Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy
Working for a world running on 100% renewables since 1983

Folkecenter is a non-profit, independent, organisation that provides research, development and testing of technology, training and information to promote the implementation of renewable energy technologies and energy savings in Denmark and internationally.

Folkecenter intends to achieve measurable increases in the utilisation of renewable energy technologies and thereby significant reductions in environmental pollution in Denmark and elsewhere. The ultimate long term goal is a complete replacement of fossil fuels and atomic power with renewable energies while promoting the sustainability, resilience and development of local communities around the world.

With this objective, the centre works on 3 major fronts:

  1. Development and implementation of renewable energy systems and energy policy recommendations. Folkecenter carries out research and development projects in collaboration with Danish and international universities, research centres, SME, Mali Folkecenter and Uganda Folkecenter. New energy solutions, tools for local authorities or energy policy recommendations are some of the outcomes of these projects. The testing facilities of Folkecenter play an important role in technology and system development projects. Testing possibilities include small wind turbines, wave energy technology, solar photovoltaic panels, solar thermal collectors, sustainable transportation (fuelled by hydrogen, biofuels and electricity) and off-grid solutions, among others. Furthermore, Folkecenter is an accredited certification centre for small wind turbines. Technology and best practice transfer have acquired high reputation for Folkecenter, both in the Global North and the Global South.
  2. Support and consultancy to manufacturers, local citizen/consumer groups, and relevant initiators within renewable energy. Folkecenter supports SME in product development and testing, idea-to-market processes, funding applications, market analysis, business strategy, internationalisation, training of staff and teams, networking and event organisation. Local citizen/consumer groups are advised by Folkecenter about local energy projects, local energy planning and suitable technology choices.
  3. Information and training in renewable energy in Denmark and elsewhere to trainees, concerned citizen groups, SME and political decision-makers. Thousands of visitors come to Folkecenter every year to see the demonstration facilities at the Village for Green Research, for which guided tours may be booked. Often visitors arrange meetings and interviews with the energy experts of Folkecenter. The centre organises and hosts conferences, seminars and workshops, where speakers, trainers and audience from Denmark and abroad attend. These events are often part of or combined with study tours to renewable energy installations, companies and local administrations in the Green Circle of 100% Renewable Energies.

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