Hydrogen is the best way forward

Electric power is what counts if we are to break the dependence on fossil fuels in the transport sector.

Read more in the Swedish morning paper Dagens Nyheter

Read more about the research at Applied Electrochemistry

World record at KTH!

A research group at KTH has found ways to mimic photosynthesis and set a world record in splitting water into oxygen and hydrogen.

Splitting water into oxygen and hydrogen at speeds approaching nature’s own could provide a significant boost for alternative energy sources that don’t contribute to the atmospheric carbon load believed to be causing climate change.

Wooden windows? New material could replace glass in solar cells and buildings

Windows and solar panels in the future could be made from one of the best — and cheapest — construction materials known: wood. Researchers at Stockholm's KTH Royal Institute of Technology have developed a new transparent wood material that's suitable for mass production.

Lars Berglund, a professor at Wallenberg Wood Science Center at KTH, says that while optically transparent wood has been developed for microscopic samples in the study of wood anatomy, the KTH project introduces a way to use the material on a large scale. 

"Transparent wood is a good material for solar cells, since it's a low-cost, readily available and renewable resource," Berglund says. "This becomes particularly important in covering large surfaces with solar cells."

Se film clip about transparent wood

Fighting malaria with scents

Malarial mosquitos kill more people than any animal on Earth, even though various control methods have reduced their numbers by half. KTH researcher Jenny Lindh and her colleagues have developed a new control method based on the mosquitos' nesting behavior. There is actually a mix of scents that determines where females choose to lay eggs.

In a research group at organic chemistry, environmentally-friendly methods for control of insects are investigated. The work involves replacing chemical insecticides with alternatives, such as control methods that are not based on toxins or using toxins that are drawn from nature.

"Lately, I have worked with malaria mosquitoes. But in the past I worked with tsetse flies," Jenny Lindh, researcher at organic chemistry, says. "My colleagues are working with the bark beetle and pine weevil, which causes damage to pine and spruce."

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