Ambassador Friis Arne Petersen is greeted by professor Anke Hagen at the Hannover Messe 2016

Danish ambassador visits DTU Energy at the Hannover Messe trade fair

Thursday 28 Apr 16


Anke Hagen
DTU Energy
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The Danish ambassador in Germany, Friis Arne Petersen, visited DTU Energy at the Hannover Messe where he learned about the department and its test center for fuel cell and hydrogen technologies.

The annual Hannover Messe in Germany is the world’s largest industrial trade fair, with energy being one of its five main themes. The DTU Energy test center for fuel cell and hydrogen technologies (FCH Test Center) participated again to present its unique capabilities within characterization and test of fuel cells and other energy conversion technologies. The FCH Test Center clients include companies from all over Europe, and the Hannover Messe represents a good opportunity for the test center to expand its network in industry.

This year the Danish ambassador in Germany, Friis Arne Petersen, visited the trade fair, and the FCH Test Center stand was one of the two Danish stands he visited. The DTU Energy team, led by center manager Eva Ravn Nielsen and professor Anke Hagen, introduced him to the department and to the technologies which will enable the transition to a sustainable energy system. Here solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) will play an important role, and the ambassador learned how such fuel cells can be used in your private home to produce electricity and heat. The ambassador was very interested to hear that the test center customers primarily are foreign companies, and he noticed the international composition of the DTU Energy team at the fair: two Danes, a Swede and a German. Ambassador Petersen was also concerned about how to ensure knowledge transfer to and from Denmark, and how to make Denmark attractive to international employees.

The wide-ranging conversation generated lots of enthusiasm on both sides and ended up lasting three times longer than originally scheduled, but finally the ambassador had to say goodbye and move on in his busy schedule.

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