Photo: Ole Malling

DTU at the helm of new smart energy centre in Nordhavn

Energy Energy efficiency
The new Energy Hub consolidates Denmark’s position as a front runner in energy technology and smart energy solutions.

Pakhus 47 in Nordhavn in Copenhagen will be a new centre for the development of smart energy technology solutions. It will accommodate approximately 30 companies working with innovative and sustainable solutions for the smart cities of tomorrow.

The aim is to create an ecosystem where energy companies join forces with the University and public-sector players synergistically to generate more knowledge and, not least, business in the field of new sustainable energy solutions.

EnergyHub also boasts a showroom for the new solutions being tried and tested in Nordhavn so visitors can see their practical application.

Among the keynote speakers at the inauguration ceremony on 12 December were DTU President Anders Bjarklev, who has high expectations for the partnership and called the new EnergyHub and showroom a physical embodiment of Denmark’s extensive knowledge in the field of smart, renewable energy solutions.

Photo: Energylab Nordhavn
Photo: EnergyLab Nordhavn.

EnergyLab Nordhavn is a pioneering example of how researchers, businesses, and public authorities can work together to develop solutions aimed at ensuring efficient and sustainable transition to the energy systems of the future,” Anders Bjarklev comments, continuing:

“Establishing the EnergyHub gives us a unique opportunity to convert highly skilled research and innovation from DTU into commercial activities and growth for both start-ups and established companies occupying the EnergyHub, which is centrally located in Nordhavn.”

DTU is one of Europe’s leading universities in the field of energy and already has a number of major energy projects and partners on the go. It has more than 180 partners in virtually every country in Europe, and collaborative projects with a total value of almost EUR 268 million (DKK 2 billion).

A living urban laboratory
The new EnergyHub is a good starting point for driving the sort of development that will give Denmark a leading position in the emerging smart energy market. In this context, it is extremely important to have a living, urban laboratory in Nordhavn, where data can be collected from domestic energy consumption, storage, etc., for research. This is also a unique opportunity to show foreign delegations how intelligent solutions work in people’s homes as they go about their lives in the real world.

The main impetus behind EnergyHub are Scion DTU, the Urban Help company, and the EnergyLab Nordhavn project, managed by Center for Electric Power and Energy, DTU Electrical Engineering.