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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.

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"It's about designing products that last forever"

The wear-and-throw era is over, already when the product is produced. At Luleå University of Technology, we are now focusing in one of our future investments on how we can move towards a more circular economy, while at the same time utilising the advantages of digitisation, two important pieces of the puzzle to succeed in the green transition.

Elliptical economy – even more sustainable than circular

Bringing about a more circular use of materials is an important piece of the puzzle to succeed in the green transition. Now Roland Larsson, Professor of Machine elements at Luleå University of Technology, takes it one step further. – We must strive for an elliptical economy that is even more sustainable than the circular one, because the products' use phase will then be longer, he says.

Thomas Zobel
Circular economy is often better for the environment – but not always

Researchers at Luleå University of Technology and Chalmers University of Technology have developed a new method, Business Model LCA (BM-LCA), which helps companies calculate how climate footprints and other environmental impacts from operations change during a transition from a traditional to a circular business model. In the project, they have mainly looked at the market for high-quality outdoor clothing and for them this means renting their clothes instead of selling them.

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.

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.

Photo: Tomas Bergman
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.