Climate-related research at LTH often concerns smarter and more careful use of the Earth’s resources. Some of our researchers are transforming waste material from forestry and agriculture into hydrogen gas, biogas and bioethanol. Others are perfecting microorganisms that can be used as food, animal feed or cosmetics. A number of researchers are looking for new ways to produce plastics – including a plastic that can consume carbon dioxide during its own manufacturing process.
Transportation of people and goods has a major impact on the climate. Many LTH researchers are working on the development of cleaner engines, while others are investigating possibilities to develop an infrastructure for electric roads or identifying innovative ways to achieve zero emissions in critical industries.
Our housing also affects the climate. Research at LTH examines how cities and roads can be optimally planned, which calls for smart energy solutions as new designs or new ways of renovating residential areas.
LTH conducts research at the nano level to develop super-efficient solar cells and energy efficient electronics. Our researchers are looking for ways to reduce energy consumption by using information and communication technology.
Another challenge is to ensure accessibility to clean air and water. Several water experts at LTH are developing drinking water purification techniques that provide environmental savings. We have a number of researchers who are experts on the air we breathe. They examine the effect of particles on the climate and the complex interactions between air quality and climate issues.
LTH researchers are also analysing the overall climate related contexts. We know how manufacturing processes can be made more resource and energy efficient – and we balance climate gains against each other in system and life cycle analyses.