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The Energy Academy on Samsø

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Samsø has a new attraction – the Energy Academy close to the picturesque harbour village and tourist magnet Ballen. Samsø has amassed a great deal of concrete experiences with the implementation of a broad variety of local renewable energy project, from wind turbines to CO2 neutral district heating plants, rapeseed oil tractors and solar energy panels.

This experience can be drawn upon through the Academy and research workers and scientists from at home and abroad spend time at the Academy doing research based on the easy access to all these different energy systems, where windmills, straw-based districting heating and thermal solar panels systems and the people who initiated them are close at hand.

The Academy also functions as a conference centre where companies, scientists and politicians can discuss renewable energy, energy savings and new technologies.

Samsø Energy and Environment Office, Samsø Energy Agency and the Samsø branch office of the Danish Energy Service reside in the Energy Academy. From this common domicile, they run a broad spectrum of energy counselling services for commercial and private customers, organize guided energy tours, workshops and seminars and generally promote ‘energy tourism’ for energy professionals.

Classes on school trips and island tourists

During the summer, tourists and other energy interested visitors will be able to use the Academy as an exhibition for renewable energy.

The experimentarium is also a specific activity to meet the needs of school classes on fieldtrips to Samsø to learn more about renewable energy.

The Academy accomodates many domestic and foreign professionals visiting the energy island project, not by housing or feeding them, but by making arrangements, giving lectures, talks and guided tours. More than 2000 politicians, ambassadors, officials, scientists, journalists, students and interested individuals visit the energy island project annually.

The building itself

The Energy Academy is designed to meet a number of broad ecological building principles and guidelines. It boasts an agreeable indoor climate with natural ventilation of the many work stations and large rooms. It uses a minimal amount of drinking water and uses rainwater to flush toilets, etc. Its walls and windows are highly insulated to minimize energy consumption and the building is heated by the local straw-based district heating plant. A small thermal solar system delivers the hot water and is designed to facilitate exhibition purposes.

All electric appliances are A-class energy savers, the electric lighting is low energy and the windows are positioned to maximize the passive solar energy contribution. Electricity is supplied by a battery of PV solar cells, supplemented by Samsø grid electricity, which for the most part is delivered by the island wind turbines.


Board and statutes

Read the statutes at The Energy Institute

Ole Hemmingsen Boardmember 

Samsø Energi- og Miljøkontor

Einar E. Mortensen Boardmember 

Bestyrelsesmedlem, Samsø Energi- og Miljøkontor

Ole Svenningsen Boardmember 

Sekretariatschef – Ejersekretariatet, NRGi

Peder Bang Chairman for the board

Internationale relationer, Region Midtjylland

Karl Sperling Boardmember 

Lektor Institut for Planlægning, Ålborg Universitet

Karen Blinchoe Boardmember 

Formand for Chora Connections

Knud Tybirk Boardmember 

Foulum Agro Businesspark




Collaboration partners


National, regional and municipal offices: – Samsø Municipality – Region Central Jutland – The Danish Energy Authority

European Union partners: – AITE Agencia Insular de Energia de Tenerife – EIA Energy Agency in Iceland – Intelligent Energy Executive Agency – Directorate-General for Energy and Transport

NGOs The Energy Service Denmark – The Organisation for Sustainable Energy – A national network of Energy offices now funded through the Energy Service Denmark

International NGO network:

Participating universities:  – Aalborg University  – The Engineering College of Aarhus – The Technical University of Denmark

The Samsø Energy Academy has received grants from:

Local utilities: The regional electric utility company which also runs several district heating plants, including two on Samsø  – The cooperative district heating company Ballen-Brundby Fjernvarme a.m.b.a.

Affiliated Research and Development departments – Danish Teknological Institute – Danish Hydrogen Association – Hydrogen Innovation & Research Centre – Innovation Centre for Bioenergy and Environmental Technology

Business associates: H2O Logic, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Motive Solutions

Museums: The Danish Electricity Museum


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