Company competition "Rohstoffquelle Produkt“ [the product as resource origin], Leuphana University Lueneburg, Germany, 2012


This competition called for innovative ideas and concepts with potential for success in the area of sustainable production, efficient use of resources, including regaining them by recycling the products at the end of their lifecycle. Companies from the former administrative region of Lueneburg were eligible, among them the 11 counties Celle, Cuxhaven, Harburg, Heidekreis, Lüchow-Dannenberg, Lueneburg, Osterholz, Rotenburg (Wuemme), Stade, Uelzen, and Verden.

A jury consisting of members of the economic and the scientific community selected three winning companies each in the categories „Best Practice“ and „Innovative Ideen und Ansätze“ [Innovative Ideas and Approaches]

As their prizes, the winning companies received an invitation to a „Leuphana Projekt Tag“ [Leuphana project day].

The organizers’ long-term goal is the development of a regional natural resource strategy as a reaction to the upcoming shortage of these resources and their rising world market prices, and especially to support and strengthen small and medium-sized businesses for the future.

“The competition proves that there are a number of innovative companies in our region. I hope that granting this prize will call the attention of further companies to the matter, after all, it is definitely a future issue.” said the district administrator from Osterholz, Dr. Jörg Mielke.

Besides Prof. Dr. Klaus Kümmerer, head of the Institute for Chemistry of the Environment at the Leuphana university Lueneburg, who presented the prizes to the winners, representatives of commerce promotion from the counties  Osterholz, Verden, and Cuxhaven and of course the jury took part in the ceremony.

Winner of the competition in the category Best Practice:

DELTA Plus Datensysteme GmbH from Celle: The company has developed a cooling system for server rooms and computer systems that utilizes geothermal energy. According to Delta, the system eliminates the need for cooling plants such as compressors, which leads to cost reductions of up to 90%.

Link to the award