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Many companies have adopted a proactive approach to the environment, with the aim of utilizing natural resources more efficiently and reducing the environmental impact of production processes, transportation and products. From green chemistry to nanotechnology, any number of fields present opportunities for dramatic environmental improvements.

New materials reshape the manufacturing industry

Throughout history, materials and advances in material technology have influenced humankind. Every shift, from the stone age to the age of plastic, has brought fundamental change: new possibilities, but sometimes new environmental challenges as well. New demands from industry are pushing the boundaries of applied materials science. The aircraft and car industries, for instance, are requiring that materials be...

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Renewable energy from cleaner seas

There are many secrets hidden beneath the surface of the sea. One of the creatures dwelling there is the ascidian – and Fredrik Norén, PhD and founder of the company Marin Biogas, has more knowledge about it than most people. ”Carl von Linné described the species in 1767. He called it Ascidia intestinalis; the species name, intestinalis, refers to...

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Internet of Things saves energy

”Me and my colleagues bring in experience from companies like Sony Mobile, Ericsson and Texas Instruments. Together, we have a lot of knowledge about the technologies of the mobile industry. We are now applying this knowledge of wireless communication to energy management”, says Mikael Lennström, CEO at SenseNode. Industry is responsible for a third of the global energy consumption,...

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Deep Green produces electricity from low velocity currents

Deep Green is an underwater-surfing kite, tethered to the bottom of the sea and equipped with an electrical generator. The kite follows an 8-shaped trajectory, moving faster than the water current, and produces electricity from low velocity tidal and ocean currents. Long-term ocean trials have been conducted for several years off Northern Ireland, and have demonstrated that the technology...

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Sustainable textile services

”Textilia supplies smart, green, and cost-efficient textile services to quality-conscious clients in health care, hotels, restaurants and the industry in the Nordic countries. This includes the everyday delivery of 100 tonnes of textiles all over the country, something that contributes to the vocational pride and dignity of many hard working people”, says Karin Lindmark, textile manager at Textilia. ”For a couple...

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The disappearing cement sack

”Sustainable packaging solutions are about the impact, both positive and negative, packaging and its contents have on people and the planet, today and tomorrow. To be truly innovative, we have to understand, measure and solve needs throughout the value chain of the packaging and the packed product. Recently, our D-Sack™ was awarded a prestigious innovation prize in sustainable development”,...

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Textile biogas reactors

Twenty-five years ago, textile company FOV Fabrics filed a patent for a unique silicone coated fabric for car airbags. Thin, low-weight and softer than alternatives, it reduced the risk of scratches and burns from the airbag inflation. Back then, the fabric was unmatched. Airbags are now standard equipment in vehicles, and the once ground-breaking innovation has been exposed to...

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Phosphorus revisited – New recycling technology

The ‘circular economy’ describes how to recycle, repair and fix what many consider ‘junk’ – which for others is a reusable asset. The ‘linear economy,’ its counterpart, is based on the extraction of raw materials, production in some form, their use and subsequent discarding in landfills. This latter model works as long as it is assumed that the earth’s...

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Waterless washing with fewer chemicals

Granuldisk is a dishwasher manufacturer with an unusual and challenging vision for future products. Its (Swedish) tagline – “No water, no chemicals and happy people,” illustrates a concept developed in the 1970s that revolutionized the industrial dishwashing industry worldwide. “Granuldisk was formed in 1987 around the continuous development and improvement of our patented technology. We still use water, but...

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Creative interplay between design and sustainability

  “When I started making furniture 10 years ago, lacquer and glue odors were overpowering. I wanted to make furniture differently – with high design standards focused on sustainable development,” says designer John Berhin, founder of Green Furniture Concept. “Sustainability is part of our core business. It makes sense,” says Berhin. “Sustainable products use less energy and material, and require...

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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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