The EnergyAgency.NRW works on behalf of the state government of North Rhine-Westphalia as an operative platform with broad expertise in the field of energy: from energy research, technical development, demonstration, market launch and energy consultancy to continuous vocational training. Many of its activities focus on energy efficiency and climate protection. In times of high energy prices it is more important than ever to forge ahead with the development of innovative energy technologies in NRW and to highlight from an impartial point of view how companies, local authorities and private individuals can handle energy more economically or make appropriate use of renewables.
The EnergyAgency.NRW operates with around 140 employees mainly from its locations in Düsseldorf, Gelsenkirchen and Wuppertal. It receives funding from the European Union’s ERDF (European Regional Development Fund).
North Rhine Westphalia has intensified its cluster activities in the energy economy domain. With its unique blend of global players, medium-sized enterprises and small think tanks, not to mention the excellent research institutions, North Rhine-Westphalia provides an ideal location to cultivate forward-looking developments in the energy economy. EnergyRegion.NRW stands for innovative power, tradition, neutrality and an openness to technology. With this strong brand the outstanding achievements of the state in the energy field are given a higher profile both internally and externally. The aim is to enhance even further North Rhine-Westphalia’s image Europe-wide as a forward-looking region.
The cluster manager of EnergyRegion.NRW is Dr. Frank-Michael Baumann, Director of EnergyAgency.NRW. With cross-network cluster management it is intended in future to tailor the cluster’s products and services more closely to the needs of the individual actors in the energy field. And consultancy is also to the fore: “We wish to play the role of initiator even more vigorously and to launch innovative projects, which we will accompany up to market maturity”, says Dr. Baumann.
According to a study by the management consultants McKinsey, the energy economy has enormous future potential worldwide, with growth rates sometimes reaching double figures. As an important lead market this sector offers great potential which North Rhine-Westphalia wishes to exploit. The job of the state government in this area is to create reasonable framework conditions in order to facilitate a close collaboration between all the actors involved along the energy economy value chain, also extending into other sectors.
“We know the state’s energy companies and institutions very well. And so we can pass on enquiries directly and promptly to the right recipients”, is how cluster manager Dr. Frank-Michael Baumann explains the benefit EnergyRegion.NRW provides to its partners. These appreciate the cluster in particular as a set of neutral information and communication platforms in the energy field.
The energy economy is one of North Rhine-Westphalia’s most powerful sectors. The EnergyAgency.NRW was delegated by the state government of North Rhine-Westphalia to take responsibility for and manage the cluster to promote innovations and growth and to secure the settlement of new companies in EnergyRegion.NRW. More than 3,000 companies and institutions have joined the state’s energy economy cluster. Three quarters of the companies involved are small and medium-sized enterprises. More than 150 universities, institutes and associations are members.
The cluster’s work concentrates on nine areas of the energy economy: Biomass, geothermics, the topic of energy-efficient and solar construction, future fuels and drives, the topic of fuel cells and hydrogen, photovoltaics, power plant engineering, power storage and transmission and wind power.
In 2005 the EnergyAgency launched the network “future fuels and drives”. The aim is to muster all the forces along the respective value chains in order to develop joint solutions for future forms of mobility. This also encompasses the development of new technologies and the testing of new business models.
Web page: www.energieagentur.nrw
Netzwerk Kraftstoffe und Antriebe der Zukunft
Dr. Frank Köster
Tel.: +49 209 167-2811