Transfer of knowledge and promoting exports

Both domestically and overseas, dena advocates the transfer of know-how and technology. This is because the international climate goals are ambitious and other countries can benefit from

Germany's experience. One focal point in this regard is the cross-border funding of renewable energy. dena's activities range from market analysis to export promotion.

The international energy transition

Renewable energy for foreign markets

dena promotes the international transfer of information for the closely related fields of renewable energy and energy efficiency. In this regard, it also advocates promoting the export of domestic technologies.

Germany is seen as a global pioneer when it comes to the energy transition. According to a study, around three quarters of foreign experts are convinced that the political measures implemented in Germany can be applied to their countries, at least in part. This indicates that the exchange of ideas and the transfer of knowledge and technologies are important for the use of renewable energy both domestically and overseas.

An eye on foreign markets

dena plays an important role as a liaison between politics and industry. Its duties are manifold. It assists with the development of foreign markets in the fields of renewable energy and energy efficiency. It facilitates the transfer of knowledge to overseas, advises on the development of suitable political and economic regulatory frameworks, and at the same time also points out potential and targeted fields of application for individual technologies, as well as entire system solutions for energy supply. It provides options for increasing awareness of the German renewable energy industry among the public and showcases its expertise to the outside world. With a wide range of reference projects, it makes experiences with the energy transition in Germany tangible to overseas stakeholders. And it also highlights positive effects which arise from a more efficient form of energy use.

Renewable energy companies benefit from market analysis and the promotion of exports.

All across the world, dena calls attention to the possible applications of efficient energy supply systems and to solutions that use renewable energy technologies in the electricity, heating, and cooling markets, and assists German companies with developing overseas markets. As part of the "Energy Export Initiative" of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), dena also provides German providers of renewable energy technologies with support for their overseas business activities via the dena RES Programme. Furthermore, dena also publishes market analyses with real-world relevance. Finally, dena also informs international multipliers and companies on what the initiative has to offer.

Creating acceptance for renewable energy

The promotion of exports is flanked by networking activities. In addition to receiving delegations, this also includes a whole range of events, such as the annual European Biomethane Conference, which dena has organised since 2015. At this conference, 270 experts from 17 countries discuss current trends, innovative concepts, and regulatory frameworks in the biomethane sector.

When renewable energy technologies become market-ready, dena uses targeted measures to create transparency and increase acceptance for them among the public. For example, in the field of onshore wind energy, dena is working on strategies for improving public opinion as part of the WISE Power project — with the involvement of all relevant target groups. There are plans for using these strategies at a later date as a model for the whole of Europe.

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.

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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.


  • 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

Franco-German Energy Platform

The Franco-German Energy Platform is a collaboration between dena and the French energy agency ADEME for cross-border projects.


  • Project start: 1/9/2015
  • Current partners: TANDEM and DFBEW
  • Objective: Development of concrete collaborative projects for a sustainable supply of energy to serve as a role model for national approaches in a European context.
  • Funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy


The goal of the EU project e-Highway2050 is to develop a long-term planning methodology for the expansion and restructuring of the European electricity transmission grids as well as a modular development plan for grid infrastructure in Europe by 2050.


  • Project duration: 40 months
  • dena as moderator of the work package Stakeholder Involvement
  • International project consortium consists of 27 partners

Status and perspectives for renewable energy development in the UNECE region

The dena study ‘Status and perspectives for renewable energy development in the UNECE region’ analyses the renewable energy markets in the UNECE region and provides practical recommendations for the implementation of policies for the promotion of renewable energy sources. The study is carried out as part of the 2021 UNECE RE-Uptake project, which is jointly undertaken by dena, REN21, the UNECE and in close cooperation with and commissioned by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).


  • Project start: 2017
  • Project objective: Analysis of the markets for renewable energies in the UNECE region and development of recommended courses of action to implement energy transition policies.
  • Project partners: United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)


EU Heroes is a European partnership project that identifies obstacles to the development of municipal solar PV projects and develops solutions.


  • 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

EU study on transparent price labelling of fuels at filling stations

The main objective of the study is to develop a method that increases price transparency for the consumer and, in this way, highlights any cost advantages of alternative fuels.


  • Project start: February 2016
  • Project duration: 12 months
  • Project objective: To develop a method that increases price transparency of fuels for the consumer and highlights any cost advantages of alternative fuels.
  • Funded by: European Commission

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

GreenGasGrids – Green gas for Europe

dena led an international consortium with 11 countries with the goal of supporting the feeding-in of biogas into the natural gas network. The project was funded by the EU Commission.


  • Financing: Funded by Intelligent Energy for Europe (IEE)
  • Project term: 2011 – 2014
  • Consortium: 13 international energy agencies and associations from Europe led by dena
  • Objective: Increasing the production and use of biomethane in Europe and removing hurdles for trade.

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.


  • In 2016 dena held the presidency of EnR.
  • Network of 24 international energy agencies (as of 2018)
  • EnR was founded in 1992.

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.


  • Over 90 projects realised in more than 60 countries.
  • Applications in the first quarter of each year, the exact period is announced publicly.
  • The company can receive up to 65.000€ for public relations and information dissemination.
  • The RES programme is open to all technologies (photovoltaics, solar thermal energy, solar cooling, bioenergy, geothermal energy, wind or water power and hybrid systems).
  • The combination of renewable energy technology with storage solutions or energy efficiency measures and applications of fuel cell technology are welcome.