25 January 2021
The most recent Energy Efficiency Hack 2020 (#eehack2020) gathered over 160 people from various time zones for two days to tackle energy efficiency challenges.
When it comes to the energy transition, exciting new technology or policy interventions tend to dominate the media. As a result, we often forget about the critical reduction of energy demand. However, as in the German energy transition - named “Energiewende” - all possible scenarios include a demand reduction of at least 50%. In order to reduce the demand of energy in the heating, electricity, and transportation sectors, increases in energy efficiency are necessary.
The German Business Association for Energy Efficiency (DENEFF e.V.) consists of 180+ companies with the motto “put energy efficiency first”. This includes small start-ups to multinational companies such as Siemens (with whom EIT InnoEnergy organises a yearly challenge for students of the Master’s in Energy Technologies), E.ON, Danfoss, and Schneider Electric. DENEFF were the organisers behind the #eehack2020, seeking to capture students’ creativity and innovation to come up with energy efficient solutions.