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Renewable energy

Berlin-Brandenburg is a pioneering region in the energy transition!

About the Capital Region

„The infrastructure in the capital region for research and development in the field of solar energy generation (in the form of electricity and hydrogen) is unique. It ranges from fundamental research in the new EMIL laboratory at the BESSY II synchrotron to application-oriented technology development at PVcomB. With regional, national and international partners from industry and science, we are working intensively on the global energy transition.“

Prof. Dr. Rutger Schlatmann
Prof. Dr. Rutger SchlatmannDirector PVcomB, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin

Berlin needs a lot of energy. Brandenburg can produce a lot of energy. Together, technologies and implementation concepts are being developed and tested.

Renewable energies play an outstanding role in the region:

  • Leading in the development and management of energy networks with a high proportion of renewable energies
  • Top international expertise in solar research
  • Broad research landscape on the energy-related use of biomass
  • Development and integration of energy storage technologies for grid stabilization
  • Pilot projects for hybrid power plants and Power to Gas/H2
  • Creative, founder-friendly climate

Solar energy

Brandenburg is a leading location for the production of solar energy. Nine of the ten largest solar power plants in Germany are located here. After a global consolidation phase, the capital region is once again one of the places that major solar cell manufacturers and developers are focusing on.

In addition to manufacturers such as aleo solar and Astronergy, more and more start-ups with innovative solar products for end users are being created. At the Competence Centre Thin-Film and Nanotechnology for Photovoltaics Berlin (PVcomB), thin-film photovoltaic technologies and products are developed in cooperation with the industry.

Wind energy

With an installed capacity of about 5,500 MW, Brandenburg is the second leading wind power state in Germany (as of 2014). Renowned manufacturers and suppliers manufacture nacelles, rotor blades and towers in the region.

In addition to research on rotor blades and base foundations, companies and research institutes in the region are also involved with innovative technologies such as high-altitude wind technology to harness the power of stronger, more stable winds at altitudes up to 500 m.


The production of energy from biomass using a variety of technologies is an important pillar of the energy transition. The big challenge is to use the existing resources and facilities more effectively.

Many companies and research institutes are working together to find solutions in the areas of agroforestry systems and algae research as well as biogas, biofuels and biochar.

The Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering Potsdam-Bornim (ATB) is conducting research with a focus on the energetic use of biomass. By providing practical application laboratories for business partners, ATB is promoting the development of agricultural innovations into market-ready products.