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Energy and Heating

New combined heat and power plant at the Haarentor campus

Finanzierung durch sogenanntes Intracting

The University of Oldenburg continues to invest in sustainable energy production: a new combined heat and power plant is currently being built on the Haarentor campus and is scheduled to go into operation in March. The construction is being financed through so-called intracting - a cycle in which funds from university reserves are used for energy-saving measures.

"Intracting is an innovative concept for higher education institutions," says Jörg Stahlmann, Vice President for Administration and Finance. "What is currently being studied at other universities with regard to its effect has already proven itself at the University of Oldenburg for ten years." During this time, the university has invested more than 16 million euros, among other things in photovoltaic systems or the renovation of roofs and facades. This has enabled the university to reduce its energy costs by 2.7 million euros per year and to almost compensate for energy price increases and additional demand. In particular, new energy generation facilities such as combined heat and power plants and photovoltaic systems reduced the university'sCO2 emissions by 20 percent compared to 2017.

The new combined heat and power plant enables the University to both produce and use energy and heat directly on site. Compared to other types of energy production, the combined heat and power unit achieves a very high degree of efficiency: the ratio of energy expended to energy used is particularly favourable. The investment costs amount to about 1.1 million euros, and the university saves about 400,000 euros per year by operating it. The building will have paid for itself in less than three years; from that point on, the funds saved will flow into the intracting cycle. The foundation of this cycle is reserves. These are created, for example, by the fact that budget funds for certain projects are already available at the moment, but will only be needed at a later date. These funds can then be invested - preferably in measures that reduce energy consumption and costs in the long term. The saved funds flow back into the university budget.

The university has already been able to finance sixteen measures in this way. According to Stahlmann, investments according to the intracting model are a safeguard for the future. A future in which the responsible use of energy will continue to gain in importance.

(Changed: 2021-12-02)