Industry Hub Tulln

Due to tensions between environmental protection, quality of life and competitiveness, the concept "city" faces major challenges. Are "Smart Cities" the answer to questions about the city as a living space in the 21st century?


Many industrial cities are suffering from planning errors of the past. This is also true for the project target area of Tulln. In urban development, detailed levels and sectors (e.g. energy standards, mobility, construction, infrastructure, industry, etc.) were usually considered separately. Therefore, designing urban, high-quality industrial and living spaces faces major challenges today.

Synergies of the smart city

A "smart industrial region" requires new inter- and transdisciplinary approaches for networked, complex systems between industry and the surrounding city. Better use of synergy potential should optimize the overall system of city and urban development: Building on the integral networking of disciplines, actors, technologies and urban development and making the best possible use of synergies between industry and the urban environment. 
The main objective of the project is to develop Tulln's industry into a multifunctional and integrative energy and mobility cell. Involving all stakeholders, a scenario is developed which improves the existing energy and mobility system (energy demand, energy consumption structure and mobility behaviour) of the urban industrial location Tulln with regard to social, economic and ecological development.

Implementation and outlook

The project approach promotes, among other things, intensive participation through numerous coordination meetings, user conferences and an advisory board. This allows different participants and their interests, perspectives and knowledge to interact. In addition, using innovative technologies (e.g. low energy, heat recovery from industrial processes or waste water, intermodal mobility stations, ecological transport centre, intelligent energy management and industrial load shifting, etc.) leads to new ways of community development. 
For example, cross-sectoral solution scenarios are developed in interaction between population, industry and stakeholders. A comprehensive cross-system potential and environment analysis and a survey of the possible applications of innovative technologies are carried out. 
An innovative implementation concept for integration of industrial companies into an intelligent energy and mobility system is developed. This includes, for example: 
Industrial waste heat utilisation and integration into the urban heat distribution system
An intelligent industrial energy management system in the context of the surrounding city
Smart solutions for business and industrial traffic
Different approaches to solutions with regard to (energy) spatial planning

The results are integrated into the city vision and various packages of measures are designed.

  • Stadtgemeinde Tulln
  • Im-plan-tat Raumplanungs GmbH & Co KG
  • AGRANA Zucker GmbH
  • Dlouhy GmbH
  • Schmidberger ElektroinstallationsgesmbH
  • SSP BeratungsgesmbH
  • Spectra Today GmbH
  • Verkehrsverbund Ost-Region Gmbh
  • 4ward Energy Research GmbH
Commissioned research
03/01/2016 – 02/28/2017
Involved Institutes, Groups and Centers
Ilse Arlt Institute for Social Inclusion Research