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Creaternity – sustainable material use in a connected and circular economy

The transition to a sustainable industry provides opportunities to think new and thus develop the whole society. The latest technology in artificial intelligence, telecommunications and sensor technology allows us to connect people, products and processes.

The research in the subject uses digitalisation to achieve a circular use of materials and efficent use of energy and thus a carbon dioxide- and resource-neutral society. By gathering researchers from a large number of subjects, we take a holistic approach to the industry's and societies's sustainability challenges, which leads to new innovations. We study the technology needed to follow a material through the circular flow, and how humans are affected.
Creaternity use the possibilities of digitalisation to achieve a circular use of materials.

Johan Frishammar och Vinit Parida
Luleå University of Technology in national initiative for circular economy

CIRCLA is a national, cross-industry network consisting of over 50 actors from universities, business and the public sector who work to increase transparency in how products are manufactured and reused. One of the participants in the network is the research subject Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Luleå University of Technology.

Sustainability in focus when the Graduate School took off

Almost a year ago, one of Luleå University of Technology's new future areas, Creaternity, was inaugurated. Creaternity includes around 100 researchers from 25 different research subjects with the common goal of using digitalisation to achieve a circular use of materials, efficient energy use and, through it, a carbon dioxide- and resource-neutral society. The Creaternity Graduate School has now had its digital kick-off and the research projects have officially started.

Photo: Petra Älvstrand
Explores water-based lubricants for electric vehicles

To harvest the improvements and address the challenges the Swedish Energy Agency has just granted CEVT 6.2 MSEK to lead a joint project together with SKF and Luleå Technical University to explore how water-based lubricants can improve the already high efficiency of electric vehicles.

The University and Polarbröd are collaborating for a sustainable future

A year ago, Polarbröd's bakery in Älvsbyn burned down. Since then, the company has been investing heavily in building a completely new facility, adapted to modern requirements for ecological, economic and social sustainability. Since the spring of 2021, the company has been collaborating with researchers from Luleå University of Technology.

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New graduate school within Luleå University of Technology's initiative Creaternity

Luleå University of Technology's initiative Creaternity with 100s of researchers in 25 different research subjects starts a new graduate school.

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Patched and repaired; the new high-tech

The wear and tear era is over. What increases the competitiveness of the industry of the future is to succeed in designing a product, for example a car that can be recycled, upgraded and reused over and over again.