At the Franco–German Industry Conference in Berlin, companies and start-ups as well as politicians, associations and scientists from both countries discussed the implementation of the Paris Agreement with innovative entrepreneurial approaches. This is the first time the Franco–German Innovation Award for Renewable Energies was awarded, a prize honouring excellent practical role models, to the Fraunhofer IWES (Germany) und ARMINES (France) research institutes for their 'REstable' project. The organisers were the Deutsche Energie-Agentur (dena), German Energy Agency, the French Energy Agency (ADEME) and the French Embassy, as well as the business development agency Business France.
Companies can carry the energy transition forward with new technologies and business models
'Businesses have a particularly big role to play in the implementation of the climate agreement. With the right approach at the political and corporate levels, Germany and France could become forerunners for the decarbonisation of industry,' said dena's Chief Executive Andreas Kuhlmann, at the launch. 'The objective of the conference was to initiate the cooperation between German and French companies as well as established companies and start-ups who are carrying the energy transition forward with enthusiasm, but, most of all, with new ideas, technologies and business models. Together with the ADEME, we are already supporting the development and implementation of such transnational projects as part of our Franco–German energy platform.'
The speakers at the conference included Rainer Baake, parliamentary secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, the French ambassador H.E. Philippe Etienne, as well as Philippe Masset, Head of the Department for International Programmes and Partnerships at ADEME. From the industry sector, speakers included Electricité de France (EDF), EEL Energy, Engie Deutschland, RWE, Siemens and QINOUS.
Franco–German Innovation Award for Renewable Energies
Together with the Franco-German Office for Energy Transition, dena and ADEME established the Franco–German Innovation Award. For the winning project, REstable, the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology (IWES), and research and technology organisation ARMINES researched the provision of reserve power throughout Europe from renewable energy sources using a virtual power plant.
'As an inspiration for companies, we would like to award the Franco–German Innovation Award to exemplary energy collaborations,' Masset commented at the award ceremony. 'The REstable project has a special significance for the energy transition. We can only attain the European expansion goals for renewable energies if renewable energy installations can contribute to the stability of the power system, and when it becomes possible for them to provide ancillary services, such as reserve power.'
Two other projects reached the finals:
- In the 'Crome — Cross-Border Mobility for Electric Vehicles' project, the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT) and French energy company Électricité de France (EDF) researched cross-border, safe, user-friendly and reliable electromobility between Germany and France, considering infrastructure and services.
- In the 'RefinerHy' project, Ludwig-Bölkow-Systemtechnik GmbH (LBST) and energy consultancy association Hinicio SA researched how hydrogen produced using renewable energies can be used in refineries in Germany and France. This would help to reduce CO2emissions in the production of fuels.
Further information on energy systems and reserve power
To the Franco-German energy platform
The conference takes place as part of the Franco-German Energy Platform . The Franco–German Energy Platform is a joint venture by dena and the French energy agency Agence de l'Environnement et de la Maîtrise de l'Energie (ADEME). It develops bilateral projects in cooperation with politicians, companies, scientists and society.