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It often requires a trained eye to find plastic that is accidentally included when sorting aluminum. Therefore, researchers are currently developing intelligent camera technologies that may one day replace the manual quality assurance that is otherwise needed. Photo: Danish Technological Institute

2021.01.29 | AU Engineering, Department of Biological and Chemical Engineering

How intelligent camera technology can improve waste separation

It is important to have detailed information on waste streams from households and industry if the green transition is to succeed. Recycling plastics and metal depends entirely on meticulous separation, and artificial intelligence and new camera technology can help.

"I think it’s high time we start making solutions for replacing the classic materials such as silicon and germanium in electrical components with new biodegradable materials," says Assistant Professor Shweta Agarwala, Aarhus University. Photo: Private.

2021.01.27 | AU Engineering, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

New research project on sustainable electronics promises to reduce e-waste problem

Assistant Professor Shweta Agarwala from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Aarhus University will use materials science and printed electronics to deal with the ever-increasing problem of electronic waste.

With a multi-million investment from the EU, Aarhus University is to spearhead development of the next generation of batteries for electric cars that can be recharged in just six minutes. Assistant Professor Corneliu Barbu will be leading the project. (Photo: Lars Kruse)

2021.01.26 | AU Engineering, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Electric car of the future to be developed in Denmark

Aarhus University is to head development of the next generation of electric car batteries with a recharging time of just six minutes. The EU is investing a total EUR 11.5 million in the project.

In a new project, researchers want to investigate the chemicals in our indoor climate. They are starting by looking at the air in daycare centres and schools (Photo: Colourbox).
Assistant Professor Kasper Vita Kristensen (Photo: The Villum Foundation)

2021.01.26 | Department of Biological and Chemical Engineering, Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering

Researchers to investigate chemicals in indoor air

By far the majority of the air we breathe in Denmark is indoor air. Yet we know very little about the cocktail of chemicals entering our bodies in this way. Researchers now want to monitor these emissions and map out the scope of harmful substances.

Chemical plant for Haber-Bosch production of ammonia and nitrogen fertilization. Photo: Istock.

2021.01.22 | AU Engineering, Department of Biological and Chemical Engineering

The road to future zero emissions demands a new form of ammonia production

A new global collaboration to examine new ways of producing green ammonia is to receive DKK 21 million from the EU framework programme for research and innovation, Horizon 2020. The project is being headed by engineering researchers from Aarhus University

Associate Professor Xuping Zhang and his research team have developed a customised and very versatile robotic gripper for the robot, that was demonstrated at Jydsk Emblem Fabrik on the 18th. of January 2021. Photo: Peer Klercke. 
The robot arm is installed on an intelligent, mobile platform, which can move between workstations avoiding people and other obstacles. Photo: Peer Klercke.

2021.01.20 | AU Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Production Engineering

Robotic colleague takes over the production line at Aarhus factory

Monday 18 January was demo day at Jydsk Emblem Fabrik A/S in Malling – a 135-year-old family-owned company, which was demonstrating an intelligent, self-propelled, collaborative mobile robot manipulator system in its production processes.

"PFAS are some of the worst environmental pollutants, and unfortunately we don’t yet have green methods that can completely break the very strong carbon-fluorine bonds that make the substances extremely resistant to natural decay," says Assistant Professor Zongsu Wei. Photo: Zongsu Wei.

2021.01.13 | AU Engineering, Department of Biological and Chemical Engineering

Research project to eliminate ‘forever chemicals’

The Novo Nordisk Foundation has granted funding to a project to develop a multi-step system to treat water for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances. The method is based on nature's own enzymes and a completely new nanomaterial being developed by researchers at Aarhus University.

"Autonomous drone technology is an area in rapid development. There are many positive aspects of using this technology in offshore industries where the cost of manual labour is very high,” says Associate Professor Erdal Kayacan, Aarhus University, who is one of those working to develop new intelligent technologies for the maritime sector. Photo: Istock

2021.01.12 | AU Engineering, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Production Engineering

Drone technology gaining ground in the maritime sector

The potential of autonomous solutions for offshore operations in the maritime sector is huge. The Danish drone company Upteko is collaborating with researchers from Aarhus University to develop next-generation drone technologies and artificial intelligence for everything from rescue operations to 3D scans and inspections of entire ships.

"Super optimized wind farms will be a major step towards the green transition," says Associate Professor Mahdi Abkar, an expert in fluid dynamics and turbulence at the Department of Mechanical and Production Engineering, Aarhus University.

2021.01.07 | AU Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Production Engineering

New smart flow models could have a major impact on wind energy projects

Researchers from Aarhus University aim to enable the use of data-driven deep learning models for wind farm flow simulations, optimization and control, making them more energy-efficient. The project has received a grant from the Independent Research Fund Denmark.

Aarhus University is opening four new engineering departments as part of an ambitious plan to create one of the world's leading educational and research environments within the technical sciences. (Photo: Lars Kruse)

2021.01.04 | AU Engineering, Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering, Department of Biological and Chemical Engineering

Four new engineering departments for Denmark

At the turn of the year, Aarhus University has implemented an organisational change to open four new departments. This is part of work to enhance research and educational activities within engineering science.