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  • 16 May 2017 |

    Battered utilities take on start-ups in innovation race

    Utilities and the energy transition 16 May 2017 As more and more countries around the globe embark on the transition to a low-carbon economy, a lot of lessons can be learned from the fate of Germany’s embattled power companies. Shaken to the core by the ...
  • 10 Oct 2018 |

    Electricity storage is next feat for Germany’s energy transition

    Energy storage and the Energiewende 10 Oct 2018, 09:00 Germany's rapidly rising share of weather-dependent renewable energy makes the country a testbed for storage technologies, to enable its use when there is no sun or wind. Truly large-scale ...
  • 05 Dec 2018 |

    Stricken solar sector sets out to regain leading Energiewende role

    Solar power in Germany 05 Dec 2018, 10:39 One of the sunniest summers on record in Germany and much of Central Europe in 2018 has refocused the spotlight on solar power after its decline in the last decade. Once a global technology leader, Germany's ...
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  • Sonnen says profits “enormously” from global Shell network following takeover

    04 Jun 2019, 13:30 Sören Amelang Storage Start-ups Business & Jobs Süddeutsche Zeitung German home battery specialist Sonnen, one of Germany’s most prominent energy transition start-ups, which was taken over by Shell earlier this year, wants to become ...
  • 28 Aug 2019 |

    German energy company Sonnen partners on virtual power plant in US

    28 Aug 2019, 13:54 Benjamin Wehrmann Solar Storage Business Wire Bavarian energy storage group Sonnen is building a virtual power plant from private storage systems as part of a joint project with US energy supplier Rocky Mountain Power and the Wasatch ...
  • 18 Jan 2019 |

    Sonnen receives 25-million-euro loan from the European Investment Bank

    18 Jan 2019, 13:19 Sören Amelang Storage Business & Jobs pv magazine German battery storage supplier Sonnen has received a 25-million-euro loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB), reports Marian Willuhn in pv magazine. The EIB said supporting ...
  • 08 Nov 2019 |

    Storage company Sonnen enters e-mobility with flat-rate business model

    08 Nov 2019, 14:04 Sören Amelang Solar Cars Clean Energy Wire / Die Welt Bavarian energy storage company Sonnen, which was taken over by oil company Shell earlier this year, is entering the e-mobility market. The company  said  it will launch a ...
  • German solar battery maker Sonnen secures Shell cash to expand

    German solar battery maker Sonnen has secured 60 million euros in funds from Shell Ventures, a unit of the Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell, and existing shareholders to expand at home and abroad, reports Vera Eckert for Reuters newswire. Sonnen chief ...
  • Battery producer sonnen wants to connect e-cars for power storage

    German battery company sonnen wants to equip electric car users with a new charging box that not only allows them to draw electricity from solar panels on their homes, but also connects them to other users, making them part of a larger battery pool. The ...
  • 13 Mar 2019 |

    Shell says Sonnen purchase part of effort to become world’s largest power company

    13 Mar 2019, 14:17 Rachel Waldholz Clean Energy Wire CLEW Business & Jobs Bloomberg Oil major Shell plans to transform itself into “the largest electricity power company in the world” by the early 2030s, and the recent purchase of German battery ...
  • 05 Dec 2018 |

    Solar home storage company Sonnen certified to provide control energy

    05 Dec 2018, 13:58 Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Solar Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Transmission grid operator Tennet has certified the solar power home battery producer Sonnen to become a control energy provider for the German power grid, ...
  • 18 Apr 2019 |

    “That’s our turf”- German utilities worried about Shell acquisitions, expansion plans

    18 Apr 2019, 12:21 Sören Amelang Start-ups Utilities Wirtschaftswoche Shell’s acquisition of home battery start-up Sonnen and its plans to become the world’s largest power company worry German utilities, Konrad Fischer and Angela Hennersdorf report for ...
  • 21 Feb 2019 |

    Siemens enters home battery storage market

    21 Feb 2019, 13:39 Rachel Waldholz Storage Clean Energy Wire German industrial conglomerate Siemens has launched its first battery storage system geared toward private homes. Homes that generate their own electricity from sources like solar panels will be ...
  • New blockchain project seeks to stabilise grid with home energy storage units

    A pilot project by Dutch grid operator TenneT and German company Sonnen is meant to test power grid stabilisation with blockchain technology based on Sonnen’s decentralised home energy storage systems, TenneT says in a press release. TenneT will integrate ...
  • Electricity flat rate thanks to integrated solar PV and home storage units

    Bavarian storage manufacturer sonnen will offer a free power flat rate to consumers that install the company’s integrated solar PV and home storage systems, sonnen announced in a press release. The flat rates will be financed with revenues the company ...
  • 15 Feb 2019 |

    Oil & gas company Shell buys German battery storage firm Sonnen

    15 Feb 2019, 13:51 Sven Egenter Clean Energy Wire CLEW Storage Business & Jobs Clean Energy Wire Oil and gas giant Shell is buying German home battery storage company Sonnen, turning the pioneer into a wholly owned subsidiary once regulatory ...
  • 11 Mar 2019 |

    Germany’s Siemens and Sonnen leading new wave in home battery storage

    11 Mar 2019, 14:15 Rachel Waldholz Storage Business & Jobs Financial Times Residential battery storage is poised to become a major industry, reports Patrick McGee in the Financial Times. That trend has been highlighted by major recent investments from ...
  • 30 Sep 2020 |

    Shell turns German operations into test case for global sustainability transformation

    30 Sep 2020, 13:18 Sören Amelang Business & Jobs Clean Energy Wire Shell plans to make Germany a test case in its global ambition to become a net-zero emission company. The British-Dutch oil major, one of the world's largest companies by revenues ...
  • Germany's Sonnen on Tesla’s home turf

    German Sonnen will supply the largest home power storage project in the Unites States with solar PV and battery systems, reports Christian Roselund for pv magazine. Each of the 2,900 homes in a new residential area in Prescott Valley, Arizona will receive ...
  • German solar battery maker sonnen works on “world’s biggest smart power storage” in Australia

    The state of South Australia wants to build the world’s largest network of connected home power storages and counts on German solar battery maker sonnen to deliver part of the infrastructure for the project that will encompass 40,000 households, the ...
  • Free e-car charging points coupled with power contract

    German renewable power company sonnen has said it will offer e-car charging infrastructure free of charge with flat rate electricity contracts to customers switching to the provider, reports Henning Peitsmeier in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “We ...
  • German battery maker Sonnen wins Zayed Future Energy Prize

    German battery manufacturer Sonnen is the first small & medium enterprise to win the 1.5 million-dollar Zayed Future Energy Prize. The annual award has become one of the most prestigious in the cleantech industry. Sonnen called the prize the “Oscar of ...
  • "A small firm in Germany has big ambitions in green energy"

    German company Sonnen seeks to disrupt the energy market by decentralising energy supply and connecting energy-producing households with one another, Stanley Reed writes in the New York Times. The company from Bavaria, which is active in Europe, the US ...
  • 02 May 2017 |

    Pilot project taps batteries & blockchain to iron out renewable power

    02 May 2017 A German pilot project will hook up thousands of household batteries to balance out intermittent renewable power production. Grid operator Tennet and solar battery maker Sonnen said they will use blockchain technology to build a network of ...
  • “Power from your neighbour or from your e-mail provider?”

    Several German start-ups prepare to revolutionise the national energy market, writes Helmut Bünder in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “We’ll get rid of established suppliers” for instance is the slogan of Sonnen GmbH, a high-tech company from the German ...
  • Battery storages to revolutionise energy sector

    German battery maker sonnen GmbH aims to push the country’s traditional energy giants out of the market with flat-rate contracts for electricity provided by a network of battery storage and green power facilities, Franz Hubik writes for Handelsblatt. “The ...
  • “Safety grid for power”

    Power grid operator Tennet and household power storage provider Sonnen plan to use a network of small-scale batteries to help reduce costs caused by grid bottlenecks between Germany’s windy North and the power-hungry South, reports Michael Bauchmüller in ...
  • 04 Sep 2020 |

    Increasing interest in power from old solar PV installations

    04 Sep 2020, 13:59 Kerstine Appunn Solar pv magazine A growing number of regional utility companies are showing interest in buying electricity generated from solar PV installations that are more than 20 years old and will cease to receive feed-in payments ...
  • “Digital is decentral”

    The German energy sector is slowly embracing digitalisation with its push towards decentralisation, writes Ulrich Schäfer in a column in Süddeutsche Zeitung. It is starting to depart from “the centralistic, military precision” thinking and management. ...
  • “Power grid revolution”

    The use of batteries to level out intermittent solar and wind generation in the Tennet and Sonnen project shows that “the Energiewende is making progress,” writes Andreas Mihm in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “New offshore wind parks have been approved ...
  • Ten German startups in Cleantech Group’s global 100 cleantech list

    30 Jan 2019, 13:33 Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Hydrogen Start-ups Business & Jobs Technology Cleantech Group Ten German startups are among the 100 most innovative clean technology companies from around the globe, according to US-based ...
  • Video - “At what stage are German makers of pv home storage devices?”

    Many producers showcased their storage devices at the Intersolar Europe trade fair in Munich. Jonathan Gifford, pv magazine global editor, and Götz Fischbeck, CEO of company Smart Solar Consulting, visited the exhibits and conducted a series of interviews ...
  • Mercedes-Benz exits home battery market

    Mercedes-Benz will stop production of residential batteries, ending a short-lived challenge to storage systems made by Tesla, start-up Sonnen and others, reports Julian Spector for Greentech Media. Little over two years after the launch, Mercedes-Benz ...
  • “The sunshine giants”

    Small solar energy companies that invest heavily in research and development are Germany’s last hope of gaining a good share in an industry in which the country has invested billions in subsidies, Daniel Wetzel writes in weekly newspaper Welt am Sonntag. ...
  • 27 Jan 2020 |

    Research project seeks to stabilise German power grid with wind turbines

    27 Jan 2020, 14:27 Benjamin Wehrmann Wind Technology Clean Energy Wire A new research project aimed at solving one of the major technological difficulties of the energy transition is seeking to use the energy from wind turbines' moving rotors and ...
  • “Clean energy’s dirty secret”

    The rapid rise of renewable energy systems in recent years could signal that “the world is entering an era of clean, unlimited and cheap power,” The Economist writes. But while it was “about time” renewables played a more important role, the “dirty secret ...
  • “Power from the cupboard”

    Today, all a household needs to secure an autonomous power supply is a roof-top solar panel, internet access and a cupboard-sized battery in the basement, writes Inge Kloepfer in weekly Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung. By offering just that, ...
  • 08 May 2019 |

    Siemens spins off struggling gas and power division, including wind turbines

    08 May 2019, 13:16 Expert Siemens Business & Jobs Sören Amelang Gas Wind Business & Jobs Reuters German engineering conglomerate Siemens is spinning off its gas and power business, which has dragged on the firm’s performance as the rise of ...
  • Oil major Total says keeps an eye on “very interesting” German hydrogen projects

    03 Jul 2019, 14:15 Expert DLR- German Aerospace Center Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt Transport Technology Sören Amelang Fossil fuels Gas Hydrogen Technology Wirtschaftswoche French oil major Total keeps an eagle eye on German projects that use ...
  • Heating start-up Thermondo aims to be leading energy supplier

    27 Mar 2019, 11:14 Clean Energy Wire is stepping up its coverage of how business is being transformed by Germany's energy transition. To showcase the upheaval underway in the world’s fourth largest economy, we have launched a series on start-ups that ...
  • “Utility in a box”- Start-up Lumenaza enables disruptive power trading

    20 Mar 2019, 11:49 Clean Energy Wire is stepping up its coverage of how business is being transformed by Germany's energy transition. To showcase the upheaval underway in the world’s fourth largest economy, we are launching a series on start-ups that ...
  • Energy transition start-ups shake up the business world

    11 Jul 2019, 13:33 The shift to a low-carbon future is turning the economy inside out. Policy has a crucial role to play, but ultimately it is businesses that will make the energy transition happen. In Energiewende home country Germany, many start-ups are ...
  • 12 Oct 2018 |

    Shake-up in Bavaria's election may impact German energy policy

    12 Oct 2018, 16:30 The surge of far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) and a strong showing of the Green Party look set to end the absolute majority of conservative Christian Social Union (CSU) in Bavarian state elections on 14 October. The CSU is a ...
  • Amazon-backed start-up tado uses smart thermostats to cut heating emissions

    17 Apr 2019, 09:50 Clean Energy Wire is stepping up its business coverage and exploring how the commercial landscape is being transformed by Germany's energy transition. To showcase the upheaval underway in the world’s fourth largest economy, we' ...
  • Quotes from the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue

    21 Mar 2017 Over 1,000 ministers, officials, business people, energy experts and journalists from around 90 countries take part in the third Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue, a two-day confernce hosted by the German Foreign Ministry. The following is a ...
  • 12 Jun 2019 |

    Start-up Next Kraftwerke's renewable virtual power plant stabilises grid

    12 Jun 2019, 13:26 Clean Energy Wire is stepping up its business coverage and exploring how the commercial landscape is being transformed by Germany's energy transition. To showcase the upheaval underway in the world’s fourth largest economy, we' ...
  • Blockchain- the next revolution in the energy sector?

    20 Jul 2017 The energy sector is both enthralled and terrified by blockchain technology, an innovative and potentially revolutionary way to process transactions such as power trades or financial flows. Some proponents claim it is the death knell for ...
  • 16 Apr 2020 |

    Solar power in Germany – output, business & perspectives

    16 Apr 2020, 14:30 Solar power in Germany has gone through turbulent times since it got off to a flying start in the wake of Germany's Renewable Energy Act in the year 2000. German companies quickly ascended to global leadership in solar power ...
  • 26 Jan 2017 |

    How can Germany keep the lights on in a renewable energy future?

    26 Jan 2017 Germany’s shift to green energy continues apace. But how will a fully renewables-based electricity system power the world’s fourth-largest economy on days when there's no sun or wind? Energiewende opponents argue Germany will face ...
  • The Global Energy Transition: Is Journalism Ready? #GETJO17

    10- 11 Nov 2017 Bonn The energy transition has become one of the defining global stories of our time. It demands an international perspective as well as cross-border research and cooperation. Against the backdrop of the COP23 climate conference in Bonn, ...
  • 10 Nov 2017 |

    Programme: The Global Energy Transition: Is Journalism Ready?

    10- 11 Nov 2017 Brühl A conference for journalists, journalism funders, and journalism networks Conference Friday, 10 November 2017 09.00     Conference registration desks open   Location: H+ Hotel Köln Brühl, Römerstraße 1, 50321 Brühl (approx. 45 mins ...
  • Conference panellists and session chairs

      Please note: This list was compiled in preparation for the Clean Energy Wire network conference "The Global Energy Transition: Is Journalism Ready?" in November 2017. Abaño, Imelda- President of Philippine Network of Environmental Journalists ...
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