Berlin-Brandenburg Energy Network e. V. (BEN)
With the founding of the Berlin Solar Network in July 2010 and its progression to Berlin-Brandenburg Energy Network e. V. (BEN), there is now an ever-growing association representing the interests of companies and institutions in renewable energies. Berlin-Brandenburg Energy Network e. V. is an association of renewable energies and related scientific institutions in the capital region and sets itself the following objectives and tasks:
- Promoting the exchange of views between stakeholders in science, business and politics
- Committing to reliable legal conditions
- Supporting the continued development of the sector and committing to the creation of new jobs and the safeguarding of existing ones
- Informing the public of the benefits and possible uses of renewable energies
- Supporting members in their internationalisation projects by means of valuable contacts
However, the main objective of Berlin-Brandenburg Energy Network e. V. is to significantly increase the use of environmentally friendly solar energy in the future.
Berliner NetzwerkE network (Berliner NetzwerkE)
Companies in the Berlin GRW NetzwerkE network work together on issues concerning energy efficiency and renewable energies. Berlin Energy Agency Ltd (Berliner Energieagentur (BEA)) is responsible for the network management. The network considers itself part of the Smart City strategy of the State of Berlin and focuses on practical solutions enabling the interaction of people and technology in the energy sector. Its partners jointly develop innovative concepts, products and services related to energy issues and implement them in pilot projects. The individual steps in the development of a project are accompanied by a specific idea and technical implementation, funding research and external communication by the network management. The network combines expertise and fosters exchanges between the network partners. The network management’s responsibilities are varied: initiating and supporting the implementation of model projects; working extensively with the public; organising events; and fostering the transfer of know-how between network partners and scientific institutions. The Berlin network partners with prominent regional providers, technology companies and users.
Brandenburg Energy Technology Initiative (ETI) (Brandenburgische Energie Technologie Initiative (ETI))
The Brandenburg Energy Technology Initiative (ETI) is a joint project of the Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy of the State of Brandenburg (Ministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie des Landes Brandenburg) and the Potsdam Chamber of Industry and Commerce (Industrie und Handelskammer (IHK) Potsdam). As an information and communication platform which enables networking between small and medium-sized businesses in the fields of energy efficiency and renewable energies, ETI is involved in various measures to implement the State of Brandenburg’s 2030 energy strategy. ETI organises information exchanges and the transfer of know-how to develop innovative, energy-efficient technologies and use renewable energies. For this purpose, working groups regularly meet to discuss BIOENERGY, LIGNITE, ENERGY EFFICIENCY, ENERGY STORAGE, GEOTHERMAL ENERGY, SOLAR ENERGY AND WIND ENERGY. The working group meetings are informal forums where experts, interested members of the public and stakeholders in politics, the economy, business and science share their views. ETI is committed to sustainability, regional added value and climate protection.
Brandenburg Centre for Energy Technology, registered association (CEBra – Centrum für Energietechnologie Brandenburg e. V.)
The technology-oriented Brandenburg Centre for Energy Technology, registered association (CEBra – Centrum für Energietechnologie Brandenburg e. V.) uses the powers of the chairs of CEBra Research to apply the basic research of the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus - Senftenberg – BTU) (Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus - Senftenberg – BTU) . This serves the development of pioneering technologies throughout the process chain of energy technology and supply. As the driving force behind various interdisciplinary industrial projects in the energy sector, CEBra e. V. complements the structures of BTU and the market-oriented company CEBra GmbH. The association’s objectives and functions include: linking up business and science in the energy sector; creating studies; carrying out experimental development work; conducting investigations such as the conceptualisation of technical, device-related solutions; developing software systems; creating concepts, planning documents and studies; conducting tests and measurement series on test facilities and test set-ups; and technology transfer.
Energy and Resource Efficiency and Security Of technical Systems (EuReffuS – Energie- und Ressourceneffizienz und Sicherheit technischer Systeme) in technology/heat recovery/process heat
EuReffuS is the leading network in energy and resource efficiency and offers innovative products and solutions for industry and trade in the area of efficiency technologies. In a number of collaborative R&D projects, network partners from industry and research are developing and testing new, sustainable solutions in various applications.
GreenIT-BB was founded in April 2009 as a public private partnership and brings together leading figures from business, science and management who want to promote energy-saving information and telecommunications technology. The network initiates projects, pools information, presents professional exchanges and sees itself as a nation-wide centre of excellence for Green IT. The GreenIT-BB network and its partners initiated and awarded the “Green IT Best Practice Award” as part of a Green IT summit relating to Green IT in Berlin in 2010 and has done ever since. Participants, nominees and winners can be found in extensive documentation on the network’s website: www.greenit-bb.de. In March 2012, the network published the first ever GreenIT yearbook with best practice contributions to increase energy efficiency. For IT centre operators, the GreenIT-BB network offers an online-based tool: GreenIT IT Centre-Benchmarking (GreenIT RZ-Benchmarking). Based on responses to 30 questions, benchmarking is created within a group of similarly sized IT centres, showing the potential for optimisation in the IT centre. GreenIT IT Centre-Benchmarking was awarded on the Federal Administration Day on 13 April 2010 as one of the Green-IT flagship projects of 2010.
Berlin-Brandenburg Innovative Energy Systems, registered association (Innovative Energiesysteme Berlin-Brandenburg e. V.)
The Solar Region Berlin-Brandenburg Network (Solarregion Berlin-Brandenburg e. V), which was initiated in 2007, emerged from the original initiative Solar Region East Brandenburg (Solarregion Ostbrandenburg) and since 2009 it has equally represented the interests of both States as an association. The Solar Region Berlin-Brandenburg Network supported the energy strategies of the States of Berlin and Brandenburg, and promoted networking among the industrial, scientific and administrative sectors. Further objectives involved securing a workforce and promoting regional added value. Solar Region Berlin-Brandenburg, registered association has become Berlin-Brandenburg Innovative Energy Systems, registered association (Innovative Energiesysteme Berlin-Brandenburg e. V.).
Upper Wind Use Network 500 (Netzwerk HWN 500 ) – Upper wind use up to 500m
The aim of the Central Innovation Programme Network 500 (ZIMNetzwerk HWN 500) promoted by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie) is to initiate R&D projects for the development of innovative high-altitude wind or airborne wind energy systems. The vision of this network is specifically to use the stronger and more stable inland winds at altitudes of up to 500m with innovative high-altitude air wind turbines, thereby making a significant contribution to alternative energy sources and the protection of fossil fuels.
There are currently 12 companies, five international research institutes and one association working together in the network. The network initiates with its partners innovative research and development projects from the fields of aerodynamics and meteorology, materials & security, robotics & sensor technology, control & regulation, energy & storage as well as law & acceptance. Besides development, production and the use of energy storage systems, their overall energy accounts are also taken into account.