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.
96
Projects currently
being implemented
257
employees
of which 56% 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

11 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
  • 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 Building in China

    dena has been developing and implementing energy-efficient construction projects in China since 2006. Advanced technology and experience gathered in Germany are adapted and transferred to the conditions in the respective region, using experts on the ground. The aim is to improve the market conditions for energy efficiency technologies, impart knowledge and establish concepts suitable for mass marketing of energy efficiency in China.

    Overview

    • Project start: 2006
    • Since 2010, dena has launched 30 pilot projects
    • First efficient house standard introduced in Hebei in 2015
    • Partners: Construction ministries of both countries, the Center of Science and Technology of Construction (CSTC), the  Chinese Society for Urban Studies (CSUS), and various provinces, specialist associations, and German and Chinese companies.

    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

    FEBS – the specialist portal for energy-efficient construction and refurbishment

    The FEBS specialist portal for energy-efficient construction and refurbishment offers a wide range of services for professionals in energy consulting, architecture, engineering and skilled trades who are active in the field of energy-efficient construction and refurbishment. At the request of the German Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control (BAFA), dena is offering experts a complete package comprising web platform, publications and dialogue that aims to boost the quality of energy-efficient construction and refurbishment.

    Overview

    • Project start: 2019
    • Objective: Strengthen the quality of energetic building and renovation
    • In focus: Professionals from energy consulting, architecture, engineering and trade
    • Integrated service center (telephone and email) for questions concerning EnEV, energy performance certificate and balancing
    • On behalf of BAFA

    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.


    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