By Trine Kristensen, AAU Communication. Translated and edited by Pernille Budde Haensel, AAU Communication.
Photo: Department of Energy Technology, AAU
22 March 2019, AAU staff presented their solutions to current energy and climate challenges to the Danish Minister of Energy, Utilities and Climate Lars Christian Lilleholt when he visited AAU in Aalborg. More specifically, he learnt about two of AAU’s research projects in energy and climate – I4Offshore and SECURE – and visited the Advanced Biofuels facilities at AAU.
i4Offshore – Offshore Wind Cost Reduction
The i4Offshore project focuses on significantly reducing the cost of offshore wind power and ensuring that wind power stays at the forefront of the renewable energy race. The project is supported by a large EU grant and includes 15 partners. The project will also test installation solutions with a minimal environmental footprint to ensure that offshore wind energy is viable without subsidies by 2025.
SECURE – making consumer data secure
The interdisciplinary research project SECURE focuses on anonymising data and making consumers feel secure. Consumer data is key to reducing energy consumption and increasing digitisation of the energy and supply sectors, but consumer data is sensitive personal information. In order to use Danish consumer data for these purposes, it is crucial to find solutions of how to uses consumer data without compromising data security. Specifically, SECURE focuses on developing a privacy-preserving ICT platform.
From waste to sustainable aviation fuel
The Minister of Energy, Utilities and Climate also visited the Advanced Biofuels facilities at AAU. Researchers from the Department of Energy Technology have developed a method for turning waste into crude oil that can be refined and used as petrol, aviation fuel, diesel and marine fuel. Sustainable biofuels may be an important step towards making the heavy transport sector green and carbon neutral.