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.

Tough times for bedbugs

During school biology classes, one learns that parasites get their nutrients from another living organism – a host – without killing it. In most cases the host survives but the parasite can cause a lot of discomfort. A predator on the other hand quickly kills its victim. Bedbugs (Cimex lectularius) are on the borderline between being a true parasite...

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Steel for clean air compressors

Compressor valves are important compressor components. They are found in automotive air conditioning systems and in household refrigerators, for example, i.e., devices that convert heat to cold. Consisting of a hardened steel spring, these valves are subject to very high cyclic loads as they open and close. Small and thin, these valves have a frequency of between 60 strokes...

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Reaching, and keeping ‘The Waren effect’

    “In the world of sawmills, the Waren effect has been shown to provide up to 25 percent reduction in energy use in dryer boiler circuits. We have achieved similar savings in boiler plants, power plants and in flue-gas condensation plants,” says Anders Larsson, CEO of tech company Waren International AB. “It is important to achieve the Waren...

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Innovative shower saves water and energy

A regular shower should only take five minutes. Not counting teenage use, showering can use up to 70 liters of water. Water consumption for personal hygiene is extremely high in Europe averaging 160 liters per person per day. Increased prosperity and urbanization creates significant challenges in terms of water usage and sustainable development. Mehrdad Mahdjoubi, a young entrepreneur, created...

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Wood construction on the rise

Building small wooden houses – churches and homes – is a long-standing tradition in Sweden dating back several hundred years. But multi-storey wooden structures have not been so common. In North America, 80 to 90 percent of all multi-storey buildings are constructed of wood and can have up to seven floors. One reason for the difference is that Sweden...

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


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