Compared to the previous year, revenue increased by 2.7 million euros to 20.1 million euros. Net income for the year, influenced also by one-off effects, totalled 1.1 million euros. With numerous new and innovative projects, dena succeeded in strengthening its position considerably. This is according to dena's annual financial statement.
Activities in 2016
For the first time, dena offered thirty start-ups from the Berlin area the opportunity of travelling to the E-world energy fair in Essen to make contact with traditional energy industry businesses, and to present and develop new ideas to promote the energy transition. In addition, dena offered the ‘Start-up Energy Transition Award’ for the first time to give committed start-ups from around the world a say in the climate policy debate.
Since the autumn of 2016, dena, along with 14 business and scientific partners, has been advising the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) in matters of energy policy. The BMWi’s general agreement includes support in economic, technical and legal matters, including those in the areas of energy efficiency, renewable energy for heating and cooling, and also waste heat.
In the energy systems and energy services business sector, dena compiled, among other things, a potentiality atlas for power to gas. The Digital Energy World Platform was launched, as was the project, ‘DIGI4E – dialogue processes and analyses to support digitalisation in energy, energy efficiency and renewable energy’. Together with 23 partners, dena’s Flexible Grid (Netzflex) Study was initiated to investigate the market-oriented use of storage systems and other flexible technologies. In addition, the demand side management pilot projects in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg were successfully concluded.
In implementing the projects, ‘Service for Experts Portal’ and ‘Database of Energy Efficiency Experts for Government Subsidy Programmes’, dena highlighted the importance of the qualification and further training of experts in the area of energy-efficient buildings. Furthermore, it developed the individual refurbishment roadmap and implemented the first practical tests. By running the ‘Refurbishment Heroes’ competition, dena raised public awareness of energy-efficient refurbishment considerably.
In the areas of renewable energy sources and energy-efficient mobility, dena supported the Federal Government’s Energy Export Initiative. The EU project, WISE Power, designed to increase the social acceptance of onshore wind power in Europe, was successfully concluded in the autumn. On behalf of the European Commission, dena conducted a study of the transparent price labelling of fuels at service stations. For the first time, dena organised the extensive supporting programme for the Federal Government’s international energy transition conference, the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue (BETD), with guided tours, workshops and business-to-government dialogues. In the autumn of 2016, dena and the Edelman.ergo network of agencies were granted a general agreement to span several years for the international communication of matters relating to the energy transition.
In 2016 dena took over the presidency of the European Energy Network (EnR), an alliance currently consisting of 24 national energy agencies from Europe and bordering countries. The main focus of dena’s presidency was on practical contributions to the European energy union, and in particular to the 2030 energy and climate targets.
dena successfully promoted energy efficiency in buildings internationally through projects in the Ukraine, China and Iran. As part of dena’s Renewable Energy Solutions Programme, seven projects, including those in Uzbekistan, Kenya, Namibia and Japan, were completed successfully. In addition, commissioned by the Foreign Office, an 80kWp photovoltaic system was installed on the roof of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome. dena was in charge of the tender and technical implementation.
dena Congress discusses the future of the energy transition
At the 7th dena Congress in Berlin more than 800 attendees from industry, science and politics discussed the issue of the future of the energy transition. For the first time, numerous start-ups from the energy industry were included in the programme, in order to stimulate dialogue between established and young entrepreneurs. This year the dena Congress will take place on 20 and 21 November in the Berlin Congress Center (bcc).
The Deutsche Energie-Agentur – the German Energy Agency – is the centre of expertise for energy efficiency, renewable energy sources and intelligent energy systems. As the ‘agency for applied energy transition’, it contributes to the attainment of the Federal Government’s energy and climate policy targets. dena was established in the autumn of 2000 with its Head Office in Berlin. dena operates as a limited company with cost and performance targets. It finances its projects through public donations and income from private business. With effect from 1 January 2017, dena’s shareholders are the Federal Republic of Germany and the KfW Group. Company shares were previously held by Deutsche Bank AG, DZ BANK AG and Allianz SE.