The Capital region is chock full of energy. Berlin-Brandenburg is a production location and groundbreaking research region for energy technology issues.
»We are able to find excellent skilled specialists and engineers for our facility easily; Berlin is a magnet for talent and highly qualified people. As one of the world's leading jet engine companies, we also benefit from this.«Ulrich Wenger, Head of Engineering & Technology, Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd & Co. KG
Facts and figures
- Around 6,300 companies with more than 53,000 employees generate over 28 billion euros in revenue.
- Numerous research facilities, universities, and institutions of higher education provide first-class research and teaching in all areas of energy engineering.
- Brandenburg is one of the world’s leading regions in the expansion and system integration of renewable energy.
- As a capital of digitization, Berlin is giving an important boost to the continuation of the energy transformation, which is increasingly based on networking, sector coupling, and new business models.
In addition, Berlin is a showcase for intelligent energy. The WindNODE project, which comprises all of north-eastern Germany and Berlin, has been selected by the Federal Ministry of Economics as one of five showcase regions demonstrating the intelligent networking of energy systems in Germany.
(Source: Jahresbericht zum Ergebnis und Wirkungsmonitoring des Clusters Energietechnik Berlin Brandenburg, 2015)
Energy technology in the capital is comprised of the industries, among others:
- Renewable Energy
- Energy Networks and Storage
- Turbomachinery and Power Plant Engineering
- Energy Efficiency
The clean technologies include:
Leading in Science and Research
In Berlin and Brandenburg, around 30 scientific institutions are working on energy-related topics:
- Technische Universität Berlin ( photovoltaics, wind energy, grids, storage, among others)
- Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus–Senftenberg (power plant technology, biomass, power grids)
- Universities in Berlin, Wildau, Brandenburg an der Havel, and Eberswalde (awarded as the "greenest university in Germany")
The most important non-university research institutes include:
- Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin
- Innovations for High Performance Microelectronics
(Leibniz-Institut für innovative Mikroelektronik (IHP))
- Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology (IPK)
- Helmholtz Centre Potsdam - German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ)