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About the Novo Nordisk Foundation CO2 Research Center

The Novo Nordisk Foundation CO2 Research Center is a mission‐oriented center with the purpose to develop novel science for CO2 capture and CO2 conversions for storage or utilization to replace fossil carbon and fossil fuel‐intensive processes with sustainable, CO2‐based technologies.

The Novo Nordisk Foundation CO2 Research Center is based with its hub at Aarhus University and satellite institutions at the University of Copenhagen, Technical University of Denmark, Stanford University, Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) and Eberhard Karls University of Tuebingen.  

The ambition is to be recognized among the top three international science and technology centers for mitigating CO2‐based climate change.

The CO2 research center pursues distinctively collaborative approaches between the chemical and life sciences. The center connects university‐based research with open‐science platforms for innovation with industry partners. The activities focus on the full value chain and bringing together world‐leading research in capture technologies, chemical CO2 conversion, and life sciences CO2 conversion. Thereby, the center will strengthen Danish industry competitiveness and enhance the impact of the science developed.

The distinctive approach of this CO2 research center is to horizontally integrate chemical and life sciences to provide new integrative scalable technologies for CO2 capture coupled with conversions for storage and use, which are embedded in a robust systems analysis modeling with industrial and policy stakeholders The technical fields focus on capturing CO2 and converting the carbon to intermediate(s) (CO2‐to‐Cx) for non‐geological, non‐liquid CO2 storage and utilization. The technical approach is supported by advanced systems‐level modeling and simulations connecting scalable CO2 and carbon technologies with energy and other resource processes. Such integrated modeling will evaluate and recognize the national and global impact of research activities and provide the public, government, and industry with sophisticated, quantitative insights to enable insightful decision making and implementing such new technologies.  

The center will develop a comprehensive and inclusive outreach and education program targeting academia, industry, policy makers, journalists, and the public.