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!

Faster trains in low-pressure tunnels

Very fast high speed rail suffers from severe air resistance. The hyperloop concept can be likened to high speed rail sent by pneumatic tube transport. A promising combination of relatively low cost, high speed and limited environmental impact makes the hyperloop a possible future fifth mode of transportation.  Pilot programs are being planned – and Sweden is one of...

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Towards the hydrogen economy

Replacing fossil fuels with hydrogen would eliminate the combustion emissions. Compared to current battery electric vehicles, hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles have longer driving range and can be refueled in less time. A hydrogen economy would require new infrastructure to handle storage and distribution, and an abundance of electricity generated from renewable sources. But in many countries, ambitions are...

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Liquid batteries

Demand for electricity fluctuates all the time, and power output has to be adjusted accordingly. With more renewable energy sources, the need for load balancing measures is increased even more. Grid energy storage would be one way to handle this, but with current battery technology, costs would be high. Liquid metal batteries, where electrodes made of cheap and abundant...

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Synthetic foods

Industrial livestock production is associated with considerable greenhouse gas emissions, and with other environmental issues such as nutrient pollution. Efficiency measures often collide with the interest of animal welfare. Meanwhile, there is a need to increase global food production, and the demand for meat is rising. A possible solution to the dilemma is offered by synthetic biology. Alternative sources...

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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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