Aerial drone hovering above solar panels in a desert environment.
Research

Aerial drones making it quicker to connect to the grid

Hobby pilots use them to take spectacular pictures. But now they’re set to help with the energy transition: these unmanned aircraft – known as quadrocopters – can drastically shorten the time it takes to put solar tower power plants into service. Find out more

Illustration: Collaborating people in a work environment.
Efficiency

Working together to achieve more: energy efficiency networks for companies

Companies that exchange information as part of networks increase their ener-gy efficiency twice as fast as non-networked companies. However, still too few companies are making use of the idea despite the advantages it can bring. Find out more

Adnan Z. Amin, Director-General of IRENA

Quote of the week

“Renewable energy and energy efficiency – together – form the corner-stone of the decarbonisation of the energy sector, as they can provide over 90% of the energy-related carbon emission reductions required to keep global temperature rise to two degrees Celsius.”

Director-General of IRENA , Mr Adnan Z. Amin, at the presentation of the study ‘Global Energy Transformation: A Roadmap to 2050’

direkt reports

  • Turning energy around using multimedia

    The ‘energie.wenden’ (‘turning energy around’) is the most visited special exhibition at the Deutsches Museum in Munich since the start of the new millennium. It is built around a multimedia role-playing game in which visitors can design different aspects of the energy transition themselves. In addition to the games, there are also nine exhibition areas which look at the history of energy, energy sources and topics such as mobility, networks, housing, production and consumption. The exhibition will run up to 19 August 2018.

  • First joint auctions for wind and solar installations

    The Bundesnetzagentur (Federal Network Agency) has announced the results of the first joint auctions for wind and solar installations, held on 1 April 2018. These are governed by the Ordinance on joint auctions for onshore wind and solar installations (GemAV), which provides for two annual auctions of 200 megawatts respectively between 2018 and 2020. Running auctions mean that the technologies directly compete with one another. In the first set of joint auctions, all 32 contracts were awarded to solar energy. The average level of funding awarded (volume-weighted) was 4.67 cents per kilowatt hour.

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