Although we are proud that the model is known around the world, we would like to
spread it even further. Nothing is more evolving than new partners eager to experiment, innovate,
and sharing with us.



Kalundborg Symbiosis participates in a number of regional and international projects to spread circular approach to production.

And we're always looking for new partnerships.



The creation of a world leading biotech cluster on Zealand is the fundamental idea behind BIOPRO. BIOPRO contributes to research and innovation in Kalundborg Symbiosis.
There have been global biotech leaders in our region for many years, and by joining forces we intend to create a partnership that profits from already existing knowhow and creates new knowledge and growth.

The partnership stands on three cornerstones: industry, universities and a fertile regional business environment.

Industry aims at increased competitiveness and sustainability. This goal can be achieved by markedly increasing the ouput while at the same time reducing the use of resources. 

The universities will provide unique research with novel solutions and strong candidates and thereby contribute to a globally renowned research community.
Innovation that transform research and ideas into solutions for the biotech industry thereby supporting sustainability and competitiveness 

Region Zealand provides a business environment that not only hosts the strong industrial partners in BIOPRO but also a number of present and potential innovations in BIOPRO. Region Zealand plays an important role in establishing the background for biotech companies wanting to set up operations in the region.

Symbiosis Network Denmark

New symbiosis network will strengthen Denmark's leading position in sustainability. Behind the initiative are Kalundborg Symbiosis, the Centre for Logistics and Cooperation and Transition, which have worked intensively over the past year to bring together relevant actors working with symbioses around Denmark.

Symbiosis Network Denmark is a national network for public and private organisations, knowledge institutions, NGOs, associations and networks active in sustainable development, green transition and industrial symbiosis. By symbiosis we mean partnerships between two or more organisations, from the same or across sectors and geographies, where resources are shared, exchanged and provided for joint and increased value creation. By sustainability we mean long-term responsible use of resources, balanced with economic, environmental and social considerations.

Vision: "Symbiotic collaborations between companies, organisations and institutions from the private and public sectors are a natural and relevant part of the green transition and realise innovative circular projects and solutions"

Symbiosis Network Denmark will create a national symbiotic ecosystem where it is natural to collaborate across industries and geographies in Denmark. Together we create concrete results by implementing projects and initiatives that streamline resource use and minimize negative impact.

Mission: through activities and dialogue in a strong national network of public and private actors, we will build and share knowledge, experience and competences that support the diffusion and development of symbioses. Through close partnerships we support, develop and strengthen existing collaborations, as well as facilitate the establishment of new symbioses, with a circular approach to resource use and production. We work to actively contribute to the achievement of corporate, municipal, regional and national objectives in the fields of climate, sustainable development, green transition and investment, circular economy, innovation and job creation. We build bridges and act as the common institutional voice that creates the necessary breakthroughs in the system of relevant national rules and legislation

Symbiosis Network Denmark is in its infancy and is therefore also focusing on building a strong communication platform for the partnership. Through its LinkedIn group, newsletters and later also through the network's website, it will ensure communication of the network's work and results.


23/11 2021 - 31/8 2023


Erhvervshus Sjælland and Food and Bio Cluster Denmark


Kalundborg Symbiosis, Erhvervshus Sjælland, Knowledge Hub Zealand, Technological Institute, 21stBio, Sicca Danic, Nordic Sugar, Crispy Food, Ferm Hub Zealand, Buisness Lolland-Falster, Copenhagen School of Engineering, CORO Co-lab., Guldborgsund Municipality, RUC, Zealand, KU, AU, DTU, Absalon, Novozymes, Danish Biochemistry, Chr. Hansen



53.943.129 DKK


Biosolutions Zealand

Denmark must be a global beacon in biosolutions, supporting the sustainable biotechnologies of the future and the transition to more energy-efficient, bio-based and climate-neutral production worldwide. In doing so, Region Zealand is taking the lead in creating the optimal framework for developing, testing and scaling up biotechnology products and solutions that contribute to greening Denmark. The effort will ensure a skilled workforce, create jobs and economic growth, and help entrepreneurs and companies to get closer to the market and thus achieve higher profits.

The Biosolutions project includes a number of actions to ensure the development of biotechnologies and support the scaling up of new solutions, ideas and products to enable companies to convert to more sustainable ingredients or products and more energy-efficient processes. In addition, new training and other activities are being developed to attract and retain the brightest minds from home and abroad.

The project has four main tracks: investment activities, innovation collaborations, entrepreneurship and education. Through these main tracks, an additional large circle of partners is linked to the project.

Kalundborg Symbiosis is in the steering committee of the project and also participates in the innovation collaborations, where 11 innovation collaborations have received funding for the development of new techniques, products and equipment within biosolutions. 


21/04 2022 - 31/8 2023


Erhvervshus Sjælland, Knowledge Hub Zealand, Energy Cluster Denmark, DTU KemiTeknik, Kalundborg Symbiose, Ørsted Bioenergy & Thermal Power A/S, Dynelectro ApS, Nordphos ApS, Algiecel ApS, Unibio A/S, G2B Biosolution ApS


Kalundborg Utility, Kalundborg Refinery


Power-to-X (PtX) Cluster Zealand

PtX Cluster Zealand is an innovative collaboration between five high-tech SMEs that individually and together have great potential to address the challenge of making PtX more sustainable both economically and climate-wise. The project is led by Erhvervshus Sjælland, Knowledge Hub Zealand and Energy Cluster Denmark, each of which contributes to the realisation of the project and brings expertise in business development, project management, innovation, symbiosis and technology development. The project stands on the shoulders of the many years of experience gained with symbiosis cooperation in Kalundborg, and the project shows the way for how Denmark's largest industrial symbiosis in Kalundborg can be made 100% sustainable in the long term. The consortium behind the project consists of key players in business promotion, innovation promotion, SMEs and knowledge institutions as well as local organisations such as Kalundborg Utility, Ørsted etc. The core of the project is the conversion from sustainable electricity production to PtX fuels and the possibilities to use residues for food production, in addition the potential value of the project's commodity and energy flows are covered in the project and the need for new infrastructure (gas pipelines) regionally and inter-regionally.


01/01 2023 - 01/01 2026


EUR 2,845,916.60 


Ministry of Economy, Infrastructure, Tourism and Labour Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (DE), Corporation for Regional Participation and Climate Protection mbH (DE), Kalundborg Symbiose (DK), Kalundborg Municipality (DK), Podlaska Regional Development Foundation (PL), Lithuanian Innovation Centre (LT), Regional Council of Central Finland (FI), City of Jyväskylä (FI), Zemgale Planning Region (LV), Sustainable Business Hub Scandinavia AB (SE), Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of the Republic of Latvia (LV)


Energy and Climate Protection Agency of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern GmbH (LEKA-MV) (DE), Association of Towns and Municipalities of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern e.V. (STGT-MV) (DE), Region Zealand (DK), Gate 21 (DK), Marshall Office of the Voivodship Podlasie (PL), Alva Group Ltd (FI), Skane Region (SE), Neustrelitz Utility Company GmbH (DE), WIN -SSEC -Swedish Surplus Energy Collaboration (SE)


Co-elaboration of a transnational certification standard and of a tool-box to promote energy transition in green industrial areas (GIA)

To reduce both the Baltic Sea Region's emissions of CO2, and its dependency from oil and gas imports, industrial activities need to be decarbonized. To encourage and mobilize industry's investments in decentralized renewable energy production, smart energy management and full exploitation of energy sources in industrial processes public authorities need innovative solutions that reliably lead to an increase of energy efficiency and hence a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in industrial production processes. Industrial areas where different companies work in proximity to each other allow on one hand synergies accelerating return of investment. On the other hand, public authorities may actively encourage change through regulation, e.g., the planning of a green industrial area. As knowledge about available technological solutions especially involving smart tools is unevenly spread in the BSR, no transnational standard for the certification of such areas exists until today. The aim of the project is to make the first work for transnational standards.

Project partners aim to compile their expertise and knowledge in a tool-box for industrial areas to become smart and climate-neutral and a to establish transnational standard for the certification of green industrial areas aiming for climate-neutrality. Compendiums on green energy solutions, energy efficiency and derived synergies (symbiosis solutions) will be produced, and a certification standard tested. These outputs represent approaches that any public authority can apply to trigger investments and to frame their own instruments to accelerate the decarbonization of industrial activities while honoring frontrunners with a quality label. The standard for certification will be tested in pilots representing emerging, maturing and mature clusters and regions. To further support the input to the pilot action offered to Kalundborg/Region Zealand, screening of production industries will be performed by the KS secretariate staff to map a resource flow baseline and identify potential new synergies (symbiosis projects).


01/01 2023 - 31/12 2023


DKK 1,008,000.00


Kalundborg Symbiosis (DK), The Danish General Consulate in Silicon Valley (DK), Oregon State University (US), Viegand Maagøe (DK), The City of Portland (US)


Danish Chamber of Commerce (DK), State of Green (DK), Novo Nordisk, Clayton, North Carolina (US), Portland Business Alliance (US), California Energy Commission (US), Washington State Department of Commerce, Secretariat for Economic Development (US), Energy and International Relations of the State of Rio de Janeiro (SEDEERI) (BR), Association of Companies in the Industrial District of Santa Cruz (AEDIN) (BR)

Systemic approach to Clean Industry

The purpose of the project is to contribute to sustainable growth and green transition within current and future industrial production. This will be done through onboarding and training of local and regional stakeholders to become facilitators of industrial symbiosis with the knowledge and capacity to perform screening of production activities and resource balance. Furthermore, they will become local capacities in identifying potential synergies within and between production sites, linking technologies and partnership models to current and future green business models. This generates a potential for system export of the symbiosis business model, linking a wide range of know-how, technologies and products from Danish companies and Danish export to the US and potential transit countries. Policy work will support the effort. The project represents a strong public-private partnership between Danish and US partners. Stakeholders interested in participating and following the project are connected to the project as associated partners. These stakeholders come from US, Denmark, or other parts of America.