We support the historic transformation of the energy sector

26. July 2021

Sector coupling is at the heart of the green society of the future, which all countries, businesses and citizens will have to deal with. The energy sector is the key to this and probably the most exciting and innovative sector in Denmark today.

How do we create the green energy system of the future in just ten years? How do we get the cost-out of hydrogen so that green fuels can compete on price? How do we ensure a green transition of the whole sector? The three questions will determine the development of the Danish energy sector over the next several years, and only one thing is certain: Technology development and lots of innovation will be part of the answer.

If Denmark is to continue to be the place where new green global energy technology solutions are developed, we need to collaborate much more across sectors and silos. Collaborations on innovation across the entire energy cluster are at the heart of securing technologies of the future that can accelerate the green transition.

Innovation leads the way

Together with the energy industry organisations, we have therefore outlined 24 technological challenges that Denmark can realistically solve over the next ten years through innovation.

This is about solving the challenges of storing energy or developing the green fuels via Power-to-X. That’s what we call our Innovation Roadmap. In the coming years, we will continuously update our Innovation Roadmap and always ensure that we launch new innovation projects in these areas.

At the same time, we have developed a progressive innovation model that ensures that our innovation projects always create concrete, workable solutions that are commercialized. We are always based on a specific challenge or problem that one or more companies in the energy sector take ownership of and where there is a global market potential in solving the problem. And we will therefore always include an active, market-leading problem owner in our innovation projects who is committed to implementing the new solution once it is developed. We then put together a team of innovative problem solvers from both companies and leading knowledge institutions, who jointly develop the new solution.

We find time and time again that new innovative solutions, networks, and contacts are created when our members work together to solve specific problems. And we only end when the new technological solution is implemented, i.e., when the drone flies, the sensor measures or electrolysis splits and thus contributes specifically to the green transition.

It is a historic transformation that is taking place in Denmark in these years, which we must jointly achieve. Only one thing is certain: collaboration across the entire energy cluster on technological innovation will be part of the answer.