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DKK 14 mill. for engineering research on the green transition

Independent Research Fund Denmark (DFF) has just published the 65 research projects on the green transition that have been awarded grants. Researchers from the Department of Engineering, Aarhus University will receive grants for five new engineering projects.

2020.10.30 | Jesper Bruun Petersen

The green distributions come in the wake of a political decision to prioritise funding for the area in 2020. Photo: AU Photo.

The green transition is one of our biggest current challenges, and engineering science lays the foundations for the technological breakthroughs we need to reach the goal.

Five researchers from the Department of Engineering have received a total of DKK 14 million (EUR 1.9 million) from Independent Research Fund Denmark (DFF) for new projects supporting the green transition.

The researchers are:

Assistant Professor Aliakbar Kamari receives DKK 2.8 million for his project: Climate-Responsive Renovation: Exploring and developing novel design approaches for natural wind ventilation of housing stocks in Denmark.

Assistant Professor Emil Drazevic receives DKK 2.8 million for his project: A new twist on ammonia production: more efficient electrochemical synthesis using ‘designer' hydrogen binding mediators.

Senior Professor of Engineering Søren Wandahl receives DKK 2.8 million for his project: Green Tracking and Monitoring of Construction Resources to Reduce CO2 Emissions.

Assistant Professor Mahdi Abkar receives DKK 2.8 million for his project: Physics-informed Deep Learning for Wind Farm Flow Modeling (DeepWindFarm).

Assistant Professor Leendert Vergeynst receives DKK 2.8 million for his project: Toxitrace: A Chromatographic Bioassay for Tracing Toxicant Removal in Water Treatment.

DFF awards a total of DKK 333 million to 65 research projects to help talented researchers and to secure new, original ideas and research breakthroughs within climate, nature, the environment, etc. Last year, the Danish Parliament agreed to earmark research reserve funds for DFF, which the foundation was to award under the heading "green transition".

Therefore, the green distributions come in the wake of a political decision to prioritise funding for the area in 2020.

The Faculty of Technical Sciences, Aarhus University, has received a total of DKK 28.3 million in grants from DFF. The grants will run over the next 3-6 years.

This is the third time DFF has awarded thematic research funding from the research reserve funds. What is special this year is that the DKK 333 million for the green transition is the hitherto largest thematic pool under DFF.


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