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Two research teams win SEK 400 000 each for innovation ideas

Published: 10 March 2016

Two research teams at Luleå University of Technology has won SEK 400 000 each on a pitch contest for innovation in the mining industry - the ideas were the smart mining bolt ThingWave and the eco-lubricant SustainaLube.

– Our product had a strong connection to the program call that was about investigating new technologies for application in the mining industry, and we were at the right level. It feels great to win this contest, it will be our second pitch win in a row now, says Jens Eliasson, Associate Professor of Industrial Electronics.

Previously, the group won the prestigious contest IPSO Challenge in the United States. The company ThingWave has developed a system that can lead to greater safety in mining. The mining bolt has a transmitter that monitors and displays certain errors, with the help of Internet of Things, for example, if the bolt is about to release. Jens Eliasson is the companys founder together with Pablo Puñal Pereira at Luleå University of Technology.

Yijun Shi and the research team at the company SustainaLube also won SEK 400 000 for their eco-lubricant. By combining glycerol with water they have created a lubricant that has better properties than vegetable oils, which is used today in applications where the environment must be kept at a low level, such as the mining industry.

The competition was organized in Stockholm by SIP STRIM, the National Strategic Innovation Agenda of the mining industries, as well as the EIT Raw Materials, the EU's major research program on mining research.


Jens Eliasson

Jens Eliasson,

Organisation: Embedded Intelligent Systems LAB, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering
Yijun Shi

Yijun Shi, Professor

Phone: +46 (0)920 492064
Organisation: Machine Elements, Machine Elements, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics

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