Towards a stable, sustainable and more intelligent energy system
In the transition towards a fossil-free energy system, it is important to find a way to balance consumption and production in an economically satisfactory manner and to include a high share of fluctuating renewable energy sources.
Close to 70 per cent of Denmark’s electricity consumption is based on renewable energy, enabled by a smart, flexible energy system that integrates systems across gas, electricity, thermal energy and transportation. This also implies solving challenges of storage of electricity, as well as using smart, digital solutions and data to ensure reliable and green energy for cities and societies.
Denmark’s visionary approach to a balanced energy system is ideal to large-scale tests of power grids through living labs and advanced research facilities.
We invite you to explore energy-related solutions in more depth below, find potential partners, catch up on the latest energy news and discover real-life case examples of how technology can help solve your energy challenges.
A new Danish Energy Transition Initiative seeks to help countries across the globe on their path towards greener energy systems. Aiming for early implementation of renewables, energy efficiencient solutions and sustainable energy planning, the initiative takes off in Brazil, Colombia and Pakistan.
The new Horizon 2020 project bring together industrial companies, such as Develco Products, research institutes, and household members with the aim of developing a holistic methodology for engaging households in sustainable energy practices. By introducing a smart metering system, it will be possible to better balance the supply and demand of electricity which will lead to a reduction of electricity consumption and CO2 emissions.
In order to realize South Africa’s ambition to increase its share of renewable energy with more than 20 percent in 2030, technical specifications are now in place to integrate battery energy storage. Battery energy storage can help the South African grid to utilize variable renewable energy in an optimal manner. The important technical pre-work is a result of a close energy partnership between Danish and South African energy authorities.
Texas is currently home to 16 of the hottest cities in the US, and researchers predict that temperatures will continue to skyrocket, creating the detrimental “urban heat island” effect. This could have huge negative social and economic impacts for communities living in the cities. Fortunately, many solutions can help build resilience towards hazardous heat in the cities.
The Inland Bioenergy anaerobic digestion facility in Chino, operated by ES Engineering, has capacity to process up to 200,000 gallons/day of liquid food waste. Four 15,000-gallon tanks receive macerated commercial food waste from various sources. Those contents feed into a 140,000-gallon equalization tank, which in turn feeds one of two 1.2 million gallon anaerobic digesters. […]
Traditional central heating systems fail to adjust to changing weather, living patterns and thermodynamic properties of the building, which results in overheating, inefficiency, high costs and poor indoor climate conditions.Danfoss provides software solutions using artificial intelligence to optimally control and monitor centrally heated buildings.
Through seven years of research, the project CITIES has shown how digital solutions based on data-driven methods make energy systems talk with each other. It saves money and CO2. Here are five significant key findings from the research.
Amplex is expanding its services to the new “Omniterminal”, an area of 80,000 m2, that will mainly be used for storage of cargo such as bulk goods and windmill projects being prepared for shipment. The project involves a number of high-power LED luminaires. To save energy, it is however of high importance to be able to control each luminaire individually, to make sure that exactly the right part of the area is being illuminated, with the needed light level for the work going on at any specific time.
The latest upgrade to the system includes a full energy management system monitoring water, heat and electricity usage in all buildings across the harbor.
Denmark is establishing two new energy islands off the coast of Denmark. The energy islands will be completed by 2030, and will be able to supply 5 GW of power from offshore windfarms. This is enough to meet the average electricity consumption of 5 million households. New visualisations reveal what the larger of the two islands may look like.
GreenLab is a green, circular, industrial park and intelligent energy platform ideally located in Skive, Denmark, where the national 40 bar gas and 150 kV electricity grids intersect. GreenLab wants to integrate those sectors and does so through an industrial symbiosis. All entities in the park are powered by 80 MW of wind and solar […]
At the Yokohama Rubber factory in Japan, an audit of their energy and water management revealed a huge potential for realising energy savings by instituting simple measures. By replacing 30-year-old pumps in the cooling system for the production process, the rubber factory has reduced their energy consumption by more than 50 per cent. This amount […]
For industry to decrease its CO2 footprint, it will need to have an overview of it green house gas emissions from its own processes (scope 1), its energy consumption (scope 2) and the footprint from its inputs from suppliers (scope 3). To enable the calculations of scope 1 and 2 emissions, and thereby increase the […]
Danfoss and SMA technology enables supermarket “Aktiv & Irma” in Oldenburg, Germany to store and generate electricity with an intelligent, two-way connection to the electricity grid, showing the energy-management potential of supermarkets. The supermarket’s refrigeration and cooling counters are key to making it function like a giant battery and contribute to creating a more flexible, […]
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.
By 2030, the world will have its first two energy islands designed to produce 4 GW power – initially. One of them will be an artificial island in the North Sea named VindØ (“Wind Island”), which will be able to produce 10 GW power long-term. The finance for the island VindØ will come from the […]
Accelerating the green transition, boosting export and creating 5,000 jobs, while testing and developing future green energy solutions. Those are among the ambitions for Denmark’s new “green hub” in the city of Aalborg.
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.
Clean Air School Districts is a holistic solution with sensor instruments, educational material, and consultation for students, teachers, and parents to collaborate with the school management on improving the school’s indoor environment quality. A better indoor environment has been proven to remarkably improve learning ability among children and reduce sick days and absenteeism. It accounts for […]
Nerve Switch® enables each individual battery cell to be controlled both directly and independently. This allows for optimizing several electrical energy systems by removing the need of expensive power electronic components, extending battery lifecycle and creates a foundation on which it is possible to design hybrid battery systems.
Orbitals TMC3 wind turbine controller is a great fit for new turbine installations and retrofit projects. More than 1,300 TMC3 wind turbine controllers operate small and medium sized wind turbine all over the world.
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, […]
This publication is the outcome of a yearlong exchange of knowledge and experience between Denmark and New York, initiated by State of Green and implemented in collaboration with Danish Cleantech Hub in New York. The core of the project was a week-long circular site visit tour to Denmark for a group of selected New Yorkers […]
In order to use heat pumps as an asset in the future electric system, there is a current need to develop common international communication standards. This is to ensure that all heat pumps on the market ‘speaks the same language’, meaning that they can be connected and aggregated. Data communication technology at focus HPCOM turns […]
Management and control of the power consumption in commercial buildings represents both cost saving and earning potentials. A prerequisite for harvesting the benefits from implementing Smart Grid solutions is access to flexible electricity consumption. Such flexible consumption could potentially be found in commercial buildings that today are operated by a Building Manage System. The aim […]
In a future where energy comes from renewable energy sources, we need to be able to control the electricity consumption, taking into account the fluctuating electricity production. Here, it is an advantage that consumers can actively turn down their electricity consumption or move it to periods when more electricity is produced. Remote controlling of heat […]
Challenge Sønderborg Municipality is a pioneering municipality with ambitious climate goals, and they have decided that the entire municipality should be CO2 neutral in 2029 – 20 years before the rest of Denmark. To achieve that goal, Sønderborg Municipality and ProjectZero needed an action-oriented, strategic energy plan for the transportation sector, which at the same […]
The number of large cities continues to rise across the globe. In the future, such densely populated and heavily trafficked cities will become increasingly challenged on the energy and environmental front, especially in relation to the supply and consumption of energy, as well as the pollution caused by e.g. the transport sector. Demonstration of Smart Cities in Europe The […]
The somewhat limited range is one of the biggest obstacles for electric vehicles. The MECc project will develop a range extender, which should optimally be able to provide a range of up to 800 km on a full charge and fill-up. Bio-methanol based range extender for electric vehicles The main purpose of the MECc project […]
With the movement towards replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy sources, the future power system will experience growing challenges in balancing the fluctuating power production and utilizing the renewable energy production to the fullest. Commercialisation of grid-integrated electric vehicles The Parker-project demonstrates how grid-integrated electric vehicles can play a role in solving this growing challenge, […]
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.
Buildings account for up to 40% of society’s energy demand and thereby play a key role in the green transition. This White Paper can be used as a tool for inspiration to spot the potential or implement building automation and energy-efficient measures in new and existing buildings globally.
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 […]
Three Danish cities at the forefront of implementing sustainable urbanisation “Green Urban Denmark” is a publication jointly prepared by the Danish Energy Agency (DEA), the municipalities of Copenhagen, Aarhus and Sonderborg and the Danish Ministry of Housing, Urban and Rural Affairs. It highlights how Copenhagen, Aarhus and Sonderborg have developed and implemented green urbanization and […]
Learn from Danish success stories by downloading the Energy Policy Toolkit on Energy Efficiency in Industries Industrial energy efficiency is a clear-cut strategic topic, yet still resides in the periphery of governmental energy strategies. A shift of mind is required, away from words such as ‘costs’ and ‘quick fixes’ and towards a vocabulary of long-term […]
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 […]
By 2050, Denmark will be 100 per cent independent of fossil fuels, and we are already on the road to a greener and more intelligent energy system. Today, close to 70 per cent of Denmark’s electricity consumption is based on renewable energy sources, and we have more than 100 years of experience with international power connections to the Swedish, Norwegian and German grids, allowing export and import of renewable electricity.
Traditionally, electricity flows have gone downstream from the transmission grid to the distribution grid, but today as much as 50 per cent of the electricity produced in Denmark flows directly into the distribution grid to find the consumers without ever reaching the transmission grid. This share is expected to increase. In other words, the requirements of the distribution network are increasing in complexity and balancing production and consumption is becoming more challenging. By 2020, all Danish electricity end-users will have smart meters providing new opportunities for consumers, retailers and DSOs alike.
Danish technology and know-how in the field of intelligent energy systems are applied not only in Denmark but all over the world. Moreover, Denmark’s visionary approach to creating a stable, sustainable energy system is ideal for large-scale tests of power grids through living labs and advanced research facilities.
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