INTO THE WOODS

Uffing Station

Watch the station from bird's-eye view - in this video filmed with a drone

The first train arrived at the Uffing train station mid-morning on May 15, 1897. The Plant-for-the-Planet foundation bought the building 135 years later as a new home for the children's and youth's initiative. Thus, the future is catching on since the foundation, supported by numerous businesses, completely renovated the train station to optimize energy efficiency. With Germany’s first energy-plus train station, Plant-for-the-Planet demonstrates how mobility, living, and working can be done in a sustainable manner: the train station was insulated with wood fiber, water is heated using geothermal and solar energy, and electricity is obtained through a 17 PV module. Excess electricity is given away to the residents through two charging stations for electric cars and electric bikes.   

As an energy-plus building, the train station produces more energy than it uses. Because of the wood insulation, it meets the passive-house standard and therefore has a very low rate of energy consumption. Additionally, a 17.75 kWp photovoltaic system on the train station rooftop generates electricity. The train station also draws solar power at night, since a battery in the basement stores the electricity from the photovoltaic system. Its 24 modules generate 11 kWh electricity. Warm water is obtained by a solar heating system on the rooftop and a geothermal installation: heat from the earth is conveyed by hoses spiraled into baskets that are placed under the surface of the ground next to the station building.

With the energy-plus train station, Plant-for-the-Planet continues a tradition. In 1924, the Walchensee power plant was brought into operation. From then on a number of railway lines were operated using clean electricity from hydroelectric power, including the Munich-Innsbruck line via Uffing. Travelers now can wait for the train in warmth in the area where the railway employees once operated the signal switches. Free Wi-Fi makes the wait more attractive and should encourage more people to switch from car to train. Travelers can monitor how much electricity the train station is producing and how much it is using on a screen in the waiting room.

Photos: flic.kr/s/aHskcMbvNT

 

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We are greatful for the professional work on this station:
Suphi Aslan, Georg Buchner, Hans Buchner, Xaver Drexel, Bernd Dürr, Klaus Hoffmann, Max Kandlinger, Alois Kölbl, Ralf Ludwig, Franz Mayr, Hans Orlandi, Michael Sanktjohanser, Armin Schleuder, Kazimierz Skwarek, Christian Weiß, and many more

We want to thank all suppliers of the ecologically exemplary products:
Bauder, Baumit, Bayerwald, Caparol, Creaton, Dosteba, Gienger, Grünbeck, HeidelbergerCement, Inthermo, Kircher, Schöck, Solar Fabrik, Steico, Systemair, Vaillant, VARTA Storage, ZEG, and many more