Proud to announce that our Danish partner FOM Technologies are providing “a centerpiece of the new Clean Energy Institute‘s Clean Energy Testbeds” with their 28-feet Roll-to-Roll printer for next generation flexible solar cells.
Currently, Tesla is driving towards breaking its own Danish sales record in terms of the number of electric vehicles sold within a year. But despite a growing interest in electric cars, less than 1% of cars on Danish roads today are electric, according to an interview with Elon Musk by the Danish newspaper Borsen.
Wind Power Capabilities
As a country, Denmark is a leader within sustainable energy. Wind Power has a long history in Denmark and is still one of the country’s strongest industries, able to compete globally.
That’s why Elon Musk envisions Denmark as an obvious place for developing technologies within storage of wind energy in batteries in order to tap into the technological synergies that exists between the wind energy sector and Tesla Motors, a technology leader within electric cars and energy storage.
The Future of Electric Cars
Even though Denmark is a leading country within sustainable energy, Elon Musk sees great untapped potential for pairing sustainable energy with sustainable transport in the form of electric cars.
Releasing this potential is another of Elon Musk’s main objectives behind his Danish visit this week. As an obvious advocate for growing the market for electric vehicles in Denmark and elsewhere, Elon Musk met with leading Danish politicians and business people at the Embassy of the United States in Copenhagen to discuss this hot political issue in Denmark at the moment.
On the same day, Elon Musk also spoke with the Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Kristian Jensen, who tweeted that he had had a great talk with Elon Musk about working together on sustainable energy in transport and storage.
It is difficult to say what the exact future of electric vehicles will be and whether Tesla Motors will be the company driving transportation into this future. But one thing is certain though, Elon Musk is doing everything he can to convince key stakeholders that we do not have to wait any longer: the future is here.
A recent study by Innovation Center Denmark in Silicon Valley reveals major potential for Danish biogas companies in California.
The Californian biogas sector is at a tipping point triggered by strong political support and one of the largest input potential available in the United States.
“This will accelerate the development of biogas facilities and with it open the opportunity of major export potential for the world leading Danish biogas sector” says Ali Mushtaq, from the Clean Energy Advisory at Innovation Center Denmark.
Potential to power three million American homes
California is considered the state with the largest potential for biogas development. As one of the world’s top ten economies, California has a large volume of municipal and agricultural waste from a 37 million population, major industrial sectors, and an enormous dairy- and agro sector.
According to CalRecycle, the governing body for recycling and waste management in California, more than 20 million tons of organic waste is annually diverted to landfills – equivalent to the weight of 70,000 of the world’s biggest airliner Airbus 380 – with a potential of being used for biogas production.
The total biogas potential for California is 7,000 megawatts of power, which is enough to supply approximately three million American homes with power, according to Bioenergy Association of California and UC Davis.
The tipping point to growth
California is leading the fight against climate change and has ambitious goals within environmental protection. This has caused policy makers to acknowledge the great potential in biogas production and its multiple applications along with positive environmental impact. A number of regulatory initiatives have been introduced to provide the industry with improved overall framework conditions and funding opportunities to significantly accelerate the development of new biogas facilities.
“Many more governmental agencies are getting aware of the opportunities within biogas and new policies have therefore been introduced. This is a clear indicator of the industry being at a tipping point”, says Julia Levin from Bioenergy Association of California
Among the most important bills that have been passed is a new feed-in tariff requiring utilities to purchase 250 MW of bioenergy at preferential prices, a requirement to divert 75% of organic waste from landfills, and a cap-and-trade program providing producers with another source of revenue. These are all expected to be game changers by industry experts.
Huge opportunity for Danish export
In the wake of the recent political support to extend the regulatory system in support of biogas, it is expected that new biogas projects will become significantly more attractive in terms of financial bankability, causing the local feedstock suppliers, developers, investors, etc. to look for companies to collaborate with. Currently, the industry is underdeveloped and has e.g. only 14 running plants in agriculture, indicating that Danish companies will have great opportunities with the state-of-the-art solutions and technology they possess.
“We see a huge potential for Danish companies to enter the Californian market. The local players are looking for many of the strongholds we have in the Danish industry. E.g. technology, know-how, R&D, capital, etc.”, says Jesper Arndt Andersen, External Advisor for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
“The political support to lower methane emissions is causing new regulations. These are major drivers for the biogas industry, and we expect a rapid development going forward”, continues Jacques Franco from University of California Davis
To support the market entry of Danish biogas investors, the Clean Energy & Technology Advisory at Innovation Center Denmark has established a team of highly experienced advisors with technical biogas expertise and knowledge of local conditions. The team offers full spectrum services from providing market insights to on-the-ground business execution and public liaising as well as assisting with the establishment of subsidiaries in California.
For further info, contact Ali Mushtaq on the information below.
Ali Mushtaq, Cleantech Advisor
Innovation Center Denmark
Director, Clean Energy & Technology Advisory
T: +1 312 852 2224
Glimpses into the future of clean vehicles are already here – they’re just not evenly distributed: Automakers have in recent years launched a multitude of clean(er) vehicle technology platforms ranging from increasingly efficient traditional gas guzzling vehicles to electric vehicles (EVs), to hybrids and fuel cell vehicles (FCVs).
Denmark has traditions for creating beautiful and sustainable buildings. Our Innovation advisor Christian Vinther is currently researching how the development and new technologies within the smart buildings area in Silicon Valley can be combined with the great Danish architecture and focus on sustainability to create even better energy efficient solutions that are user-friendly as well.
Earlier this year Christian participated in the Green Build Expo in New Orleans, which showcased some of the new technologies for the building market and he has had dialogue with several companies in the space. He is currently working on a short white paper and the findings from the paper are so far:
– Internet of Things (IoT) enables buildings to become more intelligent
– The private consumer market for home automation is pushing development in to the commercial building sector
– The large IT companies find the space very interesting
– Research in the area is focused on demonstrating how the different technologies operate together in building systems
– A few challenges do still need to be resolved before the market truly takes off, such as isolated technologies and lack of common standards.
The final white paper will furthermore give an overview of the market perspectives and trends for the smart buildings and a list of technology companies that operate in the space. The paper will be published in the start of the new year. If you want to know about our work within smart buildings, please feel free to contact Christian Vinther (chrvje(at)um.dk)
Read the white paper here