Sustainable Energy

The SDC Sustainable Energy research area focuses on the energy challenges the world faces. Irrespective of the differences in scale and scope, both China and Denmark rely on a sustainable energy system that provides security of supply, combats climate change and environmental degradation and creates economic growth and welfare.

Both countries have set ambitious targets for a sustainable energy future, though from different points of departure. Changing the energy system will require new innovative solutions, improvement of existing technologies and development of new energy technologies. Research, development and demonstration plays an important role in bringing down cost of energy, making technologies reliable and integrating fluctuating renewable energy effectively and efficiently into the system.
The three subthemes
Danish and Chinese governments and research environments have worked together on energy policies and technologies for decades and a portfolio of energy agreements have been signed within renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy conservation and technology development. The Sustainable Energy research theme and subthemes are chosen on the basis of positions of strength and common interests. The research theme focuses on the following three sub themes, acknowledging that no single technology can ever do the trick all by itself – no matter how innovative and effective it is:

1) Biomass and waste for heat and power production, industry processes and bio-refinery - deals with characterisation, pre-treatment and transformation of feedstock to heat, power and clean fuels as well as thermal biomass conversion.

2) Systems integration, technologies and markets - deals with integration of renewable energy into the energy system, renewable energy technologies (wind and solar) and energy systems analysis, modelling and energy markets.

3) Fusion and fusion materials - deals with harnessing the large scale sustainable energy potential that lies within fusion reactions.

Positions of strength
Denmark has grown to become a global leader in the development of new sustainable technologies and solutions and as the first country in the world, Denmark has decided to become entirely independent of fossil fuels by 2050. Danish industry and research communities are well known for advances within renewable energy and energy efficiency. This accumulates to an amassed knowledge that is very attractive and valuable to build on.

China has experienced a staggering industrial and economic development, turning the country into the biggest energy consumer and CO2 emitter in the world. This has made China a key player in combatting climate change and local pollution without jeopardizing the economic growth. China gives high priority to science and technology and has invested heavily in people and research infrastructure related to new energy technologies.

Researching within the framework
The programme has provided a stepping stone for establishing and strengthening research cooperation between the partners.

The main research activities are grouped in:
PhD scholarship
Research schools
Research stays
Executive seminars for researchers and practitioners
PhD scholarships
SDC PhD scholarships remains an important focus for cooperation. This includes joint supervision of PhD students and minimum 6-12 months of research stay at the cooperating institution in China or Denmark. Emphasis is on assuring a good balance between Danish and Chinese PhD scholarships to the mutual benefit of both countries’ research environments. When possible SDC PhD students contribute to the Chemical and Biochemical Master’s programme. Besides that, they contribute greatly to shortening distance between Denmark and China through creating valuable professional and personal relations they can draw on throughout their careers.

Research summer/autumn schools
Since the beginning, research schools have been conducted to the benefit of PhD students and researchers at Danish and Chinese SDC affiliates as well as other academic partners from China and abroad. It provides a forum for exchanging state of the art knowledge in the specific research area and also allows for master students to be included. The Sino-Danish Autumn School on Fusion Plasma Physics and Technology is one of the schools that has become highly valued by the international fusion research community.

Research stays
Chinese and Danish researchers within the sustainable energy theme give priority to shorter or longer research stays at partner research institutes. Such stays give excellent opportunities for doing laboratory work, data collection related to the respective energy system, developing common research projects and writing papers, often together as co-publications.

Practitioner-researcher seminars

The Practitioner-researchers seminars gather key actors of the Chinese and Danish energy sectors to exchange state of the art knowledge on selected themes of relevance to the development of a sustainable, secure and affordable energy sector. The seminars are held at SDC in Beijing. The first seminar focused on integration of wind energy in the energy systems and the following on the integration of district heating in the energy system.

Principal Coordinators

Birte Holst Joergensen
Senior Scientist
DTU Management Engineering
Technical University of Denmark
Phone: +45 45 25 69 46
Zhang Hongxun
Executive Dean
College of Resources and Environment
University of Chinese Academy of Sciences

To discuss proposals for research activities, which can strengthen SDC's activities within the research area or the related Master’s programme, please contact the Principal Coordinators.

MSc in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

PhD students

View Sara Josefin Shapiro-Bengtsen's profile at
Sara Josefin Shapiro-Bengtsen
Department of Management Engineering, Technical University of Denmark
Topic: Sustainable Utilization of Bioenergy in the Chinese Energy System
Starting date: 1 December 2017
View Anders Jaksland's profile at
Anders Jaksland
Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark
Topic: Membrane-based in-situ product removal
Starting date: 1 September 2017
View Kristian Røhe Kongsted Krum's profile at
Kristian Røhe Kongsted Krum
Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark
Topic: NOx Control in Combustion of Alternative Fuels
Starting date: 1 September 2017
View Thomas Kristiansen's profile at
Thomas Kristiansen
Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark
Topic: Functional Polysilazanes for Coating Applications
Starting date: 1 September 2017
View Aslak Poulsen's profile at
Aslak Poulsen
Department of Plasma Physics and Fusion Energy, DTU
Topic: Neutrals in the East Sol/Edge region and their impact on plasma operation
Starting date: 15 November 2016
View Burak Ulusoy's profile at
Burak Ulusoy
Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark
Topic: Fluidized combustion of biomass
Starting date: 1 September 2016
View Kristian Barrett's profile at
Kristian Barrett
Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, DTU
Topic: Valorisation of Industrial Waste Streams from Tuber Processing
Starting date: 1 June 2016
View Bozidar Anicic's profile at
Bozidar Anicic
Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, DTU
Topic: Thermal conversion of biomass
Starting date: 1 August 2015
View Gerald Englmair's profile at
Gerald Englmair
Department of Civil Engineering
Topic: Seasonal PCM heat storage for a solar space heating and domestic hot water combi system
Starting date: 1 may 2015
View Christa Møllenbach Bregnbæk's profile at
Christa Møllenbach Bregnbæk
Department of Management Engineering, DTU
Topic: Modelling the effect of emission control measures
Starting date: 1 May 2015
View Cecilie Skovlund Løgi Christensen's profile at
Cecilie Skovlund Løgi Christensen
Plant and Environmental Sciences Energy, University of Copenhagen
Topic: Molecular Plant Breeding
Starting date: 1 December 2014
View Anders Bank Blichfeld's profile at
Anders Bank Blichfeld
Department of Chemistry, Aarhus University
Topic: Thermoelectric Materials - the Zinc-Antimony system
Starting date: 1 August 2014
View Rasmus Seerup's profile at
Rasmus Seerup
Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark
Topic: Modelling of gasification of biomass in dual fluidized beds
Starting date: 1 November 2013