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Researchers at TECH receive DKK 28.3 million for research into the green transition

Independent Research Fund Denmark (DFF) has just published the 65 research projects on the green transition that have been awarded grants. At the Faculty of Technical Sciences, nine projects can now focus on this socially important research area.

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The green transition is one of the society's major challenges for the future. This is why Independent Research Fund Denmark (DFF) is awarding a total of DKK 333 million to research projects. The funding is to help talented researchers and to secure new, original ideas and research breakthroughs within climate, nature, the environment, and more, explains the foundation in a press release.

At TECH, a total of nine research projects with a green focus will receive a total amount of DKK 28.3 million. The grants will run over the next 3-6 years.

Assistant Professor Aliakbar Kamari, Department of Engineering, DKK 2.8 million for his project: Climate-Responsive Renovation: Exploring and developing novel design approaches for natural wind ventilation of housing stocks in Denmark.

Assistant Professor Emil Drazevic, Department of Engineering, DKK 2.8 million for his project: A new twist on ammonia production: more efficient electrochemical synthesis using ‘designer' hydrogen binding mediators.

Senior Professor of Engineering Søren Wandahl, Department of Engineering, DKK 2.8 million for his project: Green Tracking and Monitoring of Construction Resources to Reduce CO2 Emissions.

Assistant Professor Martin Krøyer Rasmussen, Department of Food Science, DKK 2.8 million for his project: Impact of plant-based diet on the consumption of health promoting MicroRNAs.

Assistant Professor Mahdi Abkar, Department of Engineering, DKK 2.8 million for his project: Physics-informed Deep Learning for Wind Farm Flow Modeling (DeepWindFarm).

Professor Eva Katarina Elofsson, Department of Environmental Science, DKK 5.9 million for her project: The potential of carbon sequestration in a cost-effective EU climate policy.

Assistant Professor Leendert Patrick I Vergeynst, Department of Engineering, DKK 2.8 million for his project: ToxiTrace: A Chromatographic Bioassay for Tracing Toxicant Removal in Water Treatment.

Postdoc Mariane Schmidt Thøgersen, Department of Environmental Science, DKK 2.8 million for her project: Truly cold-active enzymes for detergents to significantly reduce CO2 outlet.

Researcher Joachim Audet, Department of Bioscience, DKK 2.8 million for his project: Unravelling the drivers of nitrous oxide emissions from streams (DrivNOS).

Largest pool to date

The research projects are being funded by thematic research funding from DFF. Last year, the Danish Parliament agreed to earmark DKK 340 million research reserve funds for DFF, which the foundation was to award under the heading "green transition". So, the green distributions come in the wake of a political decision to prioritise funding for the area in 2020.

This is the third time DFF has awarded thematic research funding from the research reserve funds. What is special this year is that the DKK 333 million for the green transition is the hitherto largest thematic pool under DFF.