Cleantech - sustainable future
Cleantech for us means activities that are strong in the areas of waste management, recycling, renewable fuels, product development and services, as well as research and education. Here you'll find big established R & D-heavy industries as well as innovative small and medium-sized enterprises. Here you'll also find eco-cycle thinking and commitment to the environment as a driving force for the development of new technologies and products in the environment and energy fields.
Each year, the region attracts a large number of national and international visitors who are interested in the systems solutions and examples of applied environmental technologies that are found in the region – and that fit well within the definition of industrial ecology.
Central to industrial ecology is trying to turn environmental problems into business opportunities through a broad systems approach, using resources efficiently and cooperating through by resource sharing. The region has plenty of good examples of industrial ecology in practice. Eco-industrial clusters are characterised by high resource and energy efficiency where by-products and waste from one process are used as raw materials in another.
For example, at Händelö outside Norrköping, two renewable fuels are produced in symbiosis with the cogeneration plant where energy production for the most part is based on biofuels.
In Linköping, a string of actors are linked to each other in order to get as much benefit as possible out of the organic waste generated by the food industry among others. In the region, there is a well-developed eco-cycle between the city, the industrial sector and the agricultural sector.
Highly interesting logistics location
The region is ranked as the east coast's best logistics location. This makes it highly interesting for the logistics-intensive recycling industry. This part of the environmental technologies sector is also characterised by close collaborations around resource and energy flows. This includes hubs for national collection systems for aluminium cans and PET bottles as well as newsprint.
Waste to Energy
New and growing businesses take advantage of what has traditionally been considered waste and build their business around eco-cycle thinking. In the region, the waste-to-energy concept is well implemented and under constant development within businesses and academia. Even technologies for final waste management, for example landfill cover, are represented.
The production of and research into renewable fuels is an area of particular expertise in the region. The types of renewable fuels used today are all being produced in the region. The world's most energy-efficient cereal-based ethanol is produced here, biogas is extracted from a variety of different substrates, and biodiesel is produced in a regional innovation – small-scale biodiesel plants.
Industrial environmental technologies at Linköping University
Environmental Technology and Management is a division within the Department of Management and Engineering at Linköping University. The group is multi-disciplinary and internationally recognised and focuses on turning environmental challenges into opportunities. Innovation, the conditions for implementation and environmental assessment are keywords that describe the research content.