The two largest public funding programs related to technical and societal energy solutions are The Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Programme (EUDP) and Innovation Fund Denmark (IFD). The Danish Energy Agency administrates the EUDP, which supports private companies and universities to develop and demonstrate new energy technologies, including solar heating and cooling. Innovation Fund Denmark supports strategic and applied energy research. Detailed information on the funding programs can be fund on the following webpages: http://ens.dk/en/our-responsibilities/research-development/eudp and http://innovationsfonden.dk/en.
In 2019 EUDP grated 2 IEA SHC project, and had a total of 6 active solar heating and cooling projects. Detailed information on funded projects and public energy research can be found on https://energiforskning.dk/en/projects. The total budget in 2019 for energy research in the two programs were 86 million EUR (96 million USD).
EUDP is a general support programme for new and effective energy technologies - annual budget 2020 is about 66.6 million EUR.
National Research Initiatives and Results
New silicone-based Lenses for Low Cost Concentrated Solar Heat grated by EUDP (2019-2021, grant 5.81 mill. DKK and a total budget of 9.26 mill. DKK) will develop and demonstrate a more effective, safe and durable lenses for concentrated solar power. Efficiency and durability will be improved by using better materials that the current thermoplastics, and safety and to some degree efficiency will be improved by new lens geometry designs. The responsible company is Heliac.
In 2015 EUDP granted the project Concentrated Solar Power (thermal) combined with biomass fired boiler and ORC plant, (2016-2020, grant 19.91 mill. DKK and total budget of 86.24 mill. DKK). The concentrated solar power plant is installed in order to supply heat for an ORC (Organic Ranking Cycle) plant, either alone or together with a Biomass fired boiler. The purpose of the Solar Power plant is to supply the citizens in a small Danish city with district heat at a lower cost than the present natural gas fired boilers and to reduce CO2 impact by less firing with gas and biomass. The responsible company is Aalborg CSP.
The Danish Energy Agency/EUDP supports directly or via international cooperation schemes Danish companies, universities, and research institutions when participating in international projects. This includes the direct financial support for participating in the TCPs under the International Energy Agency (IEA) and indirectly by means of common calls in the European Union (ERA-net schemes) and Nordic Energy Research.