Securing a stable and green energy supply by utilising a variety of clean energy sources
A paradigm shift is taking place on a global scale. We are witnessing a historic conversion of energy systems that are based on fossil fuels to ones powered by clean energy. Technological developments, growing political will and price decreases mean that the number of clean energy options are expanding.
No single clean energy source can power an energy system in isolation. The production of clean energy fluctuates, meaning a variety of sources, should be used to support each other and thereby secure a stable and affordable energy supply. Danish companies are building hybrid wind, solar and battery facilities, and bioenergy derived from anything from chicken litter to sugarcane is used to balance the grid, meaning Denmark has power 99.7 percent of the time.
We invite you to explore solutions regarding clean energy sources in depth below, find potential partners, catch up on the latest news and discover real-life case examples of how clean energy sources can help solve your energy issues.
A new report from the University of Copenhagen shows that the burning of wood is significantly more climate-friendly than coal and a little more climate-friendly than natural gas in the long run. For the first time, researchers have quantified how the transition of 10 Danish combined heat and power plants (CHP plants) from coal or natural gas to biomass has affected their greenhouse gas emissions.
The Chinese Hainan Island and province could replace its entire coal-fueled energy production by 2030 by mainly investing in solar and wind power. A shift from coal to wind and solar would cost only 2 per cent more annually compared to business as usual. This is the conclusion of a new study from the Danish Energy Agency.
A new report by the International Energy Agency says that India and Europe will lead the renewables expansion in the year to come, and the future looks bright too. A new analysis by the green think tank EMBER shows renewables will double in the next decade to deliver 60 per cent of EU’s electricity demand in 2030.
Yesterday, the International Energy Agency (IEA) launched its World Energy Outlook 2020. As expected, this year’s report and expectations for the development of the energy sector have been heavily influenced by the global Covid-19 health crisis. One thing is however clear: We all need to choose a more renewable energy future.
Last week, the Danish government launched its long-term strategy for a global climate effort, “A green and sustainable world.” The strategy sets the direction for Denmark’s overall international climate efforts as a green pioneer country across foreign, development, trade and climate policies.
The Danish government and eight signatory parties across the political spectrum have entered into an agreement on legal requirements for wood biomass used to produce heat and electricity in Denmark. Among other things, it must provide greater assurance that the biomass used is as sustainable and climate-friendly as possible.
Wind and solar energy make up 50 per cent of Denmark’s total electricity production. But now Denmark is even closer to creating a fossil-free society with the opening of Thorup-Sletten – a 77 MW onshore wind farm located in Northern Jutland. The park is set to generate power for 65,000 households.
To achieve the global ambitions for a green transition, large sums of finance are needed. This white paper features ideas and solutions for how to achieve the goals and it is meant to serve as an inspiration for everyone involved in the green economy.
Advantis has solved some of the main issues for the industry, where all companies make their own tools the challange has been to make ONE tool fitting to all “Tower” in this case for both SGRE and MVOW The coorporation and the results were presented on Wind Europe 2019 in Copenhagen. – Innovative common […]
The European Union is pushing its member states to implement any measure that can minimize agriculture’s greenhouse gas emissions. Extracting proteins from forage grasses and legumes is possible and it does indeed represent a more climate- and environmental solution, as grass and legumes are perennial high yielding crops in protein output and carbon sequestration.
The design of the school and classroom has an important impact on pupil and teacher wellbeing and possibilities for classroom interaction. With simple approaches, which do not have to be expensive, architects and teachers can improve the climate and therefore improve rooms and optimise them for teaching.
District Energy holds a vast potential for energy efficiency in urban areas. This White Paper highlights the key elements for success in district heating and cooling. It covers aspects from regulation and planning, efficient production of thermal energy, to storage, distribution and end user solutions.
When looking at the global climate challenges, the energy system is one of the biggest obstacles towards a carbon-free and net-zero future. The European Union has set ambitious objectives for an energy system, which integrates renewable energy and energy efficiency, as well as enabling a well-functioning energy market. These elements in combination can support a […]
EnergyLab Nordhavn – New Urban Energy Infrastructures The project utilizes Copenhagen’s Nordhavn as a full-scale smart city energy lab and demonstrates how electricity and heating, energy-efficient buildings and electric transport can be integrated into an intelligent, flexible and optimized energy system. The project participants are: DTU, City of Copenhagen, CPH City & Port Development, HOFOR, Radius, […]
The aim of the white paper is to share some of Denmark’s solutions and experiences from our ongoing transition to a sustainable agriculture and food cluster that is based on renewable biological resources and ultra resource-efficient production. We believe that by doing so, we can make a tangible contribution to achieving progress on the global […]
If we are to succeed with the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy, there is a need for more flexibility in the energy system. In the project ”Storage of electricity and heat in salt hydrate”, we demonstrate and test the prototype of a new heat battery that is able to store solar energy and […]
In this paper, you will meet the ten partners behind the Tours Network and find inspiration for site visits across energy efficiency, renewables, waste and resource management, clean air, water and climate adaptation.
If you are interested in visiting Denmark to explore these solutions and learn more about the concrete technologies, as well as connect with Danish stakeholders and share knowledge about green growth development, we encourage you to contact the Tours Network.
This white paper takes you through all the elements of the success story of wind energy in Denmark. From the starting point and what we now consider small-scale wind turbines to the projects and technologies that push the bar and the ambitions for wind energy as a source of renewable energy. We hope you will be inspired.
Today, approximately 70% of renewable energy consumption in Denmark is bioenergy-based, mostly in the form of straw, wood and renewable wastes. This White Paper gives an overview of Denmark’s solutions, cases and experiences in transforming sustainable biomass resources into competitive bioenergy solutions.
Ash from combustion of bio-fuel in power plants contains heavy metals and is currently regarded as a waste product only to be recycled to plantations and cultivated fields in small amounts. ASHBACK aims to improve the economy of bio-fuels by enabling more ash recycling through increased knowledge about both its safety and side effects. Centre […]
This policy toolkit is the first of three on Danish lessons learned in the area within wind energy. The three wind policy toolkits all focus on key aspects, challenges, and barriers with regard to increasing the share of wind energy. This first wind toolkit addresses the challenge of integrating increasing shares of fluctuating wind power […]
The Danish Energy Model has shown that it is possible to sustain economic growth and a high standard of living while reducing fossil fuel dependency and mitigating climate change. This has been achieved through persistent and active energy policy with ambitious renewable energy goals. The foundation of the low-carbon transition is threefold: energy efficiency, renewable energy […]
The aim towards a 100% renewable energy supply and optimum energy consumption by 2030 The Frederikshavn Municipality has prepared a strategy plan on renewable energy 2030. The strategy plan follows the Municipality action plan on the EU Covenant of Mayors agreement prepared in December 2012. The strategy plan is prepared to implement the energy policy of Frederikshavn Municipality for the entire Municipality as geographical boundary and aims […]
Do something about the energy resources As the world’s population grows and emerging economies expands rapidly, global demand and competition for energy are set to intensify in the decades to come. This will probably drive up prices of the world’s finite oil and other fossil fuel resources. Our energy resources are concentrated largely in a […]
This policy toolkit presents lessons learned in Danmark on the physical planning of wind turbines. Key points Choosing the optimal locations for wind turbines should be based on a carefully designed and informed planning process that takes economic, environmental and public considerations into account. Wind resource assessments are fundamental to estimate the wind power production […]
System Integration of Wind Power – Experiences from Denmark Integration of variable renewables into the grid is sometimes and misleadingly presented as an invincible task. The Danish case proves this wrong with around 30% wind in the power supply – planning for 50% in 2020. Long-term planning In Denmark, long-term planning has ensured timely and […]
Wind energy, bioenergy, solar power and more experimental forms of clean energy such as wave power and geothermal energy all have a role to play in a low-carbon world. When deciding which sources to use, a country’s climatic and geographical position obviously plays a role, as do considerations of which sources can provide the most efficient and secure supply at the lowest cost. For example, wind energy provides close to 50 per cent of Denmark’s total energy consumption and onshore wind energy is the cheapest source of energy in the country.
Denmark’s paradigm shift towards clean energy sources began in the 1970s as a result of the oil crises and since then, Danish companies have maintained a continuous focus on developing innovative clean energy solutions. Political decision-makers have both supported and spurred developments via legislation. Denmark now aims to become 100 per cent independent of fossil fuels by 2050. The key to achieving this goal is developing a flexible energy system, where a variety of energy sources support each other and thereby secure a stable and affordable clean energy supply.
Therefore, while wind power plays a substantial role in meeting Denmark’s energy needs, alternative clean energy sources are necessary for less windy days. Bioenergy based on residual and by-products from the agricultural sector, biological sources, household and industrial waste has an important role to play in providing stability to the grid and represents more than two-thirds of Denmark’s combined renewable energy consumption. Hybrid solutions that use two or more renewable energy sources such as wind and solar energy and store this energy for later use via batteries are also becoming widespread in the country. Finally, researchers are constantly exploring the potential of a wide range and previously unconsidered sources for their ability to generate and store energy.
As a small, island nation, Denmark has an open, export-oriented economy. Therefore, Danish clean energy solutions and technologies are always designed to be scalable and implemented in a range of contexts.
For further information on clean energy sources, please contact Lise Holmegaard Larsen, Project Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org