The Central Agricultural Resources Marketing and Energy Network is a private non-profit organization which was founded in 1992. Before the relocation to the „Centre of Excellence for Renewable Resources“ in Straubing in 2001, C.A.R.M.E.N. e.V. was located in Rimpar near Würzburg. Since 2012 C.A.R.M.E.N. e.V. supports the implementation of the aims of the energy transition in rural areas.
C.A.R.M.E.N. e.V. is a network association for renewable resources, renewable energies and sustainable use of primary products. It is financed by the Bavarian State Ministries of “Food, Agriculture and Forestry” and “Economic Affairs, Energy and Technology” as well as by about 76 further members.