Green technology pushed from lab to shop
Inventions that can serve to shape a cleaner and greener planet should be helped out of the University of Copenhagen’s labs and into the consumer universe. Therefore, researchers are now able to get help in pushing their invention from the lab to the production line by taking advantage of the “Gap-funding” under the Copenhagen Cleantech Cluster scheme. Two chemists are now the first to receive support to help their promising green technologies along – their so called Cleantech-inventions.
Associate professor Matthew Johnson and professor Klaus Bechgaard of the Chemistry Department have received 500,000 and 250,000 kroner respectively from Copenhagen Cleantech Cluster to transform inventions into commercial products.
An air handling system that lowers energy consumption
Matthew Johnson invented an air handling system which is both easy on energy-use and capable of filtering out substances which other ventilation systems simply stir up. He points out that gap funding has given him the unique opportunity to move ahead with his invention:
-Funding from the Copenhagen Cleantech Cluster makes it possible to demonstrate the invention for the market. I’m using gap-funding to construct a prototype, which we will use to reduce emissions at LM Windpower’s Technology Center in Kolding,” says Matthew Johnson.
Effective CO2 storage2
Professor Klaus Bechgaard researches effective CO2 storage technologies that help to minimize CO2 emissions. In particular, his invention shows promise for the shipping industry. He hopes that gap-funding will give him the chance to file a patent application. This would allow the invention to arouse interest from a shipping company, which in turn, could become a partner:
-In the long run, it could be interesting if my project were a part of ensuring climate-friendly solutions in a traditionally CO2 heavy industry. A patented technology would provide a good basis for entering into collaboration with an industrial partner,” emphasizes Klaus Bechgaard.
A 4.3 million kroner funding pool
The University of Copenhagen has allocated funds for the two projects via the Copenhagen Cleantech Cluster (CCC) gap-funding pool.
The University participates in CCC to support inventors who develop innovative solutions for the enormous climate-related challenges of our day. All University of Copenhagen researchers with a commercially promising technological invention within cleantech are able to seek funds from the 4.3 million kroner pool. The funds may be used to help mature their perspective rich ideas and research results.
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