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New collaboration between GreenLab and Aarhus University Focus on the energy systems of the future and the green transition of agriculture

Aarhus University and GreenLab have concluded a formal partnership agreement to form the basis for a joint research platform. Focus will be on developing the energy systems of the future and their link with the green transition for the agricultural sector.

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Minister for Science, Technology and Research, Jesper Petersen (S), Dean Niels Holm Nielsen and CEO Christopher Sorensen sign a collaboration agreement betweenAU and GreenLab. (Photo: Mette Agerup)

Over many years, Aarhus University has built up specialist competencies within both energy and agricultural research, and these have been developed and tested at the university's research centre in Foulum. Work at Foulum includes a number of innovative projects examining how agricultural resources can be exploited in new, sustainable ways, for example for green fuels. GreenLab gives Aarhus University an opportunity to try out new technologies on a large scale, thereby shortening the time it takes for them to be tested and adapted for market.

“The Faculty of Technical Sciences aims to bring knowledge emanating from research environments into play in the surrounding world. With a strong combination of technical science, research and innovation, the collaboration with GreenLab means that we can transform theory into reality. Working with the faculty's talented researchers and research groups, GreenLab is an ideal platform to ensure that future projects can be tested and scaled. We can take advantage of this in our research and in our work on the energy solutions of the future, and in relation to the green transition of agriculture. This also applies to projects involving CCS and CCU (Carbon Capture and Storage - Carbon Capture and Utilization).  I hope that GreenLab Skive will be the outset for residential colleges that the universities can use together," says Dean Eskild Holm Nielsen from the Faculty of Technical Sciences. The CEO of GreenLab, Christopher Sorensen, adds:

"The collaboration agreement with Aarhus University cements GreenLab's status as a national research centre and it expands the range of research fields being worked on in the green industrial park. Aarhus University has specialist competencies within both energy and agricultural research and, not least, within the links between the two sectors. And this is a clear focus for us. GreenLab has a unique location to demonstrate how agricultural energy flows can be included in rethinking our energy system, and for this reason I have high hopes for this collaboration."

Part of the Innovation Centre

Aarhus University will also be an important part of the future Green Lab Innovation Centre. This will be an ambitious framework for all the research, educational, and innovation activities at GreenLab as well as a building with co-work space and room for students and their projects. Aarhus University will contribute with input to develop the Innovation Centre and later the university will also join daily activities at the centre linked to research into smart energy, commercial R&D, knowledge-sharing and much more. The plan is for the Technical University of Denmark, the Danish Climate Fund Skive and Skive Municipality to establish a research residence in Skive, where researchers from technical universities in Denmark can live while they are working on projects in GreenLab and elsewhere in the region.