Minister revisits GreenLab Skive

Friday, May 3, 2019

Minister revisits GreenLab Skive: “Unlike anything else in the world.”

On Monday afternoon, Denmark’s minister for energy, utilities and climate, Mr. Lars Christian Lilleholt, once again paid a visit to GreenLab Skive. This business park near Skive, Midwest Jutland, is on the cutting edge of the green transition and the circular economy – and aims to become the world’s most intelligent energy symbiosis.

On his recent visit to GreenLab Skive, the Danish minister for energy, utilities and climate, Mr. Lars Christian Lilleholt, was joined by fellow Liberal Party members Ms. Inger Støjberg (the minister for immigration and integration) and Mr. Thomas Danielsen (chairman of the parliamentary committee on energy, utilities and climate).

When Minister Lilleholt visited GreenLab Skive three years ago, he saw the project drawings and heard about the core ideas. Today, the intelligent energy symbiosis is ramping up, with the business park’s intelligent system preparing for operations to go full-scale at the four companies already settled in at the GreenLab Skive site.

“At GreenLab Skive, they’re thinking about energy in ways that are unlike anything else in the world. And the more we come to depend on energy,” Minister Lilleholt reflected, “the more we’ve got to free ourselves from depending on the Sun shining, and the wind blowing.”

World leader in intelligent energy symbiosis
GreenLab Skive is poised to accommodate and integrate the ground-breaking technologies of the green transition. The ambition is crystal clear: GreenLab Skive leads the world’s most intelligent energy symbiosis.
“Our aim with GreenLab Skive is to revolutionize energy, and to prove that transitioning to greener energy isn’t just a possible way forward, but actually part of a profitable journey. Along with our partners we’re building an intelligent energy symbiosis that pushes the boundaries for how to exploit energy as efficiently as possible. And on top of that, we can even make hydrogen out of wind and water,” explains Christopher Sorensen, the CEO at GreenLab Skive. “That’s about as clean as it gets.”

Put briefly, “energy symbiosis” means that if one company produces more electricity than it needs, it can exchange its surplus power with a second company in the network. And if the second company produces, say, loads of excess heat, it can share that heat with the first company – or with any other company in the network. This is the basic idea of intelligent energy symbiosis at GreenLab, where several companies are already in place.



“Before the end of this year, we’ll already have the first four companies operating on site. Our circular approach, which benefits the companies and society as a whole, has generated quite a bit of interest from a number of companies in Denmark,” CEO Sorensen says. “Now we’re also beginning to arouse attention outside Denmark. I just met with a UK company that wanted to set up shop here in Skive.”

A number of other partners are waiting in the wings to support and contribute to the GreenLab Skive network. The value of its symbiotic approach to energy is attracting companies and research institutions alike.
“We want GreenLab Skive to be seen as a national platform for the new Danish energy paradigm, bringing different sectors together in a symbiotic environment that can benefit all our partners – companies and research institutions. That’s why we’re so thrilled to have DTU and Skive College on board, too” smiles Christopher Sorensen.

Skive College and GreenLab Skive are collaborating on supplementary training programmes for High Voltage electricians, while researchers working with DTU (the Technical University of Denmark) are investigating how to develop new, broadly relevant, green solutions by making live data from the symbiotic network available for analysis.

For GreenLab Skive, it’s all about working together to power up the green transition and the circular economy. The future can’t wait. It’s time to act now.

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