Making renewable energy sources successful

Germany is a role model in the area of renewable energy sources. dena supports the actors in technology transfer, in the creation of suitable frameworks and in cultivating international

markets. In Germany and elsewhere, dena experts bring dynamism to the process by providing competent political advice and comprehensive support to companies as they expand into foreign markets.

Renewable energies

Shaping the continued expansion

A new phase in the energy transition has begun in Germany. The focus now is increasingly on linking the energy systems. This also means transferring knowledge and technology to international partners.

Expanding the use of renewable energies is among the supporting pillars in the energy transition. This project is now at an advanced stage. The share of renewables, especially in electricity consumption, is rising from year to year. Interested parties will find detailed information in this respect on the relevant pages of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) website . Redesigning the energy system with due consideration of the various interdependencies will be the principal task for the future. The main focus will be on developing robust business models and creating suitable framework conditions.

Competent political consultancy in Germany and abroad

dena supports actors in business and politics in the continued, successful expansion of market and system integration for renewable energy sources. The specialist teams at dena advocate the development of new markets and provide competent advice to decision-makers. dena remains in close dialogue with actors within German industry. In the Biogas Partners project, for instance, dena brings together 50 senior figures from the entire value chain of biogas feed-in and use to support them in market cultivation and communication with politicians and the general public. These actors promote know-how and technology transfer on an international stage, allowing other nations to benefit from Germany’s positive experience too, for instance in the design of its own political and economic framework. Together with Edelman.ergo, dena is a partner to BMWi in communicating the German energy transition to the world. The two agencies' tasks include developing a comprehensive international communications strategy and looking after foreign delegations.

Market development and studies

The German renewable energy industry benefits from dena’s expertise and networking, for instance in the definition and establishment of markets and the identification of new technologies. The dena market analysis provides a summarised appraisal of twelve technologies in the electricity and heat markets in a global comparison. These studies, as does the Biomethane Industry Barometer, help decision-makers in business and politics plan their next steps. Moreover, dena accompanies German companies in the cultivation of (new) renewable energy markets abroad. The instruments designed to promote exports include the dena-supported “Energy Export Initiative” by BMWi.

Our projects

biogaspartner – the Biogas Feed-in Platform

Joint biogas feed-in. Under this motto, dena developed the project "biogaspartner – the Biogas Feed-in Platform" in collaboration with partners.


  • Project start: In 2007
  • Industry goal: Biogas feed-in into natural gas network as a fixed component of the energy mix.
  • Regulatory framework: Created via the implementation of the  integrated energy and climate programme of the Federal Government 
  • Cooperation: Sector-specific know-how for the full development of potential

German Biogas Register

The German Biogas Register is a platform for the standardised and simple documentation of verification records for biogas quantities and qualities in the natural gas network.


  • Project start: 2010
  • Partners: 14 leading companies from the biogas and energy industries
  • dena operates the German Biogas Register as the registrar

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.


  • 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)


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.


  • 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

WISE Power

The EU project WISE Power aims to determine successful strategies for increasing the acceptance of on-shore wind energy as well as its use in Europe. From a technical standpoint, the development of innovative participation models for project management needs to be prioritised.


  • Project duration: May 2014 to October 2016
  • Funded by: Intelligent Energy Europe, European Commission
  • Partners: WindEurope, Acciona, Terna, Scottish Government, CnES, GBS, Provincia di Savona, DUNEA, APERe, AEE,, Fraunhofer ISI, UNDP Croatia