Energy and Environment are key issues on the agendas of just about every nation these days, and none more so than the US. Environmentally friendly and energy saving products have swung into focus, and in US ports more and more containers are swinging ashore packed with goods labelled "Made in Denmark".
Denmark's technological kitchen is serving up what the US is mighty hungry for. One notable consequence is that the US has overhauled Great Britain as Denmark's 3rd biggest export destination. In Jan-Nov 2006, Danish exports to the US reached DKK 88 bn (USD 15 bn), a massive 18% hike on the previous year (Statistics Denmark). Not all of this was fuelled by energy-related products of course – biotech, pharma and services have a significant part to play too – but the new trend is certainly visible.
The global focus on renewables has put Denmark in a very favourable position. It is the acknowledged world leader in wind energy, it is strong in fuel cell and H2 technology, it is active in wave power research, and it is busy developing commercially viable 2G bioethanol technologies – the ones that can use waste products like garbage and straw instead of nutritional feedstuffs like corn. And it produces some of the world's most energy-efficient pumps, which the US is buying by the crateful (74% increase in 2006), along with truckloads of wind turbines and all the Danish know-how and expertise that goes with them.
As the US embarks on its determined mission to reduce dependence on foreign oil and increasingly invest in home-grown energy to drive energy-saving, low-emission devices, Denmark can look forward to a continued export bonanza across the pond. The news was reported by financial daily newspaper Børsen.