Energy transition: countdown begins for Franco-German Innovation Award

Co-operative projects and ideas sought from companies and research institutes in both countries

Until 1 June, companies and research institutions can submit entries for the new Franco-German Innovation Award for Renewable Energies. Distinctions will be awarded to projects and project ideas that promote a wide application of renewable energies in Germany and France, or in the international market.  The German Energy Agency (dena) has created the award as part of the Franco-German Energy Platform.

‘The award-winning entries are intended to serve as models that will inspire further cross-border co-operations. Particularly in the context of a Europe-wide energy transition, such partnerships are an important factor for the transition’s success,’ says Andreas Kuhlmann, Chief Executive of dena.

The award ceremony will take place on 14 June 2016 at the French Embassy in Berlin, as part of the Franco-German Industry Conference. The three chosen finalists will be able to present their projects there before an audience of around 100 energy experts. The winner will receive prominent exposure in the Franco-German Energy Platform’s media activities.

The jury will assess the entries according to their significance for the energy transition, their value as a model, and their innovative and creative power. It is also important that partners from both countries contribute to the project.

The Franco-German Energy Platform

Dena has developed the award in collaboration with its partners from the Franco-German Energy Platform: the French energy agency, Agence de l'Environnement et de la Maîtrise de l'Energie (ADEME), and the German-French Office for Renewable Energies (DFBEE).

The aim of the platform is to develop co-operative projects for a sustainable energy provision – involving partners from administration, industry, associations, science and NGOs in both countries. The focus is on the areas of energy efficiency, networks, renewable energies and mobility. In this way concrete projects will develop common solutions to the challenges of today’s energy politics – and, in so doing, provide a model for the whole of Europe.

Further information on the innovation award and how to register