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Denmark aims for leading role in bioenergy

University of Copenhagen is now focusing on bio-energy under the headline "Fuel for Life".

According to Berlingske Tidende, the ambition is to bring Denmark in front within sustainable bio-energy both in research, education and development of biomass for energy.

The means are almost 50 researchers and PhD.-students, two new educations starting on 1st of September and wide cooperation with the industry such as Statoil, Dong Energy and Novozymes.

Testing at Tåstrup
Recently the university held a press conference on the "Fuel for Life" project in Tåstrup west of Copenhagen where Europe's first sustainable fields for production of biofuels, animal feed and produce are located.

"We have spent 10,000 years on optimizing growth of crops for food and animal feed, but now we can start using the part that we don't eat for energy," says Professor Claus Felby from the Faculty of Life Sciences.

Felby thinks that Denmark as a farming land is well suited to be a pioneer within bio-energy. "Denmark has the potential to produce two to four times more bio-energy than the EU requires," he notices with regards to the EU-decision that at least 10% of all fuel should come from bio-ethanol by the year 2020.

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