COWI North America Energy will be the name of the company which will ensure the COWI group a foothold in the promising market.
"The U.S. is among the most energy-consuming countries in the world, and the long-term potential for sustainable energy solutions and energy efficiency is enormous," says Senior Vice President Brian Seeberg Larsen, director of COWI's Industry and Energy Division.
"With the initiative, COWI wants to gain a foothold in the promising North American market as part of developing energy to become one of the group's growth areas. The initiative is part of our overall future strategy for COWI in North America."Focus on Northeastern U.S.
As Managing Director of the new subsidiary, COWI has appointed Vice President Jens Ole Hansen, who today is head of COWI's energy activities in Denmark. His task will be to develop customer relationships and build an organization within district heating and district cooling as well as wind energy, focusing on the northeastern U.S.
District heating is one of the core competencies in energy that Jens Ole Hansen will market in the U.S.
"District heating is a very effective way to distribute energy, but it is not widely used in North America. herein lies a great potential," Jens Ole Hansen says.
Long-term projectJens Ole Hansen describes the establishment in the U.S. as long-term.
"It's demanding to penetrate the U.S. market - it requires presence and perseverance. The task is initially to create a sustainable business over the coming years."
COWI North America Energy will be established in connection to another COWI U.S. company, Ocean and Coastal Consultants Inc. in Trumbull in the state of Connecticut, two hours' drive from New York.