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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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Press release, Berlin

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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26 Projects

Our projects

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

Power to Gas Strategy Platform,

dena has been in charge of the Power to Gas Strategy Platform since 2011. Together with partners from business, associations and science, it analyses the importance of Power to Gas for the use of renewable electricity and defines the conditions for utilisation of the system solution for economical and large-scale technical deployment.

Overview

  • Project start: 2011
  • currently 26 project partners
  • Objective: 1,000 MW installed capacity in the form of electrolysers by the year 2022

Ancillary services 2030

Ancillary services are required for a secure and stable power supply. The study analyses and evaluates technological alternatives for the provision of ancillary services in an energy system utilising a high percentage of renewable energy.

Overview

  • Publication: February 2014
  • Partners of the study: 16 companies
  • Agents: dena, Technical University of Dortmund / ef. Ruhr GmbH

Thermal Energy Resource Modeling and Optimization System THERMOS

THERMOS is providing new methods and instruments with which to make the supply of heat quicker, more efficient and more economical.

Overview

  • Promoting the development of low-emission heating and cooling networks
  • 15 European partners from eight countries
  • Term: October 2016 to September 2019