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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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17 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

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

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

 

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

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

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.