Danish success stories – why Danish fuel cells will be a success

The Danish hydrogen and fuel cell industry is thriving in many ways and can potentially become a great success. This potential is built on extraordinary qualities that the fuel cell industry in Denmark enjoys: 1) It receives extensive state funding, 2) it is characterized by numerous cooperative engagements and partnership formations, and 3) it has great depth and breadth in its core expertise areas. All of this means that Denmark retains a strong position at the very front in the development of hydrogen and fuel cells. 

Extensive state funding

The Danish hydrogen and fuel cell technologies hold a strong stance internationally as a result of the extensive and continuous support for research and technological development. Since 2005 state funding for Danish energy research programs has increased from about 100 million Danish kroner per year to more than 150 million Danish kroner. On top of this, the EU’s special program for hydrogen and fuel cell development (i.e. Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking) has provided considerable support.

About 10 years ago a number of countries began ambitious programs for development and commercialization of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, but in many of these countries it seemed impossible to transform research into promising commercial products in any foreseeable future to the same extent that may be possible in Denmark. 

Partnerships and cross-cooperating

In addition to the extensive and stable support from the national energy programs supporting R,D&D, the success of the promising Danish technology development is also due to the formation of a trusting and dynamic network of cooperation among the involved companies and between companies and research institutions – a network of cooperation which has been built by The Danish Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells. Further to this, productive interaction between researchers, companies and the authorities has been created. These cooperate to share a common understanding of goals and means in strategies for the future technological development. 

Cooperation takes place in strategic research centers and through a joint research school of hydrogen and fuel cells. A rational division of activities between research institutions and companies has been reached. This helps direct research and commercial development in the relevant technologies within the research societies and companies with the greatest potential for success in specific areas.

Danish competences

The strongest Danish competences exist within Solid Oxide Fuel Cells and electrolysis (SOFC and SOEC), polymer fuel cells and electrolysis (PEMFC, DMFC and PEMEC), hydrogen infrastructure, alcaline electrolysis and system integration. Danish companies have already delivered commercial products to many niche markets both domestically and for the export markets. Eventually a global market in hydrogen and fuel cell technologies will be fully developed – a market which can become even bigger than the current one in wind energy and which could secure another Danish success in exports.

Read about the Danish success stories – follow the links on the right.


Danish successes


Last updated: 03-18-2016