Gelsenkirchen is a city full of energy. As one of the first European cities Gelsenkirchen, once known as the "City of One Thousand Flames", focused on the development of solar energy. As early as in 1996 when the city was still dominated by coal mining, the Science Park Gelsenkirchen was established. Its competence in traditional energies, for instance in the development of green fuels or more efficient power plants, is also very important for climate protection.
Future energies have left their imprint on the townscape. You can see spectacular solar plants at the main station or the Veltins-Arena for example. Three solar-powered villages, including the largest residential area in Germany, powered by photovoltaics, are extremely popular and offer a high living standard. Just recently two huge wind energy plants, built on a pithead stock, are producing CO2-free electricity.
Climate protection creates new jobs. Hundreds of people in Gelsenkirchen produce solar modules, solar thermal collectors, heat pumps, cogeneration units and elements for wind energy plants. The issue of energy efficiency safeguards employment in power plant engineering and fuel production. Additionally, new jobs in small trade, education, consultancy and science are being created, with an upward trend.