TRANSPORTATION

Transportation causes significant environmental impacts – not least in the form of carbon dioxide emissions – but the development of improved vehicles, components and fuels is moving ahead quickly. Impacts can be moderated by everything from energy-optimized driving habits to hybrid engine technology and even ambitious proposals for far-reaching infrastructure upgrades.

Hybrid aircraft tractors

Aircraft tractors are often in the shadows of the many times larger vessels they are towing. Still, the work they do is necessary for airport procedures to function. Kalmar Motor, one of the world’s leading manufacturers, has now developed a range of electric and hybrid tractors able to move aircraft of all sizes. ”Our company, Kalmar Motor, was hived off...

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Microalgae make use of flue gas and waste water

At the end of 2015, the first results from the unique project Bäckhammars Algbruk (Bäckhammar’s Algae Factory), run by SP, were presented. ”For the last three years, we have used waste from Bäckhammar’s pulp and paper mill to produce biomass at the test bed. The aim has been to make use of excess resources to produce algae biomass in...

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Climate clever with Volvo Twin Engine

Volvo Cars was the first carmaker to develop and produce a diesel-based plug-in hybrid powertrain with the launch of the V60 D6 Twin Engine in 2012. The new model V60 D5 Twin Engine, unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 2015, is receiving a lot of attention. ”The Twin Engine technology with both diesel and electric engines quickly proved...

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Tall oil in the tank

There is a global quest for the vehicle fuels of the future. Oil prices are fluctuating, and with growing concern over the climate effects of fossil fuels, the search is on for products with lower carbon dioxide emissions. Biogas, electricity and ethanol are the commercialized alternatives. Now, Swedish consumers can choose diesel and gasoline containing tall oil, a renewable...

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Swedish CleanTech is making India greener

Swedish solutions in environmental technology, such as waste management systems, is arousing the interest of many countries. Besides the practical issues such as waste collection and treatment, it is a matter of looking at waste as a resource. Waste can be used for energy production, materials recycling, and sometimes to extract fertilizer. There is also a wide-spread interest in...

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Thin-walled castings reduce aviation’s impact on climate

The combustion of aviation fuels releases carbon dioxide. Emissions are easily calculated, since they are correlated to fuel consumption. The impact on the climate is the same regardless of where and at which altitude the emissions are released. Currently, aviation represents two percent of  global carbon dioxide emissions, but according to the IPCC the share may reach three percent...

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Producing zero-emission electricity

“We want to build a society independent of fossil fuels,” says Rolf Hasselström, President and CEO of Opcon AB. “Our goal is products and systems that combine minimal environmental impact with optimum performance, reliability and long life.” “Today, a very small percentage of waste heat is recovered for energy production. We see a great potential for our waste heat-to-electricity...

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Stockholm’s ‘super’ charged ferry

Echandia Marine has developed an electric-powered passenger ferry that now operates in Stockholm. The boat ‘super’ charges its batteries while docked.  The fog has lifted over Riddarfjärden, and the sun is shining down on the E/S Movitz’ 23 meter- long green and white hull, resting quietly in her mooring. On the dock next to the ship is a large reel mounted with a rolled-up heavy-duty charging cable. Like a discrete maritime signal, the cable reel...

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Garbage truck halves fuel consumption

Hydraulic technologies play an increasingly important role in our lives. Ranked per capita, Sweden is one of the leading users of such technology for industrial applications. For most people, the excavator or backhoe is the epitome of hydraulic technology that transforms diesel power into propulsion and excavation muscle. Modern hydraulics are also used in forestry machinery, trucks, brake systems, aircraft,...

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Filling up the fuel cells

“The eight largest car manufacturers invest extensively in hydrogen-based fuel-cell vehicles, where the electricity is produced in fuel cells. We are convinced that environmentally friendly production of hydrogen from renewable electricity is the start of a rapidly growing market for zero-emission cars,” says Roger Andersson, business developer AGA Gas AB, Clean Energy division. Vehicles but no infrastructure Hyundai, Toyota...

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