20. December 2022

New Pioneer Center will revolutionize materials for green transition

Today, a press briefing at DTU (Technical University of Denmark) marks the opening of our third Pioneer Center, CAPeX, the Pioneer Center for Accelerating P2X Materials Discovery. CAPeX—will, among other activities, develop more efficient and robust materials to convert water and CO2 into sustainable fuels and chemicals using green power from wind turbines and solar cells.

Professor Tejs Vegge, Head of CAPeX and Professor Frede Blaabjerg, co-lead in CAPeX
Professor Tejs Vegge (Left), Head of CAPeX and Professor Frede Blaabjerg (Right), co-lead in CAPeX.

CAPeX aims to develop materials and Power-to-X technologies for the green transition, using a total grant of DKK 300 million from the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science, the Danish National Research Foundation, the Carlsberg Foundation, the Lundbeck Foundation, the Novo Nordisk Foundation, and VILLUM FONDEN.

Sustainable solutions for heavy transport and air traffic

The most efficient materials used today to produce hydrogen by means of electrolysis are based on rare minerals and earth elements. One of the most important challenges CAPeX faces is to develop new, sustainable catalysts for electrolysis that are scalable and can be used globally and to provide sustainable solutions for, for example, heavy transport and air traffic that can be made so efficient and inexpensive that they meet the UN’s climate goals.

“We are pleased to be able to help support basic research in a field where there is such a burning need to find solutions. Power-to-X is essential in the fight against climate change, but the potential cannot be realized without new materials and technologies. We are very confident that the strong, interdisciplinary, and international environment in CAPeX will be able to produce the scientific breakthroughs that are the prerequisite for the necessary transformative leaps. Not least, we are pleased that CAPeX has set a very promising program for the development of new research talents that will help ensure a leading global position for Danish energy research and industry,”, said the DNRF’s Director Søren-Peter Olesen.

CAPeX is now ready to enter contract negotiations for the implementation of the total grant from the five funds.

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