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Energy supply of Bielefeld University

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Bielefeld University comprises 186,150 sqm of usable space (distributed over 13 buildings). The Main University Building is one of the largest contiguous building complexes in Europe. Around 24,000 students and 3,500 employees work and study at Bielefeld University (as of 2021). To operate, the university requires a mix of thermal energy and electricity. Bielefeld University's energy costs in 2021 were around 10.6 million euros.


  • District heating

    Bielefeld University obtains more than 95% of its thermal energy from the district heating network of the city of Bielefeld. On average, the university obtains 59,100,000 kWh /year of district heating* per year (2021). This corresponds to the demand of about 6,000 4-person households.

    *District heating in Bielefeld consists of waste incineration and wood chip combustion and to some extent gas.

  • Gas

    Only about 5% of the heat demand of Bielefeld University is covered by gas. This corresponds to a consumption of 3,000,000 kWh gas/year on average (2021). This corresponds to the demand of 300 4-person households.


  • Power

    Bielefeld University draws 100% green electricity. The university installs photovoltaic systems on the roofs of new buildings. This allows it to generate 162 kWp of electricity itself. On average, the university consumes 33,600,000 kWh of electricity per year (2021). This corresponds to the demand of 8,400 4-person households.

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