Originally founded to carry out research on atomic energy, Risø developed a more general energy focus and its nuclear research facilities were mothballed as nuclear power was given lower priority by successive governments. It will now concentrate on other energy technologies such as fuel cells, wind and wave energy.

"This marks a new era for Risø," said Jørgen Kjems, the laboratory's managing director. "We can now focus fully on research in new, sustainable energy technologies. This means that Denmark can play a progressive roll in meeting the Kyoto agreement to ensure a better global environment."