On 1 July, the Danish innovation efforts in the field of energy were brought together in one new cluster organisation: Energy Cluster Denmark. The merger will strengthen the innovative force in all energy areas from energy production and storage to infrastructure, energy efficiency and sector coupling, and with completely fresh pledges for six new innovation projects for more than DKK 100 million, the cluster organisation has got off to a strong start.
“It is fantastic to start the work in the new cluster organisation with fund-raising for companies and knowledge institutions and co-financing exciting innovation projects, all of which are created by the needs and biggest challenges of the companies” says Glenda Napier, CEO of Energy Cluster Denmark.
The innovation projects take different starting points across the entire energy sector: From the development of biofuel for aircraft and ship traffic over large-scale electrical energy storage to optimising the utilisation of surplus heat in the district heating sector.
“The industry has a great appetite for new innovation and technological solutions, and we must contribute to raising the innovative force across the entire energy sector by facilitating cooperation between the very large companies, small and medium-sized companies and knowledge institutions. This is how we ensure that the energy sector’s biggest challenges are addressed in innovative projects,” says Glenda Napier.
Energy Cluster Denmark was created on 1 July 2020 in a merger when three Danish energy clusters CLEAN Energi, Energy Innovation Cluster and House of Energy merged. The cluster organisation has approximately 400 members and a project portfolio of DKK 800 million.