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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.

An Energy-Efficient “Gas Pedal” for Electric Motors

Most of us don’t give a great deal of thought to the functioning of static frequency converters, known as “drives.” But for companies that manufacture electric motors — and for the much larger number of industrial users — these speed controllers are of crucial importance in saving energy and reducing operating costs. And it’s no exaggeration to say that drives are fueling a minor revolution in electric motor technology.

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Sustainable forklift batteries

Lithium-ion batteries are commonly used in consumer products and electric vehicles. The technology – maturing and becoming more competitive in price – is now becoming an option for more demanding applications as well. Alelion Energy Systems is a pioneer within Li-ion technology for forklifts, and the company – currently about to go public – is set to play a...

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Recycling is failure to reuse

Recycling is good – but if something is not broken, reuse is even better. That is the insight on which Off2off was founded. The company provides an intermediation service that connects surplusses to demands; things that would otherwise have been put in some storage and eventually discarded, are made visible and searchable by the cloud-based service set up by...

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Environmentally-friendly filters with bioplastic fibres

Dinair’s GreenFlo filter consists of over 50 percent PLA, which is a bioplastic fibre derived from renewable sources. It has a high filter effect and very low CO2 footprint compared to conventional fossil fibre filters. Well evaluated in operational environments, it has become the company’s most popular product. ”Millions of discarded air filters are burnt every year. Since this...

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

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