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Metal powder for 3D printing will help heavy industry recycle metal parts

October 2, 2020 / Posted by Tone SøndergaardTone Søndergaard / Circular economy, Germany, New York

With Support from Innovation Fund Denmark

Grand Solutions is the program by Innovation Fund Denmark which has supported Nordisk Staal in creating their new powder solution. This solution has been developed in close collaboration with The Technical University of Denmark (DTU), LEGO and other large international industrial giants as associated partners. The goal has been to develop a new and stronger metal powder for Additive Manufacturing – a manufacturing technology where items are built up layer upon layer, such as 3D printing. Nordisk Staal has previously manufactured steel parts via a spray-forming technique. The new product is produced from excess metal powder formed during this production technique and thus also taps in to notions of circular economy and reuse of waste materials.

Read the full press release here (in Danish).

Internationalizing New Innovations

Danish Cleantech Hub in Münich and New York are now working together with The Nordisk Staal Group to explore international opportunities for their new steel powder solution. The new high quality powder is likely to be very useful for international industrial sectors with 3D prints tools and machine parts. This collaboration has been made possible by the Access Cities project.


To learn more please feel free to reach out to:

Tone Søndergaard, Director of Danish Cleantech Hub in New York tone@di.dk

Robert Perz, Director of Danish Cleantech Hub in Münich ropp@di.dk


Femern Bælt-forbindelsen er på vej – Er din virksomhed klar?

January 27, 2020 / Posted by Rune GadeRune Gade / Germany

Dansk-Tysk Innovation

Der er mange aspekter at tage hensyn til, når du som virksomhed ønsker
at sælge dine produkter på det tyske marked. Kender du dem?
German-Danish Innovation giver dig et unikt forløb, som giver dig en solid
viden om målgruppen, produkttilpasning, tysk lovgivning og meget mere –

Kort sagt alt hvad der skal til, for at din virksomhed bliver konkurrencedygtig
på det tyske marked.

Regionen lige syd for den kommende Femern Bælt-forbindelse er meget
dansksindet og imødekommende, og du får mulighed for at sparre med
lokale tyske eksperter og teste dine produkter i et afgrænset område.
Desuden giver forløbet dig et stærkt lokalt tysk netværk med andre

One-pager om projektet

For Danish, click here

For German, click here

For mere information, venligst kontakt:

Robert Perz, Project Director, Danish Cleantech Hub Germany (München)


Steffen Leth Møller Geschäftsentwicklungsmanager, Erhvervshus Sjælland

Die Fehmarnbeltquerung ist in Sicht – Ist Ihr Unternehmen bereit?

January 27, 2020 / Posted by Rune GadeRune Gade / Germany

Danisches-Deutches Innovation

Es gibt viele Aspekte zu beachten, wenn Sie als Unternehmen Ihre Produkte
auf dem deutschen Markt verkaufen wollen. Kennen Sie diese?
German-Danish Innovation bietet Ihnen eine einzigartige Beteiligung, die
Ihnen ein solides Wissen über die Zielgruppe, Produktanpassung, deutsche
Gesetzgebung und vieles mehr vermittelt: Kurz gesagt, es wird alles Notwendige
getan, um Ihr Unternehmen auf dem deutschen Markt wettbewerbsfähig zu
Die Region unmittelbar südlich der zukünftigen Fehmarnbeltquerung ist
sehr dänisch gesinnt und einladend, und Sie erhalten die Möglichkeit, sich
mit lokalen deutschen Experten auszutauschen und Ihre Produkte in einem
begrenzten Raum zu testen. Darüber hinaus wird Ihnen ein starkes regionales
deutsches Netzwerk mit anderen Unternehmen ermöglicht.

One-pager über das Projekt

For Danish, click here

For German, click here

Ihre Kontaktpersonen:

Robert Perz, Project Director, Danish Cleantech Hub Germany (München)


Steffen Leth Møller Geschäftsentwicklungsmanager, Erhvervshus Sjælland

Broad Alliance publishes position paper: Munich Coal Exit 2022 is feasible and on track

January 23, 2020 / Posted by Rune GadeRune Gade / Germany

Munich Coal Exit 2022

In this position paper, the alliance made it clear that:

The HKW München Nord coal-fired power plant can be decommissioned in 2022, even though it is classified as a systemically relevant utility by the Federal Network Agency. In its position paper, the Alliance calls for seven necessary steps, which include:

  • an immediate reduction in coal burning
  • the expansion of geothermal energy and
  • the modernization of the district heating network

The HKW München Nord only has to be kept operational as a redundant back-up system for the power and heat supply. As a result, the CO2 and pollutant emissions can be almost completely reduced. At the request of the public and the media, this was confirmed by the public utility company Stadtwerke. According to the Alliance, this is  opposing  previously stated statements, meanwhile satisfying that the Coal Exit can be carried out with  minimal consequences and negative impact on the energy supply.

Although this solution will come with a cost for the city, this cannot be an obstacle for the planned implementation, according to the Alliance “Get out of the hard coal”. Alliance spokesman Michael Schabl and member organizations Environmental Institute Munich and Green City point out that it is normal for decisions made through democratic processes to cost money. This was for instance the case with the construction of the Petuel Tunnel, which was also brought about by a referendum.

In the referendum decision “Exiting Coal based Heat & Energy” from 2017, a majority of 60 percent of the voters in Munich had voted and recommended that the coal power plant should be shut down by 2022 at the latest.

Access Cities Munich is happy to assist Danish stakeholders, who are interested in knowing more about the business opportunities within district heating in Munich.

For more information, please contact:

Danish Cleantech Hub Germany (Munich)

Living Labs accelerates innovation and co-creation in Munich

January 23, 2020 / Posted by Rune GadeRune Gade / Germany

Why Munich, Why Germany? 

The City of Munich in Germany is a power zone of research institutes, student talent, access to large companies and venture capital. In that sense, you could say that Munich is a unique and successful city.

Meanwhile, the success of the city has also brought many challenges to the municipality. Urban growth and sustainable development is becoming more complicated and involves a broader and larger range of stakeholders with an even larger agenda – this could really stress any city planner.

To tackle some of these challenges, the city has set up a number of Living Labs in different districts, where smart city solutions are being tested. By deploying new technology and the intelligent use of data, Munich wants to reduce its fossil fuel consumption and improve its residents’ quality of life. Some of the topics in focus are E-Mobility; renewable energy and energy storage usage on a district level; and IoT deployed for smart buildings and smart metering using Big Data.

Co-creation under the same roof at the new Munich Urban Colab

Among some of the more interesting and upcoming opportunities to become part of a Living Lab is the Munich Urban Colab.  UnternehmerTUM (Technische Universität München) and the City of Munich are building a new Innovation and Business Creation Centre for Smart City Solutions.

Already next year in 2020, start-ups, corporate innovators, scientists and creatives from the most diverse sectors and disciplines will be working together under the same roof on intelligent technologies and services for the city of the future. Representatives from the Access Cities programme will also be “on site” to spot potential openings to connect different actors working with smart city solutions.

Smart city solutions being tested in real life settings

Another very interesting Living Lab is the “Smarter Together” project in the Munich districts of Neuaubing-Westkreuz/Freiham, where pioneering smart city solutions are being implemented. Around 30,000 people live in this district on the western edge of the city. Whereas Freiham is a new housing development area, many of the residential properties in Neuaubing-Westkreuz are from the 1960s and 1970s. This diverse district is therefore an ideal test ground for Munich’s smart city solutions and reflects current urban realities.

The “Smarter Together” project aims to cut CO2 emissions by more than 20 per cent, increase the use of renewable energy to above 20 per cent and increase energy efficiency by more than 20 per cent. Munich strives to be completely CO2-neutral in the districts of Neuaubing-Westkreuz/Freiham by 2050.

Capital as an accelerator for innovation

Public funds from the EU and the City of Munich are not the sole contributors in the Living Labs. A strong group of companies, headquartered in Munich, participates in establishing Living Labs that support the creation of innovative ideas and entrepreneurship. BMW Group – for instance – is not only collaborating with universities, but also encouraging entrepreneurs and other tech innovators to join their “Start-Up Garage”, which generates many interesting and sustainable opportunities addressing the challenge of future mobility and urban transportation.

Join the Access Cities programme

The Access Cities programme follows the exciting development with Living Labs and co-creation in Munich and looks for potential challenges and opportunities for companies to join.

If you want to know more, please get in touch with the Access Cities representative in Munich.

Circularity City at NordBAU, Neumünster in Germany

January 23, 2020 / Posted by Rune GadeRune Gade / Germany

The finalists

Six finalists have been invited to showcase their circular products at NordBAU in Neumünster, Germany on 12 September as part of the recently launched Circularity City Product Award. An afternoon of presentations, discussion and insight generation at “Treffpunkt Dänemark” will culminate in the crowning of the most circular product in the built environment.

In July EIT Climate-KIC and Circularity City had a call-out to all circular product designers and manufacturers in Germany and in the Nordics to present their most circular products in the built environment. Out of the submissions, six finalists were invited to NordBAU to showcase why their product should receive the Circularity City Award. The six finalists are:

BurntWood ReUse

Recycling wood from recycling stations and construction sites and turning these into façade elements is the corner stone of ØkoTømrer.dk. Trees and other plants store C02 but when burnt, all stored carbon is released. By recycling and repurposing the collected wood from recycling stations and construction sites to new construction elements, you not only prevent cutting down more trees, you also save C02 as the wood continues to store carbon instead of releasing it into the atmosphere if burnt.

Recycling and using wood- and plantbased material in construction can thus have a huge difference. Through their approach, BurntWood ReUse saves around 30kg C02 per m2 and for every m2 sold, they plant a tree through the Growing Trees Network Foundation.

Gamle Mursten

Gamle Mursten reclaims old bricks directly from demolition sites and supplies these to the professional market after being cleaned by machines and hand. By reclaiming the bricks from construction sites, building waste is minimized and both C02 emissions and natural resources are saved by using old bricks instead of producing new ones.

The upcycling of bricks through a patented vibrational technology is used to create more original and beautiful buildings while emphasising the recirculation of all material in every phase of the production.

ReForm Memory Ecotrust

ReForm Memory Ecotrust by Egetæpper is a green choice within carpet tiles. The products are based exclusively on regenerated and regenerable ECONYL® yarn, which is produced from discarded fishing nets and other industrial nylon waste while the backing of the carpet is created from used water bottles.

The product is almost entirely created from plastic waste – waste that would typically otherwise end up in the oceans. ReForm Memory Ecotrust is also Cradle to Cradle certified, meaning the products are corresponding to extensive environmental, sustainability, technical and social fairness requirements.

From household plastic waste to pallet

Recycling plastic from household waste is difficult due to the varying nature of the plastic. While HDPE plastic, typically plastic from different types of plastic cans, and PET plastic, primarily plastic from drinking bottles, can be sold for recycling, the third plastic category of ‘everything else’ has typically ended up in landfills or for incineration.

Randers Municipality however, has developed a method in collaboration with two of the municipality’s companies that allows for the third category plastic to also be recycled. One of the companies developed a method for fine sorting and cleaning the plastic while the other developed a method for molding plastic products from the plastic material. By combining these two methods, the companies can now produce pallets of the same dimensions as the standard European pallets from the plastic waste.


Feldballe Naturelementer has developed EcoCocon, a structural and insulated panel intended for use in residential as well as public and commercial buildings. The product is almost entirely made out of products that have been produced through photosynthesis. When using natural materials in construction, you actively store C02 in the building material instead of releasing it into the atmosphere through burning or composting.

The EcoCocon panels are produced from straw, wood, veneer and wood fibre board with very little embodied energy, and the panels are simple and quick to assemble, minimising both labour and costs.

VIDAR Clayshingle

Inspired by and respecting the 17 sustainable development goals, Komproment has developed the VIDAR Clayshingle façade system – a product line designed from  a circular and restorative perspective. The VIDAR façade system is made up of clay tiles in the front while the back system is made of aluminium. The system has been developed with arcitechts for arcitechts with a focus on both sustainability and aesthetics.

The VIDAR Clayshingle façade system is sold with a full documentation package, which describes the system all the way from the sourcing with clay and aluminium manufacturers, the expected life of the product to the end of life of the product and the circular disassembly process. After disassembly, the product can be re-installed elsewhere or recycled based on Komproment’s “take-back” system, which ensures the material can be recycled without loss of value as all components are easily identified and separated. In addition, all components in the façade system are tested by a third party and are Cradle to Cradle silver level certified.

Need for heightened circular resource thinking

The global awareness of circular products is rapidly affecting customer demands. The future calls for less consumption, less material extraction, less things – in other words, heightened circular resource thinking, longer product life-cycles, more holistic production and long term sustainable action.

The products presented above are showcases of this. During the Circularity City Product Award event at NordBAU, the six finalists will present their products to an expert jury, who will award the most circular and holistic product.

The Jury consists of:

  • Pernille Martiny Modvig – Designer and producer, innovation and engagement, EIT Climate-KIC
  • Ulrike Linnig – Innovation Lead, EIT Climate-KIC
  • Jesper Minor – CEO, Minor Change Group
  • Robert P. Perz – Chief Consultant, Project Director, Danish Cleantech Hub Germany (Munich)

Please visit the links below for further information on

Energiewende i Lederhosen

January 16, 2020 / Posted by Rune GadeRune Gade / Germany

Energiewende i Lederhosen

Bayern, Tysklands største delstat, er i gang med en ambitiøs energiomstilling. A-kraft og kul skal ud. EE og VE skal ind. Danmark tilbyder sit partnerskab.

DI Energi på studietur

DI Energis bestyrelse foretog i november en studietur til München. Besøget havde to til formål dels at styrke DI Energis indblik i den energimæssige situation i Bayern og dels at fortælle partnere i Bayern, at danske aktører er klar til at styrke samarbejdet om de klimaudfordringer, som begge vores lande arbejder med.

Tyskland er energibranchens største eksportmarked

DI Energis medlemmer har samlet set Tyskland som det nærmeste og største eksportmarked. I 2018 udgjorde eksporten over 13 mia. kroner fordelt på hele spektret af energiteknologiske løsninger – heraf 2/3 grønne løsninger inden for EE og VE. Hertil kommer en betydelig aktivitet i danske datterselskaber i Tyskland, hvor der foregår produktion, salg, service, rådgivning og udvikling af energiteknologiske løsninger. Dermed er Tyskland det vigtigste marked og partnerland overhovedet for den danske energibranche.

Bayern er et tysk kraftcenter

Bayern er Tysklands geografisk største delstat og udgør 20 pct. af Tysklands areal og 16 pct. af Tysklands befolkning. Bayern er Tysklands mest velstående delstat (bortset fra bystaterne Hamborg og Bremen) med et BNP/capita 17 pct. højere end det tyske gennemsnit. Samtidig er delstaten et kraftcenter for tysk innovation, industriproduktion og eksport. Dansk samhandel med Bayern er relativt lav, og der er potentiale for mere.

Bayern i gang med enorm energiomstilling

Bayern står ligesom resten af Tyskland over for en kæmpe energimæssig udfordring med udfasning af atomkraft, som aktuelt står for over 1/3 af statens elforbrug, inden udgangen af 2022. Hertil kommer udfasning af kul fra energiforsyningen i hele Tyskland inden 2038, hvilket også vil påvirke Bayern, selv om kul blot udgør en lille andel af statens energiproduktion. Staten er allerede i dag afhængig af import af energi fra de omkringliggende stater og lande, og der forestår meget store investeringer i øget energieffektivisering og mere vedvarende energi. Byen München har vedtaget et mål om at være klimaneutral i 2050 og gennemfører en lang række initiativer med det formål inden for byggeri, forsyning og mobilitet.

Stadtwerke München er en krumtap

Det største kommunale forsyningsselskab i Tyskland er Stadtwerke München, som med 8.000 ansatte forsyner op mod 2 mio. kunder med el, gas, varme, vand og anden infrastruktur. Som et led i den grønne omstilling, har selskabet store investeringer i vindparker i Nordstyskland og Skandinavien, ligesom det har planer om en kraftig udvidelse af geotermi til fjernvarme i og omkring München, hvor de geologiske betingelser er favorable. Målet for selskabet, som sikrer forsyning med fjernvarme til 33 pct. af Münchens bygningsmasse, er at opnå CO2-neutral fjernvarme i 2040. SWM arbejder også for en ”Smart City” med øget af digitalisering i alle sine forsyningsområder – inkl. fibernet og mobilitet.


Bayern er kendt sin stærke industri og imponerende innovationskraft. Et eksempel er Siemens, som fra sit hovedkvarter i München medvirker til at drive ikke bare den tyske men den globale energiomstilling i retning af digitalisering, energieffektivitet og vedvarende energi. Bayerns energiindustrielle klyngeinitiativ, Cluster Energy Technology, har også stort fokus på energieffektivisering i industrien og udvikling af talrige nye grønne løsninger.

Styrket samarbejde – Danish Cleantech Hub – Vær med!

Bayern er et marked for dansk energiindustri i dag, men der er potentiale for vækst.

DI er til stede i Bayern gennem projektet Access Cities, hvor et bysamarbejde mellem München, Aarhus og København skal udvikle og udbrede bæredygtige byløsninger gennem deling af best practice og innovationsaktiviteter. DI har i den forbindelse etableret ”Danish Cleantech Hub” i München til at understøtte dialog og forretning mellem aktører i Danmark og Bayern ved at dele danske erfaringer og promovere danske virksomheders kompetencer lokalt.

Der er også overvejelser om at udvide det danske myndighedssamarbejde på energiområdet med Tyskland til også at omfatte Bayern. Tanken er at videreføre de gode erfaring fra samarbejdet med andre tyske delstater til Bayern og dermed bring danske erfaringer og løsninger i spil også her.

Appetit på mere

Branchedirektør Troels Ranis, DI Energi siger: “DI Energis nylige bestyrelses besøg i München gjorde det klart, at der er betydelige ambitioner for den grønne omstilling her og appetit på at hente inspiration og konkrete løsninger fra Danmark hos de mange aktører, som vi mødte – offentlige såvel som private. Vi vil sammen med vores medlemmer arbejde for at styrke energisamarbejdet med Tyskland på alle dimensioner – politisk, kommercielt og vidensmæssigt.”

Mere viden

Se mere om Access Cities her og næste Open Innovation Call i samarbejde mellem München og Aarhus om e-mobility og energilagring her.
Se mere om det dansk-tyske myndighedssamarbejde her.
Se State of Greens hjemmeside på tysk her.

Access Munich – Global Alliance to Strengthen Sustainable Urban Development

November 3, 2019 / Posted by Victoria StjernelykkeVictoria Stjernelykke / Germany

Access Munich – Global Alliance to Strengthen Sustainable Urban Development

Access Cities is an international, public-private project that aims to strengthen the sustainable urban development in five cities: Munich, New York City, Singapore and the Danish cities of Copenhagen and Aarhus. The project connects international actors working with sustainable urban development in the pursuit of game-changing solutions to the common issues confronting cities. Access Cities will develop innovative, viable and scalable responses to the most pressing sustainability challenges faced by global city hubs today and in the future – providing a platform for collaboration and exchanging documented learnings within the sustainability space. More information at www.accesscities.org.

You are invited to join in for an interesting exchange of innovative and viable solutions

Are you seeking inspiration and concrete solutions for a sustainable future?
Collaborate with Danish expertise and get access to valuable experiences from dozens of projects and initiatives from the five cities. Let’s accelerate the transition towards a greener future together.
Locally, we are teaming up with city councils, energy providers, innovative companies, architects, building developers and organisations wanting to act on the sustainable urban development – because it matters.

What’s in it for You?

Share your plan with us and get our valuable input as well as access to highly innovative and viable, proven solutions within energy efficiency for new and old buildings, smart city technologies, mobility, urban livability, health and a multitude of other topics relating to sustainable urban challenges.
The partners are all well established organisations with extensive experience on green and sustainable business models, and can provide you with a large number of reference projects and cases.
And the two municipalities Copenhagen and Aarhus have already inspired many other large cities in terms of sustainable urban development – on topics like mobility, energy efficiency, smart city solutions etc.


Access Cities is a platform, knowledge base and channel for stakeholders, project owners and developers who work with the sustainable urban development agenda.

  • It’s a perfect place to announce and publish your project or open innovation calls or challenges.
  • It’s an excellent place to connect with international specialists – and other project owners – not only from Denmark but across all the project cities, so you can access a large network.
  • Reach out to others – in order to co-create with both private and public organisations on your project or scope.
  • Brand yourself together with municipalities and organisations across this platform.
  • Use us to be your partner, bringing the specialists or keynote speakers from this network, when facilitating cross-cities knowledge sharing events. Use Access Cities to get more attention to your upcoming events.

Contact us in Munich

Robert Peter Perz
Project Director
E-mail: ropp@di.dk
Phone: +49 151 5464 5859

Ridler Strasse 31,
DE-80333 München

The partners behind Access Cities

Access Cities is funded by The Danish Industry Foundation

Co-financing project partners:

  • State of Green
  • Confederation of Danish Industry
  • Quercus Group
  • Climate-KIC
  • City of Copenhagen
  • City of Aarhus