Increased global trade has changed the preconditions for recording and declaring carbon dioxide emissions. A KTH study shows that if Swedish data only is used, emissions may be vastly underestimated – four different calculation methods were compared in this report. Using one method Sweden’s annual emissions amount to 109 million tons – twice as much as figures currently reported.
Excitera Innovation Challenge, the entrepreneurship competition for all Swedish students, was concluded on 15 May with an awards ceremony at Berns in Stockholm. The prize for the Best New Mobile Service was won by Attention! submitted by students Michael Franzén, David Haddad and Sriram Krishnanch from KTH and the Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship.
The Government of Sweden has appointed Professor Anders Flodström, currently President of KTH, to the position of University Chancellor and Director General of the National Agency for Higher Education, HSV. He will begin in August 2007 and his appointment will conclude in September 2011.
After a nerve-racking final, our team from KTH won the game during this year´s “Teknik-SM” (the annual Technology Competition between Swedish students in engineering and technology), after both “Lego robots” from Chalmers och Linköping Tech University had flopped out in the decisive final driving round.
The Joint Research Center of Photonics (Jorcep) is the joint body in optical research set up by KTH and its Chinese partner, Zhejiang University, near Shanghai. Together they now offer help with "match-making" of Swedish and Chinese industries and enterprises involved in photonics. This undertaking is carried out jointly with Acreo Research, with support from Sino-Swedish consultant Fuyang Photonics.
HPR, the prestigious Swedish genome project conducted by Mathias Uhlén, Professor of Biotechnology at KTH, is now mapping the entire human protein bank at an amazing speed. Now they will also open a branch unit in India, aiming to help classify the 20,000 pictures which this effort produces every day, reports the weekly Ny Teknik in its online edition.
With better access to supercomputers, researchers in climatic change could obtain more reliable prognoses as to how the various activities of man do affect the weather. Funds amounting to SEK 25.4 million will now be appropriated to Stockholm University, KTH and the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute for the purchase of a new climatic computer.
Melissa Albert, one of our senior undergraduate IT students, has been appointed “IT Girl of the Year” for 2007. This award was instituted by Microsoft as a stimulus towards making young women apply for education programmes and jobs in the IT sphere; the Prize is thus given every year to a girl who has accomplished something noteworthy in the field of IT – for the benefit of herself as well as other students.
The Swedish Road Administration, our national highway authority, does not take long-term climatic targets into account as they plan for the construction of new through roads in the Stockholm area – and nor do other parties involved! This is asserted by Dr. Göran Finnveden, senior scientist at the KTH Div. of Environmental Strategies Research (formerly FMS), and Thomas Sterner, Professor of environmental economics at the Gothenburg School of Business Economics & Laws, in a joint report presented by them recently.
2007 is the 20th birthday of the Erasmus Student Exchange Programme. This will be celebrated by the Erasmus Student Network by way of “Erasmus Days” arranged all over Europe. A minibus is now travelling between a number of European universities; now it is KTH´s turn to welcome it here in Sweden.
Biofuels in heat & power production is the most sustainable alternative of all when it comes to extending the urban district heating networks sensibly. Natural gas is a more uncertain alternative, as its availability is tied to various political factors; hence it is less compatible with Swedish efforts towards climatic improvement. This is the essence of an article in the February issue of the scientific magazine “Energy Policy”, written by scholars from KTH.
Three young research scholars from KTH have now been nominated for the European Young Investigator Awards, EURYI. This is a prestigious scientific prize – a total of 20 nominees will be sharing about one million Euros, once the final ”exams” have been completed. Three of the candidates are working at our university:
So far no vehicle or vessel resembling a ”water motor bicyle” has existed – but now it is here, and it is called the Kaimaran. This is an environment-friendly one-man craft, with extremely low fuel consumption and easy to handle. It can go from Stockholm to Vaxholm, and back, on just one litre of petrol (gas). To further enhance the environmental feedback the engine will be converted to run on ethanol.
Every year Shell puts European technology students to a challenge: Competing for the best home-built fuel-efficient vehicle. In 2007 two teams from KTH will compete, each with a car designed and built by fourth-year senior undergraduate students specialising in lightweight structures, mechatronics and internal combustion engines.
On 20 February Michael M. Woods, US Ambassador to Sweden, visited our School of Energy & Environmental Technology. The purpose of his visit was to discuss joint US-Swedish efforts furthering issues about energy and environment technologies.
Thanks to a donation from the Alice & Knut Wallenberg Foundation, Swedish scientists will have access to the world´s most powerful tool for decoding of DNA. This will enable them to establish the sequencing of the entire genetic make-up of a bacteria or virus by means of one single analysis.
The Swedish Energy Agency has granted the KTH Dept. of Energy Technology the sum of 60 MSEK towards the research programme ”Turbo-power – electric current production from thermal turbo engines & processes”. The same amount will be contributed from industrial partners Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery and Volvo Aero, as they will also benefit from the findings of this new joint effort. The research will be performed in industry and universities with KTH as the co-ordinating body. The university research partners include Chalmers in Gothenburg and the technical universities of Lund and Linköping, also Mälardalen University. This research effort will be running until the end of December 2010.
As astronaut Christer Fuglesang visited KTH´s Main Campus on Thursday 25 January 2007, hundreds of students from the high schools affiliated to KTH had the opportunity to hear his personal account of his space adventure.
Christer Fuglesang, the first Swede in space, visits KTH Thursday, January 25. He will participate in a seminar for high school students and teachers. During the seminar he will screen a film shot during his stay at the space station.