A project to emulate: Joint project brings sustainable heat supply for a climate-friendly future
Thanks to a collaboration between chocolate manufacturer Ritter and Stadtwerke Tübingen, a heating solution implemented in Dettenhausen in Baden-Württemberg can be seen as a best practice for the rest of Germany. Developed as a joint project, the new heating concept is efficient, sustainable, and ecological. The Dettenhausen energy center includes one of the largest solar thermal roof systems in Germany as well as a highly efficient Jenbacher combined heat and power (CHP) plant from the INNIO Group.
Sustainable heating solutions are one of the major tasks that municipal energy supply companies must tackle. Dettenhausen, near Tübingen, shows how this challenge can be solved with its new energy center. The future-proof heating concept was made possible by the constructive collaboration between chocolate manufacturer Ritter and the municipal utilities company Stadtwerke Tübingen. Ritter, which is firmly rooted in the region, built one of Germany’s largest solar thermal systems on the roof of one of its warehouses. With 468 collectors on a total collector area of 2,312 square meters, it meets around 20% of Dettenhausen’s heating requirements. The rest is supplied by Stadtwerke Tübingen’s newly built energy center right next door. At the heart of the sustainable heating solution is a CHP plant, installed in 2021 from the INNIO Group with an electrical output of 999 kW and a thermal output of 1,232 kW. In addition to a Jenbacher JMS 416 GS, the plant includes two heat exchangers, which also use the thermal energy from the Jenbacher module’s exhaust gas.