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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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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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24 Projects

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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

Demand Side Management in Baden-Württemberg

The purpose of the project is the analysis of cost-effective demand side management potential in cooperation with companies in Baden-Württemberg and the gathering of experience with marketing such potential in practice. Approaches suitable to advance the development of the flexible load market will be established.

Overview

  • Project duration: 07/2014 – 12/2016
  • Involved DSM marketers: 7
  • Companies personally contacted: 136
  • Companies whose DSM potential was analysed: 41
  • Companies that received comprehensive advice during marketing: 1 so far
  • Industries which the companies analysed can be categorised under: > 14

dena Distribution Grid Study

The dena Distribution Grid Study is a detailed examination of the need for expansion and conversion in the German electricity distribution grids based on two alternative expansion scenarios for renewable energy sources. The results highlight a significant need for expansion of the high, medium and low voltage as well as the intermediate transformer levels by 2030.

Overview

  • Publication: December 2012
  • Partners of the study: 17 companies (with a focus on grid operation and energy supply)
  • Involvement of a board of expert advisers from ministries and associations
  • Agents: dena, Technical University of Dortmund / ef. Ruhr GmbH, Prof. Dr. Gert Brunekreeft

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.

 

e-Highway2050

The goal of the EU project e-Highway2050 is to develop a long-term planning methodology for the expansion and restructuring of the European electricity transmission grids as well as a modular development plan for grid infrastructure in Europe by 2050.

Overview

  • Project duration: 40 months
  • dena as moderator of the work package Stakeholder Involvement
  • International project consortium consists of 27 partners

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

Efficient Energy Systems

The “Efficient Energy Systems” project provides information and a platform for dialogue on the energy transition for decision-makers, industry experts and the public alike.

Overview

  • Project duration: 2011 – 2015
  • A dena initiative Funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)
  • Cooperation partners: Industry and scientific institutions as well as associations

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

 

Ideas competition of BMU

The competition “RE:frame energy efficiency. New ideas for climate-friendly buildings” is part of the climate protection action plan which sets out strategic goals and measures for achieving the energy policy goals by 2020.

Overview

  • Project start: November 2016
  • On behalf of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), carried out by the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community (BMI)
  • Project term: 24 months
  • Project partners: EUMB Pöschk, mcQuadrat

Industrialization of energy-efficient refurbishment of apartment buildings

In Germany, industrial approaches for building refurbishment are still mostly unknown. In order to develop the market for complete refurbishment from a single source, dena is launching the project “Serial refurbishment of apartment buildings”.

Overview

  • Project start: 2017
  • Project term: 3 years
  • Objective: Development of the German market for serial refurbishment
  • Partners: innovative property companies and smart construction companies as well as the Dutch non-profit organisation "Energiesprong"