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Structural Change

The Energy-Producing Regions of the Future: Rhenish Coalfield

As part of this structural shift, the plan for the Rhenish coalfield region is to develop it into a model European region for energy and resource security. The Rhenish coalfield region’s research centers, universities, and companies are using their broad spectrum of expertise to tackle the challenges of the transition to renewable energies.


West of the Rhine River between Aachen, Mönchengladbach, Düsseldorf, and Cologne


Aachen, Mönchengladbach


approx. 5,000 km²


approx. 2.5 million


approx. 59,000 companies

Living Lab

Centers of excellence

  • RWTH - Aachen University of Excellence
  • Forschungszentrum Jülich (Jülich Research Center)
  • FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences


  • Digitalization
  • Infrastructure
  • Development into a model European region for energy and resource security
  • Environmentally friendly energy production
  • Energy transportation
  • Alternative drive systems for transportation
  • Resources
  • Agrobusiness
  • Medical technology


Energy Regions of the Future: The Rhine Coal Region

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