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The aim of the FURGY project (2009-2012) was the cross-border linking of the regional economy and science towards an international knowledge network in the area of renewable energies and energy efficiency.

The first step of the project was the research of small and medium enterprises as well as research- and development organizations within the program region that work in the field of renewable energies and energy efficiency or support with their competences. This was a precondition, because this cross-border knowhow didn’t exist so far. Matchmaking, organization of events, visits of companies and supporting cooperation projects was the focus of the project. FURGY is established as an agency for regional cooperation regarding regenerative energies and energy efficiency that cooperates with existing facilities on both sides of the border.

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Enterprises on both sides of the Danish-German border hold a strong position of know-how about effective power control and application – from electronic equipment and transportation to industrial production and energy generation. Three million euros granted by the EU and the Region of Southern Denmark to the cross-border Interreg project PE:Region (Power Electronics Region) must ensure that the position of strength is further developed in the years to come and that the strong competences can improve the basis for economic growth and employment.

The growth market for renewable and alternative energy, energy efficiency and electromobility is expected to grow considerably in the coming decades. The field, often referred to as power electronics, characterises the Danish-German border region with strong companies and educational institutions and research environments of profound knowledge.

PE:Region will provide synergy and a stronger basis for the power electronics players of the region. The overall project objective is economic growth and employment in the Danish-German border Region.



  • Power electronics region (PE:Region) – cross-border application-oriented innovation within power electronics

Lead partner

  • Syddansk Universitet, Mads Clausen Instituttet (SDU-MCI)

Project partners DE

  • Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Chair of Power Electronics (CAU)
  • Fachhochschule Kiel, Institut für Mechatronik (FH Kiel)
  • Wirtschaftsförderung und Technologietransfer Schleswig-Holstein GmbH (WTSH)
  • Forschungs- und Entwicklungszentrum Fachhochschule Kiel GmbH (FuE FH Kiel GmbH)

Project partners DK

  • Syddansk Universitet, Mads Clausen Instituttet (SDU-MCI)
  • Syddansk Universitet, Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Instituttet (SDU-MMMI)
  • Sønderborg Vækstråd (SV)

Network partners

  • Business development and research: CLEAN, IHK Flensburg, Fraunhofer ISIT og URS
  • Companies: FTCAP GmbH, Danfoss Silicon Power GmbH, Kristronics GmbH, Banke ApS, Flux A/S, Danfoss Power Electronics A/S og Clayton Power ApS


  • Priority 1: Innovation / Increase product, process and social innovation within positions of strength identified for the program area

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You can find the project description in our German and Danish database.

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Large Scale Bioenergy Laboratory 2 (LSBL2)LSBL 2

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The Innovation project centre RollFlex is to contribute to the use of the large market potential for sustainable energy solutions by establishing the production of flexible solar cells and LEDs in close collaboration between the Mads Clausen Institute (MCI) of University of Southern Denmark, the Kieler Nanolabor of Kiel University (CAU), Stensborg A/S, and FUMT R&D. This centre is based on a production facility for R2R print at the MCI, a R2R facility at FUMT R&D, a facility for R2R Nano Imprint Lithography (NIL) at Stensborg A/S as well as at the Kieler Nanolabor at CAU. This combination of competences within organic energy technology at the MCI and at CAU together with the competences within a large scale R2R print development at Stensborg A/s and FUMT R&D constitute the advantage of RollFlex.

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The research project RELIABES Offshore is supported by Interreg Deutschland-Danmark with funds from the European Fonds for regional development.

RELIABES Offshore covers the development of the socalled Structural Health Monitoring (SHM). SHM aims to improve the safety, sustainability and economy of dynamically loaded structures; e.g. windenergy plants, ships. The research partner FuE operates the offshore research platform FINO 3, which will be used for the project activities. FINO 3 is located in the North sea abt. 70 km off Sylt .

Generally, computations on fatigue strength of dynamically loaded plants become performed in the design phase. The plants are then manufactured, assembled and operated according to the results. Inspection and maintenance programs are conducted regularly along the operations and, if necessary repair work will be performed. Presently, the maintenance activities are not based on accompanying computations for the material fatigue but empirically supported on the basis of the design calculations. By nature, activities are difficult to empirically predict when plants and/or components are innovative and thus lack reliable long term experiences; e.g. offshore windenergy plants, floating platforms, highly specialized ships. As a result, serious complications are to be taken into account. In Offshore energy production, the break down of an A-component may cause long term break down of the whole plant due to poor accessibility during harsh weather periods in winter.

The major driver for SHM applications to well known plants is to achieve increased safety, sustainability and economics; i.e. development of plants, which are both cheaper in purchase and more reliable in operation.

Structural Health Monitoring enables the specialists to calculate the status of material fatigue at any time, based on measurements of the real stress history of the structure. Based on this, predictions on the remaining fatigue life can be computed, which are much more reliable because the effects of the real loads are taken into account rather than the statistical models used for the design. On this basis, predictions on the remaining fatigue life can be computed. Thus, SHM is able to support decisions e.g. on the most suitable time to replace components as well as predictions of safety issues, environmental risks and economical outlook when questions on life time extensions are raised for elder plants. When reliable measurements of the accumulated fatigue can be made, structures can be designed with smaller safety margins but increased safety level, improved environmental friendliness and higher economics.

The project partners FH Kiel, SDU and FuE have committed themselves to establish a testcenter for fatigue. The testcenter is unique in the German-Danish Interreg program region. It is to support regional companies and will provide theoretical knowledge, latest measurement abilities for the analysis of vibrations, experimental fatigue tests and numerical computations. SDU is in charge for vibration analysis and FH Kiel for fatigue strength. FEA computations are provided by both partners. FuE offers the research platform FINO3.

A RELIABLES Offshore project council was founded, which consists of representatives from interested companies, research institutions and associations. They meet regularly with the project partners FH Kiel, SDU, FuE to receive new results, exchange opinions, present and discuss their requirements for a successful application of SHM.

The project RELIABLES Offshore was started on 1.7.2016 and will last 3 years.

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