Today, the U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm and Denmark Minister of Climate, Energy and Utilities Dan Jørgensen held a virtual signing ceremony for a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that, for the first time ever, outlines areas of planned cooperation in the fields of clean energy research, science and technology. This historic agreement establishes a strong framework for the two countries to enhance international collaboration around clean energy innovation ranging from the physical sciences to technological advancement to create the solutions needed to respond to the urgent challenge of climate change.
“The climate crisis is one of the single greatest challenges we face as a planet—one that will require the international community to be fearless in technological innovation, and ambitious in our pursuit to deploy sustainable, renewable power around the world,” said Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm. “This historic Memorandum of Understanding between the U.S. and Denmark—a global champion for clean energy—will strengthen our science and research partnerships so that together, we can turn our dream of a clean energy future into a reality, while building a net-zero world economy that creates millions of jobs and lifts all of our citizens into greater prosperity.”
“We cannot slow down climate change without improved technology. Therefore, I am both proud and happy that Denmark will collaborate with Department of Energy on green research,” said Denmark Minister of Climate, Energy, and Utilities Dan Jørgensen. “For example, the American laboratories have developed the lithium-ion battery that powers our electric cars, and they have captured and stored 10 million tons of CO2 underground. It is this knowledge and their research into completely new technologies that I hope we can learn from.”
The MOU identifies several initial areas of planned cooperation:
- Transport fuels, such as hydrogen fuel cell technology
- Wind energy
- Energy efficiency
- Energy systems, including transmission and distribution
- Digital and quantum technologies
- Advanced physics
In addition to Denmark’s Ministry of Climate, Energy, and Utilities, the MOU will also be signed by Denmark’s Ministry of Higher Education and Science and Innovation Fund Denmark, a financial institution focused on original research and technology.