Energy’s next innovation projects round DKK 200 million

17. March 2020

The tracks for the energy industry’s next innovation collaborations have been laid: The Energy Innovation Cluster, together with partners and members, has submitted 12 project applications worth more than DKK 200 million.

The inbox at EUDP, Innovationsfonden, Nordic Innovation and Den Maritime Fond abounds these days, where the Danish energy industry and Energy Innovation Cluster have submitted project applications for new innovation projects in the energy field for more than DKK 200 million. kroner.

No fewer than 12 project applications have been submitted, covering a wide range of in-demand innovation from the Danish energy sector.

“Overall, this is the largest innovation application we have ever submitted, both in terms of number of projects and amounts,” says Glenda Napier, CEO of the Energy Innovation Cluster: “It is a clear testament to an energy sector that has both a great need for new, innovative solutions and a great courage to work together on the next technological breakthrough,” she says.

A unified industry is behind it
The applications touch on everything from recycling and electrofuels to drone deliveries and energy storage. There are both completely new innovation projects and further developments of already existing projects.

“The projects are a good mix of completely new innovation areas and of projects that must further develop successful innovation collaborations for, for example, a test phase or demonstration”, says Glenda Napier.

There is a comprehensive list of actors from all corners of the energy sector behind the applications: 26 SMEs, 21 large companies, 12 knowledge institutions and institutes and 9 other actors are involved in the applications. The breadth of the partner circle is a great strength:

“It is partners and members of the Energy Innovation Cluster across a single energy sector who are inviting, and it makes very good sense,” emphasizes Glenda Napier: “The energy system of the future is becoming increasingly coherent and integrated. Renewable energy production is taking up more and more space, and it must be managed through increased sector coupling and energy efficiency. This development characterizes the project applications, where there is more collaboration across sectors than ever before, ”she says.

Demand must drive the plant
It is the Energy Innovation Cluster’s proven innovation model CRIF, which is marketed for the vast majority of applications. The CRIF model focuses on company-driven innovation – and this is a good argument when assessing projects:

“The projects are based on very specific needs, identified and in demand by the Danish energy industry. It is concrete potentials and innovation needs that will create a real difference for the Danish energy sector, and which therefore enjoy a wholehearted commitment and support from the industry, ”says Glenda Napier.

The project applications will be assessed in the coming months.