From gas turbines to Smart Cities: Meet our new Clean Tech Advisor

Christian Vinther

Christian Vinther has joined Innovation Centre Denmark, Silicon Valley, in August 2014. Christian will be responsible for driving innovation and accelerating projects with startups and established Danish cleantech companies. He will also be responsible for mapping the market environment for cleantech solutions in the US, identifying industry developments, new innovations, investment trends and regulatory changes that can be exploited by Danish companies. When asked about what developments he is currently looking at, Christian highlights the possibilities of smartcity technologies in the US and the pairing of possible applications in Denmark.

Christian has a background within the entrepreneurial environment in Denmark, where he has been a driving force in creating an environment for student entrepreneurs. Prior to joining Innovation Centre Denmark he worked at RadiJet, a small cleantech startup developing a micro gas turbine, which is to serve as a range extender for electric vehicles. Working with RadiJet, Christian focused on investor strategy planning, raising capital, client relationships and identification of customer and market needs for the technology.

Christian holds a master degree in Innovation Management from Aarhus School of Business.

Explore more about Christian at his LinkedIn profile.

Why Greenwave Systems chose to expand in Denmark

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Greenwave Systems a company founded by ICDK advisory board member Martin Manniche is expanding its Danish presence by establishing a customer support centre and additional R&D facilities to meet the high growth expectations for the Internet of Things segment in Europe.

The Danish talent pool and central location were decisive in the choice of expanding the Danish location to be the centre for accelerating European market expansion:

“Denmark is a world leader within ICT with an amazing talent pool and a favourable business climate,” says Peter Wilmar Christensen, founder of Greenwave Systems.  “To expand our international presence, it was important for us to find a location that would do the best job of serving our clients expediently. Denmark has delivered on all counts, and Copenhagen Capacity and Invest in Denmark have been excellent resources for helping us connect with local talent and benchmarking business framework conditions.”

Smart solutions for smart cities

Greenwave Systems is a leading Internet of Things software and services company with a solution that allows its partners to leverage the broad capabilities of Internet of Things and machine-to-machine communications which are gaining increased impact in all parts of society.

The Internet of Things refers to the concept of internet connectivity being extended beyond traditional devices like computers, smartphones and tablets to a diverse range of everyday things that utilize embedded technology to communicate and interact via the Internet. A tangible example is the private household where the lights are remotely controlled via the mobile phone, while thermostats adjust heating based on weather forecast and dirt sensors activate a vacuum cleaning robot. But the range of smart solutions can be far more complex and are expected to increase dramatically in the years to come.

Greenwave Systems focus is to drive the mass adoption of Internet of Things by making it intuitive and user-friendly to manage and control services and functions of the smart home and more.

Denmark holds a leading position within smart grid and smart city solutions, which makes the market perfect for Greenwave Systems both in terms of R&D, testing and sales.

Currently, Greenwave Systems employs 45 people in Denmark but within the next year, the team is expected to grow with additional specialists.

 

Meet our new expert in CleanTech

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Starting July 1, 2014, Ali Mushtaq is the new addition to the CleanTech team at Innovation Center Denmark, Silicon Valley.

Ali comes from a previous job as Vice President of the Wind Energy Advisory at the Consulate General of Denmark in Chicago. In the Windy City, he was responsible for building a highly specialized, six person advisory team within the wind energy industry.

At Innovation Center Denmark, Ali will use his extensive knowledge and previous experience to restructure and further develop the CleanTech department and by use of a strategic approach build a business development model for which to apply to the CleanTech industry. In addition, he will work on identifying relevant and applicable sub-industries within CleanTech to focus on. Ali will also be working, in close collaboration with the other divisions at ICDK, to secure an integrated approach to enhance trade and innovation.

Ali holds a Master of Science in Economics & Business Administration from Copenhagen Business School, that previously has been put to good use at various multinational CleanTech companies where he has worked at both corporate and unit level. With work experience from most parts of the world, Ali possesses a valuable cultural understanding when forming strategic partnerships and negotiating contracts.

Innovation Center Denmark, Silicon Valley, looks forward to welcoming Ali to our team.

Announcing Cleanweb DK!

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ICDK is very pleased to be a founding partner of the Cleanweb Initiative in Denmark. Cleanweb DK brings together developers, entrepreneurs, established companies and public sector players to solve resource and environmental challenges using IT and the internet. You can read about our previous coverage of Cleanweb here. Through a series of meetups, workshops, hackathons and other activities, Cleanweb DK is building up the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Cleanweb space.

Join the movement and learn more about Cleanweb activities in Denmark at:
http://www.meetup.com/CleanwebDK/ and www.facebook.com/CleanwebDenmark

Upcoming Cleanweb DK activities include:

Gatesense Hackathon @CBS November 29-30: Gatesense is a pioneering platform that will collect data from vast variety of sources and use it as the basis for creating a sustainable economy. The Gatesense Hackathon is an opportunity to help co-create a platform for the smart cities and the internet of things.

Exploring mobility and sharing (even among competitors) – How shared access to mobility data can help to provide more resource efficient transportation. A meetup co-organized with MinBilDinBil, the Danish car sharing company. Watch the Cleanweb DK meetup page for time and venue as soon as we have it (before Christmas).

What is Cleanweb?

“Cleanweb” is a category of clean technology that leverages the capability of the internet, social media, and mobile technologies to address resource constraints. It is the next stage of development for Cleantech and has attracted hundreds of millions of dollars in venture capital over the past 3 years.  The revolutionary growth in mobile, social, sensors, big data analytics, and other information technologies is creating powerful new opportunities to address the world’s critical resource challenges. Individuals and organizations around the world are leveraging this web of technologies in innovative ways to optimize how we use resources across the way we live, work, and play. We believe that Denmark has a lot to contribute to this emerging global trend.
The Cleanweb Initiative is harnessing the internet and ICT for resource efficiency by bringing developers, entrepreneurs, public officials and energy professionals together in cities around the world.
Learn more at www.cleanweb.co

Coming up: New US – Denmark Workshop on Renewable Energy

Workshop participant Marie Bech, a student from the University of Aarhus, Denmark, at the UC Santa Cruz campus at the NASA AMES Research Center in Silicon Valley. During the one month workshop in California, Marie worked on a project aiming to integrate energy from sun energy produced in Sahara into the EU grid. The political science major had never collaborated with students within the fields of engineering, biology and economics before and found it eye opening to work on such a diverse team:“We supplemented each other remarkably well; I gained technical insights into renewable energy solutions I had no prior knowledge of. At the same time, I could help provide legislative overviews of climate regulation laws dating back from the Kyoto Protocol up until today”
Workshop participant Marie Bech, a student from the University of Aarhus, Denmark, at the UC Santa Cruz campus at the NASA AMES Research Center in Silicon Valley. During the one month workshop in California, Marie worked on a project aiming to integrate energy from sun energy produced in Sahara into the EU grid. The political science major had never collaborated with students within the fields of engineering, biology and economics before and found it eye opening to work on such a diverse team:
“We supplemented each other remarkably well; I gained technical insights into renewable energy solutions I had no prior knowledge of. At the same time, I could help provide legislative overviews of climate regulation laws dating back from the Kyoto Protocol up until today”

Are you ready to target today’s energy challenges from different angles, working in a cross-disciplinary team? From July 21 – August 15, 2014, the US- Denmark Workshop LoCalRE on Renewable Energy will be held in California. This unique educational initiative is developed by leading universities in Denmark and California, offering students the opportunity to participate in a Workshop on Renewable Energy.

The workshop is intended for students from all disciplines, chosen on the basis of their academic qualifications, creativity and commitment to Renewable Energy. Students will be grouped together across academic disciplines and nationalities to form project-based teams targeting today’s energy problems from different angles.

The four-week workshop starts with one week of online preparation and continues with three weeks of lectures, seminars and field trips in California. Participants will learn about the economics, politics, science, and technology behind RE implementation from leading experts, while exploring communities and relevant energy sites where such technology is in place or currently being implemented. The interdisciplinary approach and holistic perspective allows students with various academic backgrounds to interact and develop concrete final project ideas that will enable them to discover practical global solutions to renewable energy challenges.

About LoCalRE:
LoCalRe is a collaboration between these four institutions: UC Santa Cruz (UCSC), UC Davis (UCD), the Technological University of Denmark (DTU) and Aalborg University with Innovation Center Denmark as one of the facilitators. Students need not be enrolled in one of the four universities to apply for the workshop. 2014 will mark the 6th LoCalRe workshop, which is held annually each summer alternating between California and Denmark.

You can find more information on how and when to apply here.

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