VDE, the Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies is one of the largest technical and scientific associations in Europe with more than 36,000 members, their website states. VDE has offices in Frankfurt am Main, Berlin and Brussel as well as regional offices across Germany. They lobby for "ongoing development of various technologies and [to] encourage their applications in a wide variety of industries". They also certify electro technical products.
The VDE regularly publishes studies and position papers, often concerning smart grids, batteries and other technologies needed in the energy transition.