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 1500
Projects
have been launched by dena for the energy transition since it was founded.
97
Projects currently
being implemented
280
employees
of which 57% 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

Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue (BETD)

The Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue is organised by invitation of the German Federal Government in collaboration with the German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE), the German Solar Association (BSW-Solar), the Deutsche Energie-Agentur (dena) – the German Energy Agency and eclareon.

Overview

  • Project term: 2015
  • Project objective: As a high-ranking conference, the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue strengthens the international exchange of experience on the sustainable transformation of energy systems.
  • Project partners: the German Solar Association (BSW-Solar), Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE), eclareon GmbH

dena Study Integrated Energy Transition

The goal of the Study is to make the expertise and requirements of the industry available to successfully design the second phase of the energy transition.

Overview

  • Project launch: February 2017
  • Project term: June 2018
  • Over 60 partners
  • Focus: Energy systems, buildings, transport, industry

dena Grid Study III

dena is conducting research among a wide group of stakeholders into the need for integrated energy infrastructure planning that considers the whole system, and the added value it brings. The aim is to identify new processes that provide more space for innovation and system optimisation.

Overview

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  • Project objective: Further development of electricity grid planning into an integrated planning of energy infrastructure
  • Stakeholder process on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi)
  • Stakeholder: Representatives from politics, business, science, society
  • German-Belarusian Expert Council for Energy-Efficient Construction

    The German-Belarusian Expert Council pursues the goal of compiling concrete suggestions for revising the framework conditions for energy-efficient construction and refurbishment in Belarus.

    Overview

    • Project start: 2014
    • Expert group consisting of representatives from Belarusian standardisation and construction authorities as well as dena representatives
    • The goal: Compiling a technical code for building energy efficiency.

    Franco-German Energy Platform

    The Franco-German Energy Platform is a collaboration between dena and the French energy agency ADEME for cross-border projects.

    Overview

    • Project start: 1/9/2015
    • Current partners: TANDEM and DFBEW
    • Objective: Development of concrete collaborative projects for a sustainable supply of energy to serve as a role model for national approaches in a European context.
    • Funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

    German-Turkish Energy Partnership

    This project supports German-Turkish energy co-operation in the areas of renewable energy sources, energy efficiency, energy infrastructure and linking sectors. Besides collaboration in working groups, it also involves the implementation of joint pilot projects, specialist workshops and delegation visits.

    Overview

    • Project start: March 2019, project duration: 12 months, project objectives: Exchange of experience, consulting and pilot projects in the fields of renewable energies, energy efficiency and energy infrastructure & sector coupling
    • Partners: Turkish Ministry of Energy and Resources (ETKB), German-Turkish Chamber of Industry and Commerce (AHK)
    • Supported by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi)

    Energy-Efficient Municipalities in Russia

    dena has developed an energy and climate protection management system (ECM) with which municipalities can systematically and sustainably reduce their energy consumption. Following successful application in German and Chinese cities dena’s ECM will be implemented in Russian municipalities, taking into account specific local circumstances.

    Overview

    • Project start date: July 2019
    • Providing support and advice for the implementation of dena’s energy and climate protection management (dena ECM) in two Russian pilot municipalities
    • Adaptation of dena’s ECM instruments to the specific characteristics of Russian municipalities
    • Series of consultations for municipalities from two selected Russian regions
    • Providing support for selected implementation measures in two Russian pilot municipalities

    Advising BMWi on energy policies

    Since 2016, dena has advised the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy on matters of energy policies in its position as framework agreement partner. It provides the consultancy services as the principal contractor, cooperating in this capacity with 14 partners from business and science.

    Overview

    • Project start: September 2016
    • Client: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
    • Partners: adelphi, BBH, Best Friend, ecofys, ewi ER&S, Fraunhofer ISI, Frontier, GRS, ifeu, Öko-Institut, Prognos, PwC, SUER, University of Stuttgart (EEP & IER)

    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

    EU HEROES

    EU Heroes is a European partnership project that identifies obstacles to the development of municipal solar PV projects and develops solutions.

    Overview

    • Project term: October 2017 – September 2020
    • Project objective: The advancement of innovative business models for municipal solar projects.
    • Project partners: Ministerie Van Economische Zaken, The Energy Saving Trust Ltd, Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving Foundation, Polish Energy Conservation Agency, CREARA Consultores LS, Perspektyviniu Technologiju Taikomuju Tyrimu Institutas