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A strong electricity grid can distribute surplus wind and solar energy by 2050. In order to succeed, the grid must be three times stronger than it is in Europe at present. This will provide an opportunity to divide approximately 40 per cent of the surplus production. The rest can be used for local heating and transport. The interaction between local utilisation and the transmission of renewable energy is one of the project’s core themes.

2017.02.20 | AU Engineering, Public / media

New project will make green energy 100 per cent affordable for the Danes

Seventeen of the largest and most significant players in the energy sector in Denmark and other parts of Europe will now join forces in a huge project aimed at converting the entire energy system so it is ready to run purely on renewable energy.

The farming of the future will be fully automated This means that farmers will no longer need to drive their tractors themselves. (Photo: Colourbox)

2017.01.16 | Public / media, AU Engineering

Danish engineers in huge EU project to show the farming of the future

Farming is facing a paradigm shift in which smart IT solutions will modernise the industry and make it more efficient. The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation is granting hundreds of millions to a large demonstration project to boost development.

A new team of engineering students is competing in the Shell Eco-marathon 2016. In the coming months, they will finish off AU2, possibly the most energy-efficient vehicle in the world. (Photo: Team AU)

2016.03.16 | Public / media, AU Engineering

Team AU ready for the Shell Eco-marathon

The countdown has begun for this year’s world championship in ultra-energy-efficient vehicles. After two years of intensive development work, Aarhus University (AU) will now enter an ultra-efficient eco-car in the Shell Eco-marathon, which kicks off in London in June. The aim is to drive almost 9000 kilometres on the equivalent energy of one litre…

A single calculation can result in up to several thousand different combinations of wrong answers. Engineering students are behind a new app that can spot what a child has done wrong in less than a second. (Photo: Red Raccoon)
The new mathematics app is based on many hours of user tests. Pictured here are Casper Kjeldsen and Jakob Halling visiting a private school in Aarhus. (Photo: Red Raccoon)

2016.03.05 | Public / media, AU Engineering

New app teaches children to count correctly

A new mathematics app is a hit in Denmark. It spots children’s weak points when they are doing mathematical exercises and explains where they are going wrong.

Curved buildings are difficult. They require advanced supporting structures and expensive facade solutions. Or do they? This tower could be the first step on the way to more shapes in the building industry of the future. Two engineering students have built a 10-metre-high tower made of fibreglass-reinforced concrete. And it can support itself. (Photo: AU Engineering archive)

2016.03.01 | Public / media, AU Engineering

Students construct self-supporting tower

Two engineering students have worked out how to make curved buildings using facade plates with no other supporting structure. This can bring the building industry closer to shapes that have previously been impossible.

In the coming years, researchers will gain new knowledge about how to integrate gas into the Danish energy system. Pictured here is Associate Professor Lars Ditlev Mørck Ottosen, Department of Engineering (Photo: Lars Kruse)

2016.02.23 | Public / media, AU Engineering

More green gas on the way

In the coming years, Aarhus University will contribute with new knowledge about how to ensure better integration of gas in Denmark’s energy supply for the benefit of the climate. Innovation Fund Denmark is investing DKK 18.6 million in the project.

More stairs and not so many elevators. Researchers have been busy measuring and carrying out fieldwork among the residents of a 12-storey building to study the extent to which it is possible to change energy behaviour with the help of simple information. (Photo: Hasle Photo)
The elevator experiment is part of the Virtual Power Plant project. Here researchers are working to design intelligent buildings that automatically respond in the most sustainable way to the power requirements of consumers. Pictured here is Rune Hylsberg Jacobsen. (Photo: Anders Trærup)

2016.02.09 | Public / media, AU Engineering

Simple technology makes elevators ‘green’

Having a guilty conscience about the climate makes us choose to take the stairs instead of the energy-devouring elevator – at least to a certain extent. This is the conclusion of a research project involving almost 200 residents in a 12-storey building in Aarhus.

What do you do with outdated wind turbine blades and aircraft made of expensive fibreglass? You cut them up into pieces and bury them in the ground. Or possibly in the future, you add a chemical substance that can separate the glass from the plastic fibres so they can be recycled. This is the common goal for researchers and companies in Innovation Fund Denmark’s new project called DreamWind. (Photo: Vestas archives)
There will be plenty of activity in the laboratories in the coming years when researchers develop new materials that make recycling easier. Pictured here is Associate Professor Mogens Hinge, Department of Engineering. (Photo: Anders Trærup)

2016.02.04 | Public / media, AU Engineering

Wind turbine blades of the future will be recyclable

In the DreamWind project, researchers will develop a chemical substance that will make it possible to separate composite materials from each other. This means that the large and expensive fibreglass components from wind turbines will be recyclable in the future.

Using advanced signal treatment, researchers can now divide a room into sound zones that do not disturb each other. In the coming three years, they will collaborate with the Chinese acoustic company GoerTek Inc. They will develop the technology so it can be commercialised and thereby moved out of the laboratory and into our living rooms. Pictured here are PhD student Xiahui Ma (left) and Assistant Professor Jakob Juul Larsen in the anechoic laboratory at Aarhus University. (Photo: Lars Kruse)

2016.01.27 | Public / media, AU Engineering

Sound zones on the way to the living room

Aarhus University has entered into a collaborative agreement with one of the world’s major manufacturers of speakers. The aim is to fully develop a new technology that can make it possible to divide our homes into sound zones.

Queues for 3D printers at Aarhus University will soon be a thing of the past. Sixty-five researchers and students are in full swing building fifty new machines with a total value of at least DKK 1 million. (Photo: Anders Trærup)
During the course of three Friday afternoons and evenings, the researchers and students will build new printers for use in teaching and research. This is all taking place at AU Engineering’s campus in Katrinebjerg. (Photo: Jesper Rais)

2016.01.20 | Public / media, AU Engineering

Students build fifty advanced technology 3D printers

Students at Aarhus University have launched what could be Denmark’s largest production of advanced technology 3D printers. During the course of three Fridays in January, they will each build a printer so they can set up laboratories at home in their own living rooms.

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