The Danish island of Lolland could become an integrated part of California's Green Tech Valley, the environmental technology industry's answer to Silicon Valley. Lolland has created a Community Testing Facility (Lolland CTF) for renewables and has just hosted an international energy conference, Renewables and Realities. Fred Keeley, a democratic politician in California, and one of the key drivers of the development of Greentech Valley in the US state, said at the conference:
"The large investors in California need locally based facilities where they can test new environmental technologies at full scale, in order to see whether it is possible to bring them the critical way from the desk to the market. Lolland has arranged itself in a way which is perfect to become such a test area."
Peter Winarsky of Innovation Center Denmark, Silicon Valley, comments: "The Americans are very interested in how to integrate large amounts of renewable energy into the existing net. Denmark has gained experience in this over many years, and Lolland is now offering the opportunity to test it in practice."
Winarsky says that the University of California and Pacific Gas & Electric have shown an interest in collaborating with Lolland CTF.
Lolland CTF offers research scientists, companies and investors worldwide the use of the municipality's facilities for testing and demonstration of renewable energy technologies and products. Lolland has the world's largest offshore wind turbine park, a test plant for wave energy, plants for bio-gasification of slurry and industrial waste and a number of advanced new plants for intelligent energy distribution. This week, Lolland Municipality opened the EU's first hydrogen plant based on fuel cells.
The news was reported by financial daily newspaper Børsen.