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Our Energy & Commodity Finance Specialists

Core Areas of Expertise

  • Trading
  • Origination
  • Portfolio Management
  • Analysis
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Relationship Management / Sales
  • Business Development
  • Risk Management
  • ETRM

Sectors

  • Gas
  • Oil
  • Power
  • Coal
  • Renewable Energies
  • Metals

 

Trade in raw materials contributes about one-third tointernational commodity trading and will continue to grow in importance as a result of the growing global energy demand. The dynamics of the energy business of oil, gas, electricity, coal as well as other energy sources from fossil resources or renewable energies are developing steadily in tandem with the expansion of various technologies and geopolitical events, such as the construction of the gas pipeline "Nord Stream 2" between Germany and Russia or simply with regards to the continuous progression in climate change.

Besides the scarcity of many raw materials, the pricing of commodities is also subject to significant production and market structures. For example, Chinese dominance in the core business areas of the energy industry is one of the major challenges that various companies are currently facing. China's investments in renewable energies, exceeding the billions of euros mark, pose potential risks to the pioneering role of Germany and Europe's companies, including key future technologies that are already noticeable and foreseeable today.

In addition to various other aspects, the management of commodity trading businesses is becoming increasingly complex in terms of risk assessment, volume measurement, quality control and transportation planning. Energy and utility companies must find the right balance between continuity and flexibility to stay competitive with other companies.

The renewable energy sector has an increasingly larger share of the fuel sector and the new generation of electricity and heat. Not only has Germany recorded an impressive growth throughout the market and a simultaneous reduction in costs in recent years, but also a CO2 reduction of 27% compared to the reference year of 1990. Beyond traditional areas of hydropower and biomass energy, wind and solar energy, onshore wind turbines and photovoltaics, in particular, are the sectors with the greatest potential for development, since the electricity generation costs are cheaper than new coal, nuclear and combined cycle power plants.

But conventional power plants based on fossil resources such as coal, oil and gas will continue to be of central importance until the expansion of network and storage infrastructure will be finished, not least because of their disproportionate contribution to global heat generation, as fuels in the mobility sector and for global power generation.

Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as a bridge technology is considered one of the fastest growing energy sources of the future. Thanks to the growing share of the global energy mix, natural gas is no longer used only for heating, but offers a wide range of applications. Deep-cold-induced compression of natural gas to LNG by harnessingcryogenic technologies provides an effective and climate-friendly alternative to energy supply compared to oil and coal. Expectations from the BMWi that a 50% implementation of international gas trading by 2030 will be achieved through clean LNG as a substitute for oil and coal in energy production or as a propulsion alternative to diesel and heavy oil in the mobility sector, highlights the pioneering potential of liquefied natural gas. For many market-leading companies in the energy industry, the space-saving alternative offers with its high energy density even greater range and cost advantages compared to, for example, crude oil, whose reserves are becoming increasingly scarce. Since the low-emission LNG can be flexibly distributed over transport by land or water and thus does not rely on pipelines, an economically significant reduction in dependence on Russian natural gas can also be achieved.

Supplementary to the general, societal interest in climate-friendly energy production, companies can also bring their own benefits from low-emission energy sources. The less CO2 emissions a company generates with its installations subject to emissions trading, the less tradable rights issued to that company are needed and can be disposed profitably in terms of international emissions trading. By reducing greenhouse gas emissions, companies can therefore multiply their economic successes, too.

An automation of energy trading with the help of system solutions makes it possible to digitize energy procurement as well as portfolio management processes and thus generate benefits for suppliers as well as their customers. Modular system platforms create the prerequisites for performing load profile analyzes, cost estimation and order execution at current market prices, which results in purchasing efficiently even with minimal quantities and cost advantages via intraday market access. Not only energy and utility companies benefit from such optimal energy procurement and portfolio management, but also consumers, not only because of a comprehensive range of energy at the best possible market prices, but also due to a high level of security of supply. Without automation, a successful energy trading will hence no longer be possible in the future.

To keep pace with these developments, experts in the front and middle office of energy service providers are required for positions in risk management, market analysis, portfolio management, quantitative analysis, trading, sales and consulting as well as energy specialists who are looking for innovative solutions for the energy sectorand make the most of it for the companies. The industry-experienced energy team of Brownian Motion GmbH maintains you as a reliable partner in the best possible placement of ideal specialists in these scopes of functions.

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