Energy Cluster Denmark: The energy sector is gathered into one new national cluster

19. March 2020
Denmark is a world leader within renewable energy production, cohesive energy systems and energy efficiency. However, it requires new technologies, increased innovative force and more cooperation to achieve Denmark’s goal of a 70 percent reduction in CO2 by 2030 and contribute to Europe’s common ‘Green Deal’. Therefore, three strong cluster organisations are uniting the innovation in a new, national cluster organisation under the name Energy Cluster Denmark.

Based on the business and technology area energy, the Danish energy sector’s three largest cluster organisations are now gathering the innovative force in a new, strong energy cluster to create growth and development. House of Energy, CLEAN Energy and Energy Innovation Cluster are merging into a new cluster organisation, which will bring together and strengthen joint innovation across the entire energy sector.

Energy Cluster Denmark unites the innovative force within energy production, energy infrastructure, energy storage and energy efficiency in a new organisation that will handle a single energy system; from offshore wind turbines for the use of energy by consumers in an integrated, coupled and energy efficient energy system.

“Denmark has been very capable of raising the potential of the green transition. It has required a targeted effort to realise the first 50, 60 and 70 percent share of renewable energy in the energy system. But cracking the last 30 percent is getting harder. We are well placed to be a significant, global player in the field of energy. We are already good, but that is not enough; we must continue to be good! When we join forces regarding new, demand-driven innovation in close dialogue with a unified Danish energy industry, we can together lift the sector into the future and solve our common climate challenge,” says Peder Østermark Andreasen, Board Chairman of Energy Innovation Cluster.

“We must gather all good forces from those who make a real difference. It must be easy for companies to get help to develop the next innovation and technological solution that can help drive green, Danish growth for the benefit of both business and climate,” says Torben Funder-Kristensen, Board Chairman of CLEAN, and adds:

“The Danish exports of energy technology is strong. This initiative is one of several that underpins and expands energy technology exports.”

“An even closer collaboration between business, universities and authorities is a prerequisite for us in Denmark to achieve our 70 percent goal. At least as important is that we also equip ourselves to be able to contribute to the EU’s common ‘Green Deal’. In the coming years, Europe’s entire energy system will have to be restructured, and here Denmark has a lot to offer when we unite the efforts and also make it easier for small and medium-sized companies and researchers in particular to get together,” says Lykke Friis, Chairman of the House of Energy.

There is full support among business, industry and interest organisations, companies, and knowledge institutions for the formation of the new, unifying cluster organisation in the field of energy. Gate 21 and NBE have also contributed to the creation of the new organisation.

The three cluster organisations will formally join forces in 2020 after approval by the bodies empowered to make decisions. The members of Energy Innovation Cluster, House of Energy and CLEAN Energi will be able to transfer their membership to the new cluster organisation.