The Future

For years, environmental thinking has been an integrated element of the business concept at some of the the world's most successful companies. Advantage Environment covers products and services offered by forward-thinking Swedish companies that recognize the value of sustainability for corporate image, employee loyalty and – not least – the bottom line. Most of the articles on the site look at existing solutions available on the market today, but in this section we allow ourselves to pull back the curtain and look toward tomorrow's breakthroughs. Welcome!

Better Batteries, Supercharging Makes Electric Vehicles Appealing

Electric mobility provides opportunity to reduce carbon emissions to the level of the power production itself. The rate of vehicle electrification depends on the performance of batteries, their price level, and how convenient the charging is. Now, battery development and faster charging is improving the outlook. While electronics are improving at exponential rates – as described by the famous...

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New Materials Shape the Future

Be it high strength steels and knitted metal, or more futuristic aerogels, metal foam and amorphous metal, new materials are turned into products with better properties and  reduced weight. This cuts transport emissions. Meanwhile, improved process efficiency is reducing the footprint of bulk production. A lot of our energy use comes from moving things around, often things made out...

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Drones Open New Transportation Routes

The last leg of the distribution chain is one of the most severe polluters in transportation today. Unmanned aerial vehicles might reduce emissions, by providing an alternative route of delivery in urban settings as well as a short-cut to infrastructure for developing regions. Transportation is a sector heavily reliant on fossil fuels, making its carbon dioxide emissions second only...

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Grid Energy Storage

A major increase in the power production from renewable sources will emphasize the need for load balancing measures. Adding buffers of energy storage within the grid might allow for renewables to increase their share beyond what would otherwise be practical. A wide range of various storage methods is on the table, and thanks to recent progress in batteries and...

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Super material with environmental potential

Graphene is harder than diamonds and stronger than steel. It is the thinnest material on Earth. As if this were not enough, the material is flexible, lightweight, translucent, dissipates heat and conducts electricity 200 times faster than silicon. Researchers and industry are now talking about a new super material. Ideas for using graphene for environmental benefits are multiple. During...

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Future energy from the skies

Environmental energy companies have higher and higher goals. From inflatable large-scale wind turbines in the air to small for gliders that are connected to generators at the ground – several efforts at airborne energy solutions are winning the trust of investors. We on Earth have the potential to harness the renewable energy above us. A problem with wind power...

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Energy Harvesting – recycling waste energy

Energy Harvesting involves utilizing low-grade energy that would otherwise go to waste, mainly to power electronics with low power requirements. It provides an environmental benefit by doing more useful work with the energy we already produce. There are many applications where it is advantageous to not have batteries or wiring – everything from ground sensors to body implants. Innovations...

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More efficient use of resources in agriculture

Precision agriculture is about efficient utilization of resources adapted to local conditions in growing fields. With modern technology, one can at a geographical level of precision collect and coordinate detailed information on environmental factors and nutritional status. This information makes it possible for farmers to make informed decisions, which saves resources and reduces nutrient leaching. Precision agriculture is a...

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Lightweight materials permit smarter transport

The transport sector accounts for a significant environmental impact, both when it comes to greenhouse gases and the release of substances such as sulphur. At the same time, the need for efficient transport in an increasingly globalized world has never been bigger. Fortunately, there are technologies that can significantly reduce the transport sector’s environmental impact. New lightweight materials have...

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The future of fish farming

Seafood is an important part of global food production, but also a resource that has long been treated negligently. Catches from the sea, lakes and rivers have levelled off, while fish and shellfish farming has become more expansive. In the future, we need more aquaculture – but with less environmental impact. Cultivation in closed ecosystems can eliminate leaching of...

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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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