News: Transport related to Chalmers University of TechnologyWed, 06 Jul 2022 09:08:33 +0200 tool could lead to fewer fatal truck accidents<p><b>​Each year, heavy trucks are involved in over 40,000 traffic accidents in Europe. And compared to other collisions, truck accidents are three times more common to end in fatalities. “If we want to achieve the Vision Zero - no more traffic deaths - we need to address the over-representation of heavy goods vehicles in fatal crashes. With this framework, we can contribute to developers and society at large by getting better safety systems on the market and thereby reduce the number of collisions and injuries in the future,” says Ron Schindler. By analyzing data from truck collisions throughout Europe, he and his colleagues have developed a framework for developing better truck safety systems. </b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">Each year, more than 1.1 million road crashes occur in Europe. Of these, 23,000 have a fatal outcome. And despite the fact that heavy trucks are involved in only about four percent of these crashes, their share in fatal crashes is three times higher. With his dissertation<a href=""> &quot;A holistic safety benefit assessment framework for heavy goods vehicles&quot;​</a>, Ron Schindler, PhD student in the Crash Analysis and Prevention group at the division for Vehicle Safety at Chalmers, wants to find a way to increase road safety for heavy trucks. The result is a newly developed framework designed to better evaluate safety systems introduced for truck traffic.<br /><br /></span><div><strong>“If we want to achieve the Vision Zero</strong> - no more traffic deaths - we need to address the over-representation of heavy goods vehicles in fatal crashes. With this framework, we can contribute to developers and society at large by getting better safety systems on the market and thereby reduce the number of collisions and injuries in the future,” says Ron Schindler.<br /></div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Unique analysis of European truck collision data and driver behaviour</h2> <div><span style="background-color:initial">T</span><span style="background-color:initial">o increase traffic safety, we need to implement both active and passive safety systems. Seat belts and airbags are examples of two passive safety systems, i.e. systems that are activated when the collision has already taken place. In recent years, there has been an increasing focus on the development of active safety systems that are activated before the crash takes place, such as automatic braking systems. Before introducing new safety systems on the market, it is important that they are evaluated in an effective way, to ensure that only the best ones are used in traffic. Until now, a large part of the research in road safety has focused on passenger cars, and no effective ways of evaluating safety systems have been available. <br /></span><br /></div> <div><strong>“A lot of research has so far focused on cars</strong>, but they are completely different from heavy goods vehicles. The vehicle design itself looks completely different and, also, those who drive the different vehicles do so under very different circumstances. So, we cannot just use all the work and research that has been invested into passenger car drivers, but we needed to work with data related to heavy goods vehicles,” explains Ron. <br /><br /></div> <div>When evaluating safety systems, virtual simulations based on driver behavior models are used. However, these models are based on drivers in passenger cars and information on how truck drivers behave in critical situations has not been available. To create an effective framework, Ron and his research colleagues have therefore analyzed data from truck collisions from all over Europe.<br /><br /></div> <div>“<strong>We needed to collect data on typical crash patterns</strong> that involved heavy goods vehicles from various European crash databases. We have also collected and analyzed detailed driver behavior data from a test track experiment and developed a new methodology to create synthetic populations of drivers,” explains Ron. </div> <div>The result is a unique framework that aims to provide manufacturers and system developers with a tool to understand how well a newly designed safety system would work in real truck traffic.<br /></div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Paves the way for increased truck safety</h2> <div>In the study results, Ron and his research colleagues were able to see how the behavior of truck drivers changed in situations where so-called vulnerable road users - pedestrians and cyclists - were present. The research group could identify differences both in the trucks’ movement patterns as well as in the truck drivers gaze behavior when a vulnerable road user was nearby. The results have implications for new regulations and system evaluation strategies (such as done by Euro NCAP for example), and may not only be used when designing frameworks that evaluates safety systems, but can also inform the design of new safety systems for truck traffic in the future.<br /><br /></div> <div><strong>“If we can identify the driver's behavior </strong>change when a cyclist is present, we can suppress a warning to not &quot;disturb&quot; the driver. If a cyclist is present, but the driver behaves instead in a way that is normal for when no cyclist is present, a warning could be triggered as it is likely that the driver has not noticed the cyclist and that there is an imminent danger for a conflict or collision,” says Ron.<br /><br /></div> <div>Read more about the research project <a href="">A Holistic Safety Benefit Assessment Framework for Heavy Goods Vehicles</a></div> <div><br /></div> <strong> </strong><div><strong>Contact info: </strong></div> <div>Ron Schindler, PhD student in the Crash Analysis and Prevention group at the division for Vehicle Safety at Chalmers at the department of Mechanics and Maritime sciences, Chalmers. </div> <div>+46-31-7721536 </div> <div></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Text: Lovisa Håkansson</div>Fri, 01 Jul 2022 00:00:00 +0200 recycling turns mixed waste into premium plastics with no climate impact<p><b>​Only a fraction of the material that could be turned into new plastic is currently recycled. Researchers at Chalmers have now demonstrated how the carbon atoms in mixed waste can replace all fossil raw materials in the production of new plastic. The recycling method is inspired by the natural carbon cycle and could eliminate the climate impact of plastic materials, or even clean the air of carbon dioxide.</b></p><strong>​</strong><img src="/sv/institutioner/see/nyheter/PublishingImages/HenrikThunman_191004_091.jpg" alt="Henrik Thunman" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" style="margin:5px" /><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>“There are enough carbon</strong> atoms in waste to meet the needs of all global plastic production. Using these atoms, we can decouple new plastic products from the supply of virgin fossil raw materials. If the process is powered by renewable energy, we also get plastic products with more than 95% lower climate impact than those produced today, which effectively means negative emissions for the entire system,” says Henrik Thunman, Professor of Energy Technology at Chalmers University of Technology and one of the authors of the study published in the Journal of Cleaner Production. </span><div><br /><span style="background-color:initial"></span><div>To achieve circular cycles, we need to make better use of the resources already in use in society. Henrik Thunman and his research team want to focus on an important resource that often goes up in smoke today: the carbon atoms in our waste, which are currently incinerated or end up in landfills instead of being recycled. This is made possible with technologies targeting the carbon contained in plastic, paper and wood wastes, with or without food residues, to create a raw material for the production of plastics with the same variety and quality as those currently produced from fossil raw materials. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Just like nature </strong></div> <div>Current plastic recycling methods are able to replace no more than 15-20% of the fossil raw material needed to meet society’s demand for plastic. The advanced methods proposed by the researchers are based on thermochemical technologies and involve the waste being heated to 600-800 degrees Celsius. The waste then turns into a gas, which after the addition of hydrogen can replace the building blocks of plastics. Using this recycling method could decouple new plastic products from the supply of new fossil raw materials.</div> <div>The researchers behind the study are developing a thermochemical recycling method that produces a gas which then can be used as a raw material in the same factories in which plastic products are currently being made from fossil oil or gas. Different types of waste, such as old plastic products and paper cups, with or without food residues, are put into the reactors at the Chalmers Power Central.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“The key to more extensive recycling is to look at residual waste in a whole new way: as a raw material full of useful carbon atoms. The waste then acquires value, and you can create economic structures to collect and use the material as a raw material worldwide,” says Henrik Thunman. </div> <div>The principle of the process is inspired by the natural carbon cycle. Plants are broken down into carbon dioxide when they wither, and carbon dioxide, using the sun as an energy source and photosynthesis, then creates new plants. </div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">“H</span><span style="background-color:initial">owever, our technology differs from the way it works in nature because we don’t have to take the detour via the atmosphere to circulate the carbon in the form of carbon dioxide. All the carbon atoms we need for our plastic production can be found in our waste, and can be recycled using heat and electricity,” says Henrik Thunman. </span><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>The researchers’ calculations show that the energy to power such processes can be taken from renewable sources such as solar, wind, hydro power or biomass​, and they will be more energy-efficient than the systems in use today. It is also possible to extract excess heat from recycling processes, which in a circular system would compensate for the heat production currently derived from waste incineration, while eliminating the carbon dioxide emissions associated with energy recovery. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Can replace fossil raw materials</strong></div> <div>The research has been carried out as part of the FUTNERC* project. The researchers have proven that the process can work in collaboration with plastics manufacturer Borealis in Stenungsund, Sweden, where they have verified the results and shown that the raw material can be used to make plastic, replacing the fossil raw materials used today. </div> <div>“Our goal is to create a circular economy for plastics. Our plastic products are key to the transformation to a sustainable society, so it’s important for us to support research like this. We already have projects that create circularity for our plastic products, but more solutions are needed. Therefore, we are pleased with these excellent results, which can help bring us a step closer to our goal,” says Anders Fröberg, CEO of Borealis AB.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The study <a href="">Co-recycling of natural and synthetic carbon materials for a sustainable circular economy</a> was published in the Journal of Cleaner Production and was written by Isabel Cañete Vela, Teresa Berdugo Vilches, Göran Berndes, Filip Johnsson, and Henrik Thunman.    </div> <div>The researchers are active at Chalmers University of Technology.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Watch the film about the recycling project:</strong></div> <div>Short version, 3 minutes: <a href="" style="outline:0px"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />100% Recycling of any waste​</a></div> <div>Long version, 30 minutes: <a href="" style="outline:0px"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Waste – from a problem to a valuable feedstock</a><span style="background-color:initial"> </span><span style="background-color:initial"> </span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>FUTNERC</strong></div> <div>A five-year research project funded half by the Swedish Energy Agency and 25% each by Borealis and Preem. The Futnerc project aims to accelerate the transformation of the chemical industry to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions from refineries and chemical plants by 2050.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Contact: </strong></div> <div>Henrik Thunman, Professor of Energy Technology, Department of Space, Earth and Environment, Chalmers University of Technology,   +46 31 772 14 51, <a href=""></a> </div> <div>Isabel Cañete Vela, PhD-student, Department of Space, Earth and Environment, Chalmers University of Technology, +46 31 772 30 18,  <a href=""></a> </div> <span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div>Thu, 30 Jun 2022 07:00:00 +0200 maintenance robot paves the way for societal benefits<p><b>​Autonomous robots that detect and repair damages on railway tracks may soon become a reality. Now, a Chalmers-developed maintenance robot is the first of its kind in Europe to be tested on a real railway. The innovation is expected to lead to major savings for society as well as increased safety and accessibility in train traffic.</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">Inspection and maintenance of railway tracks causes major delays and stops in Swedish train traffic every year, entailing consequences for travelers and great costs for society. <br /><br /></span><div><strong>But now, researchers at Chalmers University of Technology</strong> have developed an innovation that might remedy the problem. The solution is an autonomous railway robot that is able to make regular inspections of the railway tracks and not only detect damages that have already occurred but also predict where maintenance needs will occur in the near future - with major societal benefits as a result.<br /><br /></div> <div>&quot;Today, damages on tracks are often taken care of only after they’ve occurred and it’s expensive for society to close off tracks for longer time periods. Using this robot, we’re able to quickly detect and fix problems before an accident or derailment occurs, while increasing the accessibility for travelers and freight traffic and saving money for society. In addition, it increases the safety for those working with railway maintenance,” says Krister Wolff, Associate Professor at the Division for Vehicle Engineering and Autonomous Systems at Chalmers and project manager for the development of the railway robot.<br /></div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Unique test on a real railway</h2> <div>At the beginning of June, the robot was tested for the first time on a real railway. The test was carried out on a 1.7 kilometer long railway section in Tortuna outside Västerås. The researchers had previously rigged a fabricated &quot;damage&quot; to the rails - a 6 millimeter thick plate - which they hoped the railway robot would be able to detect. Equipped with cameras, 3D lidar, GPS and a so-called accelerometer - a sensor that can detect any movements in height - the challenge for the robot was to detect the damage, stop and send information about exactly where the damage is and at what time it was discovered. The test was a success and can now be seen as the first of its kind in Sweden and Europe. You can <a href="">watch a film from the test here. </a></div> <div><br /></div> <div>“There are some similar railway robot projects in the world, but not with the same holistic approach as this. In Sweden, it’s definitely the first time an autonomous robot has been tested on real railways and it’s probably also the first one in Europe,” says Krister Wolff.<br /></div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Part of major railway research investment in European</h2> <div>The project is funded by the Swedish Transport Administration and is part of the EU project IN2SMART2 focusing on railway research coordinated by the British Network Rail. The robot development project itself is project-led and carried out at Chalmers and was initiated in 2020 when project manager Krister Wolff began converting a conventional railway vehicle into an autonomous robot.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>By feeding it with great amounts of training data</strong>, the robot can currently recognize and make the right decision based on what it encounters in its surroundings. This means that, for example, it slows down when encountering other trains and when passing road crossings, and it’s able to reads signs and signals at the track. So far it is not yet self-learning, but the long-term ambition is to make it able to not only predict or detect damage and send information about the need for maintenance, but also with the assistance of drones, for example, be able to carry out simpler maintenance on the tracks.<br /><br /></div> <div>“Let’s say that a train needs to make a sharp deceleration and the train driver suspects that it caused damage to the rails. The train driver may then signal to get a robot sent out to make a quick damage assessment and perhaps even fix the damage on the spot,” says Krister Wolff.<br /><br /></div> <div><strong>Contact</strong>: Krister Wolff, Associate Professor at the Division for Vehicle Engineering and Autonomous Systems at the Department of Mechanics and Maritime Sciences at Chalmers University of Technology and project manager for the robot development project.</div> <div><strong>Tel</strong>: +46-31-7723625</div> <div><strong>Email</strong>:<br /><br /></div> <div>Text: Lovisa Håkansson</div> ​Thu, 30 Jun 2022 00:00:00 +0200 much I spend as a Chalmers student<p><b>​Are you on your way to Chalmers soon and don’t know how to do your budget? Here is what to expect!</b></p><b><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/costofliving-banner.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />​</b><div><span style="background-color:initial"><b><br /></b></span></div> <div><b></b><span style="background-color:initial"><b>Accommodation</b></span><div>The rent is taking the most part of the expenditure during a month, and it varies depending on the size, the neighbourhood, type of housing, etc. One of the cheapest and safest options is to have a contract with SGS or Chalmers studentbostäder, two housing companies related to Chalmers, which provide a decent and quite cheap apartment. With them, you can apply for an apartment varying from 3000 – 5000 sek/month. If you do not have the possibility to have a contract with those two agencies, you can also look through Airbnb to find a room or within Facebook groups like “Housing, Rooms, Apartments, Sublets/ Bostad Göteborg Gothenburg Goteborg” or “Accommodation For Students In Gothenburg!” in Gothenburg but be careful of the scams!</div> <div><br /></div> <div><b>Groceries and food</b></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/costofliving-picture_3.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />A good way to reduce the expenses on groceries is to buy food at local markets that offer lower prices for the same quality compared to a big grocery shop. One quite close to Chalmers is situated at Kapellplatsen where they offer fresh fruits and vegetables all year round. Otherwise, Willy’s and Lidl are great options with a variety of products that are cheaper than Coop and ICA for example. These expenses should be around 1000 sek per month. However, if you prefer buying fresh lunches, you can do so in the different cafes at the campus areas. At the main building at Campus Johanneberg, you can buy a takeaway lunch for 50 sek. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><b>Transportation</b></div> <div>The bus and the tram tickets are the same price, and you can get a single ticket for 35sek or a 90-day period ticket for 1645 sek by using your student ID. Electric scooters are all over the city and easy to use, you only need to download the app of the company’s scooter and off you go! The price varies depending on the company and you can also buy a pass if you plan on using them regularly. Same thing goes for a bicycle, Next Bike offers different stations throughout the city where you can easily rent them through the app for a single use or an annual membership fee of 225 sek. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><b>Dining out</b></div> <div>If you are a foodie like me, you will want to try the numerous restaurants Gothenburg has to offer. I have to say, it can easily get expensive, but you can find good places for around 200-250 sek for a full meal! You can find Thaï, Palestinien, Italian, Czech and much more diverse food in the city. It’s a pure delight! And tip of the day, look out for discounts with your Mecenat card (student card), you can get a discount on everything from clothes, housing furniture, to books.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><b>Leisure</b></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/costofliving-picture.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />As for “fun expenses”, I put this into the nights out in town with the girls, including the little weekend trips we do across the country and the new clothes I enjoy buying occasionally. This category of expenses can vary a lot depending on the month, but I try to keep it maximum 1000 sek/month. A good advice when it comes to clothes and furniture, is to go to second hand shops. There are a lot of them in Gothenburg, in the neighbourhood Haga like Myrorna where you can find clothes, shoes, dishes, frames, cutlery, etc. One of their biggest stores is located at Järntorget in Gothenburg.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><b>Monthly expenses</b></div> <div>Regular expenses are easier to budget for. I am talking about stuff like a mobile service, gym, etc. For mobile services, companies often offer discounts for the first three months if you decide to sign up for a plan with them. For example, Hallon, Fello, Telenor and Telia offer competitive prices that can go around 100sek/month. However, if you get a welcoming bag from CIRC, lucky you, you will already receive a SIM card from Lycamobile that you can recharge whenever you want. For the gym, I recommend Fysiken which is held by Gothenburg’s student union, and they offer a wide range of training and services such as climbing, paddle, power circuit, personal training, physiotherapy, etc. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><b>My personal expenses: </b></div> <div><span style="white-space:pre"></span></div> <div><b>Accommodation:</b> 3 500 – 5 000 sek/month</div> <div><b>Groceries and food:</b> 1 000 - 1 500  sek/month</div> <div><b>Transportation:</b> 225sek/month or 550sek/month (1 645sek for 3 months)</div> <div><b>Dining out: </b>400 – 600 sek/month</div> <div><b>Leisure</b>: 400 – 2000 sek/month</div> <div><b>Other monthly expenses:</b> 500 – 800 sek/month</div> <div><b>TOTAL:</b> 6 025 – 10 450 sek/month</div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/naina_studentblog.jpg" alt="Naina" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" style="margin:5px" /><b><br /></b></div> <div><b><br /></b></div> <div><b>Author: </b><span style="background-color:initial">N</span><span style="background-color:initial">aïna </span></div> <div><br /></div> </div>Thu, 30 Jun 2022 00:00:00 +0200 and Ikea spur innovation in sustainability with a competition<p><b>​Gamification to raise awareness of global sustainability, reuse of old furniture through the Ikea website and 3D-scanning to discover damage to returned furniture. These are a few of the ideas coming out of the Innovation Challenge, where Chalmers students developed innovations that could transform both Ikea’s products and their business operations.</b></p>​In a rapidly changing world, business and academic partnerships are becoming increasingly important. This is also true for a company like Ikea, which is looking to help secure a good foundation of competence among young talents to help tackle future challenges in retail, supply chain logistics and product development, to name just a few. <br /><br />This year, Chalmers University of Technology and <span>Ikea<span style="display:inline-block"></span></span> Supply collaborated in a new competition among students: Innovation Challenge. Here, students from the Industrial Engineering and Management program integrated theory and practice to conceptualize digital innovations to help <span>Ikea<span style="display:inline-block"></span></span> fulfill its vision of a more sustainable and circular future. Approximately 120 students were divided into twenty groups. The students presented their ideas for each other and a jury with Innovation Leaders at <span>Ikea<span style="display:inline-block"></span></span> Supply Development and Innovation Networks, who then selected three winners. <br /><br />Innovation Challenge also represents an opportunity for Chalmers students to get a first experience of real working life:<br /><br />“We designed the Innovation Challenge to enable our students to take the classroom into the real world and work on challenges that companies are facing today. In this manner, Chalmers can also create value for society that goes beyond the walls of the classroom. The students did an amazing job taking on <span>Ikea<span style="display:inline-block"></span></span>’s sustainability challenge, and I am so impressed with what they delivered,” says Robin Teigland, Professor in Management of Digitalization at the Department of Technology Management and Economics.<br /><br /><div><h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">New ideas to be tested</h3></div> <div>For <span>Ikea<span style="display:inline-block"></span></span>, the benefit is a contribution to their circular business model as well as specific feasible solution proposals to be further tested, developed and deployed.<br /></div> <br /><div>“We hope that coming together will bring new digital approaches, outside-in perspectives and smart solutions to real-life situations at home for our customers,” says Tomas Francl, who has worked with people and culture at <span>Ikea<span style="display:inline-block"></span></span> for over 20 years. <br /><br /></div> <span>Ikea<span style="display:inline-block">, who is a <a href="/en/news/Pages/Ikea-becomes-new-strategic-partner-for-Chalmers.aspx">strategic partner to Chalmers</a>,</span></span> also aims to further develop their cooperation with Chalmers:<br /><br />“Initiatives like the Innovation Challenge shall be maintained and developed further. Many <span>Ikea<span style="display:inline-block"></span></span> employees come from universities, and they have great experience with a high level of competence like the students from Chalmers possess. It’s a part of <span>Ikea<span style="display:inline-block"></span></span>’s strategy to innovate and develop together so this is a contributing step on that journey,” Tomas Francl continues. <br /><br /><div><br /></div> <div><em>The winning teams and their proposals, from the jury's motivations:</em></div> <br /><strong>”Smålandia Game”. Education for a sustainable tomorrow - for the many</strong><br />Team members, group 3: Hugo Dalhgren, Sofia Stjepanovic, Alva Jansson, Felicia Svensson, Oskar Kullner, Fanny Söderling.<br /><em>Group 3 skillfully combined digital education, Ikea’s customer needs and sustainability challenges in their concept of “Smålandia”. The long-term goal of the project is to educate the next generation of Ikea customers through gamification and mobile applications. The knowledge acquired in a gaming format is believed to raise awareness of sustainability globally to the next generation and give the right tools to make conscious purchases. This idea highlighted the importance of educating future generations by means of digital technologies and was recognized as imaginative and outside-of-the-box.</em> [Creativity Award] (Ikea Prize for uniqueness, simplicity and feasibility)<br /><br /><strong>”Ikea FYND” Using old furniture to make new homes special!</strong><br />Team members, group 5: Anna Garnbratt, Jens Sandgren, Ida Hansson Häggstrand, Casper Lindh. <br />“<em>Recycle your old Ikea furniture with profit and ease” - Group 5 found a way to reuse old Ikea furniture to make new homes special. Their concept FYND could enable customers to sell their old Ikea furniture to other customers within the official Ikea website. FYND would also facilitate first-hand-users to easily find a market to sell their products and allow Ikea to gather first-hand knowledge of sold products that could be evaluated and refurbished when brought back. With a clear design vision and a strong customer focus, group 5 was awarded the</em> [Customer Innovation Award] (Ikea Prize for customer centricity and building on existing Ikea strengths).<br /><br /><strong>“Scand3r for Ikea” Automated scanning and tracking of Ikea furniture.</strong><br />Team members, group 6: Tamas Nagy, Jonas Röst, Emil Nilsson, William Schmitz, Renato Roos Radevski, Ella Sibbmark. <br /><div><em>With SCAND3R, group 6 explored the technological opportunities of 3D-Scanning and RFID tags in Ikea’s business model. They found their use case in automatically scanning returned Ikea furniture to identify potential alterations or damages and developed a value proposition for both Ikea and their customers. In acknowledgement of a thorough technical analysis, including financial and security risks, group 6 was awarded the</em> [Technical Innovation Award] (Ikea Prize for technology and innovation)</div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> The Innovation challenge was a collaboration between Ikea and the Entrepreneurship &amp; Strategy Division of Chalmers University of Technology and part of the course “Leading in a Digital World”, organised by Professor Robin Teigland with her PhD students Adrian Bumann and Maria Kandaurova.<br /><br /><br /><strong>For more information, please contact:</strong><br />Tomas Francl, Competence Development Area Leader IKEA Range &amp; Supply<br />People &amp; Culture at Inter IKEA<br /><a href=""></a><br />+46766190913<br /><br />Robin Teigland, Professor in Management of Digitalization at the Department of Technology Management and Economics at Chalmers University of Technology<br /><a href=""></a><br />+46707814422<br /><br />Tue, 28 Jun 2022 08:00:00 +0200 technology turns the whole fish into food<p><b>​In the meat industry, it’s common practice to turn the whole animal into food products. In the fish industry, over half of the weight of the fish ends up as side-streams which never reach our plates. This takes a toll on the environment and is out of step with Swedish food and fisheries strategies. Now, food researchers at Chalmers are introducing a new sorting technology that means we get five good cuts from fish and not just the fillet. A herring processing plant on Sweden’s west coast is already implementing the new method. ​</b></p><p class="chalmersElement-P">​<span>When the fillet itself is removed from a fish, valuable side-streams remain, which can be turned into products such as nuggets, mince, protein isolates or omega-3-rich oils. Despite such great potential, these products leave the food chain to become animal feed or, worst case, get discarded. To exploit valuable nutrients and switch to more sustainable procedures, the way we process fish needs to change. </span></p> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">All cuts are treated with care</h2> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2"> </h2> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2"> </h2> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2"> </h2> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P">&quot;With our new sorting method, the whole fish is treated with the same care as the fillet. The focus is on preserving quality throughout the entire value chain. Instead of putting the various side-streams into a single bin to become by-products, they are handled separately, just like in the meat industry,&quot; says research leader Ingrid Undeland, Professor of Food Science at the Department of Biology and Biological Engineering at Chalmers. </p> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P">The research was conducted as part of an international project called Waseabi. The Chalmers researchers recently published their results in the scientific journal, Food Chemistry.  </p> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P">&quot;Our study shows that this type of sorting technology is important, particularly as it means we can avoid highly perishable side-stream cuts being mixed in with the more stable cuts. This new method brings fresh opportunities to produce high-quality food,” says Chalmers researcher Haizhou Wu, first author of the scientific article.  </p> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">“The interest is there”</h2> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2"> </h2> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2"> </h2> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2"> </h2> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2"> </h2> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2"> </h2> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2"> </h2> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2"> </h2> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P">The new sorting method for separating the five different cuts is being introduced at one of the partner companies in the research project. Fish processing company, Sweden Pelagic in Ellös on the island of Orust is already using parts of the method in its production and has had good results. </p> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P">&quot;The sorting technology gives us many more opportunities to develop healthy, new and tasty foods and to expand our product range. This year, we estimate we’ll produce around 200-300 tonnes of mince from one of the new cuts and we aim to increase that figure year on year. The interest is there, in the food industry and public meal production segments like school catering,&quot; says Martin Kuhlin, CEO of Sweden Pelagic. </p> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="font-weight:700">Text:</span> Laila Dam (Waseabi) and Mia Halleröd Palmgren (Chalmers)​<br /><br /></p> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/Bio/Food/IngridUndeland_HaizhouWu_MartinKuhlin.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><span style="background-color:initial">I</span><span style="background-color:initial">ngrid Undeland, Haizhou Wu and Martin Kuhlin. ​<br /></span><em style="background-color:initial">Photo: </em><span style="background-color:initial"><i>Anna-Lena Lundqvist, </i></span><span style="background-color:initial"><i>Mia Halleröd Palmgren​ and Karin Kuhlin. </i></span></p> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">About the study and opportunities for the fish industry: </h3> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"> </h3> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"> </h3> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"> </h3> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"> </h3> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"> </h3> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"> </h3> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"> </h3> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"> </h3> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"> </h3> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"> </h3> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"> </h3> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"> </h3> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"> </h3> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"> </h3> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"> </h3> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"></p> <div> </div> <ul><li>Read the scientific article <a href="">Lipid oxidation in sorted herring (<em>Clupea harengus</em>) filleting co-products from two seasons and its relationship to composition</a> in the journal, Food Chemistry.  The article was written by Haizhou Wu, Bita Forghani, Mehdi Abdollahi and Ingrid Undeland at the Department of Biology and Biological Engineering at Chalmers. </li> <li>The new sorting technology means that fillet, backbones, tailfin, head, belly flap and viscera can all be separated. The backbone and head are most muscle-rich and thus well suited to becoming fish mince or protein ingredients. As the belly flap and intestines are rich in marine Omega-3, they can be used for oil production. The tail fin has a lot of skin, bones and connective tissue and is therefore well suited to such things as producing marine collagen, a much sought-after ingredient on the market right now. In addition to food, marine collagen is also used in cosmetics and ‘nutraceuticals’, with documented good effects on the health of our joints and skin.</li> <li><span style="background-color:initial">The EU’s fish processing industry is significant and generates an annual turnover of nearly €28 billion whilst employing over 122,000 people. However, the industry faces several challenges. For instance, an estimated 1.5 million tons of seafood side-streams are produced in Europe, based on a production of 5.1 million tons of fish caught. In Sweden, it has been estimated that 30,000-60,000 tons of seafood side-streams are generated yearly; some 35-70 times more than the Swedish cod catch. This means that the current utilisation of aquatic biomass for food is far too low. When producing fillets, up to 70 per cent of the aquatic resources end up as side-streams, which are either used for low-value products such as animal feed or discarded, which takes a toll on the environment and sometimes also the companies involved.</span></li></ul> ​<br /> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> 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966 65 68, <a href=""></a></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><br /></p> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"><span>More about the </span><a href=""><span>EU’s </span><span>Waseabi </span><span>project </span></a></h3> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"></p> <ul><li>Waseabi is a four-year, interdisciplinary project aimed at making better use of side-stream products in the seafood industry by stabilising them and developing new methods of producing food. The project comprises thirteen partners from five European countries. Alongside Chalmers, two companies from Sweden are participating; Sweden Pelagic and Alfa Laval. International partners are the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Food &amp; Bio Cluster, Denmark, AZTI, EIT Food, Royal Greenland, Pescados Marcelino, Jeka Fish, Barna, Nutrition Sciences and Ghent University.</li> <li>The project is funded by the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking (JU) of the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, under grant agreement no. 837726. JU is supported by the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and the Bio Based Industries Consortium.</li> <li>Read about a previous research advance from the project: <a href="/en/departments/bio/news/Pages/Dipping-solution-turns-the-whole-fish-into-food.aspx">New dipping solution turns the whole fish into valuable food</a></li></ul> <p></p> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p>Tue, 28 Jun 2022 08:00:00 +0200 lessons to be learnt from unique housing program<p><b>​Slightly more expensive, a little faster but with maintained quality and civic influence. But the most important goal was not reached in BoStad2021, the six-year long project to build more homes in Gothenburg. These are some of the conclusions in Chalmers' follow-up research of the unique venture. </b></p>​When 7,000 extra homes were to be built within the City of Gothenburg's program BoStad2021, the city planned for an unconventional construction process with a special organization and new working methods to build more homes in a shorter time. In 2015, Chalmers was commissioned to observe and research the initiative. The final report, which is now ready, answers both the question of how successful the venture has been, while at the same time pointing out important lessons to be learned in the future.     <br /><br /> – A gathered project organization with a clear mandate is necessary to improve progress and create a holistic view. The city's new organization for urban development seem to take this into account, but creates a risk of a glitch in the process between planning and implementation, says Anders Svensson, Chalmers' project manager for the overall research project.     <br /><br />Of the 7,000 planned homes, only 4,000 were completed by 2021, but the goal will be achieved in 2023. The fact that the goal was not reached within the time frame has several reasons, including that the conditions for many of the projects were more difficult than assumed. But just as important as the number of homes is the quality of what is being built, says Anders Svensson. <br /><br />Comparisons show that the quality of the projects within BoStad2021 was not worse than in compared projects in the ordinary production - but that it is a long way to go to the mixed-use city that the municipality and developers present as the ideal.     <br /><br /> – The quality did not deteriorate because the detailed planning phase went faster. But we can see that the gap between the ambition of a mixed-use city and the built reality is annoyingly large in the projects within the BoStad2021 program as well as outside. An important lesson for both the municipality and the developers should be to avoid plots that have neither the conditions to achieve housing quality nor a mixed-use city, says Anders Svensson.     <br /><br /><div>The report contains both overall conclusions about goal fulfillment and lessons learned that can contribute to a more efficient urban planning process.  </div> <div><br /></div> <div><h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Reports (available in Swedish):</h3></div> <div>Final report from the project: <a href="">Planera och bygga bostäder snabbare<br /></a></div> <div>All publications from the project: <a href=""><br /></a></div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Participating researchers:</h3> <div>Jan Bröchner, Department of Technology Management and Economics<br />Joanna Gregorowicz-Kipszak, Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering<br />Mathias Petter Gustafsson, <span>Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering<span style="display:inline-block"></span></span> <br />Anders Hagson, <span>Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering</span><br /><span><span>Anders Svensson, <span style="display:inline-block"></span></span></span><span><span>Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering<span style="display:inline-block"></span></span><span style="display:inline-block"></span></span><br /></div>Tue, 28 Jun 2022 00:00:00 +0200ël-Van-Laer-appointed-future-research-leaders.aspx Frisk Kockum and Raphaël Van Laer appointed Research Leaders of the Future<p><b>​When the Foundation for Strategic Research appointed the Research Leaders of the Future, two of the 16 selected researchers were from MC2. Anton Frisk-Kockum and Raphaël Van Laer both receives a grant of 15 million SEK each over a five-year period and will during the program participate in a solid leadership training.</b></p><div>​“I’m both humbled by the trust in me and my research ideas that SSF shows by awarding this grant, and excited to start the project”, says Anton Frisk Kockum, who receives the grant for the project “Quantum simulation and communication with giant atoms”.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The project aims to harness a new regime of light-matter interaction, so-called giant atoms, for useful applications. In these systems, interference effects make it possible to turn on and off the coupling between a system emulating the properties of an atom and a surrounding environment.</div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Two purposes</h2> <div>&quot;I will use this setup for two purposes: first to efficiently simulate quantum systems of interest (e.g., molecules) that interact with their surroundings, and second to enable communication between quantum systems, e.g., two quantum-computing processors&quot;, says Anton Frisk Kockum. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>&quot;This funding will let me create a research group devoted to giant atoms and their applications. I currently have one PhD student working on these topics. I will now recruit one postdoc and one more PhD student. The funding also comes with an excellent leadership training program, which I look forward to participating in and learning from.&quot;</div> <div><h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Overlooked potential in acoustic and optical devices<br /></h2></div> <div>Raphaël Van Laer receives the grant for his project “Attojoule-per-bit acousto-optics”.<br /><br />&quot;Society relies heavily on transistor-based information technologies such as computers and the internet. These systems became increasingly powerful in what is known as Moore’s law. Today, this trend is faltering as transistors are reaching performance limits. The project’s goal is to lay the foundations for new types of information technology with chip-scale light and sound&quot;, he says.<br /><br />He aims to greatly reduce the energy footprint of emerging coherent information processors based on photonics and quantum technology.<br /></div> <div><h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">High hopes and aspirations<br /></h2> <div>&quot;The broad potential of acousto-optic interactions has mostly been overlooked. In this project, we will develop near-term use-cases of acoustic and optical devices and especially in quantum technology. This will synergize well with the more fundamental quantum engineering we do&quot;, he says. He adds that it feels very exciting and humbling to receive the grant, and that it is a great opportunity that comes with great responsibility.</div> <div> </div> <div>&quot;We are a small team in quantum photonics with a new laboratory supported mainly by the EU and WACQT. The new SSF grant will make a big impact on our ability to pursue risky ideas and build critical mass. Our hopes and aspirations are high. The grant gives us a mandate to be brave and to keep going especially when things become difficult. We need to adapt and learn quickly from trial-and-error. I am also eager to join SSF's leadership program. Finally, I believe that the project will be well-suited for near-term interaction with related work at MC2. I look forward to exploring this with colleagues in photonics and quantum engineering&quot;, he says.</div></div> <div><br /></div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Contact</h2> <div><a href="/en/staff/Pages/Anton-Frisk-Kockum.aspx">Anton Frisk Kockum</a>, Researcher, <a href=""></a>, +46317723190<br /></div> <div><span><a href="/en/staff/Pages/raphael-van-laer.aspx">Raphaël Van Laer</a>, <span></span></span>Assistant Professor, <a href=""></a>, +46317724030<br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Text: Robert Karlsson</div> <div><br /></div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Read more</h2> <div><a href="/en/news/Pages/They-are-the-future-research-leaders.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />They are the Future Research Leaders</a>,</div> <div><a href=""><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />SSF press release</a>,<br /></div>Mon, 27 Jun 2022 11:00:00 +0200 of Systems Biology new honorary doctor<p><b>​Jens Nielsen, Professor of Systems Biology at Chalmers University of Technology, has been awarded an honorary docotrate by Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburgh.</b></p><p class="chalmersElement-P">​<span>Jens Nielsen is a pioneer and world leading researcher in systems biology and is one of the world’s <a href="/en/departments/bio/news/Pages/Chalmers-Professor-on-Highly-Cited-Researchers-List.aspx">most cited scientists</a> in this field of research. </span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">”I am very honoured to be appointed honorary doctor. I have over the last ten years worked closely with more than ten different medical doctors at Sahlgrenska Academy where we have contributed with our systems biology models to get new insight into metabolic diseases such as cancer, obesity, diabetes and more recently Alzheimer”, says Jens Nielsen. </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">He says that the close collaboration with Professor Fredrik Bäckhed on the gut microbiota in partcular has been very successful.</p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">”Besides being an excellent research collaboration it has also resulted in establishment of the spin-out company Metabogen AB.”</p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">Professor Agneta Holmäng, Dean of Sahlgrenska Academy, comments on the appointment in a <a href="">press release</a>:</p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">“We're immensely proud and pleased to be able, by awarding these honorary doctorates, to strengthen our ties with two highly distinguished people* who are important to Sahlgrenska Academy. Each of our new honorary doctors has a strong commitment to issues relating to life sciences, and helped to strengthen this area in our region. ... <span style="background-color:initial">At an early stage Jens Nielsen was involved to a high degree in boosting the interaction between our faculty and Chalmers University of Technology&quot;</span><span style="background-color:initial">​</span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><em style="background-color:initial">*The prominent businessman Michael Treschow is also appointed honorary doctor at Sahlgrenska Academy </em><br /></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><em> </em></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><br /></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><strong>Read more about Jens Nielsen’s research: </strong></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"></p> <ul><li><span><a href="/en/departments/bio/research/systems-biology/nielsen-lab/Pages/default.aspx">Nielsen Lab</a></span></li> <li><a href="/en/departments/bio/news/Pages/Designing-healthy-diets-–-with-computer-analysis.aspx">Designing healthy diets − with computer analysis</a></li> <li><a href="/en/departments/bio/news/Pages/The-next-generation-of-human-metabolic-modelling.aspx">The next generation of human metabolic modelling​</a></li></ul> <p></p>Mon, 27 Jun 2022 02:00:00 +0200 sustainable production of aromatic chemicals<p><b>​Aromatic chemicals are versatile chemicals used in the manufacture of various medicines, but also as additives in cosmetics or food. Today, most aromatic chemicals are produced from oil and the need for new, sustainable biotechnological production methods for these chemicals is urgent. A research project led by Yvonne Nygård, Associate Professor at the Division of Industrial Biotechnology at Chalmers has just received a multi-million grant to develop technologies for this bioproduction.​</b></p><p class="chalmersElement-P">​<span>The focus of the research project is on constructing microorganisms, yeasts and filamentous fungi, that can be used as cell factories and to sustainably produce aromatic chemicals. The production is based on the fermentation of sugars and requires efficient and robust microorganisms for competitive industrial production.</span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><strong>Why are yeasts and filamentous fungi suitable for this type of production?</strong></p> <div><strong> </strong></div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P">“Baker’s yeast, <em>Saccharomyces cerevisiae</em>, is already used today to produce many different chemicals, among them aromatic chemicals. Consequently, there is already ga lot of knowledge on how these chemicals can be produced in yeast and there are many tools for modifying yeast. This makes yeast an obvious choice in this project where we will make quite complicated modifications and screen strain variants using biosensors,” says Yvonne Nygård, continuing:</p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P">“Choosing filamentous fungi provides us with robust and tolerant cell factories. They are quite complex to work with compared to baker’s yeast, but by testing similar modifications in yeast and fungi, we can learn more about regulation of the production of aromatic chemicals. We want to map the properties needed to be able to take the production of aromatic chemicals closer to a commercial level, in either yeast or filamentous fungi.”</p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><strong>Screening the strain variants with biosensors – how does this work?</strong></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><strong> </strong></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P">“The biosensors measure the concentration of a certain predetermined substance in the cell or in the cell culture and report this concentration by fluorescence. In this way, the outcome of the cells' efficiency can be measured. As a postdoc in the Netherlands, I developed a biosensor for a specific aromatic chemical, and we will pick up and continue this work. We will also develop new biosensors for other aromatic chemicals.”</p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><strong>What are the effects of your project receiving 10 million DKK from the Novo Nordisk Foundation?</strong></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><strong> </strong></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P">“It is a fantastic opportunity to focus on a specific project for a longer period. More resources and a long-term perspective will hopefully lead to great progress, and I look forward to having a small team working on similar research”.</p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>Text:</strong> Susanne Nilsson Lindh​</span><br /></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><strong>Photo:</strong> Martina Butorac</p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><br /></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><strong>Read more about Yvonne Nygård's research:</strong></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><strong> </strong></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"></p> <div> </div> <ul><li>Yvonne Nygårds project <a href="">FunAromatics – High throughput technologies for production of aromatic biochemicals with fungi  </a></li> <li><span><a href="/en/departments/bio/news/Pages/Projects-on-sustainable-food-on-IVA’s-100-list.aspx">Projects on sustainable food on IVA’s 100 list</a></span></li> <li><span style="background-color:initial"><a href="/en/departments/bio/news/Pages/7971-paths-towards-better-cell-factories.aspx">7971 paths towards better cell factories​</a></span><br /></li> <li><a href="/en/departments/bio/news/Pages/New-discovery-can-improve-industrial-yeast-strains.aspx"><span style="background-color:initial">New discovery can improve industrial yeast strains</span></a>​</li> <li><a href="/en/departments/bio/news/Pages/Cutting-edge-Nobel-technique-in-practice-at-Chalmers.aspx"><span style="background-color:initial">C</span><span style="background-color:initial">utting edge Nobel tool in practice at Chalmers</span></a><br /></li> <li><span style="background-color:initial"><a href="/en/departments/bio/news/Pages/Yvonne-Nygard-receives-grant-from-the-Hasselblad-Foundation.aspx">Yvonne Nygård receives grant from the Hasselblad Foundation</a></span></li></ul> <div> </div> <p></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p>Wed, 22 Jun 2022 11:00:00 +0200 are the Future Research Leaders<p><b>​No less than six Chalmers researchers were accepted when the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research, SSF, appointed Future Research Leaders. </b></p><div>​The goal of the program is to give newly established researchers with the highest scientific and pedagogical competence the opportunity to develop as research leaders. Ahmed Ali-Eldin Hassan, <span>Johan Bengtsson-Palme, <span style="display:inline-block"></span></span>Raphaël Frank J Van Laer, <span>Anton Frisk Kockum, <span style="display:inline-block"></span></span><span>Alexander Hollberg<span style="display:inline-block"></span></span> and Julia Wiktor are the six Chalmers researchers who qualified among the 16 young researchers who now receive 15 million each for independent research. SSF's assessment is that they are expected to be able to lead even larger research groups in the future, and they will therefore participate in a comprehensive leadership program.  <br /></div> <div><div> </div> <div><strong><a href="/en/staff/Pages/ahmh.aspx">Ahmed Ali-Eldin Hassan</a></strong>, Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, receives funding for the research project Edge Optimization: Operating Systems &amp; Software on the Edge. The project focuses on building a new operating system for latency critical next generation applications such as autonomous vehicles to make use of edge, cloud and local compute resources with performance guarantees.<span style="display:inline-block"></span></div></div> <div><br /></div> <div><p class="chalmersElement-P"><strong><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/johan-bengtsson-palme.aspx" target="_blank" title="">Johan Bengtsson-Palme</a></strong>, Assistant Professor at the Department of Biology and Biological Engineering since May 2022, receives funding for the research project Predicting future pathogenicity and antibiotic resistance. The aim of the project is finding out what mechanisms cause bacterial pathogenicity and antibiotic resistance. The researchers want to use this knowledge to understand which genes may pose a threat to human health in the future.    <span><strong><a href="/en/staff/Pages/raphael-van-laer.aspx"><br /><br />Raphaël Frank J Van Laer</a></strong>, Assistant Professor at the Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience, receives funding for the research project Attojoule-per-bit acousto-optics. The long-term goal of the project is to help extend Moore's law with light and sound by reducing the energy footprint of chip-scale photonics and quantum technology.   </span><strong></strong><br /></p> <strong></strong><p class="chalmersElement-P"><strong><a href="/en/staff/Pages/Anton-Frisk-Kockum.aspx"><br />Anton Frisk Kockum</a></strong>, Researcher at the Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience, receives funding for the research project Quantum simulation and communication with giant atoms. The main goal of the project is to construct efficient and useful simulations of quantum systems (e.g., molecules) that interact with a surrounding environment.<strong><br /><br /><a href="/en/staff/Pages/Alexander-Hollberg,-Arkitektur-och-samhallsbyggnadsteknik-.aspx">Alexander Hollberg</a></strong>, Assistant Professor at the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, receives funding for the research project Digital material inventories for sustainable urban mining. The main goal of this project is to develop a method for creating urban construction material inventories based on digital twins and machine learning, to support stakeholder to reuse and recycle materials. <strong><a href="/en/staff/Pages/Julia-Wiktor.aspx"><br /><br />Julia Wiktor</a></strong>, Assistant Professor at the Department of Physics, receives funding for the research project Ab Initio Description of Complete Semiconductor Devices. The project’s aim is to couple accurate but computationally expensive quantum mechanical modelling methods with emerging artificial neural network models to be able to efficiently model materials and interfaces that constitute semiconductor micro- and nanodevices.  </p> <div><br /></div> <div>More information about the call and what the appointment entails can be found on the <a href="" title="SSF" target="_blank">SSF web.</a><br /></div></div>Tue, 21 Jun 2022 14:00:00 +0200 leader receives the Gustaf Dalén medal<p><b>​Chalmers alumna Lena Olving (M81) receives the 2022 Gustaf Dalén medal for her efforts in Swedish and international industry. Throughout her career, Lena Olving has been a respectable role model as a leader in technology-heavy industries. Now she is praised for her success.</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">Lena Olving had a connection to Chalmers even before she began her studies in mechanical engineering. Her father, Sven Olving, was a professor and later president of the university, so her technical interest was not far<img src="/SiteCollectionImages/20220101-20220630/lena-olving-web.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Lena Olving" style="margin:10px" /><br />away.<br /></span><div><span style="background-color:initial">–</span><span style="background-color:initial"> </span>Chalmers has been with me all my life. I was only two or three years old when I ran around in the corridors outside my father's study at the Department of Electron Physics. It feels nice that he was president of Chalmers when I graduated, says Lena Olving.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>After graduating, Lena started at Volvo Cars and she worked there for 25 years in various management positions, first at Volvo Components in Skövde, then for the assembly plant in Torslanda, which was then Sweden's largest industrial workplace. Her curiosity and desire to learn something new led her to new challenges abroad, as head of Volvo in Asia.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>In 2010, Lena Olving was appointed vice president and COO of Saab AB, she became the woman with the highest position in the defense industry in the western world. That year she was named the most powerful woman in business by the Swedish magazine Veckans Affärer.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>During her time as President and CEO of Mycronic AB, manufacturer of equipment for monitors, she managed to increase sales, profitability, and stock exchange value significantly.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>In 2019, Lena stepped down from her operational role at Mycronic to share her experiences fulltime. Today she is active on eight boards, three of which as chairman and is engaged in something she calls &quot;sounding board as a Service&quot;. Where she is a sounding board for CEOs, Vice presidents and business area managers.</div> <div>During her long and successful career, she has repeatedly been pioneering and her leadership is often described as modern and intuitive, with a result of increased productivity, quality, and profitability. This can be seen in the jury's motivation.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">–</span><span style="background-color:initial"> </span>Of course, it feels fantastic, and it is with great modesty that I receive the medal. It feels a little sad that my dad, who passed away in 2016, did not get to see me receiving the medal. I think it is especially wonderful that it is the Chalmers Alumni Association and my civil engineering colleagues who think that I deserve it - thank you!</div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>About the Gustaf Dalén Medal</strong></div> <div>The Chalmers Alumni Association has awarded the Gustaf Dalén Medal to honor the Nobel Laureate and Chalmers Engineer of the same name since 1950. The medal will go to an alumnus for &quot;deserving activities based on Chalmers competence areas&quot; .</div> <div><a href="">Read more about <span style="background-color:initial">the Gustaf Dalén Medal (in Swedish)</span></a></div> <div></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>About Chalmers Alumni Association</strong></div> <span style="background-color:initial">Chalmers Alumni Association (Chalmersska Ingenjörsföreningen, CING) is an association for everyone who has a degree from Chalmers University of Technology. The association is the largest of its kind and since 1907 has been a cohesive link for Chalmerists all over the world.</span><div><a href=""><span style="background-color:initial">Read more about the </span><span></span><span style="background-color:initial">Chalmers Alumni Association</span></a><span style="background-color:initial"></span></div>Tue, 21 Jun 2022 11:00:00 +0200 first midsummer experience<p><b>This is how I celebrated Midsommar for the first time during my studies at Chalmers. </b></p><div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/midsummer22_banner.jpg" alt="Midsummer celebrations Chalmers" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" style="margin:5px" /></div> <div>​<br /></div> <i>Sena spent her first midsummer in a cottage in the swedish countryside. </i><br /><br /><div><span style="background-color:initial">A</span><span style="background-color:initial">s the summer approached, I noticed the Swedes I knew were busy preparing for Midsommar. Everyone I spoke to was talking about finishing up things before Midsommar, and they had started making their celebration plans weeks in advance. Many people go to the countryside to celebrate this weekend. I celebrated my first Midsommar in nature away from the city with my friends.</span><br /></div> <div><div><br /><span style="background-color:initial"></span><div>I booked a cottage with five of my friends from both Sweden and other countries in Mellerud, which is a city two hours by train from Gothenburg. We prepared our own food and participated in various activities such as canoeing and stand-up paddling. We set off on Friday morning to go to Mellerud by train. After we did our grocery shopping in Mellerud, our Swedish friend's parents took us to our cottage by car. Because the cottage is located next to Sweden's biggest lake Vänern it is a little bit far from the center of Mellerud.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The cottage we stayed in was a house that we found online. It could fit six people and it belonged only to us this weekend. This cottage had bedrooms, a living room, a kitchen, and a veranda with a lake view. After placing our belongings, we swam in the lake and enjoyed the sun. Honestly, I didn't expect the temperature to be this good. In the afternoon, we returned to our cottage to prepare our Midsommar wreath and meal. For the wreath, we used 7 different flowers! &#128522; </div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/midsummer22_additional.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="midsummer meal" style="margin:5px" />Traditionally, a Midsommar meal consists of boiled new potatoes with fresh dill, soured cream and chives, and grilled salmon. While we ate our meal, we were singing traditional Midsommar songs. I noticed a detail in one of the Midsommar songs that surprised me that this song was a song that children sang and danced to in my country: ‘Små Grodorna!’ (The little frog). After doing some research, I learned that the origin of this song is in French, but it has Swedish and Turkish versions. In Midsommar, the Swedes dance around the pole and do frog moves to this song, but we skipped this part because we were tired.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>On the second day, we were canoeing, pedaling, and swimming the whole day. I tried canoeing for the first time in my life and we went to all the islands close to us. While my friends were cooking spaghetti for dinner, I prepared ‘Menemen’, a Turkish dish which is one of the favourite summer meals in my country. It is prepared with fresh vegetables like tomatoes, onion, red and green peppers, and eggs. Afterward, we ate the first strawberries of summer with cream which is another Swedish Midsommar tradition. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>After cleaning the cottage on our last morning there, my friend Bahare and I set out to walk to the Mellerud train station. During our 1.5-day of hiking, we stayed in a tent and passed through the Swedish farms and summer houses.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>After studying hard for two semesters and complying with the regulations and rules for a social life during the pandemic, it was so refreshing to start the summer vacation with Midsommar celebrations. Hopefully, we will celebrate as a bigger crowd the next time! &#128522;</div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/education/Student%20Life/Student%20Blogs/Student%20Ambassadors%20Pictures%20-%20Authors/Sena_studentblog.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />Author: <a href="/en/education/meet-chalmers/connect-with-student/pages/default.aspx" title="Chat with our students">Sena​</a></div> </div></div>Mon, 20 Jun 2022 09:00:00 +0200 and stretch assay reveals resistance genes<p><b>​Which antimicrobial resistance genes are present in bacteria, for example in a hospital ward? For laboratories with limited financial resources characterizing bacterial DNA is difficult, as this often requires expensive equipment. Researchers at Chalmers have now developed a method that can detect specific bacterial genes that encode resistance using standard microscopes, which are already used to diagnose tuberculosis in low-income countries.​</b></p><p class="chalmersElement-P">​<span>Antimicrobial resistance is one of the major health threats globally, as common infections no longer respond to antibiotics. This may result in severe illness and death, for example in neonatal sepsis, i.e., severe bacterial blood infections in new-born children.</span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial">The genes conferring resistanc</span><span style="background-color:initial">e to bacteria, for example by breaking down antibiotics, are often found on plasmids, the circular DNA molecules that do not belong to the chromosomal bacterial DNA. Plasmids can transfer between bacterial strains and species and can thus spread rapidly in a bacterial population.</span></p> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2"><span>Microscope already present in many labs​</span></h2> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial">“Effective and simple methods are needed to characterise bacterial plasmids and detect resistance genes when an infection spreads in hospitals. This is a problem for laboratories with limited resources as existing methods require expensive equipment,” says<a href="/sv/institutioner/bio/forskning/kemisk-biologi/Westerlund-lab/Sidor/default.aspx"> Fredrik Westerlund</a>, Professor of Chemical Biology at Chalmers.</span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span>Thanks to a tuberculosis diagnosis program, many laboratories in low- and middle-income countries are already in possession of standard fluorescence microscopes. This was the starting point for Fredrik Westerlund’s research group. They based their newly developed method on these microscopes, which are present in the hospital laboratory of their collaboration partners in Dar es Salam, Tanzania.  </span></p> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Linear DNA molecule can be detected</h2> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">To find specific genes, the researchers use the so-called gene scissors, CRISPR-Cas9, which can recognize and cut DNA strands at any predetermined sequence, so unique that specific genes can be found.</p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">“If a resistance gene is present on the plasmid, it will be cut by Cas9. The DNA is then stretched on a glass slide and imaged with fluorescence microscopy, and the linear molecule can be detected. The images for analysis, can be acquired by a regular smartphone, which you can easily attach to the microscope eyepiece,” says <a href="/en/Staff/Pages/goyal.aspx">Gaurav Goyal​</a>, a postdoc in the research group.</p> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">&quot;Any microbiological lab can perform this plasmid analysis&quot;​<br /></h2> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">Gaurav Goyal explains that the method is currently intended for epidemiological studies − to characterize bacterial plasmids and to understand the spread of antibiotic resistance. It might for example be relevant to examine how many new-borns in a hospital ward that carry bacteria with resistance genes. In the long run, it could also be used for diagnosis.</p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">“We started to develop the method for laboratories with limited resources, but any microbiological lab can perform this plasmid analysis − and get relevant results. In addition to finding resistance genes on plasmids, the method can also be used to determine the size and the number of the plasmids in a sample. Our method is simple and faster than other methods, which can be useful in modern microbiology labs in high-income countries too,” says Fredrik Westerlund.</p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><strong>Read the study:</strong><a href=""> A simple cut and stretch assay to detect antimicrobial resistance genes on bacterial plasmids by single-molecule fluorescence microscopy</a> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><br /></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><strong>Text: </strong>Susanne Nilsson Lindh<br /><strong>Illustration:</strong> Pixabay</p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> ​</p>Mon, 20 Jun 2022 09:00:00 +0200 of incentives for large-scale solar energy in Sweden<p><b>​Current regulations and subsidies have favoured small-scale ownership of photovoltaic systems in Sweden. This is shown in a new study from Chalmers University of Technology. To promote the construction of larger systems and solar-as-a-service, changes in regulations are required. Such changes in regulations can contribute to the national goal of reaching one hundred percent renewable electricity production by the year 2040.</b></p>​In recent years, the market for self-produced solar energy has exploded in Sweden. The reason is, among other things, high electricity prices and the ongoing climate change. But for those who do not have a roof of their own or the financial conditions to invest in a solar system, the alternatives are limited.<br /><br />&quot;If we are to be able to increase the amount of solar energy in Sweden, we must ensure that more people have access to solar photovoltaics, not just those with detached houses who can afford to buy a system&quot;, says Amanda Bankel, doctoral student at the division of Innovation and R&amp;D Management at the Department of Technology Management and Economics, Chalmers University of Technology.<br /><br />The new study by Amanda Bankel and Ingrid Mignon, Associate Professor at the same division, has been published in the scientific journal Energy Policy. It shows that there is a lack of agreement in how researchers, policymakers and firms view solar business models. For instance, “community solar” business models have received much attention in research and policy at, for example, EU level. Community solar means that many people come together to produce, share, and consume renewable energy locally.<br /><br />However, such business models are hardly found among solar firms on the Swedish market. This does not imply that there are no energy communities in Sweden – only that firms do not see the need to design their business models for these customers. If Swedish policymakers want to increase the amount of solar energy through energy communities, they must also understand how firms that offer photovoltaic systems reason and what motivates them to specifically target energy communities, says Amanda Bankel.<br /><br />Other solutions that make it possible for customers to buy solar energy as a service through, for example, leasing, are also scarce in Sweden, despite having had a major impact in other countries, such as the US.<br /><br />&quot;Swedish policy instruments have favoured small-scale systems where the person who consumes the solar energy is the same one who buys and owns the system. Hence, it is not surprising that we see many firms offering these solutions and only a few that are aimed at people who do not want, or have the opportunity, to invest in their own system.&quot;<br /><br />&quot;If Sweden is to achieve its goal of 100 percent renewable electricity production by 2040, policymakers should ensure that more people have access to solar photovoltaics by promoting different types of solutions&quot;, says Amanda Bankel.<br /><div><div><br /></div> <div><img src="/sv/institutioner/tme/nyheter/PublishingImages/AmandaBankel_600.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:300px;height:450px" /><img src="/sv/institutioner/tme/nyheter/PublishingImages/IngridJohanssonMignon_photoLaurentToudic_600.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:300px;height:450px" /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /></div> <br /><div><em><br /></em></div> <div><em><br /></em></div> <div><em><br /></em></div> <div><em><br /></em></div> <div><em><br /></em></div> <div><em><br /></em></div> <div><em><br /></em></div> <div><em><br /></em></div> <div><em><br /></em></div> <div><em><br /></em></div> <div><em><br /></em></div> <div><em><br /></em></div> <div><em><br /></em></div> <div><em><br /></em></div> <div><em><br /></em></div> <div><em>Amanda Bankel and Ingrid Johansson Mignon.<span style="display:inline-block"></span></em></div> <br /></div> <br /><strong>About community solar</strong><br />Community solar involves many people coming together to produce, share, and consume renewable energy locally. They are described by the Swedish Energy Agency as an effective way to meet the challenges of energy transition.<br /><br /><strong>About leasing</strong><br />Leasing of solar photovoltaic means that you as a homeowner rent a photovoltaic system that is located on your own roof and owned by a leasing provider. Instead of making a large investment upfront, you pay a monthly fee to the firm that owns, operates, and maintains the system.  <br /><div><br /><br /></div> <div><span><span><em>Text: Daniel Karlsson</em><br /><em>Photo: Johan Bodell, Daniel Karlsson<span style="display:inline-block"></span></em></span></span><br /></div> <br /><br /><strong>About the study</strong><br />The study &quot;Solar business models from a firm perspective – an empirical study of the Swedish market&quot; is published in the scientific journal Energy Policy, volume 166, July 2022: <br /><span><a href="" target="_blank"></a><a href="" target="_blank"><span style="display:inline-block"></span></a></span><br /><br /><strong>Contacts</strong><br /><a href="/en/staff/Pages/amanda-bankel.aspx">Amanda Bankel</a>, doctoral student, Technology Management and Economics<br /><a href=""></a>, phone +46 31 772 1228<br /><br /><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/Ingrid-Mignon.aspx">Ingrid Johansson Mignon</a>, Associate Professor, Technology Management and Economics<br /><a href=""></a>, phone +46  31 772 6329<br />Mon, 20 Jun 2022 08:00:00 +0200