ENaQ (Energetic Neighbourhood Fliegerhorst Oldenburg)

Project team

Maren Wesselow


Management Chair

Prof. Dr. Bernd Siebenhüner


Birgit Schelenz

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ENaQ (Energetic Neighbourhood Fliegerhorst Oldenburg)

Project Description

Object of Research

The interdisciplinary ENaQ-Project aims to create a climate-neutral living quarter on the former military compound Fliegerhorst in Oldenburg, which is supposed to play a leading role in the field of Smart Cities.

The project is composed of three pillars:

  • Technical: The physical infrastructure around electricity, heat and mobility is supposed to guarantee the maximum energy efficiency possible with the help of an integrative mains power supply. To ensure climate neutrality, energy is to produced locally by the majority.
  • Digital: The physical interconnectedness is reflected on the digital level. The platform facilitates intelligent supply management for energy producers and consumers. Furthermore, residents should be able to participate in the design of the energy provision over a community portal.
  • Participative: To assure that the needs, wishes and interests of the residents are considered and integrated into the planning and implementation of the climate-neutral living quarter, citizens of Oldenburg are to be included in the processes. For this, innovative participation methods are developed, deployed and continuously evaluated and improved.

The long term goal of this project is to develop concepts for the development of other smart cities, based on these three pillars.

Method / Approach

Within the project, it is the task of the University of Oldenburg, to draft, implement and evaluate selected participation processes. The utilised framework are field tests, which link participation procedures and science. The aim is to carve out the essential factors of success and challenges in the participation process and to find the ideal form of participation for each of the different population and stakeholder group. The development of the participation processes builds systematically on the procedures that have already been carried out, like the City Workshop or the Innovation Camps.

For the deeper analysis, the participation processes are analysed during the execution in form of the process evaluation and based on this ground continuously improved. Subsequently, the processes are assessed to find out, to which extent participation processes can contribute to sustainable technical and digital solutions.

After the conclusion of the participation processes, a systematically applied strategy will be designed, to transfer the experiences of the participation procedures in the Fliegerhorst Oldenburg for other quarters.

Project Duration

01.01.2018 – 31.12.2023


ENaQ is one of six flagship projects, which are funded by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research with 100 million euros in total in the context of the shared announcement "Solar construction / Energy efficient City".

For the ENaQ project, promotion of 18.4 million euros was allowed - another 8.4 million euro are conceded by industry partners in the north western region of Germany.

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