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The services of the Energy Export Initiative are mainly intended for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) offering energy solutions in the fields of renewable energy, energy efficiency, smart grids and storage technologies. The focus is also shifting to new technologies like power-to-gas and fuel cells. In the context of the Initiative, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy wants to help companies enter new markets abroad with the aim to increasingly spread German energy technologies worldwide. In order to better support exports of comprehensive energy solutions, the former Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Export Initiatives were merged and expanded to become the Energy Export Initiative.

The multi-year support strategy for individual target regions consists of the export phases of preparing, entering and securing markets; the Export Initiative offers support services for each phase.

The support measures:

Detailed foreign market information is provided at information events in Germany, in publications on studies and analyses on the website and in the social media.

The Export Initiative offers matchmaking services abroad in the context of business missions organised by bilateral chambers of commerce, together with consultancy on export and project financing in particularly difficult markets.

The Initiative also helps companies in the field of marketing, including participation at trade fairs abroad: participants can take advantage of the possibility to present their products and services at the joint stand "energy solutions - made in Germany" of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. Companies can also showcase their products and services on the Export Initiative's website www.german-energy-solutions.de in a special database.

Dena's Renewable Energy Solutions Programme (RES) presents important reference projects: renewable energy flagship projects for German technologies are installed in selected target countries and advertised to raise public awareness. Projects in the building and industrial sectors that have already been successfully realised abroad are presented at energy efficiency exhibitions in selected foreign markets.

The Project Development Programme (PEP) for developing countries and emerging economies helps German companies to realise specific projects in all market development phases in South-East Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. Furthermore, the Programme is to contribute to fostering technology cooperation and know-how and technology transfer.

The Energy Export Initiative offers specific manager training programmes for foreign executives and innovation seminars in selected universities abroad in the pre-market phase. They aim to promote knowledge on innovative technologies in the fields of renewable energy and energy efficiency and thus to improve the environment for exports of technologies from Germany.

Facts and figures

Around 170Around 700About 70%Around €20 million
events and projects
take place annually
companies
participate in events each year
per cent of participants
in business missions go on to assess their market entry opportunities as being good or very good
million euros
is spent on the Energy Export Initiative's programmes each year

At a glance

The Energy Export Initiative helps companies of the energy sector in the fields of renewable energy, energy efficiency, smart grids and storage technologies to enter foreign markets. It combines the former Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Initiatives, broadening the scope.

For whom?
Small and medium-sized enterprises located in Germany.

How?
Modules for specific issues and markets:

  • Information events
  • Fact-finding visits
  • Business missions abroad organised by bilateral chambers of commerce
  • Flagship projects (dena RES) and exhibitions abroad
  • Project Development Programme (PEP) for developing countries and emerging economies
  • Further training programmes for foreign managers in the pre-market phase
  • Special trade fair programme

Costs?
Individual travel expenses and meal costs in case of events abroad

Where?
Information on the Initiative and events

Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
Geschäftsstelle Exportinitiative Energie (Energy Export Initiative Office)
Französische Str. 12, 10117 Berlin
Tel.: +49 30 20 188 546/-551
Email: office@german-energy-solutions.de
www.german-energy-solutions.de