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2 July 2013

Mistra Innovation puts SEK 17 million into five new research projects

On 19 June, the Board of Mistra Innovation decided to provide funds totalling SEK 17 million for five new projects. These awards were the outcome of the second call for funding applications for Mistra Innovation.

‘The projects have a good technological spread and the results will yield major environmental improvements. There are good prospects of also finding scope for synergy between these new projects and those already in progress,’ says Lars Frenning, Programme Director for Mistra Innovation.

The researchers will address environmental problems in several areas. Examples are finding replacements for lead and polluting flame retardants; devising energy-saving methods of tackling odour from large-scale food production; and developing road surfaces that save energy and money while sparing the environment.

The approved applications are listed below.

Odour Abatement, Jack Delin (SEK 3.25 million)
The purpose of the research is to achieve an optimised method of removing odour and various substances from the fumes produced in large-scale food production. Drastic cuts in emissions of greenhouse gases are expected to result.
Collaboration between Scandinavian Centriair AB and KTH Royal Institute of Technology.

Solar Collector, Mats Mattsson (SEK 3.25 million)
The researchers will investigate potential means of directing sunlight straight into systems for high-temperature energy storage. The project has the potential for developing both small- and large-scale energy systems to meet energy requirements for households and also small industrial companies.
Collaboration between Acreo Swedish ICT AB, Svärdsgården AB, Fiberson AB, Alumistr Development s.r.o. (in the Czech Republic) and Luleå University of Technology.

Via Futura, Per Sandström (SEK 4.0 million)
The projects are expected to start in autumn 2013 and continue until year-end 2015. They will develop polishing techniques for making road surfaces with properties that reduce wheel resistance, noise and the spread of particles while maintaining road safety performance. The results may lead to several environmental improvements in the transport sector, including lower emissions of greenhouse gases and toxic particles.
Collaboration between the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI), HTC Sweden AB and Linköping University.

FlameR, Amit Paul (SEK 2.5 million)
The researchers aim to develop new flame retardants to replace the brominated flame retardants currently used in fibres. Since the brominated substances are toxic hormone disruptors, substitutes without toxic effects are highly desirable.
Collaboration between Paxymer AB, the Borgstena group, Klättermusen and the University of Borås.

Lead-Free Brass, Kent Nilsson (SEK 3.9 million)
The project is intended to culminate in methods of manufacturing and processing materials for plumbing, heating and ventilation made from lead-free brass. The environmental benefit will be a reduction in heavy-metal emissions from new installations and, in the long term, also from replacement installations.
Collaboration between MMA AB, Oerlicon Balzers Sandvik Coating AB, Halmstad University, Lunds Institute of Technology and Chalmers University of Technology.

For more information, contact:
Lars Frenning, Mistra Innovation Programme Director,
070-243 04 06,
Billy Fredriksson, Mistra Innovation Board Chairman,
070-510 57 02,
Christopher Folkeson Welch, Mistra Programmes Director,
070-732 30 74,
Malin Lindgren, Mistra Communications Manager,, +46-(0)8-791 10 27

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