Read more about the Cleantech Demonstratorium here

Read more about the Cleantech Demonstratorium here

Cleantech Demonstratorium

A Beacon for the Science Park at DTU Risø Campus

Demonstratorium Overview



The demonstratorium – an international

innovation cleantech hub

The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is working to establish a so-called Demonstratorium

at DTU Risø Campus to support the development of Danish cleantech businesses and to

help attract the R&D units of international cleantech businesses to the planned Science Park

at DTU Risø Campus.

The Demonstratorium will consist of a number of cleantech test and demonstration facilities,

connected to a supply and measurement system. It will allow testing of technologies

and concepts in the phase between research and commercial applications. Introducing new

technologies or processes within cleantech requires an overview and documentation of the

impact on the total energy system before they can be implemented in practice. The cleantech

Demonstratorium is a unique test and demonstration facility, both nationally and internationally,

as it creates the opportunity to test single technologies, products and processes in a

coherent system, and to see the cooperation and interaction between units during testing

and in relation to other units.

The vision for the Demonstratorium:

- In 2015 a number of key test and demonstration facilities, especially in the energy industry, have been established.

The backbone of the supply and testing system for testing single technologies and solutions in a coherent energy

system has also been established. The first businesses have moved into the Science Park on DTU Risø Campus.

- In 2020 the Demonstratorium is a collection of advanced, comprehensive facilities that cover a broad spectrum

within the energy sector, giving companies the opportunity to test products, processes and services in the proper

context. Public sector and private customers of cleantech businesses can visit the Demonstratorium and see

coherent solutions of the future in practice. The Demonstratorium is linked to other relevant facilities in Denmark.

Several companies have moved into the Science Park on DTU Risø Campus.

- In 2050 solutions that have been developed and accelerated in the Demonstratorium are widely implemented

in society.

Showcase for the energy system of the future

Synergy through integrated supply between

DTU Risø Campus and the Science Park

Electrical and thermal smart grid

Reusable excess energy from e.g. wind tunnel operations

Groundwater cooling

On the following pages, DTU puts forward a range of needs that the Demonstratorium

can help to meet. We describe the plans for what the Demonstratorium will

consist of, how it will work in relation to companies, including our business model

and organisation, as well as the relationship the Demonstratorium will have to the

planned Science Park at DTU Risø Campus.


Is there a need for a Demonstratorium?

There are currently more than 50 companies

which already use, or have indicated

that they want to use the existing or

planned test and demonstration facilities

at DTU Risø Campus, which are part of the

cleantech Demonstratorium. These companies

cover both large Danish and international

businesses, as well as well SMEs.

A 2011 Oxford Research survey concludes

that “Access to test and demonstration

opportunities are among the most crucial

factors for the progress of Danish cleantech

companies and in particular SMEs, as

they often lack test and demonstration

facilities.” A third of the companies in the

survey responded that they lacked test

and demonstration facilities in Denmark.

This was particularly true of companies

working within the fields of water, waste

water, sustainable materials and green/

sustainable energy production.

Research institutions have specialised

laboratories at their disposal, but need

facilities for large-scale testing to achieve

more realistic research that would provide

companies greater competitiveness in

their field. State-of-the-art infrastructure

is an important parameter when knowledge

institutions recruit top international

researchers, which is why the cleantech

Demonstratorium will markedly boost

cleantech research in Denmark.

What is the use-value …

… for cleantech companies?

• Unique opportunities for system-integrated

testing in real time and space

• New opportunities for integrated testing

of products and services that bridge

the gap between research and the commercial

application of cleantech solutions

for a faster, smoother transition

from demonstration project to readyfor-market


• Closer, faster contact to the world of research,

giving companies easier access

to the latest research-based knowledge

in the field, as well as access to

researchers’ specialised laboratories

• Increased and better visibility for potential

customers who can see system-integrated

demonstration facilities

first hand and thus assess the solutions

under realistic conditions

• Access and links to students and thus

increased opportunities for recruiting a

skilled workforce with targeted competencies


• Use by companies will primarily be in

the demonstration stage towards full

implementation in the system which

Demonstratorium is part of

… for public sector organisations

(e.g. municipalities and regions)?

• The opportunity to connect with researchers,

companies and students in

the development of projects that solve

specific challenges in operations or ensure

forward-looking development of

more sustainable solutions

• Better opportunities to see system-integrated

demonstration facilities and

thus assess the solutions under realistic

conditions. This minimises the risk

public sector organisations assume by

implementing solutions not previously

commercially tested at full scale

• Access and links to students and thus

increased opportunities for recruiting a

skilled workforce with targeted competencies

for e.g. technological development

projects within cleantech

… for cleantech researchers?

• Access to advanced, comprehensive

facilities that test in a realistic environment

as well as support and boost


• Better opportunities to attract research


• Increased collaboration with cleantech

companies and public sector organisations,

such as municipalities and regions

• Greater societal impact of research

• Use by researchers will primarily span

from the laboratory scale to large-scale

test and demonstration with companies

and possibly public sector organisations

… for students?

• An inspiring study environment with

access to large-scale facilities

• Better, easier access to collaborative

projects with companies

• Increased market value as students can

be sure they develop targeted and practically-grounded

competencies that

companies demand here and now

• Development of innovation and entrepreneurial


What does the Demonstratorium consist of?


The Demonstratorium comprises a number

of individual facilities placed in different

locations on the DTU Risø Campus. Each

is anchored in the research environment

with the relevant competencies. The facilities

are wide-ranging within cleantech,

but focus on energy technologies and

power, as well as their interaction. The areas

covered include:

• Energy production, e.g. wind energy

and bioenergy

• Storage and energy conversion

• Intelligent energy consumption, e.g.

LED lighting

• Energy systems

The structure of the facilities is modular

and flexible to allow simple and versatile

adaption as well as the replacement of

test and demonstration projects as needed.

Keeping Demonstratorium operating

costs low is a priority and will involve focusing

on flexible facilities that exist only

when in use and which support other basis

activities at DTU.

The activities in the cleantech Demonstratorium

should be visible in the Science

Park, for example, by locating the main

management and control of experiments,

as well as visualisation of online data, in

one Demonstratorium building in the Science


The facilities need to be linked together

in an interconnected supply, data and

measurement system to enable coherent

monitoring and measurement of the various

technologies and solutions in the

system – from laboratory scale through

demonstration scale to implementation in

a smaller, demarcated energy system. In

addition, the facilities need to be physically

and virtually linked using a flexible and

intelligent network that manages and distributes

production and energy consumption

in the form of e.g. electricity, natural

gas, hydrogen, heat and biomass. Energy

storage over longer periods, i.e. months,

is one of the major challenges for the energy

supply of the future. DTU has solid

research competencies in this area, which

is why storage will be a key component in

the cleantech Demonstratorium network.

The integration of the test and demonstration

facilities can be scaled from covering

single cleantech units to covering

everything in one coherent energy system,

to involvement of supply to the entire

DTU Risø Campus and Science Park.

In this way, experiments and testing can

be carried out in controlled conditions, e.g.

in real time. Satellite links can also be established

to other test and demonstration

facilities in Denmark, such as DTU Lyngby

Campus and Bornholm, so experiments

can be carried out using other green technologies.


How does the Demonstratorium work?

The users

The Demonstratorium needs to give businesses

easy access to test and demonstration

facilities to which they would not

otherwise have access. Different models

for use by companies can contain varying

levels of service and interaction with researchers.

For example, companies can:

- lease a facility for a given period and

otherwise manage everything on their


- get help to install and adjust experiments

but otherwise manage

everything else on their own

- enter into a development partnership

with researchers

Business model

Some of the test and demonstration facilities

already exist, such as test centres

for wind turbine blades, wind turbine components,

fuel cells and CLOP testing and

characterisation of polymer solar cells, in

addition to the Nordic Electric Vehicle Interoperability

Center (NEVIC) and SYSLAB.

Several have been established with external

funding, including the national wind

tunnel and Danish Outdoor LED Lighting.

The individual test and demonstration

facilities are financed through various

grants, which is why they have a built-in

business model in their set-up.

In order to establish the required infrastructure

and the small central function

that will connect the test and demonstration

facilities with each other, significant

investment is needed. The business model

for this needs to be further developed but

will mainly be based on the principle of

user fees.


The individual facilities will be run by

the DTU departments with the expertise,

skills and contacts in the relevant field. A

smaller centrally-anchored function will

be established to coordinate experiments

across the various test and demonstration

facilities. This function will have a complete

overview of the activities that take

place under the auspices of the cleantech

Demonstratorium. The function will act

as a liaison between the stakeholders involved

in the test and demonstration facilities,

create visibility and open up for more

cooperation opportunities offered by DTU

with the cleantech Demonstratorium. This

function will ensure that there is a standardised

framework for using the facilities

for external parties and that there is easy

access to all the facilities by the various

user groups.

Relationship to the Science Park


Working with DTU, Scion DTU, Roskilde

University, Region Zealand, Siemens and

SEAS-NVE, Roskilde Municipality is planning

to create a 50-hectare, top-class

European science park for cleantech businesses

close to the DTU Risø Campus.

We are working on the assumption that

high-tech businesses will move where

there is a knowledge society to support

their business. The expectation is therefore

that they will establish themselves in

the Science Park if we can offer:

• unique opportunities to test and demonstrate

their products, processes

and services under realistic conditions

• easy access to partnerships with cleantech

researchers with special skills in

their area

• good opportunities for the identification

and recruitment of a skilled workforce

with expertise that matches the

needs of companies

The cleantech Demonstratorium will be

an important and visible focal point for

this cleantech knowledge society. In

part, because it is a platform for creating

synergy between Danish and international

companies who have chosen to locate to

the Science Park and DTU’s research competencies

in cleantech, and also because

it will act as a showcase for future cleantech

solutions. This will sharpen the international

profile and visibility of Danish

cleantech and attract foreign talent and


DTU Risø Campus



Test & Demo


Science Park

Scion DTU Risø

Status and next step

Legal and business discussions are currently

underway with the aim of realising

the plans for establishing the Demonstratorium.

While this clarification process takes

place, the content of the concept will

be further developed at DTU under the

auspices of the project Copenhagen Cleantech


For further information please contact:

Jakob Fritz Hansen


Office for Private & Public Sector Service

Technical University of Denmark

Anker Engelundsvej 1

Building 101A

2800 Kgs. Lyngby


Phone: +45 45 25 71 21

Mobile: +45 22 42 11 84

Photos provided by DTU. Illustrations provided by COBE Architects and the Municipality of Roskilde. Translation: Graphic design and print: Grafikom A/S

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