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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.

Bright and green future during Creativity Impact Day

One of Luleå University of Technology's future areas, Creaternity, has had its first impact day. It began with a fictional press conference set in 2033 where the leaders described what had been achieved since the start and where the audience had a chance to ask questions.

Paul Gruber SVT-inslag
In the media: This is how nuclear power will become cheaper

In a feature in SVT, Luleå University of Technology's research on the possibilities of developing a small nuclear power reactor that is cooled with liquid lead instead of water is highlighted. Listen to what, among others, PhD student Paul Gruber says about the Sunrise project in the link below.

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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.