Björnsen Consulting Engineers GmbH


Björnsen Consulting Engineers GmbH (BCE) is one of the leading German engineering companies in water and waste management and hydraulic engineering. With several locations in Germany and Europe and approx. 200 employees, BCE covers the fields of architecture, energy, information technology, civil engineering, environment and water. The Leonberg branch focuses on technical consulting for municipalities and private organisations for the development and implementation of technology-based, innovative solutions to increase efficiency in the areas of supply and disposal systems, green façades, material flow management and sustainability assessment.


ifak e.V.


The ifak - Institut for Automation und Communikation e. V. - is an institute of applied research; it is also an affiliated institute of the Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg. With almost 50 scientists from the fields of electrical engineering, control and feedback control systems, computer science and environmental engineering, it offers a unique combination of experts from the fields necessary for this project. Two business areas of ifak e.V. are involved in the VertiKKA project: "Water and Energy" and "Measurement Technology and Power Electronics". The "Water and Energy" business field is one of the most renowned institutes worldwide in the field of dynamic simulation of wastewater systems. The "Measurement Technology and Power Electronics" business field has many years of expertise in the field of application-specific measurement and test systems, process measurement technology, data acquisition as well as signal analysis and processing.


Photovoltaic-Institute Berlin AG


With its internationally oriented team of 30 experienced photovoltaic experts, PI-Berlin offers a broad spectrum of testing, planning and consulting services. PI Berlin has specialised since 2006 in R&D projects as well as in quality assurance and product testing along the entire value chain of the photovoltaic industry. Participation in the BMBF project "Future Fab - Factory of the Future: Research into New Manufacturing Technologies for Cell and Module Production"), the EU-funded cooperation project "SmartFlex - Demonstration at industrial scale of the FLeXible manufacturing of SMART multifunctional photovoltaic building elements" and the EFRE-funded project "AMC Hotspot" are proof of PI Berlin's expertise.


City of Cologne


The Climate Protection Unit coordinates the strategic orientation of the city-wide climate protection process and is the central point of contact for administration, politics, science, investors and companies in Cologne on the topics of climate protection and SmartCity Cologne. The unit initiates and coordinates projects and accompanies the coordination between the actors involved. Through its membership in various international organisations, the City of Cologne has set itself strict climate protection targets. By 2030, the City of Cologne wants to reduce CO2 emissions by 30% compared to 1990 levels. In addition, the City of Cologne must already adapt to today’s changing climate . Despite strong pressure to create additional living space, the City of Cologne would like to further expand its green infrastructure in order to use the ecosystem services for its citizens. Unconventional forms of urban greening are also very welcome.


Chemnitz University of Technology (TUC)


On 1.10.2018 Dr. Jochen Mayerl took up the professorship for sociology with a focus on empirical social research at the Chemnitz University of Technology (TUC). Prior to that, he was junior professor for methods of empirical social research at the Department of Social Sciences of the Technical University of Kaiserslautern (TUK) and member of the Center for Cognitive Science (CCS) of the TUK. His research focuses on attitudinal behavior research, change and stability of attitudes, social context effects and social embedding, survey research, and statistical causal modeling. In a recently completed and a current BMBF-funded project, Mayerl's working group and colleagues from the CCS are investigating attitudes towards technical innovations in the building trade and developments in the social acceptance of these technologies.