken 58. The successful "finishers" of the rally will be entered into a draw for seven local value vouchers worth a total of 300 euros. The voucher card can be redeemed at more than 30 suppliers in Dormagen. An overview is provided on the website www.nahwerte.de/dormagen.&nbsp;</p> <p>Besides the good feeling that there are more and more innovations and digital formats in Dormagen, the participants will get a look behind the scenes of the "Smart Industrial City". The rally is dedicated to this joint digitisation initiative of the city and industry. It is intended to make the associated measures tangible and their benefits understandable.</p> <p>"We are currently building modern data infrastructures with the Urban Data Platform, the Digital Twin and a far-reaching radio network to collect important data in the city via sensors. This includes, for example, visitor frequencies, climate data, filling levels of street inlets, car park occupancy and much more. Since these are very technical and complex topics, we want to bring them to the citizens in a playful way," reports André Heryschek, Head of Structural Change and Smart City at SWD.</p> <p>The UnserDormagen app can be found in the App Store or via the forwarding function of the website https://unserdormagen.de/.</p>

With a view from above: a digital twin for the neighbourhood

Currenta supports the "Smart Industrial City" initiative of the city of Dormagen with three terabytes of data.
<p>Dormagen, a sustainable residential and business location: Together with the Stadtmarketing- und Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft Dormagen (SWD), Currenta has been working on the vision of a "Smart Industrial City" for several years. For this purpose, SWD is developing its own digital twin of the city based on high-resolution aerial photographs and 3D models created from them. Currenta handed over three terabytes of such data to SWD and the city at the end of last year, thus donating the basis for building the digital Rhine city.</p> <p>The data was generated by Currenta's own project of the digital Chempark twin. In the summer of 2022, Currenta had commissioned a specialised service provider for aerial photography and 3D models to record new high-resolution data of Chempark Dormagen, capturing part of the Dormagen city area in high-resolution images: Dormagen-Mitte and -Nord, Horrem, Hackenbroich and, with a view to the 650th anniversary celebrations, the Zons customs fort. "It was important to us to create added value for our municipal neighbour. Once the plane is in the air and collecting data, it makes sense in the context of a good partnership to ask beforehand what data the SWD can support. After a brief internal review, the question was clarified and the areas of particular interest were defined," says Olaf Sakowski of Currenta, pleased with the successful support.</p> <p>André Heryschek, Head of Structural Change and Smart City at SWD, emphasises the importance of the data donation for the city's digitalisation strategy: "With the digital twin, we are developing an innovative communication and planning tool into which we have already integrated visitor frequency data for the city centre and fictitious 3D models for the sugar factory site and the Top West expansion area on a trial basis over the course of the last two years. This year, we are mainly working on developing a user interface for politicians and interested citizens, so that the results can be made available to the general public. The digital twin has a lot of potential for the further development of Dormagen into a smart industrial city. For example, it should make city planning and tourism location marketing more digital and attractive. Dormagen's mayor Erik Lierenfeld is aware of the importance of the data on his city's path towards becoming a smart industrial city and is pleased about the support and good cooperation: "The data material helps us enormously to further develop the city's 'digital twin'. I would therefore like to thank Currenta for the donation. Our goal is to bring this future technology into concrete use for citizens before the end of this year."</p> <p>Currenta itself uses the data for its own digital twin. Here, the experts at the chemical park use it primarily for site and infrastructure planning. But customers and employees also benefit from the digital twin via integration in the Chempark geodata portal GEOPARK. Due to the versatile usability of the data, it is also integrated into the Chempark Arena, which is available to interested visitors at the central visitor reception in the Chempark Leverkusen and to interested citizens at the Chempunkt neighbourhood office in Dormagen.</p>

City equips itself against heavy rain and flash floods with sensors in the sewer system

The technical solution should help the municipality to act more proactively.
<p>Streets that become raging torrents during heavy rainfall because the sewage system cannot absorb the amount of water: Images like these are closely linked to the devastating storm in the summer of 2021, which devastated parts of NRW and claimed several lives. Since this experience at the latest, municipalities everywhere have been preparing themselves to better cope with such extreme weather situations. &nbsp;"We can't influence the weather, but we can create a kind of advance warning system with technical solutions so that we can act with more foresight," explains Thomas Wedowski, operations manager at Technische Betriebe Dormagen (TBD).</p> <p>The technical solution consists of sensors. Currently, the first of a total of 30 sensors are being installed in street inlets - so-called sinks - throughout the city. In a pilot operation, the TBD will then test several application scenarios together with the Stadtmarketing- und Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft Dormagen (SWD) in the context of the Smart Industrial City, which will help to improve processes and make savings.</p> <p>"Routinely, the cleaning of the approximately 9,200 sinks in the urban area takes place several times a year, especially at the end of the year when the leaves fall from the trees. Over the study period of more than a year, we expect to gain insights into whether the current cleaning intervals can be optimised," explains Moritz Rechenberger, Head of Urban Drainage at TBD. Another effect is that overflow events during rainfall can be read from the measurement data. From this, in turn, measures can be derived in the best case that could increase the resilience of the infrastructure during heavy rainfall.</p> <p>The sensors record the level of the sinks at defined intervals. The data is transmitted via LoRaWAN gateways - radio networks - to the TBD's sewer information system and, in the further course, also to the Urban Data Platform (UDP), which is currently being prepared for this purpose. The aim is to identify correlations between environmental characteristics and filling velocities of the sinks.</p> <p>"Within the UDP, we then want to bring the measurement data together with other data sets. These include weather data or Rhine level gauges, for example. The combination of all data should help us to better manage heavy rainfall events locally. From the totality of data from sensors, weather data and heavy rain hazard maps, areas at risk of flooding can be better defined in the future. As a result, early sensitisation of the population and emergency services is possible," says André Heryschek, Head of Structural Change and Smart City at SWD, giving an insight into the practical benefits of the data model.</p> <p>Kanal-Netz GmbH from Meerbusch is accompanying the pilot project. Managing Director Elisabeth Schloten is looking forward to being able to use the data for possible AI models. The project is supported by CHEMPARK operator CURRENTA, which will also be contributing its own data from groundwater and Rhine level measuring stations as the project progresses. "We are sharing data with each other and, of course, also the insights gained from the pilot project, so that all sides will benefit," emphasises SWD Smart City Manager Christoph Reitenberger.</p>

Radio relay could bring industrial area to the fast network

The SWD Entrepreneurs' Breakfast focused on skilled workers and alternative solutions for Internet supply.
<p>The Stadtmarketing- und Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft Dormagen (SWD) and the Helot company now jointly invited entrepreneurs to a breakfast in Hackenbroich. This is where the headquarters of the traditional Cologne-based company are located at Kruppstrasse 21. The new administration building in cool industrial style was inaugurated and occupied in summer 2019. Even then, the plan was to introduce the company to the neighborhood as part of the SWD entrepreneurs' meeting. Then came the pandemic, now the plan has been put into action.</p> <p>Helot Managing Director Marius Stoffels welcomed the 25 or so guests, tradespeople from Hackenbroich, Mayor Erik Lierenfeld, SWD Managing Director Michael Bison and staff from the Economic Development Department, to the large community room with kitchenette. "We are very happy here at the location and still feel very welcome," Stoffels emphasized. In addition to the suitable property, the uncomplicated bureaucratic support from the city administration was another factor in favor of the move from Cologne to Dormagen at the time. This is a real location factor, according to Lierenfeld: "We are proud of the fact that companies generally only have to wait a few weeks for approval. The Helot example shows that such factors can be decisive for companies when it comes to the attractiveness of a business location."</p> <p>Halls and workshops on the site indicate that Hackenbroich is home to the company's headquarters as well as its Cologne-Düsseldorf branch - one of four throughout Germany. Helot's business model is to provide mobile heating and air-conditioning systems for a wide range of occasions, from high-profile political events such as the G7 summit at Schloss Elmau in June this year, the major equestrian event CHIO in Aachen, to supplying entire cities from lightweight halls currently being erected in Berlin for Ukrainian war refugees. The logistics and maintenance work behind around 800 projects and 8,000 rentals a year became clear during the tour of the company.</p> <p>Exchange and impetus are what the SWD Entrepreneurs' Breakfast is all about. It takes place in turn in four Dormagen business parks and is always well attended.&nbsp;&nbsp;"We use the format to present our services as an economic development agency, but even more so to hear in casual conversation what topics and issues are driving the local economy," explains Michael Bison. One current pain point is the shortage of skilled workers, which the SWD is trying to counter with advice and networking at the transition from school to work. At SWD, Franziska Gräfe is responsible for formats such as the "Date your job" training fair and the online jobs portal www.jobkomm-dormagen.de. She promoted the use of both locally focused offerings at the entrepreneurs' breakfast.</p> <p>André Heryschek, Head of Structural Change and Smart City at SWD, took aim at another pressing problem facing tradespeople in Hackenbroich. There is no fast Internet between Bergiusstrasse, Roggendorferstrasse, Kruppstrasse and Ottostrasse. To optimize coverage there, directional radio could be a solution. Options are currently being examined. "For companies that move larger amounts of data and don't want to wait for a fiber-optic connection, this would open up an alternative," says Heryschek.</p>

#CURCW22: Successful Hackathon Made in Dormagen

Turning complexes into hacks - the first Currenta Coding Weekend in Zons showed how quickly problems can become digital solutions. Three challenges, ten teams, five prizes - but only winners. The first Currenta Coding Weekend brought a lot of smiles to faces.
<p>Turning complexes into hacks. The participants in the first Currenta Coding Weekend demonstrated how technical tricks can turn complex problems into feasible solutions. From October 28 to 30, they first turned the Zonser Nordhalle into an ideas laboratory for 48 hours and then convinced the jury with tangible solutions. Pitches and the award ceremony formed the finale of an eventful weekend. In the end, there was enthusiasm on all sides, challenges with real profit and a clear goal: the future!</p> <p>Pumps, pitches, prizes: Challenges turn ideas into real solutions</p> <p>Better predicting and monitoring pump and plant failures, sharing resources and using them more efficiently, using pumped water storage for sustainable power generation where it's not actually possible - what sounds like the future and theory, the teams in the total of three challenges turned into implementable codes and real models.</p> <p>"It was amazing how you dug into these complex problems within 48 hours, it was really impressive," said Currenta engineer Daniel Toennessen in praise of the participants and the results they achieved at the closing event. The five-member jury was so impressed by the solutions that it divided the prize money for the third, open challenge among several teams. Currenta organized the Coding Weekend together with the Industry Hub Dormagen and the Smart Industrial City team of the Dormagen Economic Development Corporation. This shows how well the public sector and industry are working together on issues of the future.</p> <p>The €5,000 prize for the first challenge went to the start-up laizee.ai, which has programmed a software prototype to predict plant failures and thus detect damage and anomalies in real time. Another 5,000 euros went to the team InItToWinIt, which was able to convince with a solution that not only predicts pump failures, but in further steps also automatically determines which pump would be the most cost- and energy-efficient replacement.</p> <p>In the third, open challenge, which offered room for particularly innovative ideas, the jury awarded Industry Analytics (2,000 euros) and Good Chem (1,500 euros) to two teams that, on the one hand, also developed a smart alarm prototype for plants, but also programmed a platform that enables the sharing of logistics, services and equipment from the various plants at Chempark to use resources more efficiently and share them with one another in the spirit of sustainability.</p> <p>Great pitches mean tough decisions for the judges: SWD Managing Director Michael Bison, Elke Hohmann from the Zukunftsagentur Rheinisches Revier, Currenta Works Council member Joline Macek and Currenta engineer Daniel Toennessen.</p> <p>Special prize for special mission: Making possible what cannot be done</p> <p>A further €1,500 was awarded to Max Welker from the winning team InItToWinIt, who took on a challenge of his own: the 21-year-old developed a model for using pumped water storage facilities to generate electricity sustainably despite the supposedly inadequate geographical conditions at the Dormagen site.</p> <p>How pleasant and friendly the atmosphere of the weekend was is shown by the decision of InItToWinIt and Max Welker: Despite the decision to take on their own challenge, the two teams shared their winnings jointly. Because at CURCW22 there were no losers and no competition: Together we are heading for the future!</p> <p>And not only in terms of implementing ideas in the coming weeks and months. "Of course, we also want to stay in touch with the young talents we met at this great event," says Currenta recruiter Dr. Ute Breitsohl. Because creative minds with good ideas are in demand. Now and in the future.</p> <p>More also under:&nbsp;Successful hackathon premiere: <a href="https://www.currenta.de/medien/presseserver/presseserver-news/items/2022-10-31-curcw22.html">Promising ideas for the chemical park of the future - Press release - www.currenta.de</a></p>

SWD at the kommune digital forum by DELL Technologies

At the invitation of Dell Technologies, we were able to contribute an impulse to the kommune digital forum.
<p>At the invitation of Dell Technologies, we were able to contribute an impulse to the kommune digital forum. Under the title "SmartCity - truly sustainable success factors", SWD Head of Structural Change and Smart City André Heryschek gave the 120 participating mayors, CDOs, project managers, smart city and digitization officers in public administration and municipal utilities an insight into the Innovation Journey to the Smart Industrial City.&nbsp;The SWD impulse can be found as a video recording on the website of the <a href="https://www.kommune-digital-forum.de/media/pages/veranstaltungen/smart-city/aac1e44bd7-1666022481/heryschek_dormagen.mp4" target="_blank">kommune digital forum</a>.</p> <p>Further impulses were provided by the city of Wolfsburg, Neue Effizienz gemeinnützige GmbH from Wuppertal, Stadtwerke Stralsund, DELL Technologies and HABBEL GmbH.&nbsp;The contributions of the other speakers and the recording of the final discussion round as well as further information on the event can be found at the following <a href="https://www.kommune-digital-forum.de/de/veranstaltungen/smart-city?mtm_campaign=LinkedIn&amp;mtm_kwd=Post&amp;mtm_source=kdf&amp;mtm_medium=Veranstaltung&amp;mtm_content=SmartCity_20.10" target="_top">link</a>.</p>

Smart Industrial City HUB wird auf der Expo Real vorgestellt

Finally, we were able to present our next expansion stage on the way to the Smart Industrial City Campus at the #Exporeal: The Smart Industrial City Hub.
<p>In the commercial district on the A57, it is to be built from 2023 with modern data infrastructures and will be available specifically for startups, companies with digital and sustainable business models, and networking activities. The Edge Cloud Reallabor is also to find its home here in the future.</p> <p>The resulting synergy effects are an added value for companies in the Quarter, which have direct access to the innovation ecosystem that has emerged over the last five years of our Innovation Journey. The Quartier itself will be included in the Smart City strategy and thus have solutions from the Smart Spaces, Edge Cloud and, in perspective, data monetization concepts for resident companies.</p> <p>More about the business park here: <a href="https://lnkd.in/e3z9aNHZ" target="_blank">https://lnkd.in/e3z9aNHZ</a></p>

#CURCW22 | CURRENTA Coding Weekend Dormagen

Together with Currenta, we are organizing the CURRENTA Coding Weekend from Friday, October 28 to Sunday, October 30 for more efficiency and more sustainability at CHEMPARK
<p>What is it about? The participants are looking for innovative and sustainable solutions for the transformation of the CHEMPARK sites. There will be two challenges on the topic of sustainable plant parks. Innovative software ideas are to be developed as part of these challenges.</p> <p>Ten teams, each consisting of a maximum of four members from different disciplines, can develop solutions for real challenges from the CHEMPARK sites at this hackathon event. All participants will stay overnight at Hotel Friedestrom in Zons at CURRENTA's expense. Catering and an entertaining social program will also be provided.</p> <p>Our mentors will provide all interested parties with more detailed information in challenge newsletters and explain the challenges in more detail. Our jury will award the best pitch for both challenges with 5,000 euros each. Particularly creative and innovative ideas can also be awarded an out-of-the-box special prize by the jury.</p> <p>If you enjoy searching for and finding digital solutions to complex problems, spending a great weekend with a great community in Zons and taking home lots of new contacts and learnings - then register now!</p> <p>All information at: <a href="https://www.currenta-coding-weekend.de/" target="_blank">https://www.currenta-coding-weekend.de/</a></p> <p>Registration at: <a href="https://www.eventbrite.de/e/curcw22-currenta-coding-weekend-dormagen-tickets-415525617307" target="_blank">https://www.eventbrite.de/e/curcw22-currenta-coding-weekend-dormagen-tickets-415525617307</a></p>

Dormagen enters the data economy

The Stadtmarketing- und Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft Dormagen (SWD) has now started the development of the Urban Data Platform (UDP) with a workshop together with the Cologne-based data specialist Senseering. This is an important step on the way to becoming a smart industrial city, a residential and business location with a state-of-the-art data infrastructure, which Dormagen wants to become with a view to creating value via digitization.
<p>"If we expect companies to develop digital business models at the location, we must also offer the necessary digital infrastructure," says André Heryschek, Head of Smart City and Structural Change at SWD, formulating the overriding idea.</p> <p>The data economy is the direction of travel that SWD Managing Director Michael Bison, in his role as the city's chief economic promoter, is setting out: "Ultimately, it's about earning money as a municipality in order to be able to maintain services for the general public. On the one hand, in the traditional way of generating tax revenue by attracting new businesses, and on the other hand, with digital solutions that we can sell to third parties."&nbsp;&nbsp;Free of charge, on the other hand, the city corporation thinks in the direction of the citizens. There, it is a matter of "democratizing data," i.e., making it widely available. For example, access to visitor numbers in the city center or the amount of solar power generated on public roofs - two concrete topics that are currently being implemented. The technical basis for all use cases is the Urban Data Platform (UDP), figuratively speaking as a stage on which each user stages the program himself. "Digital citizen services are like theater plays. Only when different actors come together does something valuable emerge. The UDP should become that stage, where actors, data sources and use cases make life easier for businesses as well as citizens. A smart city becomes more sustainable and efficient through intelligent data management with the UDP," says Senseering Managing Director Daniel Trauth, explaining what he sees as the appeal of the Smart Industrial City approach, which is unique in Germany.&nbsp;</p> <p>Use cases are under development</p> <p>The SIC team has implemented the first use cases with the support of external service providers, such as the pilot for visitor frequency measurement in downtown Dormagen. Others will be in the areas of photovoltaic monitoring, vacancy management and commercial space marketing. The sustainability goals of the city of Dormagen, which climate protection manager Lena van der Kamp has in mind, will also play a role. To compile the city of Dormagen's carbon footprint, she currently accesses a handful of different sources and manually merges the data sets. If all the data were stored in the UDP, a few mouse clicks would be all it would take to pull up-to-date values.&nbsp;</p> <p>Adding value by selling to other municipalities</p> <p>"We are right on schedule with the UDP. With Senseering, we have a powerful partner who is working with us to develop a data platform as a product that we would like to make available to other municipalities as a service in the future. We are already in talks with the first interested parties," says Heryschek, who is delighted about the broad interest. Christoph Reitenberger, product manager for the UDP, adds: "In the next step, we will discuss within the city group which data should be evaluated for internal purposes and which should be made available externally." Both could be done via the digital twin, for which a user interface will be developed next year.</p>

Visit to the 5G.NRW demonstration factory in Aachen

To stay on top of such a dynamic technology topic as 5G, we visited the 5G.NRW demonstration factory in Aachen together with Currenta and organized via the Industry Hub
<p>Visit to the 5G.NRW demonstration factory in Aachen. &nbsp;</p> <p>We already knew that 5G will be a crucial topic for the transformation to Industry 4.0. That's why we also explored possible areas for installing a 5G test field together with Chempark operator Currenta. &nbsp;</p> <p>To stay on top of such a dynamic technology topic, we visited the 5G.NRW demonstration factory in Aachen together with Currenta and organized via the Industry Hub. This allowed us to experience how 5G is shaping the logistics of the future in a real production environment. &nbsp;</p> <p>The benefits of 5G for the entire value chain of manufacturing companies were presented at five stations.&nbsp;</p> <p>Read more at: https://5g.nrw/test-und-demozentren/5g-demonstrationsfabrik/&nbsp;</p> <p>Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)</p>

Currenta initiates a series of workshops on innovative education with the Industry Hub and other partners

Wie sehen innovative Ausbildungsangebote der Zukunft aus? Wie funktioniert zukünftig ein Matching zwischen sich verändernden Anforderungen und Tätigkeiten und geeigneten Kandidatinnen und Kandidaten und wie müssen passende Re- und Upskilling Angebote aussehen?
<p>&nbsp;Mit diesen und vielen weiteren Fragen rund um das Thema Aus- und Weiterbildung stellten sich jetzt Expertinnen und Experten der Currenta Abteilungen Bildung und Human Resources, zusammen mit Personen der Zukunftsagentur Rheinisches Revier, der Wirtschaftsförderung Dormagen, dem Berufsbildungszentrum Dormagen, der Bundesagentur für Arbeit und der Industrie- und Handelskammer im Industry Hub Dormagen auf. Unter der Leitung des Innovationsmanagers Friedrich Wilkening wurden Problemlagen definiert und erste Handlungsansätze formuliert. Das ist die Basis für eine Workshopreihe, die entstehen soll. Das Ziel: ein Win-Win-Projekt für alle Beteiligten.</p> <p>„Die Anforderungen an die Stellen und das Tätigkeitsfeld der Mitarbeitenden in den Betrieben befinden sich in einem stetigen Wandel. Das ist grundsätzlich nicht neu. Durch die Digitalisierung und durch die beschleunigte Transformation der Industrie wandeln sich allerdings auch die Berufsbilder immer schneller. Oft auch so deutlich, dass der ursprünglich gelernte Beruf nicht immer der Beruf bleibt, den man später einmal ausüben wird. Wir wollen auch in Zukunft eine passgenaue und zukunftsweisende Ausbildung an unseren Standorten anbieten. Dabei ist diese Kooperation sehr wertvoll“, sagt Uwe Menzen, Bildungsleiter bei Chempark-Manager und -Betreiber Currenta.</p> <p>Das Unternehmen bildet als Ausbildungsdienstleister an den drei Chempark-Standorten Leverkusen, Dormagen und Krefeld-Uerdingen sowohl zum Beispiel für Bayer, Covestro und Lanxess als auch für den eigenen Bedarf aus. Dabei legen alle Beteiligten neben einer modernen Ausbildungsinfra-struktur einen besonderen Wert auf passgenaue Ausbildungsinhalte. Und genau da setzt das Projekt zur innovativen Bildung an.</p> <p>Uwe Menzen: „Die Unternehmen im Chempark benötigen gut ausgebildete und handlungsfähige Fachkräfte, um auch in Zukunft konkurrenzfähig zu bleiben. Ein entscheidender Faktor dabei ist die Ausbildung nach modernsten Standards. Das bieten wir mit unserem MultiPlantCenter 4.0 und zum Beispiel einer Bildungscloud bereits. Aber wir wollen auch in Zukunft passgenau bleiben. Nur dadurch entsteht für alle Beteiligten eine Win-Win-Situation. Vor allem aber profitieren unsere Azubis! Letztlich gilt für uns und unsere Heimatregion im Rennen um die Fachkräfte von morgen: Wir müssen wettbewerbsfähig sein!“<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>Michael Bison, Geschäftsführer der Wirtschaftsförderung Dormagen, sieht für die Region den Bedarf an schnellen Lösungen: „Fachkräfte können sich aktuell die Arbeitgeber quasi aussuchen. Zur Zufriedenheit im Arbeitsleben zählen daher nicht nur harte Faktoren, wie eine gute Bezahlung und flexible Arbeitszeitmodelle, sondern auch eine Arbeitsumgebung und ein Tätigkeitsfeld, das den aktuellen Entwicklungen offen gegenübersteht und diese Veränderung hin zu mehr Nachhaltigkeit und Digitalisierung auch wirklich auslebt. Daher freuen wir uns sehr, dass die Currenta mit der Zukunftsagentur Rheinisches Revier und der Stadt Dormagen und weiteren Partnern aktiv an Lösungen und Angeboten arbeiten wird. Die Förderkulisse des Strukturwandels Rheinisches Revier bietet zudem weitere Chancen neue, mutige Wege auszuprobieren“.</p>

Case study on energy consumption in public buildings

<p>Steigende Energiepreise und die sicht- und spürbaren Folgen des Klimawandels zeigen es täglich auf: Nachhaltige und erneuerbare Energiegewinnung, die effiziente Nutzung von Energie sind keine Zukunftsthemen, sondern müssen kurzfristig umgesetzt werden.</p> <p>Genau darum geht es im Rahmen einer Fallstudie im ChemLab, die Einsatzmöglichkeiten von smarter Technik beim Energiesparen in öffentlichen Gebäuden und Einrichtungen untersucht. Mit an Bord: Das Nievenheimer Startup smartfabrik, das weltweit Lösungen für Smart Home-Konzepte im Eigenheim- und Office-Bereich umsetzt. Die Kooperation wird durch das Förderprojekt Industry Hub, konkret SWD Innovation Manager Friedrich Wilkening, betreut. „Wir freuen uns sehr, dass wir mit der smartfabrik ein innovatives Startup in der Region haben, das sich mit so viel Elan diesen wichtigen Themen widmet“, so Wilkening.</p> <p>Das ChemLab Unter den Hecken wird von der Stadtmarketing- und Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft Dormagen (SWD) als Coworking Space betrieben. Im ersten Schritt wurde dort eine smarte Heizungs- und Lichtsteuerung installiert, um den Bedarf automatisiert zu regeln. Es soll außerdem ermittelt werden, wie sich die Einsparung durch eine intelligente Programmierung des Systems optimieren lässt. „Die Besonderheit ist, dass die Umrüstung im Bestand bei nahezu jedem Gebäude erfolgen kann”, erläutert André Heryschek, Leiter Strukturwandel und Smart City bei der SWD. Die ersten Ergebnisse überzeugen bereits. Es lassen sich schon relevante Erkenntnisse über die Verbräuche und Einsparungen ablesen. „Perspektivisch ist in den ausgestatteten Gebäuden mit einer Einsparung von ca. 30 Prozent zu rechnen“ schätzt Sebastian Strickling, Geschäftsführer der smartfabrik, die möglichen Potenziale der Umrüstung ein.</p> <p><em>Der Industry Hub ist ein gemeinsames Projekt des Rhein-Kreises Neuss und der Stadtmarketing- und Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft Dormagen mbH. Das Projekt wird im Rahmen des Bundesmodellvorhabens Unternehmen Revier durch das Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Klimaschutz bis Juli 2023 gefördert.</em></p>

Vergangene News vom ChemLab

ChemLab Award auf der startupcon 2018 geht an die b.fab GmbH

Am 18. September 2018 wurden auf der startupcon, Deutschlands größter Gründermesse in der Kölner LANXESS arena, die Preise für die innovativsten Chemie-Startups vergeben, darunter auch der Sonderpreis des ChemLab aus Dormagen.
<p>Der ChemLab Sonderpreis 2018 ging im Rahmen einer feierlichen Zeremonie auf der Hauptbühne der startupcon an die b.fab GmbH aus Dortmund. „Ich bin sicher, dass sich Unternehmen aus dem Chemparks für die b.fab-Innovationen begeistern lassen und wir die Vernetzung dieses jungen Startups mit der Industrie schnell beginnen können“, freut sich der ChemLab Community Manager Guido Doublet.</p> <p>Das ChemLab stellt Startups in Dormagen einen Coworking Space, in dem sich Chem-Startups und die regionale Chemieindustrie räumlich und inhaltlich treffen und zu Kooperationsprojekten verbinden. Neben zwei Plätzen über maximal sechs Monate im neuen Coworking Space gewinnt die b.fab eine direkte Vernetzung in den Chempark an den Standorten Dormagen, Leverkusen und Krefeld. Diese übernimmt Dr. Ulrich Bornewasser (Currenta), der als Chempark-Lotse die Unternehmen aus dem Chempark in das Projekt einbindet. “Die Innovation von b.fab unterstützt die strategischen Unternehmensziele der CO2-freien Chemieproduktion unserer Chempark-Unternehmen und ist deswegen unser Gewinner in diesem Jahr”, erklärt Dr. Ulrich Bornewasser.</p> <p>Dies ist das erklärte Ziel des ChemLab: ein Startup-Ökosystem für die Chemie aufzubauen und eine Synergie zwischen Unternehmen, der digitalen Welt und Hochschulen entstehen zu lassen. „Ein Co-Working Space spezialisiert auf die Chemiebranche ist bis jetzt einmalig“, erklärt André Heryschek von der SWD Dormagen. „In den zwei Jahren Projektlaufzeit soll das ChemLab Strahlkraft in die gesamte Region erzeugen und viele innovative Geschäftsmodelle generieren.“</p> <p>Das ChemLab ist ein Gemeinschaftsprojekt von Rhein-Kreis Neuss, der Stadt Dormagen und dem Chempark-Betreiber Currenta. Zu den ChemLab Unterstützern&nbsp; gehören unter anderem die Hochschulen Düsseldorf und Niederrhein, der Verband der Chemischen Industrie, die Wirtschaftsförderungen aus Düsseldorf und Krefeld, die Digital Innovation Hubs aus Köln und Düsseldorf/Rheinland sowie einige Unternehmen der chemischen Industrie und IT-Unternehmen.</p>

Smart Industrial City is a joint project of Stadtmarketing- und Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft Dormagen and Currenta, operator of the Chemparks Leverkusen, Dormagen and Krefeld.

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