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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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11 Projects

Our projects

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 Study Integrated Energy Transition

The goal of the Study is to make the expertise and requirements of the industry available to successfully design the second phase of the energy transition.

Overview

  • Project launch: February 2017
  • Project term: June 2018
  • Over 60 partners
  • Focus: Energy systems, buildings, transport, industry

dena Grid Study III

At the request of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), dena is conducting research among a wide group of stakeholders into the need for integrated energy infrastructure planning that considers the whole system, and the added value it brings. The aim is to identify new processes that provide more space for innovation and system optimisation.

Overview

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  • Project objective: Further development of electricity grid planning into an integrated planning of energy infrastructure
  • Stakeholder process on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi)
  • Stakeholder: Representatives from politics, business, science, society
  • 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

    Energy-Efficient Building in China

    dena has been developing and implementing energy-efficient construction projects in China since 2006. Advanced technology and experience gathered in Germany are adapted and transferred to the conditions in the respective region, using experts on the ground. The aim is to improve the market conditions for energy efficiency technologies, impart knowledge and establish concepts suitable for mass marketing of energy efficiency in China.

    Overview

    • Project start: 2006
    • Since 2010, dena has launched 30 pilot projects
    • First efficient house standard introduced in Hebei in 2015
    • Partners: Construction ministries of both countries, the Center of Science and Technology of Construction (CSTC), the  Chinese Society for Urban Studies (CSUS), and various provinces, specialist associations, and German and Chinese companies.

    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

    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

    FEBS – the specialist portal for energy-efficient construction and refurbishment

    The FEBS specialist portal for energy-efficient construction and refurbishment offers a wide range of services for professionals in energy consulting, architecture, engineering and skilled trades who are active in the field of energy-efficient construction and refurbishment. At the request of the German Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control (BAFA), dena is offering experts a complete package comprising web platform, publications and dialogue that aims to boost the quality of energy-efficient construction and refurbishment.

    Overview

    • Project start: 2019
    • Objective: Strengthen the quality of energetic building and renovation
    • In focus: Professionals from energy consulting, architecture, engineering and trade
    • Integrated service center (telephone and email) for questions concerning EnEV, energy performance certificate and balancing
    • On behalf of BAFA

    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.


    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