Fördergesellschaft Erneuerbare Energien eV (FEE)
Society for the Promotion of Renewable Energy
Year created: 1993 No of staff: n.a.
FEE is a well-functioning cluster of scientific institutions, manufacturing, planning, engineering, installing, operating SMEs and crafts. Among the personal associates are architects, engineers, consultants for national and international technology transfer and technical security. The Scientific Advisory Board comprises experts for biofuel, industrial crops, combustion and gasification, ecological and solar architecture, heating, photovoltaics and solar materials, automotive drives.
Moreover, FEE manages:
- two national task groups:
- "Gasification of Biomass": on thermo-chemical gasification of biomass and waste for both poly-generation of power, heat and cold, and the production of synthetic gas for biofuels,
- "Biogenuous Gases - Fuel Cells": established on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Consumer Production, Food and Agriculture,
- the working and research community "Fuel Cells and their gaseous and liquid fuels" of East-Germany and
- the start-up of a so far trans-regional working group "Energy Profit Building(s)"
Additionally, FEE was or is embedded into several European and national networks, as
- the EU-research network "GasNet" as part of "ThermoNet" (2001-2004, gasification and pyrolysis), now "ThermalNet" (2005-2007, plus combustion)
- the EU-Co-ordinated Action on research on "Integration of Renewable Energy Sources and Micro-Combined Heat and Power Generation" (2004 - 2007, "MicroCHeaP")
- the German project "International Network of Research on Renewable Energy Sources" supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research,
- the Fuel Cell Alliance Germany, elaborating the draft for a national marketing strategy and program on fuel cell and hydrogen technologies.
So far, FEE and its partners have given special emphasis to
- economizing the use of energy and demonstration of RES in public and private buildings and SMEs, these subjects are being developed to integrating health, efficiency, renewables and profitability in building ("Speicherstadt Potsdam" conceptional idea),
- the energetic use of biomass, from bio-waste to industrial crops, from wood to C4-plants, be it for natural oil as native combustion fuel, for biogas generation to combust it in prime movers or feed it into natural gas pipe-lines, for distillation into bio-ethanol, for esterification into methanol, for gasification into methanol or Fischer-Tropsch-diesel,
- integrating rational use of energy and RES, energy storage and technologies with no or minor CO2-emissions into hybrid, multi-utile projects (f.i. energy supply to a low energy consumption building of a technology centre by fuel cell, natural gas reformer, catalytic burner, solar cooling, single-room temperature controlling, or the complete chain wood harvesting, production of wood chips, drying, combustion, use of the ash for fertilising),
- involvement of farmers into the energy added-value chains,
- develop fuel cell systems made in Germany (f.i. PEM-CHP-plant 4 kWel, SOFC-ABU, Micro-DMFC for portable appliances, H2-generation from RES for grid-conditioning and filling stations)
- the combination of renewable energy and water, be it purification, aeration, biological de-nitrification, solar water processing, lifting or the world-wide first application of native biocombatable surfactants not doing any harm to water,
- research and development on special fields as gasification, electrochromic layers ("smart windows", "super caps"), DEC air-conditioning ("solar cooling"), concentrating currents.
FEE lobbies in favour of regional, national and international strategies of energy efficiency and application of RES. It is busy in disseminating knowledge about ready-to-use technologies, technology transfer between researchers and entrepreneurs, cooperation among SMEs, between them and research institutes, in public relations especially towards regional communities and, last, but not least, is interested in establishing an international network of business and scientific contacts.