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.

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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Anti-skidding with volcanic materials

The use of road salt and other chemicals for de-icing in winter is extensive. In Canada, five million tons are used per year; in the United States 15 million tons and in Sweden, 0.25 million tons are used annually. “Road salt to melt snow and ice causes a number of problems,” says Oscar Lyttbacka, President of Eco Concept Earth. “Groundwater...

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A biogas revolution in the transport sector

In December 2014, Helsingborg opened a cold gas filling station for liquefied biogas (LBG) and compressed natural gas (CNG) to serve heavy trucks. These renewable gases are starting to compete with more traditional diesel fuel. A revolution has begun. Environmentally conscious shippers, trucking companies, truck manufacturers, and other companies are spearheading the development and distribution of liquid biogas. In...

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Internet of Things – an environmental management tool

“We have developed a system where 500 fuel gauges automatically send liquid level information to the cloud where it is retrieved by traffic planning for distribution by several hundred trucks in Sweden,” says Jens Johansson, project manager at Top Fuel. “A chemical and oil supplier that supplies the pulp industry with products can save 25-40 percent of the distribution...

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Europe’s first filling station for bio-jet fuel.

“The key to reducing the environmental impact of aviation is not to focus on carbon emission offsets but is instead to develop commercially viable biofuels,” says Peter Landmark, President of Karlstad Airport. “It is now entirely possible to eco-fly. In June 2014, we opened Europe’s first airport-based biofuel filling station and flew our first scheduled flight. By 2015, all...

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Corrugated packaging with an environmental profile

Corrugated cardboard is the most common material for transport packaging worldwide. Corrugated materials have good qualities, but can also create problems when moisture or purity requirements come into play. Wellplast AB, a company in Munka Ljungby (in Skåne, Sweden) has developed an eco-friendly packaging system that eliminates these problems of moisture and lack of cleanliness. The company recently won...

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Bio-based asphalt reduces climate impact

Nygatan in Stockholm became Sweden’s first asphalt-paved street in 1876. Since then, almost all of the capital’s streets have been asphalted, re-asphalted and repaired. Wear and tear like potholes cause numerous and costly problems. Now a Swedish innovation has made it possible to mitigate upkeep for longer lasting roads. The innovation is a bio-based asphalt that is also favorable...

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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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