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"To be honest, I think I became a professor too early," says Professor Mika Sillanpää, one of the world's leading researchers in wastewater-treatment technologies, who has just started as a professor at the Department of Biological and Chemical Engineering at Aarhus University. Photo: Teemu Leinonen

2021.06.13 | AU Engineering, Department of Biological and Chemical Engineering

New professor will spearhead the development of a ground-breaking new wastewater system

Mika Sillanpää, one of the world's leading researchers in wastewater treatment, is a new professor at the Department of Biological and Chemical Engineering at Aarhus University. Here, he will help develop the wastewater system of the future, which will radically change the way in which we treat wastewater.

Due to Corona, a second TECH tent will be opening at Bryggen in the middle of Copenhagen this year, where, in collaboration with the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), the University of Southern Denmark (SDU), Aalborg University (AAU), the Danish Society of Engineers (IDA) and Engineer the Future, AU Engineering will be debating technology. Photo: Jesper Bruun.

2021.06.15 | AU Engineering, Department of Biological and Chemical Engineering, Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering

Denmark’s Political Festival (Folkemødet) 2021: TECH tents to open in both Allinge and Copenhagen

What will be the role of universities in the green transition? Is 'Denmark as a test country' an opportunity or a constraint? And can we increase the supply of highly qualified labour by allowing older people to remain active on the labour market for longer? These are some of the questions on the agenda in the TECH tents at this year's Political…

"One of the solutions to global climate problems is to increase the share of renewable energy, and the way to do this is by making sure that we can store the energy," says Postdoc Behzad Partoon, who came to Aarhus University to do research into Power-to-X tech. Photo: Lars Kruse / AU Foto.

2021.06.10 | AU Engineering, Department of Biological and Chemical Engineering

Working for the total green transition of society

For nine years, Behzad Partoon has researched CO2 capture technology at Universiti Technologi Petronas in Malaysia. Now he is looking into what we can do with the CO2 once we have captured it. That was actually the main reason why he came to Aarhus University.

Support stockings using electrical muscle stimulation in use at Bispebjerg Hospital. Photo: Bispebjerg Hospital.

2021.05.31 | AU Engineering, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Department of Biological and Chemical Engineering

Danish invention preserves muscle mass in Covid patients

Engineering researchers from Aarhus University have developed electronic support stockings and tested them on bed-ridden Covid patients at Copenhagen University Hospitals, Bispebjerg and Herlev. The experiments show that the stockings counteract a significant loss of muscle mass.

"After we harvest the grass and extract the protein for animal feed, we can refine and pulp the grass fibres for cellulose, from which we can produce packaging. In this way, we can use and up-value a side stream from protein production," says Assistant Professor Morten Ambye-Jensen from the Department of Biological and Chemical Engineering at Aarhus University. Photo: AU Foto.

2021.05.26 | AU Engineering, Department of Biological and Chemical Engineering

Grass replaces plastic in take-away food packaging

Soon, packaging for take-away foods might be completely based on local, sustainable materials instead of fossil-based products. In a new research project, a packaging solution based on upcycled grass fibres is being developed.

"The project is the culmination of my more than 10 years of research into the subject, and I hope to be able to help deliver durable and natural microbial solutions to make food safer in the future," says Associate Professor Clarissa Schwab. Photo: Ida Jensen, AU Foto.

2021.05.22 | AU Engineering, Department of Biological and Chemical Engineering

New research will unveil the future for natural preservation of food products

With a grant of DKK 10 million from the Novo Nordisk Foundation, researchers from Aarhus University are aiming to find out how best to use naturally occurring compounds to preserve food.

The ReMeSh project will develop an efficient method of converting CO2 from industrial sources, like biogas for example, so that it can be used in the natural gas grid. Here Michael Vedel Wegener Kofoed, researcher at the Department of Biological and Chemical Engineering, Aarhus University. Photo: Anders Trærup.

2021.05.12 | AU Engineering, Department of Biological and Chemical Engineering

Microorganisms to transform CO2 into sustainable fuel

The ReMeSh research project will increase our understanding of microorganisms' ability to convert CO2 into methane and it will form the basis for development of a new technology for efficient production of sustainable fuel.

"Polyester accounts for half of all clothes fibres in the world. Therefore, we will further develop technology based on chemical purification to recycle the polyester materials so that they can return to the textile industry,” says Anders Lindhardt from Danish Technological Institute who's part of the project. Photo: Danish Technological Institute.

2021.05.06 | AU Engineering, Department of Biological and Chemical Engineering

Grand textile project to make Denmark circular frontrunner

A new innovative project aims to redraw the boundaries for fashion design, recycling technologies and consumer behaviour. Worn, damaged or new clothes that are discarded will be broken down into new raw materials and included in a circular economy.

The experimental activities at the facilities will be able to resume when the electrical installations have been re-established and the building has been safety approved. It is expected to happen in a few weeks. Photo: AU.

2021.04.28 | AU Engineering, Department of Biological and Chemical Engineering

Green demonstration plant ravaged by fire

A building at AU Foulum, which among other things houses a demonstration plant for biorefining, was ravaged by fire on Tuesday night. Despite damage to the building, the researchers expect that the experimental activities will be able to resume within two weeks.

The main reactor at AU Foulum, where the initial development of the methanation system was carried out. In the InjectMe project, the project partners have designed a custom-built reactor that makes it possible to further develop the technology. Photo: AU Foto.

2021.04.28 | AU Engineering, Department of Biological and Chemical Engineering

CO2 conversion using a new Power-to-X system

Using excess electricity from wind and solar power, and CO2 from biogas, a new research and development project is aiming to produce biomethane in a pilot-scale experiment. The experiment is an important step in the Power-to-X technology that may give exports of Danish technology a green future.

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