About dena

We are the Deutsche Energie-Agentur – the German Energy Agency

dena is Germany’s centre of expertise for energy efficiency, renewable energy sources and intelligent energy systems. As the "Agency for the Applied Energy Transition" we contribute to the attainment of energy and climate policy objectives.

We develop solutions and put them into practice, both nationally and internationally. In order to achieve this, we bring together partners from politics and industry across all sectors - with an enthusiasm for one of the most exciting challenges of our time.

Figures about us

2000
Founded
dena was founded in autumn 2000
Appr 650
Projects
have been launched by dena for the energy transition since it was founded.
90
Projects currently
being implemented
240
employees
of which 53% are women

Mission & goals

We focus our efforts on the building, power and transport consumption sectors, as well as on issues relating to energy generation, storage, networking, and digitalisation. We realise pilot projects, advise politicians, manufacturers and service providers, qualify multipliers, inform consumers, build networks, encourage international exchanges and develop future scenarios.

To do so, dena primarily focuses on market instruments and innovative business models. And we view the energy system as a whole, because it is becoming increasingly vital to link the many different parts of the world of energy to each other. dena’s shareholders are the Federal Republic of Germany and the KfW Group.

The management of dena

Andreas Kuhlmann, Chief Executive
Chief Executive

Andreas Kuhlmann

Andreas Kuhlmann has been dena's Chief Executive since July 2015. The graduate physicist previously held positions at the Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft, BDEW (German Association of Energy and Water Industries), the German Embassy in Stockholm, the European Parliament, the German Bundestag, and the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs.

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Kristina Haverkamp
Managing Director

Kristina Haverkamp

Kristina Haverkamp has been a Managing Director at dena since October 2015. Following various positions in the German Foreign Office, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and the Federal Ministry of Finance, the lawyer was, among other posts, in charge of the Department of Economics in the permanent representation of the Federal Republic of Germany to the EU.

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Divisions of dena

20 Projects

Our Projects

Grid Flex Study

In its “Grid Flex Study", dena is investigating how storage facilities can be used to increase flexibility in the electricity grid. The aim is to identify operating models for storage facilities that are economically viable and which reduce the load on the electricity grid.

Overview

  • Project start: February 2016
  • Study duration: 12 months (until the end of January 2017)
  • The partners in the study are 23 companies from various industries (grid operators, energy providers, plant engineers and providers of storage facility solutions)

Grid Study I and II

With the help of Grid Studies I and II, dena presents the measures which will allow the German electricity grid to meet the challenges of the future: through targeted grid expansion and at the same time optimising the existing energy infrastructure.

Overview

  • Grid Study I: released in February 2005
  • Grid Study I: 17 partners from the industry (grid and installation operators as well as their associations) as well as the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB)
  • Grid Study II: released in November 2010
  • Grid Study II: 14 partners from the industry (grid and installation operators as well as their associations) as well as the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB)

Pilot Project DSM Bavaria

In collaboration with Bavarian companies and the Bavarian state government, dena is conducting a flagship project for the analysis and establishment of demand side management potential.

Overview

  • Project duration: 11/2013 – 6/2016
  • Involved DSM marketers: 4
  • Companies personally contacted: 180
  • Companies whose DSM potential was analysed: 58
  • Companies that received comprehensive advice during marketing: 10
  • Industries which the companies analysed can be categorised under: > 11

Platform for Pumped-Storage Plants

Pumped-storage plants play a key role in the expansion and integration of renewable energy sources. However, in the context of the current framework conditions, their economic operation is in doubt.

Overview

  • 10 project partners
  • Stakeholders from 3 countries: Germany, Austria, and Switzerland
  • Project since 2013

Ancillary Services Platform

In the future, renewable energy, storage facilities and other alternative providers of ancillary services can and must make a greater contribution towards the security and stability of our electricity system. With the aim of creating the necessary framework conditions in a swift and timely manner, the dena Ancillary Services Platform pools the results of individual activities in the field of future ancillary services, identifies areas in which action is required and promotes exchange between and communication with experts.

Overview

  • Project duration: September 2014 to September 2020
  • Partners of the platform: 22 companies from various industries (system operators, energy suppliers, system manufacturers) as well as politicians and associations

Power to Gas Potentiality Atlas

Power to gas – i.e. the conversion of electricity into gas for further use or long-term storage — is one of the most promising technologies for the future.

Overview

  • Project duration: 08/2015 – 07/2016
  • Number of partners: 13 associated partners and 25 partners of the strategy platform
  • Studies read on the topic: >80
  • Expert interviews carried out: 91
  • Utilisation paths analysed: 5
  • Cluster regions identified: 4
  • Recommended courses of action derived: 17

Smart Meter Study

With the support of German distribution grid operators, dena has conducted a study to calculate the economic costs of a nationwide rollout of the Smart Meter technology, its direct benefit effects (grid benefits) and the regulatory framework requirements.

Overview

  • Project duration: July 2014
  • Partners of the study: 11 companies (with a focus on grid operation and energy supply)
  • Research partners: Ludwig Einhellig (Deloitte & Touche GmbH), Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Rehtanz (TU Dortmund/ef. Ruhr), Prof. Dr. Gert Brunekreeft (Jacobs University Bremen)

Power to Gas Strategy Platform,

dena has been in charge of the Power to Gas Strategy Platform since 2011. Together with partners from business, associations and science, it analyses the importance of Power to Gas for the use of renewable electricity and defines the conditions for utilisation of the system solution for economical and large-scale technical deployment.

Overview

  • Project start: 2011
  • currently 26 project partners
  • Objective: 1,000 MW installed capacity in the form of electrolysers by the year 2022

Ancillary services 2030

Ancillary services are required for a secure and stable power supply. The study analyses and evaluates technological alternatives for the provision of ancillary services in an energy system utilising a high percentage of renewable energy.

Overview

  • Publication: February 2014
  • Partners of the study: 16 companies
  • Agents: dena, Technical University of Dortmund / ef. Ruhr GmbH

Thermal Energy Resource Modeling and Optimization System THERMOS

THERMOS is providing new methods and instruments with which to make the supply of heat quicker, more efficient and more economical.

Overview

  • Promoting the development of low-emission heating and cooling networks
  • 15 European partners from eight countries
  • Term: October 2016 to September 2019