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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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30 Projects

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Advising BMWi on energy policies

Since 2016, dena has advised the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy on matters of energy policies in its position as framework agreement partner. It provides the consultancy services as the principal contractor, cooperating in this capacity with 14 partners from business and science.

Overview

  • Project start: September 2016
  • Client: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
  • Partners: adelphi, BBH, Best Friend, ecofys, ewi ER&S, Fraunhofer ISI, Frontier, GRS, ifeu, Öko-Institut, Prognos, PwC, SUER, University of Stuttgart (EEP & IER)

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

 

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

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

German-Ukrainian Efficient House Pilot Project

A building refurbishment project in Ukraine organised by dena, Initiative Wohnungswirtschaft Osteuropa, the East European Housing Industry Initiative, and Kompetenzzentrum Großsiedlungen e.V., Centre of Expertise for Large Housing Estates, has met with enthusiastic response in Ukraine. The focus here is on 20 pilot projects for the energy-efficient refurbishment of apartment buildings in Ukraine.

Overview

  • Project start: 2015
  • 1,000 expressions of interest in participation were received within just a short period of time
  • 20 pilot projects launched in 2016
  • Collaboration of German and Ukrainian partners
  • Funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

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