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Center Denmark

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Contact Data

Coordinator (Incubator/accelerator)

Center Denmark

Coordinator website

https://www.centerdenmark.com/

Year Established

2017

Location

Kokbjerg 30, 6000, Kolding (Denmark)

Website

https://www.centerdenmark.com/

Social Media

Contact information

Søren Skov Bording
soren@centerdenmark.com
+4523408612

Contact information

Razgar Ebrahimy
raze@centerdenmark.com
+45 24691179

Description

Description

Denmark has a high penetration of fiber internet and high share of wind turbines and solar in our energy system. The high penetration of fiber internet makes Denmark optimal for data intelligent energy systems that require large volumes of data in real time. By digitally connecting 'smart home' applications and industrial consumption with real time data on production of renewable energy (RE) in real time, we can unlock flexibilities in the energy systems to absorb excess RE by frontloading or postponing consumption. This will alow accelleration towards 100 % renewable energy, but it require new digital solutions and heavily use of AI.

Center Denmark is a national digital hub focusing on digitalization of the energy sector. The Center Denmark data platform will offer state-of-the-art digital solutions with real-time capabilities for controlling consumption in the energy systems. These digital solutions and AI-tools are being made available for start-ups, SME's and large-sized companies, service providers and utility companies.

Center Denmark is an independent organisation established in collaboration between strong partners. This means that Center Denmark can offer digital services based on cutting edge reseach and technologies based on the HPC (High Performance Computing) center at SDU, eScience Center ABACUS, algorithms and forecasting models from DTU Compute, and not least AI technologies from AI Center AAU.

Furthermore Center Denmark is as well established by strong partners within the energy sector, meaning that digital services are provided in collboration with Energinet, the danish TSO that is on the cutting edge among european TSO's when it comes to digitalization, and the danish DSO EWII, which is leading the danish coordinated initiative between all DSO's on setting data free from utility companies with specific fous on cyber security, GDPR and protecting critical data.  

All these digital competences are being made available for continued research and industrial use through the Center Denmark platform.

 

The why!

We will enter a new paradigm for balancing energy systems where we focus on intelligently consuming energy instead of trying to control a fluctuating RE production. It requires a data intelligent energy system based on AI and innovative new digital business models across the entire value chain. Center Denmark provide the needed services for the energy sector to make the digital transformation happen.

Center Denmark

Center Denmark is established as a non-profit and independent organization working to promote development of digitally integrated energy systems in order to enhance society’s transition to renewable energy sources and reduce environmental impact. Center Denmark contributes to establishing a national framework to promote research, education, innovation & development, testing and demonstration within digitalization of energy systems.
Center Denmark support the industry with digital services and solutions for making the green transition happen.

Vision: Center Denmark will accelerate the green transition towards 100 % renewable energy in DK through digitalization and sector coupling and thereby unlocking flexibilities and utilize digital opportunities at all levels across energy systems

 

Service offerings

  • Digital Real-time DECISION TOOLS for controlling energy consuming units intelligently for limited environmental impact, economic incentives and grid capacity constraints. This could e.g. be integrating Model Predictive Control based on forecasting models from the data platform.
     
  • Visualization of energy data in a spatiotemporal environment. With the use of open IoT platform, Center Denmark support setting energy data free and make them available for the industry. In the digitalization process, data will be gathered from meters in collaboration with utility companies, and sensor data in collaboration with all partners. Cyber security is part of this service.
  • Center Denmark creates an INCUBATOR environment where we share knowledge, foster new ideas and develop new business models utilizing new digital technologies. The incubator environment is for start-ups and established companies, industry associations, public organizations, universities and funding and network partners etc.
     
  • SIMULATION ENVIRONMENT for new digital business models and technologies in a digital representation of the energy ecosystem..
     
  • TEST AND DEMONSTRATION of digital solutions in a representative real-life test environment. Center Denmark will digitally connect Living Labs.

 

Partnership and specific services

Both private and public organizations can make partnership with Center Denmark and get access to the data platform with the digital services for visualization and simulation.

Product specific services usin HPC, specialized AI-tools and special needs for cyber security will be provided based on commercial terms.

 

Matchmaking and Funding

In strategic partnership with the danish cluster organizations, Center Denmark provide support for matchmaking between companies for business development and engaging in funded research and development projects

 

Network of DIH's

Center Denmak will as a Digital Innovation Hub for energy systems proactively collaborate and integrate crossboarder with other european DIH's, but also cross sector with DIH's that focus on digitization of other areas than energy systems and flexibility. Digital competences should be shared and new technologies shall be utilized across sectors.

Link to national or regional initiatives for digitising industry

National digital focus

Denmark has an ambitious strategy on digitization of the public sector through private/public partnerships (https://digitaldenmark.dk), and with a strategy for digital growth, the danish governmet invest in digital innovation within the danish industrial sector (https://www.regeringen.dk/nyheder/strategi-for-danmarks-digitale-vaekst/)

(https://www.regeringen.dk/media/1305/danmark_i_arbejde_-_vaekstplan_for_digitalisering_i_danmark.pdf)

 

Region Southern Denmark

Companies in Region Southern Denmark have a significant share of Danish energy efficiency and renewable energy production both in jobs and turnover. The regional challenges include:

  • Skills shortages and a qualified labour force;
  • Ensuring global market position for existing enterprises and realising greater export potential for small- and medium-sized enterprises; and
  • Sufficient access to regional testing, development, and demonstration facilities to act as an innovation driver.
 

Central Denmark Smart Specialisation Strategy

Energy and Climate: “One special feature of Central Denmark Region is that there is already a large amount of renewable energy in the energy system followed up with ambitious goals and plans for the further development of renewable energy. The region has a high concentration of wind energy businesses including some of the world’s largest manufacturers, Vestas and Siemens, which have also attracted wind turbine manufacturers from all over the world. In the region you can also find knowledge institutions, businesses and test facilities working on bio-refining, biogas and biomass for energy. The region is looking for ways to develop bio economy strategies and projects. The region is looking for ways to further develop the Bio-economy, and strengthen strategic renewable energy planning. The region is looking into biogas production, how to upgrade it for the natural gas system and use it for transportation. Focus is on sustainable use of biomass for energy. The region is also dedicated to disseminating information about Danish energy efficient central heating solutions to interested partners abroad. The region has a focus on climate change in terms of both prevention and adaptation to present and future climatic conditions. The region establishes and maintains networks between stakeholders who often have conflicting interests. These stakeholders are the ones who have the means and decision-making powers to create solutions. Facilitation creates shared visions and strategies, which promote holistic thinking. Working together in networks provides a better basis for decision-making than would otherwise be possible and supports the creation of new tools such as joint, harmonised data sets and innovative methods.”

Smart Industry: We have developed various programmes, methods, tools etc. that have all been targeted towards companies with growth potential. In recent years we have increased our efforts towards the manufacturing industry. The focus is on entrepreneurship and capital, innovation and business development, knowledge and skills, digitisation and internationalisation. Smart industry is central and all proposed work packages in GrowIn 4.0 are pivotal to CDR. We have at the moment two programs within smart industry where counselling and facilitation are core instruments to enhance innovation and growth in manufacturings SMEs and several other initiatives with offers for this target group.

“” https://s3platform.jrc.ec.europa.eu/map?p_p_id=captargmap_WAR_CapTargMapportlet&_captargmap_WAR_CapTargMapportlet_non-eu-country=true&_captargmap_WAR_CapTargMapportlet_non-eu-region=true&_captargmap_WAR_CapTargMapportlet_regionids=252

  1. midt.energistrategi: https://www.rm.dk/siteassets/regional-udvikling/ru/publikationer/energi/slutrapport-midt-energistrategi2015.pdf
  2. Danish National Energy Agreement of 2018: https://en.efkm.dk/media/12307/energy-agreement-2018.pdf
  3. Together for a Greener Future 2018: https://www.regeringen.dk/nyheder/miljoe-og-klimaudspil/ (in Danish)

 

Region North Denmark

Region North Denmark has a focus on renewable energy with the following strategic goals:

  • Innovation collaborations (PPPs) between SMEs, knowledge institutions, cluster organizations, etc. to screen opportunities for collaboration on developing concepts for innovative green products or solutions;
  • Develop energy- or resource-efficient SMEs by screening which SMEs have a potential that can be exploited. The potential needs to be clarified by developing green business models for SMEs; And development of green technologies by research and development using smaller test and demonstration sites.

Market and Services

Market sectors

  • Education
  • Electricity, gas and water supply
  • Other markets

TRL Focus

  • TRL5 - Component and/or breadboard validation in relevant environment
  • TRL6 - System/subsystem model or prototype demonstration in a relevant environment
  • TRL7 - System prototype demonstration in an operational environment
  • TRL8 - Actual system completed and qualified through test and demonstration
  • TRL9 - Actual system proven through successful mission operations
  • TRL4 - Component and/or breadboard validation in laboratory environment

Services provided

  • Concept validation and prototyping
  • Testing and validation
  • Digital Maturity Assessment
  • Incubator/accelerator support
  • Market intelligence
  • Access to Funding and Investor Readiness Services
  • Mentoring
  • Collaborative Researchs
  • Education and skills development

Service Examples

Smart Grid integration of backup batteries for tele sites

Energy Cool is a danish SME running and maintaining batteri backup systems for telesites. That means Energy Cools has a large amount of small batteries, that's almost never are activated. These batteries can just as well deliver grid services, while not in use for back-up services. By intelligent surveilliance system and introducing remote control, a pilot project has succeeded deliver grid services based on grid integration. Automated control solutions developed and proven succesfully.

The commercial framework conditions can in denmark can further support to achieve a positive business case going forward. Criterias are expected to be fulfilled very soon and the service will go online.

Pilot project for Energy Cool, ECon Grid, Energitnet (Danish TSO)

Contact person: Henrik Thorsen, +45 22 22 67 02

More details: http://econgrid.com/index.php/energinet-pilotprojekt/

Digital platform and data intelligent control

Novasol is a danish company for hollyday rentals. Summerhouses located in rural areas consume, on average, around 30,000 kWh of electricity annually, so Novasol has a huge potential in increasing effectivenes (consume less) and move consumption to periods with the lowest prices and CO2 emmission.

Most of these summerhouses have large swimming pools that can be used as thermal storage to provide the occupants with some monetary savings and to consume electricity when the prices are low. The summerhouse are equipped with sensors and control system powered by cloud and edge computing that is integrated with the real-time electricity market data from Nordpool. The algorithm decides when to send a price or CO2 based signal to the control system to turn on/off the heat pump or the boiler based on various variables such as indoor climate, occupants behaviorus and weather forecast. This setup was developed as part of SmartNet H2020 project where it offers around 15% reduction in CO2 and 10% in annual electricity bill. In the next phase, Center Denmark will provide additional data and expertise to improve the stats to 25% of CO2 reduction.

Customer contact: Novasol, Thomas Kieldsen, thomas.kieldsen@novasol.dk

More details: https://www.compute.dtu.dk/nyheder/2019/07/sommerhuse-med-swimmingpool-viser-klimavenlig-vej?id=633d08b5-202b-4c8e-a374-12bee5fc08cc

Digital platform for indoor climate

Høje-Taastrup municipality is situated in the sealand region in Denmark and owns, operates and maintains thousands of public buildings including schools, offices and residential areas. They have a continued need for increase effectiveness and reduce CO2 emmission and hence need a proper data dashboard.

The solution is the Climify platform that provides the municipality with valuable information, insight and control signals about the indoor climate in some of their existing school buildings and how to operate some of their heating services. School buildings are equipped with various IoT devices that monitor the temperature, noise and also thermostatically controlled devices. Climify platform enables the building managers and the schools to have detailed and real-time information about the indoor climate of classrooms and notify the teachers or the building operators to take action when the CO2 level is rising above the specified threshold.  It also remotely controls some of the heating systems in a pool of selected buildings.

 

Climify platform provide services based on the municipality’s needs and their reliance on Center Denmark’s vast data sets means that they can provide accurate and reliable control and analytics to the end-users.

Contact: Davide Cali, +45 45 25 34 15

https://smartcitiesaccelerator.eu/indeklima-loesning-bliver-kommercialiseret/

More details: https://climify.com/

Organization

Organizational form

Foundation

Turnover

1.000.000-5.000.000

Number of employees

1-9

Evolutionary Stage

Fully operational

Geographical Scope

European

Funding

  • National basic research funding
  • Private funding
  • Partner resources
  • Memberships

Customers

Number of customers annually

11-25

Type of customers

  • SMEs (<250 employees)
  • MidCaps (between €2-10 billion turnover)
  • Large companies, multi-nationals
  • Research organisations
  • Start-up companies

Partners

House of Energy (DK)

Partner Type

Industry association

Website

https://house-of-energy.dk/en/


Aarhus University

Partner Type

University

Website

http://www.au.dk/en/


Danish Technological Institute

Partner Type

Research & Technology organization


Aalborg University

Partner Type

University


Danish Technical University (DTU)

Partner Type

University

Website

http://www.dtu.dk/english


Southern Danish University, SDU

Partner Type

University

Website

https://www.sdu.dk/da


Fredericia Municipality

Partner Type

Regional government

Website

https://www.fredericia.dk/


Fredericia Spildevand og Energi A/S

Partner Type

SME

Website

https://www.frse.dk/Fredericia-spildevand.aspx


EWII

Partner Type

User community

Website

https://ewii.com/privat


Kolding Municipality

Partner Type

Regional government

Website

https://www.kolding.dk/


Naturpark Lillebælt

Partner Type

Other

Website

https://naturparklillebaelt.dk/


Dansk Fjernvarme

Partner Type

Industry association

Website

https://www.danskfjernvarme.dk/


Danmarks Naturfredningsforening

Partner Type

Industry association

Website

https://www.dn.dk/


Energinet

Partner Type

National government

Website

https://energinet.dk/


Neas Energy

Partner Type

Large enterprise

Website

https://www.neasenergy.com/


Trefor

Partner Type

MidCap

Website

https://trefor.dk/


Middelfart Municipality

Partner Type

Regional government

Website

https://www.middelfart.dk/


Energy Cool

Partner Type

SME

Website

http://energy-cool.com/dk/


CLEAN

Partner Type

Networked, cluster organization

Website

https://www.cleancluster.dk/


Innovation Centre Denmark

Partner Type

National government

Website

https://thetradecouncil.dk/services/innovation


Dansk Overskudsenergi A/S

Partner Type

Start-up company

Website

https://www.danskoverskudsenergi.dk/


Hybrid Greentech

Partner Type

MidCap

Website

https://www.hybridgreentech.com/


Innovation Centre Denmark - Silicon Valley

Partner Type

National government

Website

https://siliconvalley.um.dk/


Alexandra Instituttet

Partner Type

Research & Technology organization

Website

https://alexandra.dk/dk


NorthQ

Partner Type

SME

Website

https://www.northq.com/


Rudersdal Municipality

Partner Type

Regional government

Website

https://www.rudersdal.dk/


Danfoss

Partner Type

Large enterprise

Website

https://www.danfoss.com/da-dk/


ENFOR

Partner Type

SME

Website

https://enfor.dk/


Høje-Taastrup Municipality

Partner Type

Regional government

Website

https://www.htk.dk/Borger.aspx


Energy And Climate Academy

Partner Type

SME

Website

http://energyandclimateacademy.com/


NIRAS

Partner Type

Large enterprise

Website

https://www.niras.dk/


Energy Innovation Cluster

Partner Type

Networked, cluster organization

Website

https://eicluster.dk/


S. C. Nordic

Partner Type

SME

Website

https://scnordic.com/


FAZE2

Partner Type

SME

Website

https://faze2.dk/


Carlsberg Danmark

Partner Type

Large enterprise

Website

https://www.carlsberggroup.com/


KAMSTRUP

Partner Type

MidCap

Website

https://www.kamstrup.com/da-dk


HOFOR

Partner Type

Regional government

Website

https://www.hofor.dk/privat/


Aalborg Forsyning

Partner Type

Regional government

Website

https://aalborgforsyning.dk/


EURISCO

Partner Type

SME

Website

https://eurisco.dk/


3Tech Automation

Partner Type

SME

Website

https://www.3tech.dk/

Technological competences

  • Artificial Intelligence and cognitive systems
  • Cyber security (including biometrics)
  • Advanced or High performance computing
  • Data mining, big data, database management
  • Augmented and virtual reality, visualization
  • Simulation and modelling
  • Cloud computing
  • Internet of Things (e.g. connected devices, sensors and actuators networks)

H2020 Projects

  • DIH²
    A Pan‐European Network of Robotics DIHs for Agile Production
    A Pan‐European Network of Robotics DIHs for Agile Production

    DIH^2 is a network of 26 DIHs, with a target to reach over 170 DIHs. The sole aim of the network is to spark incremental (cut 50% cost of advance robotics solutions, double the growth of robotics market) and disruptive (maximum productivity & optimum agility) innovations in over 300,000 Manufacturing SMEs and Mid-Caps. It will support SMEs in their Agile Production challenge (50% increase in productivity) and unleash their digitalization potential by enabling robot solutions that are more cost effective at lower lot sizes.

    DIH^2 relies on:
    • A Common Open Platform Reference Architecture for Agile Production (COPRA-AP) -based on Industrial Data Space Reference Architecture Model and FIWARE technologies- to serve the needs of SMEs by means of a continuously growing set of Robotic-based Open Standard Enablers (ROSE-AP).
    • A marketplace as one-stop-shop for SMEs to access essential services for digital transformation including business modelling, technical support, access to skills and finance.
    • 2 competitive Open Calls to launch an ambitious Technology Transfer Program with 260 Agility Audits, 26 cross-border Technology Transfer Experiments and 26 ROSE-AP, leveraging over 26M€ of public & private funding in advance robotics solutions for Agile Production.
    • Members deeply rooted in their regional Smart Specialization Strategy (bringing €5M additional funding on top of EU funds), ensuring ‘working distance’ services for every SME in Europe - whichever the sector, wherever the location, whatever the size.
    • A Corporate Sponsorship Program from equipment and automation suppliers committed with the network to get access to wider market and latest research in robotics.

    DIH^2 will transform this network into a self-sustainable non-profit association with members all over Europe. DIH^2  will demonstrate that public funded research can help SMEs & Mid-Caps achieve digital excellence and global competitiveness through adopting advanced robotics solutions in Agile Production.
  • HUBCAP
    DIGITAL INNOVATION HUBS AND COLLABORATIVE PLATFORM FOR CYBER-PHYSICAL SYSTEMS
    DIGITAL INNOVATION HUBS AND COLLABORATIVE PLATFORM FOR CYBER-PHYSICAL SYSTEMS

    HUBCAP will provide a one-stop-shop for European SMEs wanting to join the Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) revolution. It builds on seven established Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) in seven European countries, each embedded in its regional innovation ecosystem, offering complementary technical expertise, experimental capabilities, and specialist knowledge in CPS application domains. From this base, HUBCAP will create a growing and sustainable European network offering SMEs opportunities to undertake experiments, seek investment, access expertise and training, and form new business links. This is enabled by a cloud-based open collaboration platform with a ‘sandbox’ capability to help users trial new technology.
    HUBCAP will lower barriers for SMEs to realise the potential of growing autonomy in CPSs by accessing advanced Model-Based Design (MBD) technology, providing training and guidance, and acting as a gateway to the full network of all registered DIHs specialising in CPS. Half the project funding will go to supporting SMEs, including open call funding for SMEs join the ecosystem and experiment with MBD technology. HUBCAP will extend an existing open collaboration platform to enable SMEs to co-create, analyse and validate new CPS products in a virtual setting, by accessing CPS assets (models, tools, services) and experimenting with new solutions, de-risking investments in skills or resources.
    The consortium’s DIHs have been chosen to cover complementary MBD capabilities. They represent a wide area of Europe and offer considerable experience in Innovation Actions, managing open calls, and outreach to businesses. Technology providers will help populate and validate the initial collaboration platform and carefully selected seed SMEs will assist in kickstarting the ecosystem and reaching out to entirely new users of MBD technologies. HUBCAP will ensure sustainability through a not-for-profit association to extend and maintain the network and platform after the project.
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