A delegation from China's Shanghai Fosun Group, which is visiting Europe to talk to potential partners, has visited both Aalborg University in northern Jutland and the hydrogen energy centre Cemtec (Centre for Materials Technology) in Hobro, reports north Jutland daily newspaper Nordjyske Stiftstidende.
The Chinese delegation was very satisfied with what they saw in Aalborg and Hobro, and there are positive expectations of a possible collaboration after the visit.
"More and more places are focusing on cleaner technology, and [Shanghai Fosun Group] fits perfectly with the activities we have under way here," says Aalborg University dean Frede Blaabjerg, who has himself visited the company in Shanghai together with Denmark's Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Helge Sander.
The actual company in Fosun Group which may possibly enter collaboration with Aalborg University and Cemtec is Shanghai Shen-Li High Tech, which develops, manufactures and markets proton exchange membrane fuel cell products.
During the visit, the director of Shanghai Shen-Li High Tech, Dr. Li Qing Hu, had a chance to get behind the wheel of the first Danish-developed hydrogen-powered car, called the Hywet, which has been developed by Aalborg University, Cemtec and the high temperature polymer electrolyte membrane (HTPEM) fuel cell firm Serenergy currently based in Støvring.
The delegation's visit was arranged by Invest in Denmark, whose director Ole Frijs-Madsen commented to Nordjyske Stiftstidende: "Cleantech will play a major role in the future, and it looks as if Denmark can play a role as a test country for the new technologies."