New European innovation hub in Nordhavn, Copenhagen to become epicentre for tomorrow’s energy technologies

Date: 13 December 2017

EnergyLab Nordhavn, Urban Help and Scion DTU have entered into a strong collaboration on EnergyHub, which is a new innovation environment for businesses engaged in innovative and sustainable solutions for the cities of the future. 30 businesses moving into the new shared office facilities and more than 200 visits annually by potential international business connections are among the expectations for the new EnergyHub, which has just been opened in Nordhavn.

In addition to inviting new businesses to join shared office facilities with focus on sustainable urban development and energy solutions, the partners behind the EnergyLab Nordhavn project have established a showroom that presents the solutions they develop in the living urban laboratory. More specifically, these are premises of 1,200 m2 with room for 30 businesses at Sundkaj in Nordhavn, Copenhagen. In addition to access to a large network of leading Danish energy and technology companies, the businesses will receive international exposure and, not least, an office in the area where most of the physical demonstrations in the project will take place.

The EUDP-supported project has been running for two and a half years. During this period, EnergyLab Nordhavn has experienced overwhelming international interest. There has been great interest in the technical solutions, and the entire collaboration and partnership are attracting equally strong attention. The project has gathered some of Denmark’s leading public and private players in sustainable energy and urban environments in a completely unique collaboration. The project primarily focuses on development of the solutions that are to characterize the energy systems of the future, which will include a far higher proportion of renewable energy than we are seeing today. At the same time, these are exportable solutions, which can thus contribute to meeting the total Danish green growth potential of between DKK 148 and 271 billion a year up to 2035.

“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. With the establishment of EnergyHub, we have a unique opportunity to convert highly qualified research and innovation from DTU into business activities and growth in both start-ups and established businesses, which will be housed in EnergyHub, located in the middle of Nordhavn. This is completely in line with DTU’s mission to benefit society,” says Anders Bjarklev, President of DTU.

“In CPH City & Port Development’s work to develop Nordhavn as the new sustainable district of Copenhagen, the collaboration in EnergyLab Nordhavn plays an important role. In these years, Nordhavn is being converted from an industrial area into a modern, mixed urban district with dwellings and workplaces, and the many projects under EnergyLab Nordhavn are implemented in a number of building projects. The projects benefit the day-to-day work of the tenants and employees, and we concurrently gather knowledge that we can use in our ongoing work with sustainable urban development,” says CEO Jens Kramer Mikkelsen, CPH City & Port Development.

Read more about EnergyLab Nordhavn in the next issue of Hot Cool