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Our Bornholm Conference & Field Trips provides insight into numerous research and development projects on renewable-energy. The programme consists of presentations, panel & wrap up discussions and demo-visits, with many opportunities to network with peers within their Energy or City role, or those who have similar initiatives and needs.We know that the resources we base our society on are not inexhaustible. We know that we must change our way of living if we are to ensure a sustainable future for our children. We know that we must phase out our use of energy produced by oil and coal.

Bornholm’s vision is to create a CO2-neutral society based on renewable and sustainable energy by 2025. They have come a long way. For example, in the course of 2016, Bornholm’s local district heating and power generation under normal production conditions will be exclusively produced by wind, solar power and biomass.

Bornholm has 10 years to reach this goal. The new energy strategy outlines where efforts must be made to get them all the way over the finish line. New tools have also been developed. The energy strategy’s simulation model can measure the progress they make and how new technologies can be adapted to their energy system along the way. It is also a tool which can show how new projects can be adapted to the total energy system so production can be optimised – for the benefit of the consumers.

With the new energy strategy, Bornholm as a community can contribute with a demonstration of an energy system on a community scale for the benefit of other parts of the world who can use the Bornholm example.

Bornholm is one of the best places in the world for testing new renewable-energy technologies. Since 2011 the island of Bornholm, its own energy company Østkraft and numerous partners are collaborating pioneers in innovative research and development projects, involving solar cells, wind turbines, district heating, heat pumps, energy-efficient construction projects and the development of an intelligent electricity system – each of which aims to reduce carbon emissions.

The results and experiences of these projects receive attention from around the world. Bornholm provides an appropriate test case; it’s a closed system, yet it is representative of the rest of Denmark in terms of economy and demographics – and a reliable example for Europe.