Smart Energy in Aalborg

Aalborg has a strong tradition of energy cooperation, sector coupling and industrial symbiosis.

Aalborg has decades of experience within Smart Energy and the unique collaboration between industry, universities and the public sector has created a strong foundation for further development.

The primary focus of the smart energy system lies in fostering collaboration among different components of the energy sector (electricity, heat, housing, industry, transport, consumption, and supply) to attain the objective of realizing 100% renewable energy in a practical and suitable manner.

By effectively coordinating and collaborating across these sectors, we can optimize the distribution and storage of energy, ensuring cost efficiency.

Smart Energy in Aalborg includes expertise within:

  • District Energy, District Heating and District Cooling
  • Industrial Symbiosis
  • Grid integration and sector coupling
  • Use and utilization of excess heat
  • Energy optimisation through IoT solutions

The solutions created in Aalborg is ready to be implemented in other cities and countries around the world. 

Watch as Jesper Høstgaard from Aalborg Utilities and Birgitte Bak Jensen from Aalborg University introduce Smart Energy in Aalborg.
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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 Electrification and Energy Integration.

The research mission is about the creation of a stronger link between of all kinds of energy systems across electricity, heating and cooling, gas, transportation and water - utilizing the power of citizens to contribute to energy transition, increasing the flexibility of the overall energy system, and using renewable energy instead of fossil fuels.

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


The University Research Groups commited to Electrification and Energy Integration are:


Industrial Symbiosis in Aalborg

Industrial symbiosis is a model where different industries work together to create a closed-loop system of resource utilization. One company’s waste can become another company’s raw material.

Aalborg is a pioneer in this field, showcasing several district energy initiatives that foster industrial symbiosis and intelligent energy utilization. Learn more about Industrial Symbiosis in Aalborg below.

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The 4DH Research Centre

4DH is an international research centre developing 4th generation district heating technologies and systems.

The centre is working within the three areas of district heating: Grids and components, Production and system integration and Planning and implementation.

The district heating sector has a significant potential for green growth and with a district heating share of 50% and a large export of district heating technology, Denmark is a pioneer within the area.  

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Norbis Park

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


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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