Photo: European Inventor Award

DTU spin-out wins European award

Friday 10 Jun 16


Tue Johannessen, Chief Technology Officer at Amminex, 

Amminex wins European award for solution which combats air pollution. The award was presented at the European Inventor Award 2016 in Lisbon yesterday.

On Thursday, 9 June, the Danish team behind the DTU spin-out Amminex received the European Inventor Award 2016 in the category ‘Small and medium-sized enterprises’. The team received the award for inventing a ground-breaking solid-state ammonia solution which will reduce the air pollution from diesel engines. Behind Amminex is Tue Johannessen, Ulrich Quaade, Claus Hviid Christensen, and Jens Kehlet Nørskov.


“Naturally, we’re very pleased with the recognition which comes with this prize,” says Tue Johannessen, Technical Director of Amminex. 


“Due to its high efficiency, the diesel engine is an important part of an overall CO2 strategy, and an efficient emission solution like ours which works without compromising fuel economy is therefore an important element going forward.”


Refilling with ammonia
Amminex was founded in 2005. The company’s rapid growth has been reinforced by four successful investment rounds, and Amminex currently has an annual turnover of EUR 4.3 million. 

In the course of its short history, the about 50 employees in Amminex have overcome a number of technical challenges—not least having to build up a process and infrastructure that enable customers to refill their AdAmmine containers with ammonia after use. In 2010, Amminex began construction of its first large production facilities located in Nyborg, Denmark. 


The company recently landed a contract to upgrade 300 city buses in Copenhagen, and the technology is currently tested on city buses in London, Seoul, Beijing, and Shanghai. In addition, Amminex received financial support from EU Horizon 2020 to develop the new technology to a solution that combines ultra-low NOx emissions with high fuel efficiency.