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

23 Projects

Our Projects

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

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 study on transparent price labelling of fuels at filling stations

The main objective of the study is to develop a method that increases price transparency for the consumer and, in this way, highlights any cost advantages of alternative fuels.

Overview

  • Project start: February 2016
  • Project duration: 12 months
  • Project objective: To develop a method that increases price transparency of fuels for the consumer and highlights any cost advantages of alternative fuels.
  • Funded by: European Commission

LNG study

With the English and German study, dena summarised the current developmental status of LNG in heavy goods traffic, and illustrated the challenges as well as necessary measures for a ramp up of the fuel on the German market. The study is the starting point for the LNG task force as a joint development platform for LNG in road traffic.

Overview

  • Project duration: 2014 – 2015
  • Partners: 5 companies from the energy industry
  • Content: Basic principles of LNG as a fuel, international LNG markets, LNG vehicle technology, recommended courses of action for policy

Part of the European Energy Network EnR

dena is represented as the German member in the European network of national energy agencies EnR (European Energy Network), and contributes experiences and expertise from Germany.

Overview

  • In 2016 dena held the presidency of EnR.
  • Network of 24 international energy agencies (as of 2018)
  • EnR was founded in 1992.


German-Ukrainian Efficient House Pilot Project

A building refurbishment project in Ukraine organised by dena, Initiative Wohnungswirtschaft Osteuropa, the East European Housing Industry Initiative, and Kompetenzzentrum Großsiedlungen e.V., Centre of Expertise for Large Housing Estates, has met with enthusiastic response in Ukraine. The focus here is on 20 pilot projects for the energy-efficient refurbishment of apartment buildings in Ukraine.

Overview

  • Project start: 2015
  • 1,000 expressions of interest in participation were received within just a short period of time
  • 20 pilot projects launched in 2016
  • Collaboration of German and Ukrainian partners
  • Funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

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)

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