The Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs has set efficiency, supply security and environmental sustainability as strategic objectives of its energy policy. Among its priorities is the reorganization of the state’s energy supply to become a nuclear-free system and largely based on renewables. It is one reason Germany landed in the Top 10 worldwide of the 2017 Global Cleantech Innovation Index, which investigates from where, relative to GDP, entrepreneurial CleanTech companies are most likely to emerge over the next 10 years.
Bavaria maintains strong existing markets for hydraulic and solar power, leading all German states in production. Also contributing to the renewable energy mix are wind, biomass, solar thermal, and geothermal for electricity and heat generation. And behind world renowned research institutions and universities, cluster networks have formed to support development in environmental technologies, including those addressing waste management, water, site remediation and resource efficiency.
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Siemens, Rehau Energy Solutions, BAUER Resources and VARTA headline a long list of Bavarian companies innovating across the energy, clean technology and environmental spectrum. As suggested by Germany’s Top 10 inclusion in the 2017 Global Cleantech Innovation Index, small and medium enterprises are thriving too, with energy storage firm sonnenBatterie and energy management startup tado° leading the way.
Energy research is thriving with great commitment in Bavaria. Energie Campus Nuremberg is working on implementing a sustainable energy economy based on renewable energies, while TUM.Energy is leading an inter-faculty research initiative at the Munich School of Engineering for the expansion of renewable energies, electromobility and energy efficiency. In addition, the state has provided tens of millions of euros in funding to multiple research projects in recent years, supporting fundamental projects in organic photovoltaics and application-based research into resource-saving and intelligent living.
Nuremburg’s Cluster Energietechnik (Energy Technology Cluster) facilitates cooperation between business and science focused on four key topics: renewable energies; energy efficiency in electricity and heat generation; consumption; and energy storage systems. In Augsburg, Umweltcluster Bayern connects more than 200 companies, research institutions, municipalities and policy-makers to develop intelligent and sustainable solutions in the fields of waste management, water, site remediation, air pollution control, energy from waste & biomass, and resource efficiency. There’s also KUMAS, another Augsburg network of approximately 200 members, that promotes innovative environmental technologies with input from economic leaders, local municipalities, chambers, researchers and education institutes.
Representative offices for the Bavarian U.S. Offices for Economic Development are located in Boston, New York and San Francisco to assist American companies interested in establishing an office or facility in Germany. We provide complimentary and confidential services for all stages of setting up a business in the state, from planning and site selection to implementation. Contact us to help you land in Bavaria successfully.