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2019
29 JUL

Kites harvest energy like wind turbines

A new generation of kite wind turbines can supplement land-based wind turbines and produce energy in rural areas without a power grid.

Energy Wind energy
17 JUN

The mystery of the weeping walls

Magnesium-oxide boards, or MgO boards, were used in construction from 2010-2015 as windbreak panels until it turned out that the boards had a frightening ability to absorb...

Construction and mechanics Construction materials
14 MAY

Laser trucks help maintain roads

Pavement engineering company, Dynatest , has developed a truck in partnership with DTU which analyses the state of the road using laser technology.

Lasers Construction and mechanics Information technology Mathematics Transport and logistics
23 APR

Wind turbines to venture out into the deep sea

Floating offshore wind turbines are gaining ground. A new Danish project aims to make it cheaper and easier to produce floating foundations for deep water.

Energy Wind energy Energy production Construction and mechanics
05 APR

Personalized medicine for children with cancer

In a joint project involving Rigshospitalet and DTU, parents of all Danish children with cancer will be given the offer to have the genetic characteristics of their children...

Genes and genomes Biotechnology and biochemistry Medicine and medico technology Health and diseases Computer calculations
05 APR

How close are we to personalized medicine?

Mapping patients’ genetic make-up could lead to better treatment for a wide range of diseases.

Medicine and medico technology Genes and genomes Computer calculations Information technology
15 MAR

Focus on proteins

Zero Hunger: The hunt for proteins

15 MAR

Can insects feed the world

Putting insects on the menu requires more than just good presentation, according to Roberto Flore, a renowned chef who has travelled far and wide to explore the world of...

Food, fish and agriculture Enzymes and proteins
15 MAR

Fish can be fed plant waste products

Fish from fish farms are feeding more and more mouths. But what should the fish eat? Research shows that plant proteins may be the answer.

Food, fish and agriculture Enzymes and proteins
15 MAR

From seaweed to proteins

Food researchers have invented methods for extracting proteins from seaweed. One of them is now being tested in a pilot plant at ingredient producer CP Kelco .

Enzymes and proteins Biotechnology and biochemistry Food technology
15 MAR

Healthy low-cost food for the third world

Research plays a key role when dairy giant Arla Foods develops products for third-world countries.

Enzymes and proteins
15 MAR

New protein sources

Cases for DTU’s research and innovation in relation to proteins for animal feed and food products.

Biotechnology and biochemistry Food, fish and agriculture Enzymes and proteins
19 FEB

Young chemist behind new 2D material

International research team headed by young chemist designs a new 2D material by combining organic molecules through inorganic ions.

Materials Chemistry
18 JAN

Girls doing scientific experiments

DTU invited girls from high school and the upper levels of primary school to come to their laboratories and explore science and technology.

2018
27 DEC

Solar energy theme: Here comes the sun

Solar energy has been gaining ground in recent years.

Energy Solar energy
27 DEC

Tandem solar cells must be efficient and sustainable

Major research collaboration to break the barrier for how much energy a sustainable tandem solar cell can produce.

Solar energy Energy production Micro and nanotechnology
27 DEC

Advanced drones chasing defective solar cells

Monitoring of solar farms is difficult, time-consuming and imprecise. Often you do not find all defects, which can reduce the energy production.

Solar energy Energy production Robot technology and automation Lasers
27 DEC

New Solar Energy study programme

DTU students can now choose to specialize in Solar Energy.

Energy Solar energy
27 DEC

Solar DTU is the way to collaboration

Solar DTU will make it easier to gain access to the University’s solar energy research and consultancy.

Energy Solar energy
27 DEC

Denmark at global front within solar heating

Denmark is a world leader within solar heating, and foreign experts travel to DTU to conduct research and test new technologies.

Energy Solar energy Energy production
27 DEC

Solar cells can pave the way to prosperity in Africa

Solar cells could help many African countries obtain cheap electricity, provide more jobs, and experience economic growth without impacting the global climate.

Energy Electricity supply Solar energy
27 DEC

The birthplace of tomorrow’s energy system

In an expanded and ambitious test laboratory, researchers will develop a flexible energy system based on many different technologies that will provide heat and electricity...

Energy systems Solar energy
23 DEC

2D materials more than graphene

Graphene took the world by storm in the 00s. But the world is full of alternative 2D materials, and some of them may have the potential to revolutionize the electronics...

Materials Physics Micro and nanotechnology
05 DEC

Blue Jeans in a green way

Researchers exploit E. coli bacteria for new, greener production of indigo to dye jeans.

Biotechnology and biochemistry Innovation and product development Bacteria and microorganisms Enzymes and proteins Chemistry
27 NOV

A mathematician on a mission

Stanford University Professor Stephen Boyd applies convex optimization to a wide range of engineering problems. With astounding results.

Mathematical analysis Operations analysis Mathematics
20 NOV

Preview of tomorrow’s control room

For each litre of oil extracted from the North Sea, 10 litres of water must be pumped into the underground.    

Production and management
06 NOV

High-tech spin-out on the verge of global breakthrough

It takes a long time to develop high-tech products and explain to the world why they are useful. The spin-out NIL Technology is a good example of this.

Micro and nanotechnology
01 NOV

Increasing biogas yield from manure

A new method makes agricultural manure far more suitable as a raw material for biogas.

Bacteria and microorganisms Organic chemistry Bioenergy Energy production
23 OCT

Automated harvest

The combine harvester, or simply combine, is a highly complex agricultural machine that performs several different types of tasks simultaneously.

Food production Innovation and product development Robot technology and automation
16 OCT

Cyber security: vulnerability can be turned into an advantage

Denmark’s position as the most digitalized country in Europe makes us vulnerable to cyber attacks.

Information technology Systems and data security
16 OCT

Cyber security: spin-out makes data immune

IT security firm Cybercrypt  turns the question of cyber security upside down and focuses on only protecting the most critical data: the secret encryption keys.  ...

Systems and data security Information technology
16 OCT

Cyber security: the best defence is a flexible organization

Businesses should look at the structure of their organization if they want to prepare for cyber attacks,” says researcher .

Production and management
16 OCT

Cyber security: new method to boost efficiency of quantum cryptography

The world champions in fast data transmission use their knowledge and advanced equipment from record attempts to develop more efficient quantum cryptography.

Physics Systems and data security
02 AUG

Automatic design system saves millions

Three years ago, it used to take Haldor Topsøe one week to design a customized solution for a customer. It can now be done in ten minutes.

Production and management
16 JUL

Q&A - Do gut bacteria cause obesity?

Research into gut bacteria has exploded over the past ten years. Scientists are investigating the role these bacteria play for our health, including how they affect our...

Bacteria and microorganisms Health and diseases
25 JUN

Microscopic laser attracting attention

A tiny new laser is revealing surprising unforeseen properties.

Lasers Micro and nanotechnology Data analysis
21 JUN

Recipe for deep ocean oil pipelines

The laboratories of National Oilwell Varco subject steel and advanced plastics to mistreatment to ensure that the finished pipes are up to the task of transporting oil...

Energy production Energy efficiency Fossil fuels Polymers
14 JUN

Smart golf balls for bioindustry

A free-flowing sensor monitors the processes in large production tanks. The sensor has been developed by Freesense , a small start-up company

Innovation and product development Chemical engineering Biological systems Sensors
06 JUN

A picture says more than a thousand words

Imaging is all about creating images. Already widely used in, e.g., medical diagnostics and drug development, imaging is destined to become a core technology in Industry...

Mathematical analysis Image analysis
06 JUN

Researchers create images with mathematics

Researchers in the field of image analysis have managed to create images of glass objects with photographic precision—without actually photographing them .

Image analysis Innovation and product development Computer calculations
06 JUN

Magnetic contrast agent behind clear MRI images

The Danish National Research Foundation Center for Hyperpolarization in Magnetic Resonance, HYPERMAG, at DTU  conducts research into technologies that can reveal...

Micro and nanotechnology Magnets Health and diseases Medical equipment and systems
06 JUN

‘Seeing is believing’

Electron microscope images provide understanding and evidence of a world we cannot see with the naked eye.

Micro and nanotechnology Bacteria and microorganisms
06 JUN

Laser technology provides detailed images of skin cancer

Bispebjerg Hospital in Copenhagen is working with DTU to improve a laser-based technology for skin cancer imaging.

06 JUN

X-ray peek at curly stone fibres

Imaging technology is helping Rockwool ensure that its products meet the exact same specifications at all their factories.

Image analysis
06 JUN

Advanced visualizations for companies

DTU’s 3D Imaging Centre assists companies in looking into materials in 3D and in real-time.

Image analysis
22 MAY

Family business ready for Industry 4.0

Thürmer Tools has been manufacturing special thread cutting tools for more than 100 years. The company is now a front runner in Industry 4.0 and has plans to create the...

Engineering Innovation and product development Software and programming
15 MAY

Testing the load bearing capacity of bridges

New methods for testing the load bearing capacity of concrete bridges can save unnecessary public investments in reinforcement or replacement of existing bridges.

Bridge constructions Construction materials
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 (NO X )gases.

Environment and pollution Robot technology and automation
10 APR

DTU to test self-driving buses

People will need to get used to self-driving buses when the Greater Copenhagen Light Rail becomes a reality. The buses are now being tested at DTU Lyngby Campus and in...

Robot technology and automation
27 MAR

Should we fear AI?

Prominent personalities like scientist Stephen Hawking and SpaceX and Tesla inventor Elon Musk are among those who describe artificial intelligence as nothing less than...

Robot technology and automation Electrotechnology Computer calculations Data analysis IT systems Software and programming Mathematical modelling
Photo: LM Wind Power
20 MAR

Here is the world’s largest wind turbine blade

LM Wind Power has—in collaboration with DTU—developed a new hybrid material which makes it possible to build the world’s largest wind turbine blades.

Wind energy Materials Innovation and product development
13 MAR

Strong university research benefits Danish life science sector

The life science sector is an important growth driver in the Danish economy. University research plays a decisive role in life science companies’ development and growth...

Biotechnology and biochemistry Electrotechnology Micro and nanotechnology
13 MAR

“We get new and better ideas”

Eriksholm Research Centre depends on the universities’ research, where talented researchers and their research activities are not hitched to a product development carriage...

Sound
13 MAR

“It gives us the opportunity to take some risks”

Joint research projects with universities mean that Sophion Biosciences can innovate technologies in which there is a high risk that the results cannot be used in the company...

Biotechnology and biochemistry Micro and nanotechnology
13 MAR

New life science facilities at DTU

Since 2010, DTU has accelerated new building projects—as well as development and renovation of the existing buildings at DTU—to make room for new, ultra-modern, research...

Biotechnology and biochemistry
06 FEB

Corrugated tube helps prevent cracks in concrete

It took 30 years to develop. But a DTU method for measuring contraction in concrete is now used world-wide.

Construction materials
06 FEB

World-class Danish measuring equipment

Germann Instruments supplies measuring equipment for construction projects all over the world. The foundation was laid at DTU.

Construction materials
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