Denmark’s First Power-to-X Education and Test Facility

Denmark’s First Power-to-X Education and Test Facility to be established at GreenLab

Soon, companies, educational institutions, and researchers can gain practical experience with Power-to-X at GreenLab. By the end of the year, a Power-to-X test facility will be established inside the green industrial park. It will be the first of its kind in Denmark, aimed at securing future practical skills within Power-to-X, enabling researchers to conduct large-scale experiments, and serving as a testing ground for companies to test components and systems.

The green transition relies on skilled hands that know how to practically assemble new, green technologies and manage their daily operations. GreenLab is addressing this need with a Power-to-X education and test facility designed to provide hands-on experience with these new technologies.

The facility will also benefit researchers and companies, as it can be used to test theories, systems, and components on a large scale. “We are proud to be the first to offer the practical part of training in Power-to-X,” says Thomas Helsgaun, COO at GreenLab and continues “The newly established GreenLab Academy aims to share the experiences we have gained at GreenLab, and with this new facility, we are creating a centre of competence in Power-to-X, which is highly valuable for companies, researchers, and educational institutions. It means we can conduct training, education, and research, while companies test live systems, gather data, and test different solutions.” 

Realistic training to complement textbooks and assist companies 
The Power-to-X test facility is a formerly commercially used facility and is expected to be inaugurated in the fourth quarter of this year. The facility is equipped with an advanced 0,5 MW electrolysis module from Green Hydrogen Systems, as well as a flow battery and a lithium battery. The electrolyser is a similar to the module in the GreenHyScale project's 6 MW commercial Power-to-X plant at GreenLab, thus enabling realistic tests and training scenarios. There has already been significant interest from the industry in training at such a facility, which supplements theoretical knowledge with essential practical learning. 

Companies, for example, can improve their safety procedures through practical courses, become better at troubleshooting facilities, or test new components on a large scale and in a real-life setting. 

A “Game changer” for research 
Universities also see great potential in the new facility. It can for example, be used to test new methods for optimising the production, consumption, and storage of green energy. Carsten Orth Gaarn-Larsen, Corporate Director at DTU, says: "It’s a gamechanger for both our students and researchers to have access to a physical training and research facility within Power-to-X. With this facility, we can create an attractive educational and research environment, equipping future engineers to tackle global challenges within the green transition. In this way, we can contribute to educating more engineers throughout Denmark.” 

Inauguration scheduled for Q4 2024 
The contract for the purchase of the educational facility has just been signed, and over the summer and autumn, the facility will be installed and commissioned at GreenLab. The inauguration of the new facility is expected by the end of 2024. It will be the first of its kind in Denmark, with a primary focus on research, education, and component testing. 

Facts about the Power-to-X test and education facility 

  • Size: 0.5 MW  
  • The facility is fully operational but will primarily be used for testing as well as educational and research activities 
  • GreenLab’s research platform with projects at the four technical universities in Denmark will be among the first users of the facility 
  • From the end of Q4, the facility will also be available for lease to educational institutions, companies, and researchers in general 
  • In the future, the facility will be connected to GreenLab’s internal green infrastructure, SymbiosisNet 

For general information: Linda Fejerskov, Communications Lead, GreenLab. Email: Phone: +45 29 81 17 22 

For inquiries related to training, tests and courses, contact the Head of GreenLab Academy, Christian Dalgaard Sørensen, GreenLab. Email: Phone: +45 60 15 28 26 

For inquiries related to research and education: Research Director, Ebbe Kruse Vestergaard, GreenLab. Email: Phone: +45 60 84 66 82