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Articles from Dynamo

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2019
Credit: Colourbox
11 OCT

Baker’s yeast could pave the way for fossil-free plastic production

Ordinary baker’s yeast can be genetically engineered to produce an acid known as 3HP. This acid can be converted into acrylic acid, which, among other things, is...

Biotechnology and biochemistry Environment and pollution
Credit: Colourbox
07 OCT

Microwaves pave the way for PET recycling

PET can be degraded by microwaves and chemistry, so the components of the plastic can be recycled into new PET products.

Biotechnology and biochemistry Waste management
Credit: Shosuke Yoshida et al.
30 SEP

Bacteria can break down plastic

In 2016, Japanese scientists discovered a bacterium that can break down PET plastic, which is primarily known from plastic bottles and clothing fibres. Now, Danish researchers...

Biotechnology and biochemistry Environment and pollution
2018
Industry PhD Kræn Vodder Bush on a container ship, on which he studied the practical navigation conditions under which his solution was to operate. Photo: Man Diesel & Turbo
24 APR

No more black ship smoke

Shipping is an eco-friendly transport method. But it is also responsible for a large part of global emissions of toxic (NOX)gases.

Environment and pollution Robot technology and automation
Climate change is changing streetscapes throughout the world. Here in a Copenhagen suburb. Photo: Colourbox
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
Photo: Colourbox
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
Foto: Colourbox.dk
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
2016
Photo: Shutterstock
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
Researcher Mayank Jain places a sample—in the form of sand grains—for analysis in an apparatus which can measure the luminescence of the material. It will help determine the age of the material. Photo: Mikal Schlosser
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
Photo: Mikal Schlosser
11 MAR

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

Cities are major energy consumers and thus also CO2 emitters. However, it is precisely the many different urban infrastructures and energy units that may be the key to...

Electronics Electricity supply Energy efficiency Energy storage Fossil fuels Energy production Energy systems IT systems Climate adaption CO2 separation and CO2 storage
Photo: Mikal Schlosser
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...

Energy efficiency Energy systems Data analysis Electricity supply Climate adaption Waste water and water discharge CO2 separation and CO2 storage Water supply
Photo: Mikal Schlosser
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 3...

CO2 separation and CO2 storage Air pollution IT systems Software and programming Energy efficiency Energy production Power stations
Photo: Panthermedia
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
Photo: Mikal Schlosser
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...

Bioenergy Wind energy Energy production Energy storage Energy efficiency Climate adaption CO2 separation and CO2 storage
Photo: Joachim Rode
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...

Transport behaviour Transport economy Climate adaption CO2 separation and CO2 storage Electronics Electrical engineering Energy efficiency Energy storage
Shutterstock
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
Photo: Joachim Rode
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
Photo: Joachim Rode
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