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This is what the fields of the future may look like. The photo was taken at a demonstration field in Germany. Photo: Next2Sun.

2021.02.26 | Department of Mechanical and Production Engineering, Sustainability

Why not combine agriculture and solar energy on the same field?

Using vertical solar-cell installations, researchers from Aarhus University will harvest both energy and crops from the same agricultural area. The plan is to produce energy when it is most needed, while at the same time leaving space for the farmer to work in the field.

"Our projects are almost always in densely built-up urban areas. So it’s extra important that we minimise our impact on the environment," says Lars Dithmer, Head of Sustainability at Per Aarsleff A/S. Photo: Per Aarsleff A/S

2021.02.25 | Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering, Sustainability

New project to showcase the green construction site of tomorrow

There hasn’t been much focus on the green transition of construction sites – but there’s a lot to be gained. A number of companies and knowledge institutions have now joined forces to establish a full-scale demo construction site as it may look in a greener future.

Photo: Colourbox

2021.02.25 | DCA - Danish Centre for Food and Agriculture

A successful green transition demands a new food systems approach

We need to move beyond simple linear cause-effect relations of food production and consumption and take a more holistic view, a so-called food systems approach, for the green transition to be successful. This was the common denominator at the first CiFOOD Conference at Aarhus University, which took place online in the beginning of February.

All information about the construction and all its phases are to be included in the digital twin, giving full situational awareness to management at all times. This provides researchers the opportunity to model the phases of construction in extreme detail very early in the project, where i.a. hazards and risks can be detected and reacted upon proactively. Photo: Aarhus University, Jochen Teizer.

2021.02.22 | Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering

New research in digital twins allows for much safer and more efficient construction

Artificial intelligence is a key word in two major EU-funded projects aiming to dramatically reduce the number of accidents and close call incidents on construction sites.

Foto: Henrik Skov

2021.02.16 | Department of Environmental Science

ACTRIS-DK receives funding from the research infrastructure pool

The project, which is being run by Henrik Skov at the Department of Environmental Science, will receive DKK 16.7 million for research equipment and research facilities to support the project and Danish work on green development.

[Translate to English:] Ill: Colourbox

2021.02.05 | Department of Agroecology, Department of Environmental Science

Research infrastructure pool designates two recipients from the faculty

Two research projects at the Faculty of Technical Sciences, have received a total of DKK 28.9 million for research equipment and facilities to support Danish work on green development.

When the spring sets in in the Arctic, the metre-thick sea ice begins to melt. Melt ponds on the surface of the sea ice bring so much sunlight into the underlying seawater that the mixotrophic plankton algae start to grow dramatically. During an approx. 9-day period, the plankton can produce up to half of the total annual pelagic production in the high-Arctic fjord, Young Sound, in northeast Greenland. Several mixotrophic algae species are toxic. (Photo: Lars Chresten Lund Hansen and Dorte H. Søgaard)

2021.02.04 | Department of Bioscience

Potentially toxic plankton algae may play a crucial role in the future Arctic

As the sea ice shrinks in the Arctic, the plankton community that produces food for the entire marine food chain is changing. New research shows that a potentially toxic species of plankton algae that lives both by doing photosynthesis and absorbing food may become an important player in the Arctic Ocean as the future sea ice becomes thinner and…

2021.02.03 | AU Engineering

More students want to start on an engineering programme in the winter

296 new Bachelor of Engineering students started their programmes at Aarhus University last week. This is an increase of 31 per cent compared with the winter intake last year.

Four new heads of department for the engineering area at Aarhus University (Private photos)

2021.02.01 | AU Engineering

New heads of department at AU Engineering

Aarhus University now has its new management for the engineering area in place, and on 1 March 2021, four heads of department will take up their positions.