Press releases

Environment

Extremely quiet fans can improve our health

21 April, 2022 - Chalmers tekniska högskola

We spend more of our time indoors than ever. But the noise levels we are exposed to at home, in workplaces and schools have been shown to increase the risk of high blood pressure, mental illness and hearing damage – and may even have a detrimental effect on children’s cognitive development. Now, a unique new […]

Converting solar energy to electricity on demand

11 April, 2022 - Chalmers tekniska högskola

The researchers behind an energy system that makes it possible to capture solar energy, store it for up to eighteen years and release it when and where it is needed have now taken the system a step further. After previously demonstrating how the energy can be extracted as heat, they have now succeeded in getting […]

Commercial interests hamper climate work in shipping

31 March, 2022 - Göteborgs universitet

Instead of prioritising energy-efficient, sustainable sea transport, the focus is often on satisfying commercial interests when planning shipping routes. This has been shown by research at the University of Gothenburg, which highlights the importance of collaboration for more sustainable shipping.

Residual water from the food industry gives seaweed cultivation a boost

29 March, 2022 - Göteborgs universitet

Process water from the food industry is an excellent fertilizer in land-based seaweed cultivation. Not only does the seaweed grow faster; its protein content also multiplies. In this way, process water can go from being a cost to becoming a resource in the food industry. Can macroalgae, such as sea lettuce, become a competitive source […]

Horizon Europe funds project about AI for safer traffic environment

18 March, 2022 - Högskolan i Halmstad

Horizon Europe granted the research consortium ROADVIEW (Robust Automated Driving in Extreme Weather) 10 million euros to solve challenging autonomous driving problems using AI. The project aims to develop AI-based robust and cost-efficient in-vehicle perception and decision-making systems with enhanced performance under harsh weather conditions. Halmstad University will coordinate the consortium of 15 partners for the next four years.

Lower methane emissions when permafrost disappears

17 March, 2022 - Göteborgs universitet

Thawing permafrost in the Arctic does not always have to lead to increased emissions of the greenhouse gas methane. When thawed soil dries up, emissions can decline instead. A new study at the University of Gothenburg demonstrates this.

Studies of life’s earliest history led to the Crafoord Prize

31 January, 2022 - Kungl. Vetenskapsakademien

Andrew Knoll has depicted the first three billion years of life on Earth using his studies of microfossils and innovative methods to illuminate their biochemical evolution. In recognition of his work, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences is awarding him the Crafoord Prize in Geosciences for 2022, worth six million Swedish kronor.

What does the gas crisis reveal about European energy security?

28 January, 2022 - Handelshögskolan i Stockholm

The recent record-high gas prices have triggered legitimate concerns regarding the EU’s energy security, especially with dependence on natural gas from Russia. This brief discusses the historical and current risks associated with Russian gas imports. Researchers from the Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics Chloé Le Coq and Elena Paltseva argue that decreasing the reliance on Russian gas may not be feasible in the short-to-mid-run, especially with the EU’s goals of green transition and the electrification of the economy. To ensure the security of natural gas supply from Russia, the EU has to adopt the (long-proclaimed) coordinated energy policy strategy.

Southern Ocean storms cause outgassing of carbon dioxide

26 January, 2022 - Göteborgs universitet

Storms over the waters around Antarctica drive an outgassing of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, according to a new international study with researchers from the University of Gothenburg. The research group used advanced ocean robots for the study, which provides a better understanding of climate change and can lead to better global climate models. The […]