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Energising tomorrow’s world

How can we improve energy efficiency? How should we build the energy systems of the future? How do we bring together people who will make the difference?

And how can we strengthen international cooperation? Our projects design energy for tomorrow’s world.

Energy efficiency

The energy transition calls for innovation and a fresh mindset. Our current level of energy consumption must be halved as quickly as possible. And it is imperative to satisfy this demand using regenerative energy sources that protect our climate and environment. The energy transition will be more successful if we use electricity, heat and fuel efficiently.

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Drawdown book: Global warming is reversible

Climate protection initiative gives a preview of the German edition of the Drawdown book with the 100 most effective climate protection measures and invites clever minds to participate

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Energy systems

Tomorrow’s energy systems will have to overcome many and varied challenges. Production, distribution and consumption need to be linked intelligently in order to guarantee a constant supply of renewable energy.

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Renewable energy

The expansion of renewable energy has already made significant progress in Germany, especially in the electricity sector. Now the focus now is increasingly on linking the energy systems. Knowledge and technology transfer on an international level is important here.

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23 Projects

Our projects

Energy Efficiency Award

dena’s nationwide Energy Efficiency Campaign is helping companies to exploit existing energy and cost-saving potential.

Overview

  • Project start: 2007
  • 661 energy efficiency projects submitted
  • 8 terawatt-hours in annual energy savings
  • 44 state governments
  • 40 prizes awarded
  • 30,000 euros in prize money
  • 1 expert jury

 

Energy Efficiency Networks

In the context of the Campaign, the German Federal Government has agreed with 22 associations and organisations to establish around 500 new energy efficiency networks by end of 2020.

Overview

  • Project duration: 2015 - 2020
  • Partners: BMWi and BMU + 22 industrial associations
  • Project objective: 500 networks by end of 2020:
  • Project objective: 75 PJ in primary energy savings
  • Project objective: 5 million-tonne reduction in greenhouse gas emissions

 

Combined Heat and Power Generation

The combined generation of heat and power (CHP) makes a significant contribution to increasing energy efficiency where generation is concerned. Furthermore, CHP can be used to reduce costs both in the industrial sector as well as in households.

Overview

  • Project duration: until 2015
  • Part of the "Efficient Energy Systems" project

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)