One of the core tasks of LEG Thüringen's Thuringian Cluster Management is to initiate and support R&D cooperation projects. This includes alliances that implement technological innovations and generate growth and employment. One project within this activity is the “smood–smart neighbourhood” growth core.
Climate change requires steps towards decarbonisation (reduction of CO2 emissions) in various areas. This applies not least to buildings and neighbourhoods in respect of their energy production and consumption. Innovative approaches and new technologies developed through R&D alliances are needed here, as well as well-coordinated cooperation. ThCM supports the development of such complex, technology-driven approaches. One of the corresponding projects in Thuringia is the “smood – smart neighbourhood” growth core, where various stakeholders from SMEs and research institutions are working together on ways to achieve climate neutrality.
Andreas Krey Spokesman of the LEG Management Board
“The smood project exemplifies the work of ThCM. Through complex support services, ThCM is involved in the implementation of the Thuringian Innovation Strategy – in addition to supporting companies and researchers in R&D cooperation projects, this also includes strengthening Thuringian cluster structures and supporting cluster stakeholders, as well as organising events and trade fairs with cluster and innovation policy significance.”
Key development steps of the “smood – smart neighbourhood” growth core have been successfully implemented. The project consortium has initiated a technology platform that represents an important basis for energy-efficient, climate-neutral neighbourhood redevelopment. The cooperation works: Thuringian SMEs and research institutions are working intensively together on this topic in various individual projects to achieve climate neutrality. The alliance has made an impact through national and international presentations – for example, it was part of the German presentation at EXPO 2020 in Dubai – and demonstrates sustainable solutions for energy-efficient neighbourhood redevelopment.