Denmark Gets Unique  

Test Lab for Green Solutions

The Green Power Electronics Test Lab breaks new ground in the testing of energy efficient solutions and products. Behind the initiative – which opens in 2016 – is Lean Energy Cluster in collaboration with multiple stakeholders from the public and private sphere.

The Green Power Electronics Test Lab will be a national testing and advisory facility for energy efficiency, located in the southern Danish city of Sønderborg. It will benefit companies working with green solutions and products, and help them achieve or sustain a competitive advantage on the global market by offering a world class testing facility.

The Green Test Lab will be the first of its kind, placing Denmark at the forefront of new test methods where products will be tested in life-like conditions in an “accelerated reality” scenario. This implies testing new products on several parameters in combination, hereunder simultaneous tests of humidity, temperature and vibration. The idea is that new green technologies and solutions will be exposed to the conditions of the global market, for example earthquakes or power outages in emerging markets – all in the same testing lab.

This way the products will go through a realistic life cycle in a very short span of time, which will help to uncover potential weaknesses up front. Moreover, the Test Lab will help establish the expected length of a product’s life cycle. In combination this will give small and medium sized companies more efficiency in the stages of product development, and ensure that new green solutions can enter the market as quickly as possible.

Construction of the The Green Power Electronics Test Lab is expected to begin towards the end of this year. Behind the project is the national Lean Energy Cluster, in collaboration with amongst others DELTA, the University of Southern Denmark and several companies, hereunder Danfoss, Lodam & Siemens.

The southern location of Sønderborg for the Test Lab is no coincidence. This region of Denmark is home to more than 80 companies working with energy efficiency, and the vision is to make the Test Lab a regional hub for tests, counselling and research within energy efficiency.

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