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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.

Research themes


Sustainable Energy systems
The research theme focuses on research that addresses the challenges related to the development, integration, operation, management and optimization of energy systems with increasing penetration of renewable energy resources.
The theme focuses on four interrelated areas:
• Energy systems, markets and policy
• Smart energy systems
• Flexibility options
• Digitalization






Biomass and Waste
The research theme focuses on 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.
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.

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.

Morten pushes green transition thorough coating science

Meet PhD student Morten Lysdahlgaard Pedersen, whose researche revolves around identifying the ship coatings that, not only prevent biofouling on ships, but also release much fewer harmful biocides into the ocean.
Morten works at The Hempel Foundation Coatings Science and Technology Centre (CoaST) at DTU Chemical and Biochemical Engineering and also collaborates with the Institute of Process Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Principal Coordinators

Birte Holst Joergensen
Senior Scientist
DTU Management Engineering
Technical University of Denmark
E-mail: bhjq@dtu.dk
Phone: +45 45 25 69 46
Chen Guangchao
Professor and Executive Dean of College of Materials and Opto-Electronic Technology
University of Chinese Academy of Sciences
E-mail: gcchen@gucas.ac.cn

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 Nicolai Bo Vanting's profile at sdu.dk
Nicolai Bo Vanting
Center for Energy Informatics, SDU
Topic: Hybrid AI for energy demand forecasting and operational planning in industrial greenhouse production
Starting date: 1 April 2021
View Amalie Vang Høst's profile at dtu.dk
Amalie Vang Høst
Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark
Topic: Cell-free Stability Studies for Bioconversion
Starting date: 1 April 2021
View Antonios Melas' profile at dtu.dk
Antonios Melas
Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark
Topic: Lignin-based coating materials
Starting date: 1 January 2021
View Aysegül Kahraman's profile at dtu.dk
Aysegül Kahraman
Department of Electrical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark
Topic: Unlocking the flexibility of multi-energy system using artificial intelligence approaches
Starting date: 1 December 2020
View Sara Golbarg's profile at dtu.dk
Sara Golbarg
Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark
Topic: Development of Novel Catalytic Coatings for Sustainability-Related Applications
Starting date: 5 December 2020
View Seyed Hassan Ashrafi Niaki's profile at aau.dk
Seyed Hassan Ashrafi Niaki
Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University
Topic: Protection Coordination for Multi-Terminal HB-MMC based HVDC grids
Starting date: 15 November 2020
View Antonios Melas' profile at dtu.dk
Mohammad Mehdi Mardani
Department of Electrical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark
Topic: Sustainable Energy. Machine learning aided design of hybrid power plants
Starting date: 1 November 2020
View Ioannis Sifnaios' profile at dtu.dk
Ioannis Sifnaios
Department of Civil Engineering, Technical University of Denmark
Topic: Integration of water pit heat storages in future energy systems
Starting date: 1 September 2020
View Morten Lysdahlgaard Pedersen's profile at dtu.dk
Nicolas Fatras
Center for Energy Informatics, University of Southern Denmark
Topic: Building a Digital Twin for the Smart Energy Market
Starting date: 15 December 2019
View Ilaria Sorrenti's profile at dtu.dk
Ilaria Sorrenti
Department of Electrical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark
Topic: Optimal planning and operation of hybrid renewable energy systems
Starting date: 2 December 2019
View Emil Lidman Olsson's profile at dtu.dk
Emil Lidman Olsson
Department of Chemical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark
Topic: Phosphorous Chemistry in Biomass Combustion
Starting date: 1 December 2019
View Morten Lysdahlgaard Pedersen's profile at dtu.dk
Morten Lysdahlgaard Pedersen
Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark
Topic: Real-time evaluation of the settlement of marine biofouling
Starting date: 1 December 2019
View Shu Li's profile at dtu.dk
Shu Li
Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark
Topic: Investigation of Anti-corrosive Coatings Degradation Mechanisms- The Use of Non-destructive Evaluation Techniques
Starting date: 1 December 2019
View Jess Bjørn Rasmussen's profile at dtu.dk
Jess Bjørn Rasmussen
Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark
Topic: Cyclic Distillation Technology
Starting date: 1 December 2018
View Markus Enekvist's profile at dtu.dk
Markus Enekvist
Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark
Topic: Computer-Aided Product Design of Coatings
Starting date: 1 September 2018
View Enrico Mancini's profile at dtu.dk
Enrico Mancini
Department of Chemical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark
Topic: Developing Novel Systematic Strategies for Downstream Bioprocess Design
Starting date: 1 June 2018
View Sara Josefin Shapiro-Bengtsen's profile at dtu.dk
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