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Mission

The current energy infrastructure worldwide must be transformed with the objective to reduce fossil energy related conflicts, mitigate climate change, and avoid other negative impacts of nuclear and fossil energy systems.

Our mission is to contribute to this goal by facilitating research, innovation and market integration of renewable energy systems through collaborative efforts across all sectors of society.

WIP is a renewable energy consultancy with a long history of managing research and innovation projects and organizing leading conferences and events in the sector. Read more about the services we offer here

Thematic areas

Renewable Energy Technologies

Solar energy
Bioenergy & bioeconomy
Wind energy
Hydropower
Other renewable energy technologies

Energy System Integration

Energy storage and grid integration
Energy efficiency
Smart cities and networks
Desalination and water provision
Hybrid systems
Sector coupling

Market uptake

Innovative financing
Policy development
Sustainability analysis
International cooperation
Training and capacity building
Dissemination, Communication and Exploitation

Event Organisation

Conferences
Workshops
Exhibitions

 

History

  • WIP Renewable Energies was founded back in 1968 in Munich, Germany.

    In all early years WIP focused on the implementation of infrastructure projects around the world including consultancy work for development banks, educational centres and schools in Africa, institutional buildings in Maghreb countries, irrigation schemes in Sahelian countries, energy supply systems

  • From 1981 to 1984

    WIP Renewable Energies took part in the development of the first EU-funded PV pilot plants across Europe. Over that period, 16 demonstration systems, ranging from 30 to 300 kW, were installed in 8 countries. This action marked the beginning of WIP’s involvement with international PV energy projects.

  • In 1986

    the European Commission entrusted WIP with the organization of the European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC). We have since been organizing the EU PVSEC recurrently and saw it grow into one of the most influential annual events for the international solar energy community. Nowadays, WIP is organising several other renewable energy related events every year, ranging from large international conferences to targeted workshops in developing countries.

  • In the late ’80s and early ’90s

    WIP Renewable Energies was among the founding members or of early members of several European renewable energy associations such as EPIA (now Solar Power Europe), EWEA (now Wind Europe), EUBIA (European Biomass Industry Association) and EUREC (The Association of Renewable Energy Research Centres).

  • 1986

    WIP was involved in the development of the first photovoltaic pumping systems which were installed in North Africa from 1986, and two years later in the German-wide monitoring of different PV design concepts within the national MuD programme. We further supported the EC in developing first common guidelines for the conception of PV systems, which later turned into a EU Standard. To complement these activities we were involved in several research projects testing storage components, mainly batteries. Starting in the early 90s WIP Renewable Energies became involved in the demonstration of innovative building integrated photovoltaic projects, with activities scaling up today to support the deployment of nearly Zero Energy Buildings (nZEBs) in Europe.

  • 1994

    Activities in the wind sector gained momentum in 1994 with the development and successful operation of three stand-alone wind powered solutions for reverse osmosis sea water desalination. From 2001 a consortium around WIP developed and tested the worlds’ first 5MW class prototype WEC in an off-shore environment. In 2012 WIP successfully completed the development of the worlds’ first 7 MW class wind turbine and the set-up of 11 such turbines in a park in Belgium.

  • In 2002

    WIP Renewable Energies launched its activities in the field of bioenergy through the coordination of a large thematic network focusing on the establishment of a trans-national forum for the promotion of sustainable use of biomass in Latin America. Since then we have been continuously involved in the development and promotion of sustainable bioenergy applications in developing and emerging countries.

  • Since 2006

    Numerous EU funded market uptake projects on biogas and other bioenergy systems started, especially in cooperation with partners from countries with less developments in the field of bioenergy. A series of publicly available handbooks on different bioenergy topics were elaborated which were translated into many languages. These books in several countries serve as reference documents for the status of the addressed technology.

  • From 2007

    WIP Renewable Energies has been active within several European Technology and Innovation Platforms (ETIPs) which were endorsed since 2007 to support the implementation of the European Strategic Energy Technology (SET) Plan. Since 2005 we lead the secretariat of ETIP PV in close cooperation with other partners in the PV sector.

  • Since 2010

    WIP is involved in a number of European Research & Innovation projects focusing on the development of innovative solutions in the fields of advanced biofuels, alternative fuels for aviation, as well as bio-based chemicals and materials. A carefully designed bio-based economy will be a cornerstone of a more sustainable future of humankind.

    WIP constantly seeks to identify promising emerging technologies. In 2010 it initiated a project on Salinity Gradient Power, where electricity is generated from a difference in salinity between two water solutions (for example seawater and freshwater). This resulted in 2014 in the first prototype reverse electrodialysis system in the world to be generating electricity from brine in a real environment. WIP built on this success by leading a project where the reverse electrodialysis technology is used with artificial solutions, where heat is used to regenerate the salinity difference, essentially converting low grade heat to electricity.

  • Since 2012

    the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) entrusted WIP Renewable Energies with the implementation of a series of events in Africa in the framework of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) and the associated Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP).

  • In recent years

    In recent years WIP Renewable Energies was involved in a series of studies for the European Commission (DG R&I) investigating the future prospects of potential disruptive renewable energy technologies such as artificial photosynthesis, advanced biofuels, and airborne wind technologies from a research and innovation perspective.

    Over the decades WIP Renewable Energies developed its expertise in renewable energy technologies, energy efficiency, smart grid and hybrid energy applications. WIP also became a key player in the development of energy market policies and strategies. In total, WIP has contributed to over 400 renewable energy research and innovation projects.

    In 2018 WIP Renewable Energies celebrates its 50th Anniversary. Still happily based in Munich and operating as a SME, we are proud of the work accomplished and look forward to having further impact towards a sustainable energy future in the years ahead.

 

Memberships

 

  • Solar Power Europe – European Photovoltaic Industry Association

    Solar Power Europe – European Photovoltaic Industry Association

  • EUBIA – European Biomass Industry Association

    EUBIA – European Biomass Industry Association

  • Wind Europe – European Wind Energy Association

    Wind Europe – European Wind Energy Association

  • EUREC – The Association of European Renewable Energy Research Centres

    EUREC – The Association of European Renewable Energy Research Centres

  • CARMEN – Centrales Agrar-Rohstoff-Marketing und Entwicklungs-Netzwerk

    CARMEN – Centrales Agrar-Rohstoff-Marketing und Entwicklungs-Netzwerk

  • BSW – German Association of Solar Industry

    BSW – German Association of Solar Industry

  • DHC+ - Technology Platform for District Heating and Cooling under the umbrella of Euroheat & Power

    DHC+ - Technology Platform for District Heating and Cooling under the umbrella of Euroheat & Power

  • European Technology & Innovation Platform (ETIP) Bioenergy

    European Technology & Innovation Platform (ETIP) Bioenergy

  • European Technology & Innovation Platform on Renewable Heating & Cooling (ETIP RHC)

    European Technology & Innovation Platform on Renewable Heating & Cooling (ETIP RHC)

  • European Technology & Innovation Platform (ETIP) PV

    European Technology & Innovation Platform (ETIP) PV

  • CABA – Continental Automated Buildings Association

    CABA – Continental Automated Buildings Association

  • Allianz BIPV

    Allianz Bauwerkintegrierte Photovoltaik