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This is what the fields of the future may look like. The photo was taken at a demonstration field in Germany. Photo: Next2Sun.

2021.02.26 | AU Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Production Engineering

Why not combine agriculture and solar energy on the same field?

Using vertical solar-cell installations, researchers from Aarhus University will harvest both energy and crops from the same agricultural area. The plan is to produce energy when it is most needed, while at the same time leaving space for the farmer to work in the field.

"Our projects are almost always in densely built-up urban areas. So it’s extra important that we minimise our impact on the environment," says Lars Dithmer, Head of Sustainability at Per Aarsleff A/S. Photo: Per Aarsleff A/S

2021.02.25 | AU Engineering, Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering

New project to showcase the green construction site of tomorrow

There hasn’t been much focus on the green transition of construction sites – but there’s a lot to be gained. A number of companies and knowledge institutions have now joined forces to establish a full-scale demo construction site as it may look in a greener future.

All information about the construction and all its phases are to be included in the digital twin, giving full situational awareness to management at all times. This provides researchers the opportunity to model the phases of construction in extreme detail very early in the project, where i.a. hazards and risks can be detected and reacted upon proactively. Photo: Aarhus University, Jochen Teizer.

2021.02.22 | AU Engineering, Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

New research in digital twins allows for much safer and more efficient construction

Artificial intelligence is a key word in two major EU-funded projects aiming to dramatically reduce the number of accidents and close call incidents on construction sites.

"One cannot alone accomplish anything truly great. Results are always achieved in collaboration with others, and I’m very much in favour of seeking inspiration from other worlds and industries, so that you don’t sit in your own silo and think you know best," says bridge building pioneer Klaus H. Ostenfeld, new honorary professor at the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering, Aarhus University. Photo: Søren Kjeldgaard.

2021.02.10 | AU Engineering, Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering

Bridge pioneer new honorary professor at Aarhus University

He has helped more than anyone else to adorn the flat, Danish landscape with monumental buildings. Now, the award-winning civil engineer Klaus H. Ostenfeld has been made an honorary professor at Aarhus University, where he shares his 55 years of experience from Denmark and abroad.

Due to the coronavirus, all of the university's buildings are closed. Therefore, almost 300 new engineer students have to wait a little while before they get the chance to experience the normal student life. Photo: Maria Randima, AU Foto.

2021.02.03 | News

More students want to start on an engineering programme in the winter

296 new Bachelor of Engineering students started their programmes at Aarhus University last week. This is an increase of 31 per cent compared with the winter intake last year.

"Specifically, we want to help enterprises to identify the possibilities for more data collection and data use in agriculture. This could be via sensor data in stables or on machines, for example, that can be used to help decision-making on an individual farm,” says Associate Professor Stefan Wagner, AU. Photo: Colourbox

2021.02.02 | AU Engineering, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Data generating growth in agro-industry

A new research project is offering help to small and medium-sized Danish agro-companies to work strategically with data, generate growth, and develop new digital business models.

Four new heads of department for the engineering area at Aarhus University. Photos: AU, SDU.

2021.02.01 | News from the management, AU Engineering, Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering

New heads of department at AU Engineering

Aarhus University now has its new management for the engineering area in place, and on 1 March 2021, four heads of department will take up their positions.

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.

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