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30 September 2015

Millions of kronor more for environmental innovations

Mistra Innovation has granted funds for five new projects in order for them to develop innovative and successful products in the environmental sphere. Altogether, they are to share SEK 20 million.

In its two previous calls for funding applications, Mistra Innovation has distributed SEK 40 million for projects with the potential to bring about great environmental benefits while also deemed to have prospects of becoming commercially successful.

Several of the 11 projects that have received grants to date are considered highly successful and Mistra has therefore chosen to continue the initiative.

In response to the third application call for the programme, concluded in April, proposals were received from 23 different groups. During the spring, they were evaluated by both a scientific and an industrial advisory council. The eight most interesting projects were also enabled to present their proposals during a hearing at Mistra.

In June, the Board decided to distribute SEK 20 million among five of the proposals received.

‘The applications that came in were very good, although two of them were thought to be more in the nature of prestudies. The Board therefore chose not to include these for assessment at present. Instead, they will have their applications assessed during the autumn, and we may perhaps give them a small contribution to enable them to develop their ideas further,’ says Lars Frenning, Programme Director at Mistra Innovation.

For those who did not receive any funding this time, and all others who have innovative ideas in the environmental area, a new chance will come soon. Mistra Innovation aims to implement a new call for funding applications with the programme framework in spring 2016.

The projects granted funds this year are listed below.

SunDrive

The purpose of the project is to make use of solar energy to extend the driving distance for electric vehicles, but also to reduce fuel consumption for other types of vehicle. The intention is to do this by integrating solar cells in the bodywork. The project is a further development from previous initiatives in Mistra Innovation. SunDrive is a collaboration between Midsummer, Swerea SICOMP, Clean Motion and Volvo AB.

Contact person: Cecilia Zamore, Midsummer AB.

Funds granted: SEK 3.71 million. Project costs: SEK 7.42 million.

Project period: 2015–2017.

TriBlade

The purpose of the project is to develop a new type of rotor blade for wind turbines. Building rotor blades by means of trusses enables them to be made both stronger and lighter. This means that they can become longer, which should boost the output power from a wind power station by a factor of up to four. The project has received support from the Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems (Vinnova) to develop a first prototype. If this project goes to plan, it will receive support from Mistra Innovation from next year on. TriBlade is run in cooperation with Lund Institute of Technology, Marstrom Composite and Winfoor AB.

Contact person: Rikard Berthilsson, Winfoor AB.

Funds granted: SEK 3.86 million. Project costs: SEK 7.73 million.

Project period: 2016–2017.

OdourA II

Unpleasant odour is a problem in many places in our society. The solutions to it that are available today are either energy-consuming or inefficient. In a previous Mistra Innovation project, a solution that is both efficient and energy-saving has been developed. The method is not to be developed further and improved. The hope is that it will be possible to launch a full-scale installation on the market in 2016. OdourA II is run jointly by Centriair AB, TechniAir Ltd, Lamb Weston, KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Padua University.

Contact person and project manager: Jack Delin, Centriair AB.

Funds granted: SEK 3.74 million. Project costs: SEK 8.61 million.

Project period: 2015–2017.

TOOLF

Over the past few decades, waste flows in society have increased sharply. The purpose of this project is to develop, demonstrate and launch on the market new methods of processing waste. The project is expected to result in a competitive form of processing of three common waste flows with a low environmental impact. The project is run jointly by RGS 90 Sverige AB and Luleå̊ University of Technology.

Contact person: Jonny Bergman, RGS 90 Sverige AB.

Funds granted: SEK 4.8 million. Project costs: SEK 10.3 million.

Project period: 2015–2019.

TexBar

Nowadays, to make clothing resistant to water, dirt and bacteria, it is often treated with various types of chemicals. These create several severe environmental problems, including emissions of toxic fluoroorganic substances and exacerbated effects on climate while, at the same time, the process often has high water requirements. The TexBar project therefore seeks to develop textile materials with a good barrier against water, dirt and bacteria with no need to resort to toxic chemicals. The innovations generated by the project are to be developed further and adapted to the textile industry, which will afford growth potential for production of technically advanced textiles in Sweden. Six Swedish textile companies are engaged in TexBar, in which researchers from Swerea IVF and the Swedish School of Textiles (part of the University of Borås) are also involved.

Project manager: Markus Berger, Y Berger & Co AB.

Funds granted: SEK 4.0 million. Project costs: SEK 8.72 million.

Project period: 2015–2019.


Text: Per Westergård, Vetenskapsjournalisterna

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