Centre for Arctic Technology – ARTEK –is an education and research institution in Sisimiut affiliated with the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). The Centre has existed since 2000 and has educated arctic engineers since 2001. In addition to educational work, the Centre carries out research in the field of arctic technology and takes part in a number of national and international collaborations.
Research is centered on the development of new technology adapted to the arctic region. Special focus is placed on the areas ‘Building and Construction’, ‘Infrastructure and its importance for the society’, ‘Production of Energy’ and ‘Environment and Minerals’.
Projects form ARTEK focusses on sustainability and include among others:
- To understand the impact of a changing climate on construction and developing technologies that ensures good living conditions and a healthy indoor climate in Greenlandic houses.
- To use and benefit from resources, that are easily accessible such as sun, wind and hydropower thus reducing greenhouse gas emissions and limiting the dependence on imported oil.
- To ensure water supply in arctic island-communities.
- To develop solutions for foundation in permafrost, that ensures buildings and construction against a changing climate.
- To use residual products such as resources to e.g. bioenergy and construction materials to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The aim is to expand research beyond Greenlandic borders and to contribute to the development of new technologies that benefit the entire arctic region.
Through the Pool for Renewable Energy and Climate (linkes til VEK-puljen (siden kommer senere)) has the Greenlandic Government funded several of ARTEK’s projects. You can read more about ARTEK’s work and about the Engineering Education in Arctic Technology here.
You can also find more information about DTUs work with arctic technology through the Centre for Polar Activities here.