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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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12 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

China: Energy Trends of the Future

dena identifies new trends and changes affecting the market environment and political conditions in the areas of climate protection and the energy transition in China. The project “China: Energy Trends of the Future” is conducting pioneering work for future bilateral cooperation between the BMWi and China.

Overview

  • Project start: November 2018
  • Project objectives: monitoring for the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) in the areas of climate protection and the energy transition in China, clarification of development and implementation potential of German-Chinese projects.
  • Project partners: Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the National Energy Conservation Center (NECC), the National Energy Agency (NEA)

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
  • Digital Energy World

    During the second phase of the energy transition, digitalisation will increasingly demand from all participants systematic action outside of defined structures, as well as needs-based solutions. This can only work if the actors think and act within a cross-sectoral framework. This approach will help develop new business ideas and marketable products.

    Overview

    • Project start: January 2016
    • The partner network currently comprises 29 companies and associations from the energy industry, building industry, IT and metrology, as well as technology manufacturers and consultants.
    • The aims of the platform: to bring together and network the key figures within a cross-sectoral framework; to provide expert support in the digitalisation of the energy world; to play a key role in shaping the terms of digitalisation; and to create awareness and acceptance in the general public.

     

    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.


    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)