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LOCATION MAKING HUMBOLDTHAFEN SMARTER For seven decades, the Humboldt harbor lay dormant – Berlin is now building a smarter future where the Berlin Wall used to be Berlin-Mitte’s new office and commercial complex, the HumboldtHafenEins, will be built using the most advanced technologies, with building biologists creating Berlin’s “greenest office building,” as the sign on the fence declares. The project has even received a gold certificate from the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB). The keys should be handed over in summer 2015. OVG Real Estate is overseeing the construction of this new building on unused lands in direct proximity to the central railway station. And it would be hard to get any closer to the green spirit than this Dutch company does. This ambitious construction project will cost more than 100 million euros. The planners have made use of an impressive array of modern technologies in the eight aboveground and three underground floors. HumboldtHafenEins is to play a pioneering role on Berlin’s road to becoming a Smart City. The smart elements incorporated in the building’s structure include highly reflective, triple-glazed windows that provide excellent sound insulation and employ sensors to measure the amount of light in the offices and automatically adjust light levels. In the winter, other sensors register when a room is unoccupied and turn off the heat. Though ecology and efficiency played a central role in designing the new Humboldthafen, the builders have not lost sight of other smart city elements. It was particularly important to Nikolai Worp that the complex be accessible to the public: “We lowered the whole area by about 1½ meters to make it level with the quay wall,” says Worp, Director of OVG Germany. This will allow Berlin residents and tourists to stroll under the arcades and enjoy the view of the water from one of the cafés or restaurants. The individual building components are so cleverly linked that not only does it create the impression of an urban river bed, it also allows space for three light-filled inner courtyards. A total of 1,200 square meters will be available for restaurants and retail; the rest of the 30,000 square meters of rentable space is reserved for offices. With their three-meter ceiling heights, the upper stories offer an ambiance typical of older buildings, while the ceilings in bel étage rise to an impressive 4.3 meters. The complex, soon to be finished in cream white, has already attracted two multinationals that will share much of the available space: auditors with PricewaterhouseCoopers will occupy 24,400 square meters and Sanofi Pasteur MSD has leased 2,300 square meters. In this way HumboldtHafenEins is contributing to Berlin’s ability to attract new businesses and make the capital a little smarter. jv photo: OVG 28 BERLIN TO GO

ELECTROMOBILITY THE MINDS BEHIND ELECTROMOBILITY eMO presents: 35 people whose ideas and projects are driving electromobility forwards In order to better understand and distinguish between the wide variety of ideas, designs and partnerships involved, the Agency for Electromobility (eMO) began providing more detailed information this past year about the movers and shakers behind electromobility. Since March 2014, eMO has been introducing the “Minds Behind Electromobility.” So far, 35 talented thinkers have been profiled in eMO’s brochure, “Berlin elektrisiert.” Berlin to go will present a few of these profiles in each issue. We begin with two talented young founders, Jacob van Zonnefeld and Adam Woolway from PlugSurfing, along with profiles of Prof. Dr. Barbara Lenz from DLR (the German aerospace center) and Jürgen Allesch from eM-Pro Elektromobilität GmbH. Adam Woolway and Jacob van Zonneveld photos: PlugSurfing; TU-Berlin; Christof Rieken; andersphoto – Fotolia.com The mobility researcher In order to improve electromobility, you have to do research on it. That is exactly what Professor Dr. Barbara Lenz does. “We focus on transport demand, how people deal with transportation, which modes of transport they use and what their needs are,” says Lenz, who is director of the DLR Institute of Transport Research. She is currently conducting a variety of research projects at DLR related to electromobility, ranging from whether silent electric vehicles could be used for nighttime commercial deliveries to the installation of fast-charging stations throughout Berlin. Prof. Dr. Barbara Lenz Jürgen Allesch The transport innovator The range extender If you want to travel by electric car, you need to know where the next available charging station is and the method of payment involved. That’s precisely what the PlugSurfing app offers. It links private charging station owners with drivers of electric cars and shows the user exactly where charging stations are throughout Europe and whether they are currently available or in use. Payment is made via the app or key hanger. The user pays PlugSurfing and PlugSurfing then pays the operator of the charging station. This way, PlugSurfing eliminates all the different payment plans as well as the need for RFID cards, since the PlugSurfing key hanger can also be used at charging stations that require RFID identification. The boom in e-commerce has also led to significantly increased volumes in urban transport and shipping – along with the side-effects that go with it. A number of years ago, Jürgen Allesch from eM-Pro considered how electric vehicles might provide forward-looking urban commercial transport. He realized that transport vehicles travel 50 to 80 kilometers every day in the city and spend nights in depots – which is exactly how electric cars are operated. eM-Pro Elektromobilität GmbH is currently working on customizable electric vehicles with variable transport capacities, as today’s transport vehicles are often far too large and seldom fully utilized. eM-Pro’s first prototype could be completed by 2017. The thing about eM-Pro that Allesch really finds exciting is the idea of making cities more livable again: “Electric vehicles make it possible to create a completely different city transport system.” BERLIN TO GO 29

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