In 2020, Denmark’s 14 new super clusters were established by the Ministry of Industry and the Ministry of Education and Research, and Energy Cluster Denmark was appointed as the innovation platform for the entire energy sector.
A year later, Energy Cluster Denmark has just been gold certified by the EU cluster certification unit for excellent cluster work.
The European Secretariat for Cluster Analysis (ESCA) has just awarded Energy Cluster Denmark the grade ‘gold’ for outstanding cluster management, and this is a source of joy to Glenda Napier, CEO of the cluster organisation:
“It’s important for us as a fairly new and merged cluster organization to get an external assessment of whether we deliver quality in our work,”” she says:
“If we are to bring value to the energy sector’s technology development and green transformation, then we must be efficient and professional. We have now been given proof that we are. This will help strengthen confidence in us as a facilitator and as a neutral meeting place for innovation collaborations among companies and knowledge institutions in the energy cluster”, she says.
The score of 95% is absolutely approved, and according to Helmut Kergel, Director of the European Sedirector at the European Secretariat for Cluster Analysis (ESCA), at the ‘high end’ compared to other cluster organisations.
If Energy Cluster Denmark is to improve further, it may be in the communication of the concrete results that Energy Cluster Denmark helps facilitate. They can often be a little invisible, which is why it is important to focus on the concrete effects and contribution to the sector’s innovation power:
“There is a potential to improve in communicating the successes and changes created to the industry”, says Helmut Kergel.
Energy Cluster Denmark is a merger of the gold clusters; CLEAN Energy, House of Energy and Energy Innovation Cluster, all three of which were gold certified prior to the merger.
Energy Cluster Denmark received a score of 95% out of 100 and was thus abundantly in the measure of gold certification compared to the minimum requirement of 80%.
Gold certification is secured from July 2020 to July 2021 and runs until 2024.