Research grant for testing new energy solutions

Technical University of Denmark

Researchers from five research projects will be testing and demonstrating solutions for producing, sharing, and storing energy. This will take place in the green industrial park GreenLab Skive, together with DTU and other Danish universities, where researchers can test their theories on a large scale. The projects will help solve some of the climate challenges facing Denmark and the world.

The funding comes from a grant of DKK 20 million, which VILLUM FONDEN granted in 2021 to boost a new national research and demonstration platform, headed by GreenLab and DTU. The research projects constitute the third round of donation—and a total of 12 research projects are now underway in the research park.

“The new projects generally have two different focus areas: Rethinking the way energy is produced, shared, and stored—in industrial parks as well as in society at large—and optimizing the way green industrial parks such as GreenLab are developed. Both aspects are important if we are to find new ways in the green transition,” says Thomas Hagelund Helsgaun, COO, GreenLab.

New solutions to complex problems

GreenLab works with so-called mission-driven research. This means tackling some of society’s most important and complex issues requiring innovative solutions. The focus is on new energy systems, circular economy, and how to run industry in the most sustainable way.

“At GreenLab Skive, we develop new technologies, new ways of thinking circularly, and new forms of collaboration between public and private stakeholders. This is necessary to support the green transition,” says DTU President Anders Bjarklev.

“The collaboration not only gives DTU researchers and students unique opportunities to carry out projects of great scientific quality. They can also test, optimize and demonstrate innovative solutions on a scale that can serve as direct inspiration for the implementation of tomorrow’s energy systems.”

Four of the new projects originate from DTU, and the last one comes from Aalborg University.

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