Danish Center for Energy Storage, DaCES, is a partnership that covers the entire value chain from research and innovation to industry and export in the field of energy storage and conversion.
The ambition of DaCES is to strengthen cooperation, sharing of knowledge and establishment of new partnerships between companies and universities. Through these collaborations, DaCES seeks to ensure a long-term, focused and coordinated effort between all relevant players in areas of technology such as thermal energy storage, battery technology, system integration and Power-to-X.
In the future wind and solar energy should account for as much as possible of our energy supply. This creates new challenges in terms of securing accessible energy when demanded. Energy is only generated whenever the wind blows or the sun shines. As a result of these energy fluctuations it will be essential to balance supply and demand instantaneously and in a flexible way. It will also be important to combine the different energy sectors, such as electricity, gas, and district heating in order to store excess energy as e.g. heating or green fuels.
A reliable energy system based on renewable sources without energy storage would require an excess capacity beyond realism. It would most certainly result in down-regulation of the capacity most of the time. As of today down-regulation is expensive since owners of wind turbines and solar cells are compensated for periods of stalling production, as well as the fact that the power grid of Denmark is not dimensioned to such an expansion. And even if it could be done, we would still have times where renewable energy couldn’t fulfill the energy demand and then supplementation of fossil fuels would be necessary.
In other words, energy storage is the one and only way to reach a 100% renewable energy system.
We invite you and your business to join us in DaCES in developing the area of energy storage. It’s free of charge up until 2022, and gives you access to exclusive webinars and events hosted by the center among other things. The only requirement is that you are registered in the Danish CVR system and that you work directly or indirectly with energy storage.
The world needs a strongly accelerated green transition. Our research and educational institutions deliver new knowledge and skilled candidates, and our research-active companies deliver completely new technologies.
But if Denmark really shall deliver to the green transition within energy storage and conversion, in times characterized by extreme pace and changeability, we must stand together and walk together. DaCES ensures the necessary cohesion that makes it happen.
Lars Ottosen, Head of Department and Professor, AU Biological and Chemical Engineering
As the worlds largest wind turbine manufacturer both energy storage- and conversion are the most important areas for us and the green transition. But if Denmark wants to set a global sustainable agenda as well as making energy storage the new export adventure, we need a focused effort and a distinct political agenda.
Kasper Roed Jensen, Vice President, Next Gen Concepts and Partnering, Vestas.
Energystorage will become central in our future sustainable energy system as the flexible piece of technology that links production and consumption in an efficient way. Therefore it is absolutely crucial to establish a collaboration platform that brings forth all players from the chain of value, from groundbreaking research to implementation and commercialization.
Instituteleader and professor, AAU Energy
We need to electrify our society where it is possible. But there will still be areas where electrification won’t be a passable way, such as aviation, shipping and possibly heavy transport.
PtX can help us to achieve a solution to these problems and is a necessary remedy , if Denmark is to meet the reduction goals of 2030 and 2050. This demands political focus and long-term priorities, that can reduce the investment risk and help with creating a customer market.
Kim Grøn Knudsen
Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer, Haldor Topsøe
If Denmark shall succeed in the development and implementation of new energy technologies such as energy storage and conversion, a broad knowledge of political and legal frameworks, economic models, the role of civil society as well as new forms of organization and collaboration across sectors and disciplines is necessary.
Simon Westergaard Lex, Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Copenhagen
Energy storage is one of the key points in succeeding with the green transition. In ATV our ambition is that energy storage is to become one of the areas of technology, where Denmark is leading in the world. Danish corporations shall gain a position of strength, that builds on a close interaction between research and corporations – with an ambition of contributing to a sustainable planet as well as ensuring jobs, export and earnings in Denmark.
Academy manager, ATV
Green Methanol in fuel cells can become a significant contributor in the transitioning of heavy transport, where we with the right support, research and development expect to outmatch fossil fuels in the long term. In Danish Center for Energy Storage we ensure the broadest possible collaboration across the entire chain of value in Denmark for the benefit of Danish development of technology and export.
Hans Aage Hjuler
Chief Scientific Officer, Blue World Technologies
Denmark faces major challenges if we are to succeed in the green transition and meet the climate goals for 2030 and 2050. This requires a close and targeted interaction between all relevant actors. DaCES is a unique platform within energy storage and conversion where Danish universities and companies work closely together to develop disruptive technologies and training courses, among other things.
Jens Ejbye Schmidt
Head of Department, Professor, SDU Department of Green Technology
If Denmark is to interfere in the global competition seriously and take the leading role within energy storage and conversion, then it is crucial that the entire chain of value is to be considered and implemented in a close collaboration and dialog between all stakeholders.
Institutdirektør og professor, DTU Energy
Energy storage is a crucial key to the sustainable energy systems of the future, and by connecting the electricity, heat and transport sectors and implementing large-scale energy storage, excess energy that otherwise would be wasted can be transformed and utilized. Therefore, Aalborg CSP participates in a large number of R&D projects in order to test existing and identify new alternative storage technologies.
Peter Badstue Jensen, Executive Vice President, Aalborg CSP
The lack of simultaneity in electricity production from solar and wind and electricity consumption will in the future result in a great need for energy storage and conversion. Danish manufacturers of energy equipment have an international leading position – and here the interaction between companies and knowledge institutions is absolutely crucial. Danish Technological Institute is happy to be a member of DaCES, which contributes to maintaining and expanding our Danish position.
David Tveit, Executive Vice President, Energy and Climate, Danish Technological Institute