2016 POCACITO in Germany Application

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2016 POCACITO in Germany Application


Ecologic Institute invites you to apply to take a trip to Germany as part of the upcoming 2016 POCACITO in Germany program to explore first hand how German cities are transitioning to become post-carbon cities. Participants from city and regional authorities, city planners and civil society actors will have the unique opportunity to directly engage with their German professional counterparts and build a US-German network to promote sustainable city energy transition through international exchange. The program will take place from 18-24 June 2016.


We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications. Please be sure to submit your application by March 27, 2016.


What does the program include?


Upon being accepted to participate in the program, the following will be covered for all participants:


  • Flight costs to and from Germany
  • All travel within Germany
  • All accommodations for the duration of the program
  • All fees related to activities, speakers and guides throughout the program
  • Access to the international energy transition network to keep in touch with American and German field professionals
  • The majority of program meals


To be able to benefit from this program, each participant is asked to provide a $600 one-time contribution towards the costs.


Where will we go?


The focus of our time in Germany will center on the theme “Energy Transition in the City.” We will spend five days traveling to the beautiful cities of Hamburg, Bottrop, and Essen to learn about their post-carbon transitions, specifically in the areas of renewable energy and energy efficiency in buildings.


Though not final, the following is our preliminary schedule for the program.





In Hamburg, the 2011 European Green Capital, we will visit sites as unique as the city itself, including Hamburg Energy, the city’s energy bunker and the International Building Exhibition.


Hamburg Energy is a prime example of an innovative communal energy supplier. Hamburg Energy Solar, the largest solar electricity generator in Hamburg, offers anyone a public loan as a way to directly enter into the energy transition process. Through this living laboratory, new ideas to make leaseholders a stronger part of the process of installing solar cells are put to the test. In the city district of Wilhelmsburg, history and energy blend in the “Energy bunker”, the most distinct part of the “Renewable Energy Wilhelmsburg” project. The former bunker serves as heat storage for a local heat network and connects solar, biomethane, wood pellets and industrial heat recovery in an intelligent power station. Not far from the bunker are a number of buildings of the International Building Exhibition including an algae house, floating houses and flexible hybrid houses, some of which are made of ecological materials.


Bottrop and Essen


In Essen, named the 2017 European Green Capital, and Bottrop, we continue our exploration of Germany’s energy transition with stops to Innovation City Ruhr, the Emscher hybrid power station, AmpaCity superconductors and citizen-owned solar energy.



An example of energy transition in its own right, a visit to Bottrop’s Innovation City Ruhr shows the incredible transformation of existing buildings, including a residential house, a residential and office building as well as a pure commercial property into Energy Plus houses. Bottrop continues to offer an array of fascinating energy stops for your enjoyment as we discover its Smart Grid pilot facilities, Micro-CHP and vertical wind energy facilities as well as the hybrid power station in central Emscher in which electricity and heat is obtained from gas from purification plants.


Once in Essen, we will tour the city’s former coal mine Zeche Zollverein, expose you to Germany’s rich culture and discuss the day’s activities over dinner. The Essen City Council energy projects that have led to Essen being named the 2017 Green Capital will be highlighted to show you why the city has deserved such a prestigious title. Our time in Essen may also include a tour of the 1km superconductor in Essen’s city center, AmpaCity Essen, whose energy is transported with almost no loss. Additionally, we will see Essen’s community solar energy project which provides solar energy for all through the use of city roof space.


Who can apply?


Participants will be selected by the end of March. At the end of April and mid May, participants can participate in two webinars to prepare for the study tour as well as to allow participants to get to know each other prior to departure.


Criteria for selection include:


  • You should be an employee of city or regional authorities, a city planner or another urban civil society actor based in the United States
  • Your professional qualification and work experience should link to the topic of our study tour, i.e. energy transition in cities
  • You should preferably be between 25 and 35 years old.
  • You should have an interest in Germany, its culture and its history as well as an interest in continuing to maintain contacts acquired during the study tour
  • Knowledge of the German language is an advantage


The application for the POCACITO in Germany program is now closed.