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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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18 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 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
  • dena Renewable Energy Solutions Programme

    dena's RES Programme gives companies the opportunity to install renewable energy technology in prestigious institutions operating in high-value target markets, therefore enabling significant visibility.

    Overview

    • 86 projects have been successfully implemented in 59 countries so far
    • Applications are only admitted during the application periods, which are communicated by official notice.
    • Successor to the dena Solar Roofs programme, which was initiated in 2004
    • Now the dena RES Programme is open for all technologies (photovoltaics, solar thermal energy, solar cooling, bioenergy, geothermal energy, wind energy or hydroelectric power and hybrid systems)

     

    Franco-German Energy Platform

    The Franco-German Energy Platform is a collaboration between dena and the French energy agency ADEME for cross-border projects.

    Overview

    • Project start: 1/9/2015
    • Current partners: TANDEM and DFBEW
    • Objective: Development of concrete collaborative projects for a sustainable supply of energy to serve as a role model for national approaches in a European context.
    • Funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

    German-Turkish Energy Partnership

    This project supports German-Turkish energy co-operation in the areas of renewable energy sources, energy efficiency, energy infrastructure and linking sectors. Besides collaboration in working groups, it also involves the implementation of joint pilot projects, specialist workshops and delegation visits.

    Overview

    • Project start: March 2019, project duration: 12 months, project objectives: Exchange of experience, consulting and pilot projects in the fields of renewable energies, energy efficiency and energy infrastructure & sector coupling
    • Partners: Turkish Ministry of Energy and Resources (ETKB), German-Turkish Chamber of Industry and Commerce (AHK)
    • Supported by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi)

    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

    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

    EU study on transparent price labelling of fuels at filling stations

    The main objective of the study is to develop a method that increases price transparency for the consumer and, in this way, highlights any cost advantages of alternative fuels.

    Overview

    • Project start: February 2016
    • Project duration: 12 months
    • Project objective: To develop a method that increases price transparency of fuels for the consumer and highlights any cost advantages of alternative fuels.
    • Funded by: European Commission

    Energy Export Initiative,

    dena has been preparing relevant market information for the German renewable energy sector and providing export advice to companies in the industry since 2002. dena also advertises “German Energy Solutions” abroad and assists German suppliers in the development of high-profile flagship projects.

    Overview

    • Project start: 2002
    • Objective: greater international use of renewable energy and energy efficiency measures, as well as supporting German providers with marketing overseas
    • Provision of attractive presentation options for German providers on overseas markets, as well as specialist information for German companies and/or foreign user groups and multipliers