Renewable energy

Increasing emissions of CO2 into the atmosphere are contributing to climate change. Temperatures and sea levels are both rising, and the weather is becoming more extreme. In order to counteract climate change and reduce CO2 emissions, we need to switch our energy consumption to renewable energy sources.

In Denmark, the ambition is that we must be independent of fossil fuels—coal, oil, and gas—by 2050. This means that renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, and biomass must be able to meet Denmark’s entire energy consumption—at the same time that our energy needs are constantly increasing.

Much of DTU’s research contributes to this green transition. We are world-leading within wind energy technology, and have developed a number of interdisciplinary research environments where, for example, we are researching how to convert power from renewable energy sources into liquid fuels, and how we can store energy—for example in batteries, in hot stones underground, or in the masonry of buildings—so it is available when the wind is not blowing or the sun is not shining.

Articles on renewable energy

Wind energy, solar power, fusion energy, fuel cells, energy systems, and energy storage — these are some of the elements of the transition to green energy and independence from fossil fuels. Read much more in the sustainable energy theme, which contains a wide range of articles about renewable energy research at DTU.

Learn more in the theme 'Renewable energy'.


Renewable energy facilities

Intelligent Control Lab (Photo: Torben Nielsen)

PowerLabDK is one of the world’s leading test laboratories for energy systems. Here, companies, organizations, students, and researchers from Denmark and abroad can develop and test future large-scale electricity and
energy technology solutions.

The Danish National Wind Tunnel - or Poul La Cour Tunnel - is part of the Danish research infrastructure and is one of the largest university-owned wind tunnels in the world. The wind tunnel can be used by both Danish and foreign universities as well as research institutions
and companies.

The FCH Test Centre (Fuel Cell and Hydrogen) gives businesses working within fuel cell and hydrogen technologies access to advanced tests and demonstrations of components and systems.
In addition to testing, the FCH Test Centre offers training and consultancy.


Renewable energy research grants 

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DTU leading major project on EU’s future energy research

New large European project headed by DTU to set the framework for the future of EU energy funding and research based on new catalysis methods.

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Student projects on renewable energy

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A group of engineering students has developed a mobile wind turbine that can be used to supply power to large camps at music festivals.

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By using an energy modelling tool developed at DTU Management, the Green Student Movement has drawn up its own ambitious climate plan.

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Three electric cars at Roskilde Festival’s Food Court ensure ample electricity to cope with peak loads without using diesel generators with a heavy carbon footprint.


Interdisciplinary cooporation

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DTU and Indian researchers are working together to create sustainable and climate-friendly solutions to major challenges within energy and water.


Four Danish universities—headed by DTU—will conduct research into how increased digitization of the electricity grid and energy supplies can promote the green transition.

Vennerslund Energi- og Naturpark and DTU have teamed up to look at how renewable energy can be used to create an electricity-powered farm.