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2018
09 JAN

Action must be taken now

The world’s countries must do more to limit global warming. The UN’s Emissions Gap Report 2017 calls for higher ambitions for reducing emissions of greenhouse gases.

Climate change
09 JAN

Emissions Gap Report – the climate report that we are all waiting for

When the world’s nations meet for the annual climate summits—the so-called Conferences of the Parties (COPS)—an important report will form part of the discussions: Emissions...

Climate change
09 JAN

Europe monitors greenhouse gases

With more than 100 measuring stations in 12 EU member countries, a network of European researchers collect data on three primary greenhouse gases.

Climate change
09 JAN

How is the sea affected by climate change?

Sea animals and plants absorb massive quantities of CO 2 from the atmosphere and thus serve as a buffer against global warming. But will this change in line with the oceans...

Marine research Climate change
09 JAN

How to achieve more accurate climate projections

Advanced statistics offer an untapped potential in climate research. Such statistics can help climate scientists provide better and more reliable predictions of the climate...

Climate change Statistics
09 JAN

Is it worth it?

Using a digital calculation tool, you can calculate the economic advantage of investing in climate change adaptation. The tool is now to be developed further in a new project...

Climate change Climate adaption Information technology
2017
18 DEC

Untouched by human hands: Better, safer biotech production

Continuous automatic sampling during production aims to keep Danish biotechnology at the forefront. The equipment, and the company behind it, are the result of fruitful...

Biotechnology and biochemistry Food production
Photo: Thorkild Amdi Christensen
15 DEC

Fair play through machine learning

Used properly, artificial intelligence will be a tool in creating a more just society, according to Machine Learning pioneer Zoubin Ghahramani.

Information technology
28 NOV

Ready for triple hurricane

Wind speeds will reach up to three times hurricane-force inside the new national wind tunnel being built on the DTU Risø Campus . The wind will rush through these five...

Wind energy
27 NOV

Phone shows sleep patterns

800 students received a free smartphone in the Sensible DTU project, in exchange for allowing researchers to monitor all their activities anonymously.

Data analysis
21 NOV

New tool improves acoustics and the working environment

An acoustic simulation tool is making it easier to calculate and work with acoustics in small rooms such as classrooms and offices.

Sound Work environment Innovation and product development
13 NOV

Researchers hunt for tomorrow’s antimicrobial agents in the Christiania topsoil

The world desperately needs new types of antimicrobial agents to combat resistant bacteria. Researchers are therefore searching high and low for new antimicrobial agents...

Bacteria and microorganisms Biological systems Health and diseases
03 NOV

‘We need a major focus on continuing education’

As intelligent robots and increasing digitization make many traditional jobs obsolete, the need for lifelong learning is more relevant than ever before. A DTU dean believes...

18 OCT

Alarm gives epileptics peace of mind

Doctors and scientists have joined forces with a commercial enterprise to develop an alarm that makes life easier for patients and their relatives.

Electronics Medicine and medico technology Health and diseases Medical equipment and systems
16 OCT

Water utilities’ plans to make water soft no simple feat

Drinking water in the Danish capital has very high calcium levels. Centralized water softening could therefore be an advantage. Following extensive investigations by DTU...

Water supply
03 OCT

The global quantum race is on

Huge investments are being made in quantum technology around the world. Denmark is among the nations that have joined the global race, where the winners will be those who...

Quantum theory and atomic physics
03 OCT

Vanguard of quantum society

A new basic research centre at DTU aims to secure Denmark a leading international position in the field of quantum technology. At the same time, the University is advancing...

Quantum theory and atomic physics
03 OCT

Quantum computers demand new encryption

Data which is confidential today will no longer be secure when quantum computers arrive. However, researchers have a solution ready in advance—quantum cryptography.

Quantum theory and atomic physics Sensors Systems and data security
03 OCT

Diamonds track cancer

Knowing whether a cancer therapy is 100 per cent effective, or merely 99.9 per cent, can be a matter of life and death. Quantum mechanical phenomena in diamonds are helping...

Quantum theory and atomic physics Lasers Health and diseases
21 AUG

When drones fly beneath the radar

Drones offer many benefits, but unfortunately they provide terrorists and criminals with new opportunities, so they need to be monitored. The Danish company Weibel Scientific...

Antennas Electronics Robot technology and automation
21 AUG

Drone technology benefits society

According to the Danish Drone Strategy, the Danish Government wants to promote the use of drones in the public sector. And now a string of DTU projects have become airborne...

Antennas Robot technology and automation Mapping and surveying Fish and shellfish
08 AUG

It’s all about digitization

The fourth industrial revolution is based on digitization. The sheer number of new, faster and cheaper technologies is making it easier for businesses to digitalize. And...

Robot technology and automation Computer calculations Data analysis IT systems Production and management
08 AUG

Before, it was 3D printing: Now Additive Manufacturing is the new black

However, 3D printing is a key technology within Additive Manufacturing, a concept which is attracting the interest of a growing number of companies.

Robot technology and automation Computer calculations Data analysis IT systems Production and management
08 AUG

Soon hospital beds will take their own baths

Researchers and hospital employees are developing robots that can transport hospital beds to an automatic washing facility without being touched by human hands.

Robot technology and automation Computer calculations Data analysis IT systems Production and management
08 AUG

The Internet of Things—and machines: Linking machines to machines

Linking industrial machinery, robots, and systems together holds considerable potential. However, it also requires a high level of security to avoid both breakdowns and...

Robot technology and automation Computer calculations Data analysis IT systems Production and management Construction and mechanics
08 AUG

Three challenges facing managers

The fourth industrial revolution and the changes it requires of companies place considerable demands on management.

Production and management
Mikal Schlosser
08 AUG

Students and researchers in international robotics competition

As the only Scandinavian university, DTU participated in a robotics competition in Abu Dhabi where robots demonstrated their ability to perceive and adapt to changes in...

Robot technology and automation Computer calculations Data analysis IT systems
27 JUL

Cold LED light threatens Nordic 'hygge'

Scandinavian affinity for warm lighting is threatened by international developments within LED lighting. Consumers should stand up and fight, says the author Tor Nørretranders...

Light sources
27 JUL

LED light bulbs need describing in new ways

The Ra index is a set of values that describe light quality. However, the index stems from the era of the incandescent bulb and the fluorescent tube, and it makes it difficult...

Light sources
Associate Professor Poul G. Hjort. Photo: Mikal Schlosser
19 JUL

Mathematics on the factory floor

The Danish company Westrup A/S, which is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of seed-separation machines, was faced with a mathematical challenge. The company therefore...

Mathematics
Photo: Joachim Rode
22 JUN

Analysing cell factories

This ultra-modern analytical laboratory is located in the recently inaugurated premises on the DTU Lyngby campus housing the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability...

Biotechnology and biochemistry
24 MAY

Buildings to become materials banks

In the next 40 years, we will be building just as much as we have built so far in human history. This requires a radically different mindset. Circular economy is the key...

Building production and management Construction materials Waste management
11 MAY

Philips shaving off years of development time

Stainless steel components in electric razors and other consumer products are becoming ever smaller. And they must be produced with high precision. According to a collaborative...

Materials Metals and alloys
07 APR

Ingredients—a quiet success story

With 14 per cent of the global market and a revenue of up to DKK 35 billion (EUR 470 million), the Danish ingredients industry has relatively unnoticed developed into a...

Food, fish and agriculture Food production Food technology Health-promoting compounds Bacteria and microorganisms Enzymes and proteins
07 APR

Bacteria we like

Chr. Hansen has more than 100 years’ experience in growing bacteria which have a useful effect in cheese, yoghurt, and other foods. More engineering work is required...

Food production Food technology
07 APR

Citrus peel to ensure healthy stomachs

CP Kelco is a leading international supplier of gelling agents for foods. Focus has now shifted towards the health benefits of the ingredients

Food production
03 APR

Giant battery to charge Nordhavn

Yet another step has now been taken in the development of Nordhavn as Copenhagen’s sustainable urban district. A giant battery which is to help balance the power system...

Energy storage
24 MAR

We must act now to achieve our goal

Oil, gas, and coal must be phased out and replaced by renewable energy. However, to ensure we have sufficient energy to cover our future needs, we must be able to store...

Energy Energy storage Energy systems
24 MAR

Upgrading of biogas at full speed

Biogas is currently not as valuable as natural gas. But it could be.

Bioenergy Energy storage
24 MAR

Modular plants to upgrade biogas

A new concept makes investing in the required upgrading technology affordable for the biogas sector.

Bioenergy Energy storage
24 MAR

Hydrogen from 'reverse fuel' cells

Haldor Topsøe ’s plant produces hydrogen using electrolysis based on patented technology developed in partnership with DTU. The process fits well with biogas upgrade.

Bioenergy Fuel cells Energy storage Energy systems
24 MAR

In the long term

90 minutes of sunshine on Earth produces enough energy to cover the total global annual energy consumption. But the challenge is to ‘harvest’ the energy.

Energy Energy storage Energy production
09 MAR

New optical sensors withstand harsh conditions

They are small, lightweight, and very precise, and contain no metal or electrical components. The new optical sensors may therefore play a key role in tomorrow's wind and...

Hardware and components
28 FEB

Pure precision

The Portable Ultrasound Scanners project—running from 2013 to 2018—has received DKK 75 million (EUR 10 million) in funding from Innovation Fund Denmark out of a total budget...

Medicine and medico technology
27 FEB

Ultrasound scanner goes portable

Ultrasound is an effective and harmless means to look inside the body. It is used by specially trained doctors, for example to monitor the foetus during pregnancy, but...

Medicine and medico technology
13 FEB

Lab-on-a-chip for world's vets

The spin-out company Scandinavian Micro Biodevices has completed its journey from the clean rooms at DTU to a global breakthrough. Zoetis, of USA, has just paid DKK 536...

Medical equipment and systems Innovation and product development
25 JAN

The polymer revolution has just begun

Rapid recovery following a heart attack. Chewing gum that can be easily removed from the pavement. Strong materials with soft surfaces. Meet one of the world's leading...

Materials Polymers
2016
21 DEC

Four-in-one wind turbine

Vestas’ new demonstration wind turbine at the DTU Risø Campus is a radical new approach to making the price of wind power even more competitive.

Wind energy Electricity supply Energy
21 DEC

Danish technology revolutionizing wind measurement

The more you know about the wind a wind turbine is exposed to, the better you can optimize the turbine's lifetime and power output. DTU researchers have invented a wind...

Wind energy Electricity supply Energy
21 DEC

Ikea lamp held answer

The idea for the wind scanner was born in Ikea's accessories department.

Energy Wind energy
Despite its 76 years, Whitesides is far from approaching retirement age. In fact, he is fully committed to revolutionizing robot technology. Photo: Thorkild Amdi Christensen
06 DEC

Why shouldn’t chemists invent robots?

Meet George M. Whitesides who debunks university ‘bunker’ thinking. The 76-year-old researcher is the world’s most cited chemist who stays on track through a constant focus...

Chemistry Robot technology and automation Medicine and medico technology
02 DEC

New atom building method

DTU researchers have developed a method of constructing atom-thin materials, paving the way for developing materials with new properties.

Materials Nanoparticles
24 NOV

Click for chemistry

A few mouse clicks—and several microseconds later—you have access to a world of data on more than 600,000 chemical structures.

Food safety Environmental chemistry
Photo: Kopenhagen Fur
14 NOV

Supercomputer improves virus traceability

The Danish mink industry will now receive help in the fight against a feared virus that can potentially threaten Denmark’s billion kroner export of mink pelts.

Genes and genomes Livestock diseases Production animals Data analysis
14 OCT

Ultraviolet light—antimicrobial agents of the future

The part of sunlight in the ultraviolet spectrum plays an important role for our lives on Earth. With the new LED light sources and greater knowledge of the effect of ultraviolet...

Bacteria and microorganisms Lasers Optics
Helene Faustrup Kildegaard is one of the researchers ‘forcing’ animal cells to produce substances that can be used in anti-cancer drugs, for example. Photo: Ulrik Jantzen
07 OCT

Drugs from hamster cells

What on earth have Chinese hamsters to do with medical drugs? Quite a lot as it turns out, as hamster cells can be programmed to sustainably produce anti-cancer drugs...

Bacteria and microorganisms Fermentation Synthetic biology
28 SEP

Theme: Knowledge about invisible structures produce new materials

Danish universities and businesses will have direct access to the recently inaugurated X-ray facility in Lund, Sweden— MAX IV .

Physics Lasers
28 SEP

Theme: What can X-ray microscopy be used for?

On the DanMAX beamline, a concentrated X-ray will be sent out to two measuring stations, enabling researchers to see inside a wide range of materials. One of these measuring...

28 SEP

Theme: X-ray behind better milk cartons

Packaging company Tetra Pak is to become neighbour to two of the world’s most advanced facilities for materials research. Cooperation across the Øresund is equipping...

Physics Materials
09 AUG

Georgeite can improve the production of methanol

Researchers at DTU have helped an international team of researchers prove how the mineral georgeite can improve the production of methanol. In the long term, the discovery...

Micro and nanotechnology Physics Chemistry Catalysis Materials
04 AUG

At the forefront of solar power

Sunshine can be hard to predict. However, new software will make it possible to predict the electricity production from a photovoltaic (solar cell) system.

Energy Solar energy Wind energy Software and programming Computer calculations
26 JUL

New sensors function as eyes in concrete

A new spin-out from DTU has recently marketed a sensor system allowing you to monitor activity inside concrete structures from your desk.

Construction and mechanics Construction materials Building production and management Building design Building construction Innovation and product development Entrepreneurship
22 JUL

Better images on the way

There is good news for graphic designers and web designers who know how time-consuming it is to make cutouts of images—and have seen how poor the quality can be when using...

Mathematics Image analysis
19 JUL

Translucent concrete

Is it possible to combine the construction benefits of concrete with the desire to get more daylight into buildings? The answer is yes. An innovative building material...

Light sources Optics Construction materials Building design Building construction Entrepreneurship Innovation and product development
12 JUL

Multi-million investment in DTU spin-out

Scion DTU is home to a company that is well on its way to becoming one of the biggest Danish biotech success stories ever . 

Chemistry Entrepreneurship Innovation and product development
05 JUL

The goal is a person on Mars

While space scientists all over the world are eagerly exploring the solar system, their budgets are under pressure. The solution is closer international cooperation, says...

Space research Climate change Polar research
10 JUN

Solar and wind power on cruise control

In the infancy of the electricity grid, there was a need for systems capable of maintaining a stable voltage level and for the availability of additional power in the event...

Energy Electricity supply Energy efficiency Energy systems Power stations Wind energy
08 JUN

DataMine makes life easier for researchers

Many research areas rely increasingly on vast data volumes—the management of which is both complex and time-consuming . 

Information technology Entrepreneurship Innovation and product development
31 MAY

Engineers and doctors develop new healthcare technologies

New healthcare technologies are needed to prevent, diagnose and treat the increasing number of cases of disease associated with increases in life expectancies. And this...

Biotechnology and biochemistry Micro and nanotechnology Optics Medicine and medico technology Medical equipment and systems Hospital layout and design Health and diseases Innovation and product development Entrepreneurship
31 MAY

Openness is gold

It was a perfect match when Associate Professor Winnie E. Svendsen met Dan Høgdall, a doctor. Together they developed a chip for diagnosing early-stage cancers. In January...

Medicine and medico technology Medical equipment and systems Nanomedicine Health and diseases Entrepreneurship Innovation and product development
31 MAY

Doctors and engineers develop better cancer treatment

DTU and Frederiksberg Hospital are heading a European research project, where engineers and doctors develop new instruments for detecting bladder cancer.

Medicine and medico technology Medical equipment and systems Health and diseases Entrepreneurship Innovation and product development
09 MAY

Rent a 'donkey' with your mobile

Yet another DTU start-up has seen the light of day. Donkey Republic has developed a kind of 'Uber' for bicycles. Meet one of the entrepreneurs behind the company

Entrepreneurship Innovation and product development
04 MAY

Meet the man behind Burj Khalifa

Bill Baker is the man behind the world’s tallest man-made structure, Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Here, he talks about the engineering challenges of extreme high-rise buildings...

Construction materials Building production and management Building design Building construction Geometry Computer calculations
Photo: Xnovo
26 APR

X-ray spots fatigued metal

Now you can easily and quickly generate 3D images of, e.g., metal and identify any weaknesses—without destroying the material. The spin-out company Xnovo Technology...

Image analysis Software and programming Materials Innovation and product development Entrepreneurship
31 MAR

Taking the temperature of the underground

Researchers have now invented a quick way of reading the prehistoric temperature of the underground .

Radioactivity Geology Climate change
29 MAR

Executive director about PhD graduates: “They’re raising our professional bar...

A PhD degree from DTU is almost a guarantee of a job. Previously, a large majority of all PhDs became public sector researchers, but today 50 per cent get a job in industry...

18 MAR

The apparatus geologists love

DTU Nutech has for more than three decades developed, designed and sold an apparatus, which is especially popular among geologists worldwide for the dating of sediments...

Geology Climate change
11 MAR

Smart cities

The world population flows to the cities, and the trend only seems to continue. The rapidly increasing population density puts cities under tremendous pressure across...

11 MAR

The cities can become fossil-free, if they think 'smart'

Cities are major energy consumers and thus also CO 2 emitters. However, it is precisely the many different urban infrastructures and energy units that may be the key...

Electronics Electricity supply Energy efficiency Energy storage Fossil fuels Energy production Energy systems IT systems Climate adaption CO2 separation and CO2 storage
11 MAR

Light on tomorrow’s city

In mid-December, the conclusion of the UN's International Year of Light 2015 was marked with a conference in the Black Diamond, the Royal Library in Copenhagen. Here...

Light sources Sensors Energy efficiency Data analysis Software and programming Computer calculations
11 MAR

On the way to intelligent traffic control

An important step towards a more efficient running of urban traffic is knowing how many cyclists, pedestrians, and drivers are at which places, when they are there, and...

Transport models Mobility Transport behaviour Data analysis Telecommunication Computer calculations IT systems Satelittes
11 MAR

Green wave on super cycle paths

The City of Copenhagen, Google, and DTU are collaborating on finding out whether data collection from mobile phones can be used specifically to improve mobility for the...

Transport behaviour Mobility Data analysis CO2 separation and CO2 storage
11 MAR

Laboratory for smart energy

In Copenhagen’s new Nordhavn district, researchers, authorities, utility companies, and industry are demonstrating in practice how to make the future energy supply and...

Energy efficiency Energy systems Data analysis Electricity supply Climate adaption Waste water and water discharge CO2 separation and CO2 storage Water supply
11 MAR

Whole municipality becomes a living lab

The Municipality of Lyngby-Taarbæk, DTU, and a number of companies will make Lyngby a living laboratory for the benefit of its citizens, educational institutions, and...

11 MAR

Software saves millions on urban heating

For the sake of safety, district heating water was previously heated more than adequately. Using software developed at DTU, the temperature in the network is lowered...

CO2 separation and CO2 storage Air pollution IT systems Software and programming Energy efficiency Energy production Power stations
11 MAR

Clean water on green power

Ingenious software enables operators to move the most energy-consuming processes of the wastewater system to times of the day with plenty of cheap renewable energy. In...

CO2 separation and CO2 storage Computer calculations Data analysis Software and programming IT systems Energy efficiency Energy production
27 JAN

New sensor detects faults before they happen

A completely new optical and highly sensitive sensor that can withstand extreme environments.

Wind energy Optics Hardware and components Fossil fuels Sensors Entrepreneurship Innovation and product development
26 JAN

Engineers refine doctors’ tools

Sleep is the brain’s way of spring cleaning—and effectively removing toxins. During deep sleep, the body is normally completely at rest and unreactive to the brain’s signals...

Health and diseases Medical equipment and systems Physiological modelling Data analysis Electronics
26 JAN

Colour research

There is increasing evidence to suggest that a particular sleep disorder producing abnormal movements during dream sleep may be an early marker for Parkinson’s disease...

Health and diseases Medical equipment and systems Physiological modelling Data analysis Electronics
19 JAN

110 octane fuel from wind and manure

In a basement in North Zealand, a small test set-up is producing the carbon-neutral fuel—methanol. Chemically pure, odourless and burning with a clear blue flame, methanol...

Bioenergy Wind energy Energy production Energy storage Energy efficiency Climate adaption CO2 separation and CO2 storage
Photo: Lemvig Biogasanlæg
19 JAN

From wind to gas

Wind energy can be converted into methane gas and stored in the Danish natural gas grid. As an added bonus, the biogas plants eliminate their carbon emissions using a...

Bioenergy Energy production Power stations Energy storage Wind energy Innovation and product development Organic chemistry
Photo: DTU
18 JAN

They break turbine blades at Risø

Experiments run in a test hall on DTU Risø Campus demonstrate when, where and how turbine blades break.

Wind energy Energy efficiency Energy production Engineering
04 JAN

The car will be more than just a means of transport

The Japanese automotive giant Nissan and a team of researchers from DTU Electrical Engineering have become the first in the world to make a mass-produced electric vehicle...

Transport economy Innovation and product development Climate adaption Electricity supply Energy efficiency Energy storage Electronics
04 JAN

Economy is the key

Research shows that economy is the single most important factor in deciding whether to invest in an electric or petrol-powered vehicle.

Transport behaviour Transport economy Climate adaption
04 JAN

The battery—heart of the electric car

Batteries twice as powerful as those currently available may finally herald the breakthrough of electric cars. Developing such batteries is the goal of a European, DTU...

Electricity supply Energy storage Energy efficiency Electronics Innovation and product development Transport economy
04 JAN

Electric vehicles are the long-term solution

In the opinion of Niels Buus Kristensen, Head of Department at DTU Transport and a member of the Danish government’s climate advisory committee, electric vehicles hold...

Transport behaviour Transport economy Climate adaption CO2 separation and CO2 storage Electronics Electrical engineering Energy efficiency Energy storage
04 JAN

Electric vehicle of the future

How will electric vehicles develop? Associate Professor Esben Larsen from DTU Electrical Engineering  shares his thoughts on the subject.

Electronics Energy efficiency Energy storage Electricity supply Transport economy Transport models Transport behaviour Innovation and product development Climate adaption
2015
26 NOV

Detailed wind knowledge

DTU Wind Energy has worked for such a long time with large calculations of wind movements that the department is now on its fifth supercomputer—called ‘Jess’—which...

Computer calculations Hardware and components Data analysis Wind energy