New future for Danfoss technology at SDU
The new RollFlex centre was presented when Jørgen Mads Clausen visited the Mads Clausen Institute. Parts of the centre originate from a previous Danfoss production facility.
A while ago, Danfoss donated a so-called roll-to-roll (R2R) print facility to the Mads Clausen Institute, SDU, and now the facility has become part of a larger laboratory at MCI – the RollFlex lab. Recently, the institute was host in presenting the new lab to Jørgen Mads Clausen, longtime CEO and now president of the board at Danfoss.
-It means a great deal for the Mads Clausen Institute that we now have the RollFlex lab in-house. Now we can test, e.g., solutions in DEAP material (Dielectric ElectroActive Polymer) or flexible solar cells on a larger scale and thus bring research based technology closer to businesses and industry, said Head of Institute Horst-Günter Rubahn in his welcome to Jørgen Mads Clausen.
Part of innovation project centre
The facility is part of a new Interreg Deutschland-Danmark project, RollFlex, which, among other things, will be used for upscaling the production of organic solar cells and LEDs. Associate Professor Morten Madsen elaborated on this for the audience.
- Along with the facilities of our project partners from the Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, companies FUMT R&D Functional Materials in Kiel and Stensborg A/S in Roskilde, the facility at MCI forms an innovation project centre. It will contribute to the development of the great market potential for sustainable energy solutions, which is present in the Danish-German border region, said Morten Madsen.
There are also plans to integrate the R2R facility in different educational activities to ensure that the students also gain from the unique opportunities of the centre. An employee also showed Jørgen Mads Clausen how researchers at MCI will employ the DEAP material in ultrasonic transducers in ultrasonic flowmeters.
Solar energy will surpass wind energy
Jørgen Mads Clausen thanked for the invitation and said that he was happy to see that the MCI has so many ideas for the use of the centre, which has a background in Danfoss PolyPower. Jørgen Mads Clausen added that he was enthusiastic about the new activities on flexible solar cells and predicted that the use of solar energy in the future will surpass the use of wind energy.
Recently acquired Innovation Lab
A brand new Innovation Lab has just been added to the MCI facilities and it invites to creative product development, from idea generation to prototyping. It has been established with the support of the Bitten and Mads Clausen Foundation and was thus also presented to Jørgen Mads Clausen.
-This Innovation Lab is a meaningful supplement to the MCI portfolio of facilities and I’m pleased that both students, researchers, and companies will gain from using it, said Jørgen Mads Clausen.
For further information about the RollFlex project, see www.rollflex.eu.
Photo: Center Jørgen Mads Clausen and left Associate Professor Morten Madsen.