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Knud Erik Andersen

EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year Class of 2021, Denmark

Knud Erik Andersen, Co-Founder and CEO of European Energy

Danish entrepreneur Knud Erik Andersen is on a mission to power the world with renewable energy.

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Knud Erik Andersen

An early champion of green energy, Knud Erik Andersen started drawing plans for wind turbines as a student. Today, he is the CEO of European Energy, a leading Danish renewables firm that builds wind and solar farms across the world.

In 2004, Erik sold his second company and saw the potential to “define energy production in the future” by leading the transition to 100% renewable energy. He launched European Energy with two co-founders. Since then, the company has completed more than 100 wind and solar power projects in 11 countries across Europe as well as Brazil, Australia and the United States.

Today European Energy is building a multimillion-dollar solar power farm in southern Denmark. As the biggest installation of its kind in northern Europe, it will provide enough power to supply more than 75,000 households. Eager to inspire future generations of green energy champions, European Energy has donated a solar panel test site and helped to establish a PhD position with the Technical University of Denmark.