Strengths of the Stuttgart Region Europe's leading high-tech region and strongly export-oriented (Source: Eurostat) Centrally located in the economically powerful Frankfurt-Munich-Zurich triangle where some 21 million people live and work (Radius 200 km) A dynamic business location with flourishing medium-sized businesses, global players and a lively start-up community An unmatched conglomeration of research institutions working in the areas of renewable energies, energy management and fuel cell technology Regional competence and innovation centres for both fuel cell technology and solar energy A highly qualified and motivated workforce Numerous clean energy pioneer projects The region's 1,820 hours of sunshine a year make the Stuttgart Region one of Germany's sunniest locations The Stuttgart Region with its 179 cities and communities is one of Europe's most dynamic business locations. This industrialised region has a unique combination of global players, innovative medium-sized enterprises, dynamic start-ups and renowned research institutions. A well-rounded mix of strong industries – among them, automotive and mechanical engineering, software and the creative industries – has helped keep this region healthy and thriving. Its technological excellence, its capacity for innovation and its export quota are all outstanding. icaré 2, Solar airplane from the University of Stuttgart's IFB Institute, Photo: Uli Reinhardt, Zeitenspiegel By initiating a program for clean energies, the Stuttgart Region Economic Development Corporation is working toward its goal of establishing this region as one of Europe's most important providers of clean energy technologies. It is crucial for the Stuttgart Region as a manufacturing location that such products are not only discovered and developed here but also made here or in the State of Baden- Württemberg, and that they be routinely used here as well.
A diverse and thriving local economy From globally active multinational companies to start-ups, the Stuttgart Region's clean energy cluster now has nearly 300 companies, many of which maintain their own research and development departments. An additional 600 craft and trade businesses as well as numerous architects, engineers and consultants are also involved. Companies specialising in mechanical engineering and production technology have also discovered the potential of this young sector and profit as suppliers from the current boom. One of these is HMS Höllmüller from Herrenberg, mechanical engineers whose customers include Sun Power and Würth Solar. One of the world's largest builders of turn key solar factories is M+W Zander from Stuttgart. Many traditional medium-sized businesses have been able to establish a new line of business by expanding into the clean energy sector. To name a few: Solo Kleinmotoren GmbH from Sindelfingen produces power tools for horticulture and forestry purposes, and its subsidiary Solo Stirling GmbH now makes stirling motors that produce electricity, heat and refrigeration in a clean way. WS Reformer GmbH, a subsidiary of the WS Wärmeprozesstechnik from Renningen, makes reformers that help fuel cells access the public natural gas supply, which will ultimately facilitate the use of stationary fuel cells. NuCellSys GmbH, a subsidiary of DaimlerChrysler and Ford located in Kirchheim/ Teck, develops fuel cell systems for vehicles. Lapp Kabel, located in Stuttgart-Vaihingen, is one of the world's foremost suppliers to the manufacturing and automation industries, the automobile industry as well as for building services and transport applications. Their cable systems can be found not only in the Transrapid in Shanghai but also in photovoltaic and wind installations alike. Clean energy companies from the Stuttgart Region BBT Thermotechnik GmbH www.junkers.com Eisenmann AG www.eisenmann.de or www.archea.de ENGCOTEC GmbH www.engcotec.de Fichtner GmbH & Co. KG www.fichtner.de HMS Höllmüller www.hms-germany.de IBS, Ingenieurbüro Schuler GmbH www.ing-buero-schuler.de Lapp Kabel www.lappkabel.de M+W Zander www.mw-zander.com NuCellSys GmbH www.nucellsys.com Schlaich Bergermann und Partner www.sbp.de Solo Stirling GmbH www.stirling-engine.de Transsolar Energietechnik GmbH www.transsolar.com WS Reformer GmbH www.wsreformer.com Transsolar Energietechnik GmbH, originally a spin-off from the University of Stuttgart, is a specialist for energy-efficient heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems. Junkers from Wernau, which belongs to Bosch subsidiary BBT Thermotechnik GmbH, is one of Europe's leading providers of thermotechnology. Eisenmann from Böblingen, a supplier of systems for the automation industry and for surface and environment technologies, now collaborates with partner Archea to make turnkey biogas plants. ENGCOTEC GmbH from Stuttgart has completed numerous solar projects locally and around the world, including one on top of the Mercedes Benz engine plant in Stuttgart and another on the southern roof of the Reichtag in Berlin. Photovoltaic power plant on the roof of the Lapp Kabel Logistics Centre in Stuttgart-Vaihingen The engineering services provider Fichtner has 1,100 employees including 300 at their headquarters in Stuttgart. They devise comprehensive solutions for projects in the areas of energy and environmental technology, water and infrastructure. Since 1988 the engineering company Schuler, located in Bietigheim-Bissingen, has designed more than 140 cogeneration power stations and has installed some 70 large wood chip heating plants. The engineering consultants Schlaich Bergermann und Partner are world famous not only for their lightweight roof support structures that cover, for example, soccer stadiums. Their concept for a solar updraft tower is equally spectacular. An overview of the companies located in the Stuttgart High-tech Region: Industry source book “Future Energies” www.zukunftsenergien.region-stuttgart.de Become a member of the Clean Energy Cluster in the Stuttgart Region.