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The lab-setup of the light incubator showing two different experimental blue light setups. Photo: Jingbo Li, MIT

2020.12.18 | AU Engineering, Department of Biological and Chemical Engineering

New discovery opens novel pathway for high-titer production of drop-in biofuels

Using an unusual, light-dependent enzyme and a newly discovered enzymatic mechanism, researchers from Aarhus University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology have enabled the biological synthesis of high-yield industry relevant production of climate neutral drop-in fuels from biowaste.

Ammonia (NH3) is today primarily based on the so-called Haber-Bosch process, invented in the early 20th century. The process is one of the largest contributors to global CO2 emissions. Photo: Istock.

2020.12.10 | AU Engineering, Department of Biological and Chemical Engineering

Researchers aim to make ammonia production 100% green

In a new project, researchers from Aarhus University and Stanford University will develop a sustainable technology for local-scale production of green ammonia.

Mathilde Bjerregaard (left) and Lena Fallesen (right) work with carbon and steel fibre-reinforced high-strength concrete for use in terrorism protection as a preliminary project for their Master's thesis. Photo: Ida Jensen, AU Photo.

2020.12.08 | AU Engineering, Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering

Concrete scholarships for engineering students: developing ultra-strong terrorism protection

Two MSc in engineering students who are developing a special kind of concrete for terrorism protection have each received a scholarship for a study trip to Switzerland.

"In some years, we will have to install more than a 100 Gigawatts of solar PV and wind power, and to achieve full decarbonisation the CO2 prices will have to be a lot higher than today," says Assistant Professor Marta Victoria, an expert in photovoltaics and energy systems at Aarhus University. Photo: Ida Jensen, AU Photo.

2020.12.04 | AU Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Production Engineering

Green energy transition: Early and steady wins the race

Researchers from Aarhus University have modelled the decarbonisation of the sector-coupled European energy system using very high-resolution data. The results are clear: To reach climate-neutrality by 2050 we need solar energy. And lots of it.

Taken through the lens of a microscope, the picture shows a close-up of the photonic integrated circuit used for the ammonia detector. The chip is roughly 2x2.6 mm2 in size. Photo: Andreas Hänsel, Aarhus University.

2020.12.01 | AU Engineering, Department of Biological and Chemical Engineering, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Danish researchers develop budget optical ammonia sensor

In collaboration with the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), the Department of Engineering at Aarhus University has developed photonic sensor technology that can pave the way for a portable, reliable and, above all, inexpensive device for detecting ammonia and other gases in agriculture.