BUILDINGS

The amount of energy used in the lifetime of a building depends largely on construction methods and materials. The property sector accounts for around 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in Sweden, and there is significant room for innovation in the building sector.

Breakthrough technology for fluorescent lighting

Lighting costs for companies can be substantial. They may include shedding light on facilities like parking garages, warehouses, factories, stations, airports, greenhouses, or other premises where the lamps are lit most of the day. “Energy prices are rising, environmental awareness is increasing and there are many companies looking for smart lighting solutions to save money and reduce their carbon...

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Sustainability is an easy choice

“Sustainability is important for Åhlens. We want to contribute to a better society and lessen our impact on people, animals and nature,” says Anita Falkenek, sustainability manager at Åhlens, a leading department store chain in Sweden and Norway. “The new Åhlens On the Road strategy makes sustainability one of five main aspects of a new business model with updated...

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Sustainable polymers with great potential

Venture Cup is a competition that aims to stimulate new business ideas. In the Environment & Energy class, research company Cyclicor took home first prize in the regional finals in southern Sweden in 2013. The company’s mission is to develop environmentally friendly polycarbonate and polyurethane resins. Cyclicor was founded by Lund researchers Kristofer Cook and Sang-Hyun Pyo. “Along with...

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Natural cycle purifies wastewater

There are lots of drains that are not connected to municipal wastewater treatment plants. Only in Sweden, there are 700,000 private wastewater drains, of which 60 percent are for homes and vacation cabins. Many of the cabins are located near waterways and lack water purification or have malfunctioning treatment systems. This contributes to the eutrophication of lakes and seas....

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Pure water from dirty snow

Snow can actually be considered waste. What we think about is of course not the white fresh snow that had fallen in the mountains without snow soiled in urban environments, and which must be disposed of in an environmentally sound manner. Snow falling on the streets and squares become contaminated by road salt , oils, heavy metals and other...

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Monitoring system to prevent dam accidents

Access to water is essential for human life and the need to control the water infrastructure has always existed. Different types of dams have been built to control water flow in rivers and other waterways. However, it was not until the early 1800’s that dam construction was developed into a science. The conditions for this were increased knowledge of...

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Good indoor climate is not noticeable

There are many spectacular buildings in Beijing, China. CCTV Tower and Grand Millenium Hotel is one of these and also the common denominator that the Swedish company AB C.A. Östberg has provided technology that provides energy-efficient ventilation and a good indoor climate. Östberg’s headquarters is also in the Avesta and the road to Beijing might seem long. “Since the...

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New life for old environmental techniques

“Our business is based on mastering the challenges and to take advantage of the Stirling engine to produce electricity,” says Magnus Lindvall, at Cleanergy’s offices in Beijing, China. “The plan is to set up solar power plants where the Stirling engine generates electricity, but our product portfolio also includes Stirling engines that run on natural gas. The latter is...

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Reduced energy loss with insulated culverts

Under the ground where you live, there is probably a kilometre-long culvert system. A central energy plant, for example, provides a full property portfolio with hot water to the various buildings. Transported in pipes that are located in a system of culverts, older systems are often poorly insulated with significant energy losses. Before the 1970s, these pipes were often...

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Sustainable Cities

Urbanization is a trend that is becoming more prevailing. This places high demands on buildings today for us not to have durability problems in the future. The Hammarby Sjöstad och Norra Djurgårdsstaden development projects in Stockholm are at the cutting edge. Here are garbage systems that include everything from systems to suck up garbage, electric recharging stations, smart grids...

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The Swedish project Advantage Environment provides information about existing and future products designed to reduce environmental impacts.

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