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Translation and interpreting services for the energy sector

Unlock new potential with effective foreign-language communication

Protecting the environment and meeting the world's energy needs are two of the biggest global challenges. The complex international requirements relating to energy generation and supply, as well as the political, economic, financial and technical prerequisites, are often only met through effective foreign-language communication. For further information, you can download a PDF of our information leaflet on this topic:

KERN's clients include world-leading businesses from all areas of the energy sector – such as those working in raw-material transportation or processing, energy generation, equipment manufacture, equipment safety and energy distribution – as well as regulatory bodies and institutes. For over 50 years now, we at KERN have been rising to the growing challenges of increasingly strong international and Europe-wide networks within the energy industry. We have tailored our processes in coordination with the work steps of the respective customer and implemented them efficiently. You can find further information in this information leaflet. 

Specialised translations

KERN offers wide-ranging translation experience for the energy industry and produces quality results regardless of the size and subject matter of these specialised texts. We specialise in the following topics in particular:

Primary energy sources
  • Extraction of fossil fuels
  • Renewable energies: solar, wind, hydro, biomass, geothermal
  • Nuclear power
Renewable energy sources
  • Wind energy and bioenergy
  • Hydropower and marine energy
  • Geothermal energy, photovoltaics and solar power
Conventional power generation
  • Power stations fired by hard coal, brown coal, nuclear energy, gas turbines and oil
  • Fuel cells
Plant construction
  • New construction and conversion of plants
  • Maintenance
  • Modernisation
  • Extension of operating time
  • Licensing procedures
  • Configuration
  • Usage and optimal usage
Energy storage and transportation
Energy storage and transportation
  • Supply networks
  • Power lines
  • Transformers
  • Protection technology
Human Resources
Human resources
  • Personnel planning
  • Internal communications
  • Work safety
  • Contracts
Legal, contractual and financial affairs
  • Final energy consumption and use
  • Energy balance sheets, energy and economic valuation methods
  • Emissions guidelines
  • Energy purchase agreements
  • Long-distance heating contracts
  • German tariff regulations
  • Electricity
  • Laws relating to the conversion of energy
  • Renewable Energy Act
  • Nuclear Power Act and Nuclear Phase-out Act
Environmental and energy efficiency
  • Generation of energy from waste material using cogeneration
  • CO2 reduction technology
  • Climate protection and sustainable energy
  • Household energy use
  • Reactor safety
  • Protective measures
  • Risk management
Energy trading and sales
  • Import and export
  • German and European energy policy
  • Energy supply

Terminology management

All KERN translators have access to pertinent terminology databases, technical dictionaries (e.g. Wyhlidal) and glossaries, which support them in their efforts to correctly convey the meaning of the original document to the desired target audience. Alongside these more general terminology aids, KERN works with you to create, maintain, adjust and supplement company terminology databases – which help to store your business's know-how and set you apart from the competition – and provides you with access to them via an online terminology portal.

Process optimisation

Considering the high volume of documentation involved in the automotive industry, the associated use of similar text segments and extracts, and the high frequency of updates, the use of a translation memory system as a translation aid is indispensable. In doing so, KERN works closely with you and your national subsidiaries in order to establish precisely the best course of action. Together we will seek to lay out a standardised translation process that runs like clockwork, helping you to save time and money. We already use various online portals to transfer data securely and efficiently, as well as an automated web-based interface that displays offers and orders. Our Express Service allows you to keep to the tightest of deadlines – completely irrespective of the scope and complexity of the texts. The confidential handling of your documents

Quality management

Three things ensure that we produce high-quality, targeted translations: our experienced KERN project management team, put together specifically for the automotive sector; a range of specialist translators and editors; and the effective use and development of subject-specific databases for terminology and translation memory, which are tailored to the needs of the individual client. Through this process, we ensure that the meaning of the source text is fully and correctly rendered in the target language, the translation is clearly worded without spelling or grammatical mistakes, and the terminology is correct and consistent. Furthermore, the content is adapted to the specific linguistic, cultural and legal conditions of the target market, the translation is checked for consistency with earlier or parallel translations, and the layout of the translation is modelled on that of the source text. Having said all this, we at KERN are also more than well-equipped to meet the automotive industry's very own standard for translation quality, SAE J2450. Based on given error categories and their weighting, each translation is given a quotient as a measuring value for the translation.

Other services


Specialised translations into and out of all world languages, e.g. for press packs, advertising materials, presentations, transcripts for speeches and contracts

Sound recording

Foreign-language voice-over recording, subtitling and dubbing


Copy editing: audience-oriented and culturally aware adaptation of foreign-language texts


Simultaneous interpreting and use of appropriate conference technology for meetings, television recordings, award ceremonies and press conferences

Language training

Foreign-language training by qualified native speakers

DTP and printing

Foreign-language typesetting and printing of your brochures, catalogues, flyers and books