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!

Pump power stores energy

Wind power and other renewable energy sources will replace current European coal-fired plants. The new energy sources may be green, but they also contribute to a more volatile energy production. Wind and solar power are not as easy to regulate as coal and nuclear power plants. This means that effective regulation systems are becoming increasingly important. As demand for...

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Lab-grown meat is more eco friendly

Meat production accounts for 18 percent of global emissions of greenhouse gases. The majority of these emissions come from deforestation to make way for pasture. Swedish meat production emits significantly less greenhouse gases than their international counterparts. But meat production is and will remain a part of the climate challenge. Meat grown in the laboratory can reduce emissions. ‘Meating’...

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Liquid natural gas reduces shipping emissions

International shipping is a major source of sulfur, nitrogen oxide and carbon dioxide emissions. Replacing conventional shipping fuel with liquefied natural gas, LNG, makes it possible to greatly reduce the environmental impact of shipping. The international shipping industry now accounts for about 4 percent of annual global emissions of sulfur, 7 percent of emissions of nitrogen oxide and less than...

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Energy storage with flywheel technology

To store energy is necessary for both the power grid and the future of electric cars. The regulation of renewable energy As energy sources with unequal power are increasingly exploited, such as wind power, the need for regulating this power becomes increasingly important. The fact that wind power is dependent on wind conditions means there are sometimes surpluses and...

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Carbon-neutral gas

The transport sector accounts for 13 percent of the global emissions of greenhouse gases. In Sweden, domestic transport accounts for more than 30 percent of the country’s emissions. This makes the search for environmentally friendly fuels a priority. Fuel from atmospheric carbon dioxide There are a number of research projects seeking to exploit man-made and carbon-neutral fuels from the carbon dioxide...

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Fusion harnesses the sun’s power

Every second, the sun produces more energy than the earth uses in years. It is not surprising then that researchers have long dreamed of harnessing the enormous potential of solar energy. What’s happening 150 million kilometers away from us? Answer: Fusion. Small atomic nuclei fuse together to form larger ones, and heat is created in the process. More specifically, two...

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Industrialization at home. Rise of the 3D printer

Socio-economic development is often described as a journey from an agricultural-based economy through industrialization to a service society. There is some truth to this: around the previous turn of the century a clear majority of Swedes worked in agriculture. Today, only a small percentage of Swedes work with agriculture, which was a growing industry up until 1960. Today, the...

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More Shipping, Less Impact

International shipping is a crucial part of the world’s economic circulatory system, accounting for more than 80 percent of global freight transportation. While shipping remains the most energy-efficient means of transporting large quantities of goods, the sector has serious environmental problems to tackle. Maritime transport accounts for 3 percent of global carbon emissions, and those are expected to double...

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Generation shift in nuclear power

In 1932, the English physicist James Chadwick discovered the neutron, a particle in the atomic nucleus that lacks an electrical charge. In combination with other research into the relationship between mass and energy, this discovery laid the theoretical foundations for nuclear power. In simple terms the latter could be described as the splitting of large atoms, usually uranium, through...

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Tomorrow’s planes run on algae

Just over two per cent of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions come from the aviation industry. Intensive efforts are currently being made to reduce that proportion. Research into eco-friendly biofuels is a cornerstone of these efforts. The most common fuel in commercial jet aircraft is Jet A1. It’s similar to everyday diesel fuel but is adapted to cope with...

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