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.

Principal Coordinators

Birte Holst Joergensen
Senior Scientist
DTU Management Engineering
Technical University of Denmark
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

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 Jess Bjørn Rasmussen's profile at
Jess Bjørn Rasmussen
Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark
Topic: Cyclic Distillation Technology
Starting date: 1 December 2018
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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
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
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
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Anders Jaksland
Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark
Topic: Membrane-based in-situ product removal
Starting date: 1 September 2017
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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 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
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Kristian Barrett
Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, DTU
Topic: Valorisation of Industrial Waste Streams from Tuber Processing
Starting date: 1 June 2016
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Gerald Englmair
Department of Civil Engineering, Technical University of Denmark
Topic: Seasonal PCM heat storage for a solar space heating and domestic hot water combi system
Starting date: 1 may 2015
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Christa Møllenbach Bregnbæk
Department of Management Engineering, DTU
Topic: Modelling the effect of emission control measures
Starting date: 1 May 2015