New cooling and central emergency unit

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The Max-Planck-Campus in Martinsried was built in the beginning of the 1970s. Since that time the institute is generating approximately 2 megawatts cooling energy from the tertiary groundwater. In 2012 the water authority refuses them to continue using the tertiary groundwater. As a substitute they built a cooling and central emergency unit which is expected to supply the whole Max-Planck-Campus with 7 megawatts cooling energy once its final step is completed.

Central part of the cooling unit is a compressor on the basement level as well as a cooler which generates 6 Volts on the central roof system. On the ground floor there are transformer rooms and a centre for medium voltage installation.

For reusing energy reasons the entire rain water of the campus is collected in two cisterns. The water is cooled down again with ground temperature and used as pre-flow for the cooling circuit.

In future there will be installed cogeneration stations on the ground level where there is kept an area. The actual planning intends to provide the power units with twice 1 megawatt.

New cooling and central emergency unit

New Building

Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Munich

Planning: 2008 - 2010
Construction Time: 2011 - 2012

Gross Floor Area: 1.088 sqm
Gross Volume: 4.738 cbm
Costs: 13 mio. EUR

Phase: 6 - 9
Kai Otto Architekten
Project Leader: Günther Schramm

Phase: 2 - 5
Müller-Hamann Hassenzahl Architekten

© Foto Jens Weber