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

7 Projects

Our Projects

Digital Energy World

During the second phase of the energy transition, digitalisation will increasingly demand from all participants systematic action outside of defined structures, as well as needs-based solutions. This can only work if the actors think and act within a cross-sectoral framework. This approach will help develop new business ideas and marketable products.

Overview

  • Project start: January 2016
  • The partner network currently comprises 29 companies and associations from the energy industry, building industry, IT and metrology, as well as technology manufacturers and consultants.
  • The aims of the platform: to bring together and network the key figures within a cross-sectoral framework; to provide expert support in the digitalisation of the energy world; to play a key role in shaping the terms of digitalisation; and to create awareness and acceptance in the general public.

 

Eco-Cities in China

dena plays a major role in Sino-German cooperation in the field of climate-friendly urban development. This cooperation centres on practical criteria relating to sustainable urban infrastructure, strategies and management instruments. Energy-efficiency technologies and services that have been tested in Germany are to be demonstrated, evaluated and further refined across 25 pilot cities in China.

Overview

  • Project start: 2015
  • 25 pilot cities in China
  • Countries involved: Germany and China
  • Partners: Wilo SE and Wacker AG

Energy-Efficient Municipalities

Municipalities which consume less energy save money and promote climate protection. With its "Energy-Efficient Municipalities" project, dena aims to motivate local communities in Germany to introduce systematic energy and climate protection management. dena offers certification as a dena Energy-Efficient Municipality to cities and towns that have successfully introduced such a management system.

Overview

  • Project start: 2009
  • dena organises series of consulting events in numerous municipalities all across Germany
  • Three certified dena energy-efficient model municipalitities

Energy-Efficient Street Lighting

The events of the roadshow inform municipalities across Germany of practical solutions, proven technologies, as well as sustainable planning and financing aspects on the topic of street lighting.

Overview

  • 9 million streetlights in Germany
  • 2.2 billion kWh of electricity could be saved through the modernisation of street lighting
  • 51 % of street lighting is due for modernisation
  • 400 million euros of energy costs could be saved by municipalities each year by modernising their streetlights
  • Project start: 2014
  • 30 collaboration and project partners
  • 15 regional events in three years

Pilot project: Energy efficiency cooperatives – street lighting

During the pilot project dena is supporting three model local communities, which, together with existing energy cooperatives, are implementing projects for the modernisation of street lighting.

Overview

  • Pilot project for cooperation between local communities and energy cooperatives in the modernisation of street lighting
  • Support for project implementation in three model local communities
  • Energy efficiency cooperatives to be established as an additional financing option for the modernisation of street lighting at local level.
  • Project term: 6/2016 to 12/2017
  • Funding provided by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy

EnerKI – Using artificial intelligence to optimise the energy system

The aim of the “EnerKI – Using artificial intelligence to optimise the energy system” project is to develop specific knowledge about the use of artificial intelligence in the energy system and make it available to businesses, experts and politicians.

Overview

  • Project start: January 2019
  • Project duration: 18 months
  • Supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

Start Up Energy Transition

In Start Up Energy Transition, dena is establishing a global platform for innovation in the energy transition.

Overview

  • dena launched the Start Up Energy Transition initiative in 2016
  • It is built on the three pillars of Award, Network and Tech Festival
  • 550 start-ups from 66 countries applied for the award in its first year
  • Following its relaunch in November 2017 at the COP23, start-ups are now invited to apply to the new round of the awards by 31 January
  • The award ceremony will take place during an evening event with BETD in April 2018