Fuel Cells & E-methanol in Aalborg

We need make a move towards sustainable energy sources. E-methanol and methanol fuel cells systems is already used commercially worldwide as a green alternative and Aalborg is leading the way. 

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World Leading Methanol hub


In recent years, Aalborg has transformed into a world-leading methanol hub, where companies from the entire value chain are present in the region. Pioneering companies in the city are right now changing the transport and automotive sector as we know it and they are supported by the best engineering university in Europe.

Aalborg can offer access to partners within the whole methanol value chain:

  • R&D
  • Hardware Production
  • End-users
  • Test & demonstration
  • Fuel infrastructure
  • Fuel production

Aalborg has a clear common goal: to stand together to take the lead in the green transition and become CO2-neutral. We welcome you to the world leading methanol hub

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Why Aalborg?

Aalborg University is the highest ranked engineering university in Europe. Read more

World class setup for large-scale testing within power-to-methanol

Aalborg is known for innovative quadruple helix partnerships. From research, business, government and all the way to the consumers.

New power-to-X plant in Aalborg will produce green methanol from local waste-based CO2. Read more

The Methanol Fuel Cell

Video by Blue World Technologies in Aalborg

Methanol and fuel cells have the potential to contribute significantly to overcoming classic wind power challenges by utilizing excess wind power production for Power-to x. The fuel cells offer a much needed green alternative to combustion engines and diesel generators.

Sustainable energy, like wind power, can be used to produce methanol known as “liquid electricity” which is easy to store and transport to a relevant location where it can be used as a sustainable fuel in the transport sector.

The fuel cell manufacturers Advent Technologies and Blue World Technologies are both present in Aalborg and last mentioned is in the process of building the world's largest methanol fuel cell factory in Aalborg

Aalborg University

The key to a world class workforce and pioneering research

Aalborg University is awarded the best engineering university in Europe and one of the research missions of the university is defined as Sustainable Fuels, chemicals and PtX.

The research mission is covering the production of green, renewable, and carbon footprint reduced fuels such as methanol and other electrofuels. 

The goal is to continue to develop and optimise integrated sustainable fuel processes to push the green transition.  

Researchers at Aalborg University include: Frede Blaabjerg, Lasse Rosendahl, Henrik Lund, Søren Knudsen Kær, Brian Vad Mathiesen, Mads Pagh Nielsen and Zhe Chen.

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The University Research Groups commited to Sustainable Fuels, chemicals and PtX are:


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Nordjyllandsværket

A green living lab

The area around Nordjyllandsværket is being transformed into a massive test and demonstration center within green water and energy solutions of the future.

The area where the power plant is located, amounts to approx. 90 hectares and the city is preparing the area to house facilities for research, testing and development of new technologies.

One of the larger projects to be established at the site is a power-to-x plant, which is to produce green methanol made from captured CO2, green electricity and water. 

The ambition is to create a sustainable, vibrant environment with a focus on synergy, partnerships and resource sharing and the testing of new forms of energy, such as solar and wind energy, excess heat, geothermal energy, fuel cells and heat pumps.

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Reasons to Invest

  • 400 companies within the energy sector.
  • 400 energy researchers at Aalborg University (AAU).
  • AAU ranks as the best university in Europe within Engineering.
  • AAU is world leading in the field of power electronics where Professor Frede Blaabjerg resides. He's the most cited researcher within engineering publications in the world.
  • World class researchers and companies within the production and application of methanol and fuel cells.
  • Home to Green Hub Denmark that provides green test facilities and access to a huge network across sectors.


The companies say:

Circular first in Aalborg


With headquarters in London and divisions in San Francisco and Manchester, the Circular First Group was looking to establish a division in mainland Europe. Meet the Managing Director and learn why Aalborg turned out to be the optimum place for them.
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The Aalborg history lives on in Alfa Laval


In the Port of Aalborg's old shipyard area, you’ll find one of the largest maritime companies in Denmark. Alfa Laval Aalborg develops and manufactures a wide range of equipment for ship and land industry worldwide.
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Aalborg csp - Aalborg equals Green Energy


Outside the danish borders, the Aalborg city name is completely recognizable in the energy industry - especially in green energy and the company Aalborg CSP has contributed to this narrative.
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Meet Søren Kuch Svenningsen

Investment Manager, Invest in Aalborg

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Søren is your green point of contact and he can help you build a solid sustainable business case - utilizing the strong green forces within the North Danish region. Søren has an engineering background, which will secure you a solid technical foundation and understanding.  


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