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  • 1.
    An, Lin
    et al.
    E China Univ Sci & Technol, Peoples R China.
    Yu, Xinhai
    E China Univ Sci & Technol, Peoples R China.
    Yang, Jie
    Univ Shanghai Sci & Technol, Shanghai, Peoples R China.
    Tu, Shan-Tung
    E China Univ Sci & Technol, Peoples R China.
    Yan, Jinyue
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Future Energy Center. Royal Inst Technol, Stockholm, Sweden.
    CO2 capture using a superhydrophobic ceramic membrane contactor2015In: Energy Procedia, ISSN 1876-6102, E-ISSN 1876-6102, Vol. 75, p. 2287-2292Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Wetting and fouling of membrane contactor result in performance deterioration of membrane gas absorption system for CO2 post-combustion capture of coal-fired power plants. To solve these problems, in this study, a superhydrophobic ceramic (SC) membrane contactor was fabricated by chemically modification using 1H, 1H, 2H, 2H-perfluorooctylethoxysilane (FAS) solution. The membrane contactor fabrication costs for both SC membrane and PP (polypropylene) membrane contactors per unit mass absorbed CO2 were roughly the same. However, by using the SC membrane, the detrimental effects of wetting can be alleviated by periodic drying to ensure a high CO2 removal efficiency (>90%), whereas the drying does not work for the PP membrane. The SC membrane contactor exhibited a better anti-fouling ability than the PP membrane contactor because the superhydrophobic surface featured a self-cleaning function. To ensure continuous CO2 removal with high efficiency, a method that two SC membrane contactors alternatively operate combined with periodic drying was proposed.

  • 2.
    Anbalagan, Anbarasan
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Future Energy Center.
    Schwede, Sebastian
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Future Energy Center.
    Nehrenheim, Emma
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Future Energy Center.
    Influence of light emitting diodes on indigenous microalgae cultivation in municipal wastewater2015In: Energy Procedia, ISSN 1876-6102, E-ISSN 1876-6102, Vol. 75, p. 786-792Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this study, the effect of light emitting diodes (LEDs) on microalgae cultivation in municipal wastewater was examined in comparison to the fluorescent light. Two kinds of wastewater were evaluated: first one with low concentration of total phosphorous (TP) and second one with high TP concentration. The nutrient removal and biomass production using LEDs is efficient at photo-synthetically active radiation (PAR) intensity of 107-112 mu mol m(-2) s(-1) which is slightly higher than fluorescent light. Furthermore, this study demonstrates the applicability and distribution of light in wastewater where the environment is not defined. More importantly, winter and rainy periods contribute to dark condition and dilution of wastewater, intense LED light offers a feasible option for the functioning of closed micro algae based activated sludge (MAAS) process for recovery and reuse of nutrients. 

  • 3.
    Andersson, Peter
    et al.
    Högskolan i Borås.
    Eliasson, Klas
    Högskolan i Borås.
    Holmgren, Anne-Charlotte
    Statens provnings- och forskningsinstitut, Borås.
    Le Duc, Michael
    Mälardalen University, School of Sustainable Development of Society and Technology. IDA, Linköpings universitet.
    Sivertun, Åke
    IDA, Linköpings universitet.
    Torstensson, Håkan
    Högskolan i Borås.
    Wikström, Evalena
    Statens provnings- och forskningsinstitut, Borås.
    Effektivare Avfallstransporter (EFFA): Slutrapport Vinnova, 20052005Report (Other academic)
  • 4.
    Andréewitch, Nadja
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering.
    Fosforläckage från hästhagar i Hågadalen: Åtgärdsförslag till den småskaliga hästhållaren2016Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The title of this degree project is “Phosphorous losses from horse paddocks in Hågadalen – action proposals for the small scaled horse keeper” Phosphorus losses from human activity is a global problem that requires identification of sources and action proposals. The purpose of this work is to identify the need for action in and near the horse paddocks in Hågadalen, and to find possible measures that the horse keepers can use. Reports from various state authorities, other degree projects and current research reports is the basis of the literature study in this report. Existing calculations of pasture acreage in Hågadalen have also been used. The calculations shows that despite that the pasture is a small percentage of the total acreage the losses from the paddocks is a significant part of the total losses. By modifying some of the horses feeding from oats to hey, the phosphorus losses could be reduced. Possibly could feeding areas also be governed by the same regulations as storage of manure. Rules about cleaning paddocks which houses more than three horses per hectare could also be considered. 

  • 5.
    Bengtsson, Marcus
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation. Volvo Construct Equipment, Eskilstuna, Sweden..
    Salonen, Antti
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation.
    Requirements and Needs-A Foundation for Reducing Maintenance-Related Waste2016In: PROCEEDINGS OF THE 10TH WORLD CONGRESS ON ENGINEERING ASSET MANAGEMENT (WCEAM 2015), 2016, p. 105-112Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The objective of this paper is to discuss and elaborate on requirements of maintenance and the resulting maintenance needs in order to maintain said requirements without introducing waste while doing so, taking into account both external and internal wastes. The paper will present, and elaborate on, conceptual models that can be utilized in maintenance operations in order to increase awareness of the importance of well-founded customer/stakeholder requirements in order to articulate appropriate maintenance needs in order to balance effectiveness and efficiency as well as to reduce or eliminate maintenance-related waste.

  • 6.
    Bergdahl, Catarina
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering.
    Säkerhets- och arbertsmiljöarbete på Arbetsförmedlingen: Naturlig utveckling och påtvingade förändringar2013Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Arbetsförmedlingen is the Swedish national authority responsible for the work politics, and its main purpose is to create and build a solid and sustainable job market.Economic crises together with changes in the society and in the organization over the past few years mean that the unemployed individuals that come in contact with Arbetsförmedlingen are no longer a homogenous group. A lot of effort is put into helping those who may find it difficult to enter the work environment, such as youths (19 – 26 years old), people who have been unemployed or on sick leave for a long period of time, people with disabilities or immigrants who are newly arrived in Sweden.A harder social and economic climate can lead to frustration among the unemployed which mean that security measures at the offices has had to become adjusted. Local offices now have a public area where they have meetings with their clients and a locked open plan office space to which the public have no access. Working within an open plan office environment can cause health problems, mostly due to the constant background noise that comes from people having conversations on the phone, or with each other. The public areas have been furnished from a safety aspect, and different alarm functions are in place. Interviews with employees at the local Arbetsförmedlingen in Eskilstuna show that staff safety is a high priority with plenty of guidelines and directions to be followed.There are rules regulating the handling of personal information, and strategies need to be in place regarding the IT-structure that the organization is using.

  • 7.
    Brown, J.
    et al.
    Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.
    Söderbaum, Peter
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Industrial Economics and Organisation.
    Dereniowska, M.
    Aix-Marseille University (Aix Marseille School of Economics), CNRS, EHESS, France.
    Foreword2017In: Positional Analysis for Sustainable Development: Reconsidering Policy, Economics and Accounting, Taylor and Francis Inc. , 2017, p. ix-xChapter in book (Other academic)
  • 8.
    Brown, J.
    et al.
    Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.
    Söderbaum, PeterMälardalen University.Dereniowska, M.Aix-Marseille University (Aix Marseille School of Economics), CNRS, EHESS, France.
    Positional analysis for sustainable development: Reconsidering policy, economics and accounting2017Collection (editor) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Climate change, biodiversity loss, pollution of land and water, land-use changes, lack of equality and other problems at local, national and global levels represent a challenge for economics as a social science. Mainstream neoclassical economics may be able to contribute to a more sustainable society but it has also played a dominant role in a period where problems have been aggravated. A pluralist and democratic view of economics is therefore very much warranted. This book presents a multidimensional and ideologically more open view of economics: understanding economics in multidimensional terms is in accordance with the 17 sustainable development goals recognized by nations at the UN-level in 2015. Accordingly, approaches to decision making and accounting at the national- and business levels have to be reconsidered. Neoclassical Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) with focus on the monetary dimension and an assumed consensus about a specific market ideology to be applied is not compatible with democratic societies where citizen and actors in other roles normally differ with respect to ideological orientation. Environmental Impact Statements and Multi-Criteria methods are used to some extent to broaden approaches to decision-making. In this book, Positional Analysis is advocated as a multidimensional and ideologically open approach. Positional Analysis is based on a political economic conceptual framework (as part of ecological economics) that differs from neoclassical ideas of individuals, firms and markets. And since approaches to decision-making and to accounting are closely connected, a new theoretical perspective in economics similarly raises issues of how national and business accounting can be opened up to meet present demands among various actors in society. This perspective raises also numerous ethical questions at the science and policy interface that need to be properly addressed for sustainability decision making. 

  • 9.
    Bruzzone, SIlvia
    et al.
    Laboratoire Eaux Environnement et Systèmes Urbains (Leesu); Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (ENPC) .
    de Gouvello, Bernard
    Laboratoire Eaux Environnement et Systèmes Urbains (Leesu); Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (ENPC) .
    Proposition d’élaboration d’une démarche nexus « eau-énergie-sol » (WES nexus) pour faire face aux enjeux environnementaux en milieu urbain: Proposition of a Water-Energy-Soil (WES) nexus to face environmental issues at urban level2019In: Novatech 2019 proceedings, 2019Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this paper we present the elements of a nexus approach linking water and energy and soil (or WES) to address urban environmental issues. If the notion of "nexus" has become mainstream in order to grasp the interactions between priority issues (especially between Water-Energy-Food or WEF nexus), it is considered both undisputed and ambiguous. After a review of the scientific literature on the concept of nexus, this paper proposes a WES nexus approach that focuses on: the urban scale as a priority action context, on soil - and its multidimensional trait (land, substrate, subsurface) - as a factor not yet sufficiently taken into account and on a heuristic approach that is not intended to give a prior definition of the nexus but rather to explore how the (WES) "nexus" is locally appropriated.

  • 10.
    Bröms, Maria
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering.
    Karlsson, Jenny
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering.
    Informationsarbete för energisparande åtgärder i hushåll: Fallstudie i samarbete med Västerås stad för identifiering av goda exempel i kommuners klimatkampanjer och informationsarbete2015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    In the past five years the energy- and climate advisors representing the municipality of Västerås Sweden have conducted an energy-saving campaign concerning households, which will be completed during fall 2015. The aim of the campaign was to raise awareness of the free energy-guidance provided to inhabitants of Västerås and the necessary actions of households’ energy saving, to reach goal attainment of local and national environmental goals concerning climate change. In preparation of new innovative and effective ways to reach out to the public in the future, this study aims to identify future options by examining good examples through a case study of four different Swedish municipalities strategies and experiences with campaigns and information incentives. First scientific literature was reviewed to build a foundation of findings that the interviews could rest on. Thereafter preliminary investigation and one interview per municipality were conducted to get a deeper understanding of the information activities and approaches towards energy friendly behavior. The result show most monitoring and evaluation were based on statistics of people reached and the experience of the advisors or the inhabitants through surveys. All energy- and climate advisors agree upon the fact that the economical incentives to motivate energy conservation is dominating opposed to environmental incentives. The groups that are the hardest to reach are for instance individuals with low interest, not susceptible or those who do not speak the language. The good examples identified are represented by e.g. projects targeting the majority of households by monthly challenges, motivating climate friendly behavior and sustainable development in Örebro. Information incentives performed in Eskilstuna through meetings with an Arabic speaking energy advisor. As well as the 600m2 energy exhibition in Jönköping localized in connection to a shopping center.

  • 11.
    Campana, Pietro Elia
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Future Energy Center. KTH Royal Inst Technol, Dept Chem Engn, Stockholm, Sweden..
    Zhang, J.
    Univ Maryland, Dept Geog Sci, College Pk, MD 20742 USA..
    Yao, T.
    Sci Syst & Applicat Inc SSAI, Lanham, MD 20706 USA.;NASA, Goddard Space Flight Ctr, Greenbelt, MD 20771 USA..
    Andersson, S.
    Swedish Meteorol & Hydrol Inst, SE-60176 Norrkoping, Sweden..
    Landelius, T.
    Swedish Meteorol & Hydrol Inst, SE-60176 Norrkoping, Sweden..
    Melton, F.
    NASA ARC CREST, Moffett Field, CA 94035 USA.;Calif State Univ Monterey Bay, Sch Nat Sci, Seaside, CA 93955 USA..
    Yan, Jinyue
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Future Energy Center. KTH Royal Inst Technol, Dept Chem Engn, SE-10044 Stockholm, Sweden..
    Managing agricultural drought in Sweden using a novel spatially-explicit model from the perspective of water-food-energy nexus2018In: Journal of Cleaner Production, ISSN 0959-6526, E-ISSN 1879-1786, Vol. 197, p. 1382-1393Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Using a multi-disciplinary approach, this paper integrated spatial analysis with agricultural and energy system modelling to assess the impacts of drought on crop water demand, water availability, crop yield, and electricity requirements for irrigation. This was done by a novel spatially-explicit and integrated water-food-energy nexus model, using the spatial climatic data generated by the mesoscale MESAN and STRANG models. In this study, the model was applied to quantify the effects of drought on the Swedish irrigation sector in 2013, a typical drought year, for a specific crop. The results show that drought can severely affect the crop yield if irrigation is not applied, with a peak yield reduction of 18 t/ha, about 50 % loss as compared to the potential yield in irrigated conditions. Accordingly, the water and energy requirements for irrigation to halt the negative drought effects and maintain high yields are significant, with the peaks up to 350 mm and 700 kWh per hectare. The developed model can be used to provide near real-time guidelines for a comprehensive drought management system. The model also has significant potentials for applications in precision agriculture, especially using high-resolution satellite data.

  • 12.
    Carlsen, Inger-Marie
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering.
    Efterpolering med våtmark: Hur kan det användas vid Haga reningsverk?2015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this report is to present a proposal for a constructed wetland as a complement toHaga treatment plants, Surahammar. First, a literature study in the subject was made andthen a case study was conducted, where Ekeby and Trosa wetland was visited. Parallel anarchival study was performed and several field visits were made to the proposed site toinvestigate the local conditions for constructing a wetland adjacent to Haga treatment plants.Finally, a proposal for the design of the constructed wetland was made. The proposalincludes an oxygenating area for reduction of ammonium to nitrate followed by a system ofdams and channels to convert nitrate to nitrogen diffuses into the air. Phosphorus removaltakes place throughout the residence time in the wetland, as well as reduction of the bacterialload. Expected results for the outgoing water from the wetland is that P-tot can be reduced to0.10-0.11 mg / l, N-tot can be reduced to 11-14 mg / l, a reduction of E. coli, fecal streptococciand intestinal streptococci by 70-99% and a little reduction of residues from drugs take placedue to oxygenation and the UV-irradiation of the water.

  • 13.
    Chen, Yushun
    et al.
    Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wuhan, China.
    Zhang, Shuanghu
    China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research, Beijing, China .
    Huang, Desheng
    Ministry of Environmental Protection of People's Republic of China, Policy Research Center for Environment and Economy, Beijing, China .
    Li, Bailian
    University of California, Riverside, Riverside, United States .
    Liu, Junguo
    South University of Science and Technology of China, Shenzhen, China .
    Liu, Wenjin
    Orient Landscape Industry Group Ltd., Beijing, China.
    Ma, Jing
    China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research, State Key Laboratory of Simulation and Regulation of Water Cycle in River Basin, Beijing, China .
    Wang, Fang
    China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research, State Key Laboratory of Simulation and Regulation of Water Cycle in River Basin, Beijing, China .
    Wang, Yong
    Alabama A and M University, Huntsville, United States .
    Wu, Shengjun
    Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China .
    Wu, Yegang
    Shanghai BoDa Development Corporation, Shanghai, China .
    Yan, Jinyue
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Future Energy Center.
    Guo, Chuanbo
    Institute of Hydrobiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wuhan, China .
    Xin, Wei
    Institute of Hydrobiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wuhan, China .
    Wang, Hao
    China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research, Beijing, China .
    The development of China's Yangtze River Economic Belt: how to make it in a green way?2017In: Science Bulletin, ISSN 2095-9273, Vol. 62, no 9, p. 648-651Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 14.
    Chusova, Olga
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Future Energy Center.
    Nõlvak, H.
    University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia.
    Odlare, Monica
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Future Energy Center.
    Truu, J.
    University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia.
    Truu, M.
    University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia.
    Oopkaup, K.
    University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia.
    Nehrenheim, Emma
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Future Energy Center.
    Biotransformation of pink water TNT on the surface of a low-cost adsorbent pine bark2015In: Biodegradation, ISSN 0923-9820, E-ISSN 1572-9729, Vol. 26, no 5, p. 375-386Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This two-week anaerobic batch study evaluated 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT) removal efficiency from industrial pink water by (1) adsorption on low-cost adsorbent pine bark, and (2) adsorption coupled with TNT biotransformation by specialised microbial communities. Samples of the supernatant and acetonitrile extracts of pine bark were analysed by HPLC, while the composition of the bacterial community of the experimental batches, inocula and pine bark were profiled by high-throughput sequencing the V6 region of the bacterial 16S rRNA gene. Integrated adsorption and biotransformation proved to be the most efficient method for TNT removal from pink water. The type of applied inoculum had a profound effect on TNT removal efficiencies and microbial community structures, which were dominated by phylotypes belonging to the Enterobacteriaceae family. The analysis of acetonitrile extracts of pine bark supported the hypothesis that the microbial community indigenous to pine bark has the ability to degrade TNT.

  • 15.
    Danielsson, Maria
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering.
    Ekologiska livsmedel i kommunal verksamhet: Fallstudie över Ludvika kommuns satsning på ekologiska livsmedel inom skola och äldreomsorg2014Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Organic food is produced in a way that strives towards maintaining and improving natural resources. The welfare of both producers and consumers is central, also taking both animals and the environment into account. The Swedish government finds this important and in 2006 they made a resolution that the consumption of organic food should be stimulated. The goal was that 25 % of the municipalities’ consumption of food should be organic in 2010.

    The municipality of Ludvika reached the government's target in 2011 and is currently increasing their proportion of organic food by one new product every year.  Ludvika is a member of The National Association of Swedish Eco-municipalities and the town of Ludvika is also a Fairtrade city. These commitments have resulted in an increased focus on environmental and justice issues, where organic food is an important part.

    An analysis of Ludvika’s work with organic food was done throughout this thesis. The results were then compared to the leading municipality in the county, Borlänge, which is also the best in the nation. This was done to give a picture of how their work is done today and how it could evolve in the future. The municipality of Ludvika has a good diet policy and an ambitious theoretical basis for their climate policy. The membership of the The National Association of Swedish Eco-municipalities and the fact that Ludvika is a Fairtrade city is founded on certain commitments and strategies. The action taken in accordance with these strategies can be more clear and closer to the initial level of ambition.

    The importance of a holistic approach has been mentioned in this thesis. It has been suggested how the choice of organic food contribute to a better environment and health, relative to the use of taxes paid by the inhabitants.

    An important conclusion from the comparison with the leading municipality in organic foods is that it has not had to be more expensive to increase the share of organic food. Through good planning, innovation and an increased knowledge much can be done, even if a limited budget initially is perceived as a problem.

  • 16.
    Danish, Muhammad
    et al.
    E China Univ Sci & Technol, State Environm Protect Key Lab Environm Risk Asse, Shanghai 200237, Peoples R China..
    Gu, Xiaogang
    E China Univ Sci & Technol, State Environm Protect Key Lab Environm Risk Asse, Shanghai 200237, Peoples R China..
    Lu, Shuguang
    E China Univ Sci & Technol, State Environm Protect Key Lab Environm Risk Asse, Shanghai 200237, Peoples R China..
    Naqvi, Muhammad
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Future Energy Center.
    Degradation of chlorinated organic solvents in aqueous percarbonate system using zeolite supported nano zero valent iron (Z-nZVI) composite2016In: Environmental science and pollution research international, ISSN 0944-1344, E-ISSN 1614-7499, Vol. 23, no 13, p. 13298-13307Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Chlorinated organic solvents (COSs) are extensively detected in contaminated soil and groundwater that pose long-term threats to human life and environment. In order to degrade COSs effectively, a novel catalytic composite of natural zeolite-supported nano zero valent iron (Z-nZVI) was synthesized in this study. The performance of Z-nZVI-catalyzed sodium percarbonate (SPC) in a heterogeneous Fenton-like system was investigated for the degradation of COSs such as 1,1,1-trichloroethane (1,1,1-TCA) and trichloroethylene (TCE). The surface characteristics and morphology of the Z-nZVI composite were tested using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Total pore volume, specific surface area, and pore size of the natural zeolite and the Z-nZVI composite were measured using Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) method. SEM and TEM analysis showed significant elimination of aggregation and well dispersion of iron nano particles on the framework of natural zeolite. The BET N-2 measurement analysis indicated that the surface area of the Z-nZVI composite was 72.3 m(2)/g, much larger than that of the natural zeolite (0.61 m(2)/g). For the contaminant analysis, the samples were extracted with n-hexane and analyzed through gas chromatograph. The degradation of 1,1,1-TCA and TCE in the Z-nZVI-catalyzed percarbonate system were 48 and 39 % respectively, while strong augmentation was observed up to 83 and 99 %, respectively, by adding the reducing agent (RA), hydroxyl amine (NH2OH center dot HCl). Probe tests validated the presence of OH center dot and O-2(center dot-) which were responsible for 1,1,1-TCA and TCE degradation, whereas both free radicals were strengthened with the addition of RA. In conclusion, the Z-nZVI/SPC oxidation with reducing agent shows potential technique for degradation of groundwater contaminated by 1,1,1-TCA and TCE.

  • 17.
    Einarsson, Alex
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering.
    Miljökänslighetskartor: Hur man arbetar med dem i Umeå kommun2014Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    This thesis is about how Umea Municipality is working with environmental sensitivity maps. Surveys have been sent to the environmental office, fire department and Lantmäteriet. A literature study has been done in order to found out why it’s important for the fire department to take into account the environment. The starting point for this study has been the environmental sensitivity map that was made for the municipality of Umea in 1998 for accidents where firefighting water and chemicals are involved. Fires can cause many environmental problems. A substance that can spread in the environment when a fire happens is cadmium which can make it difficult for animals to absorb nutrients in the food they eat. The firewater can contain many substances that are harmful to the environment for ex. volatile organic compounds (VOC). A groundwater map from the geological survey of Sweden (SGU) and Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) for the fire department in Umea municipality was made in 2007. The groundwater map is used in the fire trucks in a GPS system. They can see directly on the GPS a map for the area where the accident has happened. It’s used when there is a chemical leaking for example from a truck that has gone off the road. The map that shows environmental sensitive areas is used by the fire department in Umea municipality and the environmental office. Firefighters have to call the fire station or the environmental office to get information from the map. The bad thing is that the map for environmentally sensitive areas is not updated.

     

  • 18.
    Farooq, U.
    et al.
    East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai, China.
    Danish, M.
    East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai, China.
    Lu, S.
    East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai, China.
    Brusseau, M. L.
    The University of Arizona,Tucson, AZ, United States.
    Naqvi, Muhammad
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Future Energy Center.
    Fu, X.
    East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai, China.
    Zhang, X.
    East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai, China.
    Sui, Q.
    East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai, China.
    Qiu, Z.
    East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai, China.
    Efficient transformation in characteristics of cations supported-reduced graphene oxide nanocomposites for the destruction of trichloroethane2017In: Applied Catalysis A: General, ISSN 0926-860X, E-ISSN 1873-3875, Vol. 544, p. 10-20Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Experiments were conducted to investigate the use of graphene-oxide supported metallic nanocomposites for improving the degradation of trichloroethane (TCA) by sodium percarbonate (SPC). Two methods of production, chemical reduction (CR) and solvo-thermal (ST), were tested for preparation of single (Fe) and binary (Fe-Cu) nanocomposites supported by reduced graphene oxide (rGO). A variety of analytical techniques including N2 adsorption Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET), x-ray diffraction (XRD), fourier-transfrom infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), and transmisison electron microscopy (TEM) were applied to characterize the physicochemical and microstructural properties of the synthesized nanocomposites. The characterization indicated that the CR method produced nanocomposites that comprised only mesoporous structure. Conversely, both micro and mesoporous structures were present for samples produced with the ST method. The synthesized single and bimetallic composites produced from the ST method showed higher surface areas, i.e. 93.6 m2/g and 119.2 m2/g as compared to the ones synthesized via the CR method, i.e. 13.8 m2/g and 38.0 m2/g respectively. The results of FTIR and XRD analyses confirmed that the ST method produced highly crystalline nanocomposites. SEM and TEM analysis validated that metallic particles with definite morphology well distributed on the surface of rGO. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis confirmed the homogeneity nanocomposites and occurrence of variation in copper oxidation states during degradation process. EDS mapping validate the homogeneous distribution of Cu and Fe at reduced graphene oxide surface. The Fe-Cu/rGO (ST) activated SPC system effectively degraded TCA (92%) in 2.5 h at low nanocomposite dose compared to the Fe-Cu/rGO (CR) and only Fe, for which the maximum degradation efficiencies achieved were 81% and 34%. In conclusion, excellent catalytic characteristics were observed for the ST-synthesized single and bimetallic (Fe/rGO, Fe-Cu/rGO) catalysts. These catalysts were successful in improving the degradation of TCA via activated SPC. 

  • 19.
    Guo, Kun
    et al.
    Univ Stavanger, Norway.
    Li, Hailong
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Future Energy Center.
    Yu, Zhixin
    Univ Stavanger, Norway.
    Metallic nanoparticles for enhanced heavy oil recovery: promises and challenges2015In: Energy Procedia, ISSN 1876-6102, E-ISSN 1876-6102, p. 2068-2073Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    With the increasing global energy demand, great attention has been focused on utilizing heavy oil and bitumen, which are potentially located ultra-deep underground and cannot be easily recovered. Numerous recovery approaches have been proposed for successful extraction of heavy hydrocarbons from ultra-deep reservoirs. However, these approached are often accompanied by high energy consumption, large amounts of wastewater generation, and undesirable environmental damage. Nanotechnology has appeared as one of the promising technologies for in-situ heavy oil recovery, e.g., employing metal-based nanoparticles. In this article, we provide a brief overview of metallic nanoparticles for in-situ enhanced recovery of heavy oil. It gives a general introduction of the potential advantages of nanoparticle catalysts for heavy oil recovery and illustrates the improved recovery mechanism. Some technology challenges related to this promising technology will also be pinpointed. These technology challenges need to be solved through further research and development before field applications. 

  • 20.
    Hakalehto, E.
    et al.
    University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland.
    Heitto, A.
    University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland.
    Andersson, Henny
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Future Energy Center.
    Lindmark, Johan
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Future Energy Center.
    Jansson, Joakim
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Future Energy Center.
    Reijonen, T.
    Savonia University of Applied Sciences, Kuopio, Finland.
    Suhonen, A.
    Savonia University of Applied Sciences, Kuopio, Finland.
    Jääskeläinen, A.
    Savonia University of Applied Sciences, Kuopio, Finland.
    Laatikainen, R.
    University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland.
    Schwede, Sebastian
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Future Energy Center.
    Klintenberg, Patrik
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Future Energy Center.
    Thorin, Eva
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Future Energy Center.
    Some remarks on processing of slaughterhouse wastes from ecological chicken abattoir and farm2016In: Microbiological Industrial Hygiene, Nova Science Publishers, Inc. , 2016, p. 271-293Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    In the meat industries, it is always of high importance to follow up the zoonotic and other hazardous micro-organisms, and to prevent their risky distribution, emission and dissemination. Besides proper hygiene control, as well as organized exploitation of the side streams and slaughterhouse wastes helps in the hygienization of the biomasses, processes, and the entire industry. During this experimentation it turned out that it was possible to produce gases and chemical goods, not only from the carboxylates, but also from the more tedious protein and lipid containing wastes. Moreover, these promising results were obtained from a substrate mix with manure and wood chips. These results implied to the high versatility and flexibility of the bioprocess during Pilot A tests within the European Union Baltic Sea region project ABOWE. In Sweden these tests were carried out using the combined wastes from the ecological chicken farm and abattoir as the raw materials. This is a report of the practical set up during intensive experimentation conducted jointly by the Swedish and Finnish personnel. The report of the runs in Sweden is presented also in the public report of the European Union funded project (www.abowe.eu).

  • 21.
    Halléhn, Lisa
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering.
    Alternativ till plast i storkök: Nuläge och utbytesförslag för kommunala storkök inom Eskilstuna kommun2015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this degree project was to study the use and presence of plastic in municipal large-scale catering establishments from preschool to high school and in geriatric care. It was also to get a deeper knowledge about the substance BPA and the plastic PVC and their connection with food. The third aim was to lay forward some suggestions for Eskilstuna about continued work and substitution in their municipal large-scale kitchens. The means for data gathering was databases, websites, scientific reports, on site visits, interviews, online survey and communication by phone and email. The result from the case study was that plastic articles as containers, disposable materials, utensils and food packages for storing food were used in hot, ambient, cold and freezing temperatures. Nine types of plastic were found: PP, PE, PC, PVC, PA, PS, PET, melanin and SAN. All large-scale kitchens had disposable gloves, plastic films and plastic bags. In the first two examples, some brands were made of PVC-plastic. PC-plastic was found in some drinking glasses, plastic food pans, utensils, bowls and jugs. BPA is a common additive in production of PC-plastic and therefore these articles may contain BPA. Between all ten municipal large-scale kitchens, there are some differences and similarities. Of all the kitchens, no one had exactly the same articles or methods, and some had also special routines that differed from the others. The suggestions to Eskilstuna municipality were to remove those articles that contained BPA or chlorinated plastics (especially those products that already had an alternative on the procurement contract), contact the suppliers and wholesalers and ask which products that both are made of PC and contain BPA or other bisphenols, develop a exchange plan for products that do not fulfil the future regulations of KRAV and finally demand in procurement that the product do not contain BPA, PVC or other chlorinated plastics.

  • 22.
    Holm, Jonathan
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering.
    Sammanställning över förekomst av klorerade kolväten inom Västerås kommun: En sammanställning med fastigheter och verksamheter där TRI har använts2013Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Chlorinated Solvents has been widely used in industries with degreased work tasks. It became popular in the beginning of the 19th century when the industry was developing fast. The most popular chlorinated solvent has been trichloroethylene (TRI). Because of the common use of the agent, soil and groundwater contamination with TRI has been one of the most occurred contaminations around industrial sites. TRI has some special abilities that make it a difficult contamination compound. It is hard to imagine its distribution pathways and it is a carcinogenic compound with many other hazardous properties. Because of its abilities the environmental and health department of Vasteras wanted to have a compilation over the companies in Vasteras that have been using TRI and that is the subject of this study. This compilation was based on a so called TRI list that had been assembled by the county  administration of Varmland who had get facts from the Swedish producer of TRI Uddeholm AB. This list tells some of the costumers that Uddeholm AB have had through the years. Additionally to this list this study was based on a initial inventory made by the county administration of Vastmanland. The study was made through an archive investigation at the environmental and health department in Vasteras. The investigation showed that most of the companies that had used TRI were known by the environmental, health and safety management. The companies have gone through an environmental investigation and therefore the TRI use was known. There were a few company properties that had a confirmed TRI contamination. This had been confirmed by soil samples that had been taken and analysed. There were some companies that had used TRI according to the TRI list but the information about the company was too thin to find the location of the company. The result of this study shows that there are many properties that have had a company with TRI use during the 1900th century. This study will help the future environmental work at these properties if there is a change in a property use for example.

  • 23.
    Huerta Buitrago, Belinda
    et al.
    Catalan Institute for Water Research (ICRA).
    Ferrer Muñoz, Patricia
    Mälardalen University, School of Sustainable Development of Society and Technology.
    Ribé, Veronica
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering.
    Wojciechowska, Ewa
    Faculty of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Gdańsk University of Technology.
    Larsson, Maria
    Man-Technology- Environment Research Center, School of Science and Technology , Örebro University.
    Engwall, Magnus
    Man-Technology- Environment Research Center, School of Science and Technology , Örebro University.
    Waara, Sylvia
    Wetland Centre, School of Business and Engineering, Halmstad University.
    Ecotoxicological characterization of sediments from a constructed wetland system for treatment of landfill leachateIn: Ecological Engineering: The Journal of Ecotechnology, ISSN 0925-8574, E-ISSN 1872-6992Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this study a bioassay test battery was used to assess the toxicity and the presence of dioxin-like compounds in 8 sediment samples obtained from a surface flow wetland system for treatment of municipal landfill leachate. The wetland system consists of sediment traps at the inlet followed by 10 ponds connected with overflows. In the 6 day solid phase microbiotest with the sediment-dwelling crustacean Heterocypris incongruens both acute and chronic effects were observed with a gradual decrease and loss of toxicity with treatment in the wetland system. Some samples showed low toxicity in pore water but no toxicity was observed in the whole sediment when assessed with Aliivibrio fischeri (Vibro fischeri).  No genotoxicity was detected in the umu test with or without metabolic activation. The toxicity response in the H4IIE- luc test evaluating the presence of dioxin-like compounds was significantly higher in the samples closer to the inlet of the system; the first sample was found to be a 177 times more potent Ah-receptor (AhR) inducer in comparison to the other samples. In conclusion; no toxicity, low levels of dioxin-like compounds and low levels of heavy metals were detected in the sediments from the last part of the wetland. The results indicate that the surface flow wetland system has an effective design for concentrating toxic substances associated with particulate matter in a small area of the wetland. The battery of tests used provided a comprehensive assessment of the ecotoxicological status of this aquatic system.

  • 24.
    Jacobson, Henrik
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, Department of Public Technology.
    Forsberg, Åke
    Mälardalen University, Department of Public Technology.
    Odelström, Tommy
    Mälardalen University, Department of Public Technology.
    Dagvattenkvaliteten i anslutning till Hamnområdet i Västerås2006In: Vatten: Tidskrift för vattenvård, ISSN 0042-2886, Vol. 62, no 2, p. 149-159Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [en]

    Dagvattenkvaliteten i hamnområden är ofta svår att definiera på grund av att hamnen ofta ligger inom industriområden med flera angränsande verksamheter och aktörer sammankopplade i samma avlopp och dagvattensystemet. Eftersom hamnen ligger närmast recipienten påverkas mätresultatet i hamnens provtagningspunkt av samtliga i avlopps- och dagvattensystemets tillförda föroreningar, vilket utgör svårigheter att få en tydlig bild av enbart hamnverksamhetens miljöpåverkan av vattnet. Bedömningsgrunder för vattenkvalitet i dagvatten och avloppsvatten är svårdefinierbara. De bedömningsgrunder som finns bygger på ett statistiskt material som utgår från olika provtagningar gjord i dag- och avloppsvatten system runt om i Sverige.

    Däremot i naturvatten finns goda underlag till vattenkvalitetsbedömningar i form av gränsvärden och normer vilka är vedertagna i litteraturen.

    I Västerås har hamnbolaget under några års tid haft hela ansvaret för mätning av förorenat vattnet i områdets dagvattensystem. Detta gäller även de föroreningar som inte härstammar från hamnens egen verksamhet, utan även från den omkringliggande. Juridiskt sett strider detta mot de allmänna hänsynsreglerna om att förorenaren betalar som beskrivs i miljöbalken. Kostnaderna har lagts på en enskild aktör för ett helt avlopps och dagvattensystem, där flera aktörer bidrar till miljöbelastningen. Detta har skett med förevändningen att hamnen är enskilt största verksamhet som bidrar med de största utsläppen av föroreningar till vattnet, vilket denna studie visar vara det motsatta förhållandet.

  • 25.
    Jensen, Charlotte
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering.
    Nyberg, Therese
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering.
    A FEASIBILITY STUDY FOR THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT OF THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE TRANSFER- AND RECYCLING STATION IN GABORONE, BOTSWANA2014Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 26.
    Johansson, Lena
    Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden.
    Removal of phosphorus from wastewater in constructed wetlands1996In: Proceedings of the Sino-Swedish Seminar on Sustainable USe of Water Resources - with Special Emphasis on Recharge and Protection of Groundwater / [ed] Castensson R. och Gustafsson J-E, 1996Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 27.
    Kanders, Linda
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Industrial Economics and Organisation. Purac AB, Lund, Sweden.
    Ling, Daniel
    Purac AB, Lund, Sweden..
    Nehrenheim, Emma
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Future Energy Center.
    Rapid start-up of one-stage deammonification MBBR without addition of external inoculum2016In: WATER SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, ISSN 0273-1223, Vol. 74, no 11, p. 2541-2550Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In recent years, the anammox process has emerged as a useful method for robust and efficient nitrogen removal in wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs). This paper evaluates a one-stage deammonification (nitritation and anammox) start-up using carrier material without using anammox inoculum. A continuous laboratory-scale process was followed by full-scale operation with reject water from the digesters at Bekkelaget WWTP in Oslo, Norway. A third laboratory reactor was run in operational mode to verify the suitability of reject water from thermophilic digestion for the deammonification process. The two start-ups presented were run with indigenous bacterial populations, intermittent aeration and dilution, to favour growth of the anammox bacterial branches. Evaluation was done by chemical and fluorescence in situ hybridization analyses. The results demonstrate that anammox culture can be set up in a one-stage process only using indigenous anammox bacteria and that a full-scale start-up process can be completed in less than 120 days.

  • 28.
    Karlsson, Andreas
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering.
    Avfallshantering på byggarbetsplatser: Potential för en miljöeffektiv avfallshantering2013Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This thesis concerns waste management on construction sites and was conducted on behalf of ICA Fastigheter.

    Areas of concern:

    • How can an environmentally-efficient waste management system on construction sites be defined? 
    • What potential exists for exploiting the waste resources that are generated?
    • How can the waste management be optimised by reducing the quantity of waste and by optimal sorting?
    • How can the client of a project influence the waste management?

    The purpose of the work was to investigate sustainable waste management in the building and construction sector and to highlight waste as a resource from an environmental and economic perspective.The aim of the work was to define an environmentally-efficient waste management system, to analyse the potential that exists in waste management and to draw up guidelines for optimal waste management.The method consisted of a literature study, two visits to construction sites and four interviews.An environmentally-efficient waste management system means that the waste is managed in the following order of priority:

    1. Prevention     
    2. Reuse  
    3. Recycling     
    4. Energy recovery
    5. Landfill     

    The prevention of waste is an important area that has not been adequately explored by the building and construction industry. The quantities of waste could decrease with the implementation of measures such as ordering materials in the dimensions required, prefabricated components, logistics centres with Just-In-Time deliveries, less and improved packaging and less wrapping. The reuse of waste materials and temporary apparatus as well as the use of a return pallet system are examples of reuse that reduces the quantities of waste.

    In most cases the source sorting work is a matter of course and the proportion going to landfill is down at a low level. The source sorting can be optimised by sorting all materials that can be reused and recycled to use them as a resource. The client of a project has great opportunities to influence the waste management in a sustainable direction by placing demands on the contractor. Demands can be placed on measures to reduce the quantities of waste, on a specific level of source sorting and on the reporting and monitoring of statistics.

  • 29.
    Khokhotva, O. P.
    et al.
    National Technical University of Ukraine, Kiev, Ukraine.
    Westholm, Lena Johansson
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Future Energy Center.
    The impact of surface properties of modified pine bark on the mechanism of sorption of heavy metals from aqueous media2017In: Journal of Water Chemistry and Technology, ISSN 1063-455X, Vol. 39, no 3, p. 148-154Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The surface properties of pine bark before and after the treatment with urea solution and the adsorption of Cu(II), Ni(II) and Zn(II) from aqueous solutions at different pH values have been studied. Types of active sorption sites, their surface concentration and change after the bark treatment with urea solution were determined. The results of potentiometric titration were processed by using ProtoFit and FITEQL software programs. The data obtained make it possible to conclude that in the extraction mechanism of heavy metals from water the share of ion exchange decreases and the share of complexation increases. The impact of alkaline and alkaline earth metals in the range of their concentrations up to 3000 mg/dm3 on Cu(II) extraction from model aqueous solutions was also investigated. 

  • 30.
    Khokhotva, Oleksandr
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Sustainable Development of Society and Technology.
    Waara, Sylvia
    Mälardalen University, School of Sustainable Development of Society and Technology.
    Urea treated pine bark -a low cost sorbent with improved metal sorption characteristics2009In: Ogolnopolska Konferencja naukowa inzynieria ekologiczna / [ed] Hanna Obarska Pempkowiak, Gdansk: Polish Academy of Science , 2009, p. 188-198Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 31.
    Kjelleros, Fredrik
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering.
    Tjärsandsindustrins miljöpåverkan: Alberta, Kanada2015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    In Alberta, Canada, amongst its mixture of sand, clay, water and other minerals, the tar sand’s heavy and viscous component bitumen, a thick, sticky form of crude oil is extracted through two methods; open-pit mining for shallower deposits (<75 m), and in situ for deeper deposits (>75 m). This degree project consists of a comparison between these two extraction methods impact on air, nature and water, which all have been evaluated by reviewing and analyzing literature. Studies showed that in situ methods cause a higher impact on air than open-pit mining, through higher emissions of greenhouse gases and sulfur dioxide (SO2), and will surpass the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions caused by the open-pit mines when the shallower, more accessible tar sands dwindle. Open-pit mining causes a higher impact on water due to its large tailing ponds that causes leakage of processing water and fine tailings, polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAH: s) and these 13 following elements considered priority pollutants (PPE) by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); antimony (Sb), arsenic (As), beryllium (Be), lead (Pb), cadmium (Cd), copper (Cu), chromium (Cr), mercury (Hg), nickel (Ni), selenium (Se), silver (Ag), thallium (Tl) and zinc (Zn). However studies remain unclear whether or not in situ methods are worse due to underground tailing ponds. Finally, when it comes to nature, open-pit mining causes a more direct environmental impact through deforestation, drainage of peat and wetland, and blasting of rock. In situ methods however, seem to cause more of a long term environmental impact through fragmentation. Dividing the landscape into smaller units through roads, wells, pipelines and seismic lines, leads to domestic biodiversity and homogenization of flora and fauna as unfavorable conditions is created for the nature’s wildlife. In conclusion, in situ methods causes a bigger impact on air than open-pit mining, while open-pit mining causes a bigger impact on water. Due to lack of time and resources, more research about the direct impact on nature is needed to fully evaluate which of the two extraction methods causes the least environmental impact.

  • 32.
    Koskinen, Sonja
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering.
    Affärsutveckling ur ett psykosocialt perspektiv: Mälarhamnar AB:s förutsättningar att lyckas2014Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The psychosocial work environment in hard professions is hardly studied and this study was implemented to observe port workers psychosocial work environment in ports of Västerås and Köping. There are two purposes with this study: firstly, to examine how ports of Västerås and Köping, Mälarhamnar AB, can improve and develop their business by using psychosocial methods. To do this, a questionnaire study and three interviews with workers were done and the results were used in a SWOT- analysis. Secondly, the aim is to be able to use the results and make a difference in the business development by adjusting the psychosocial work environment. The results show that the employees are happy at work and are happy with their work colleagues. The feeling of demand and control is higher for officials than for dockers. The feeling of being involved in decision making varies from interviews and survey. The interviews show that dockers are involved in decision making, while the survey shows low involvement. Generally the employees have good relationship to the immediate supervisor. To improve the business development Mälarhamnar AB need to identify which factors motivate their employees and which factors they use to motivate their employees. They also have to focus on the communication from foremen to employees and the communication should include feedback and recognition for well performed work.

  • 33.
    Krustok, Ivo
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Future Energy Center.
    Diaz, J G
    Faculty of Science, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Ciudad Universitaria de Cantoblanco, Madrid, Spain.
    Odlare, Monica
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Future Energy Center.
    Nehrenheim, Emma
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Future Energy Center.
    Algae biomass cultivation in nitrogen rich biogas digestate.2015In: Water Science and Technology, ISSN 0273-1223, E-ISSN 1996-9732, Vol. 72, no 10, p. 1723-1729Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Because microalgae are known for quick biomass growth and nutrient uptake, there has been much interest in their use in research on wastewater treatment methods. While many studies have concentrated on the algal treatment of wastewaters with low to medium ammonium concentrations, there are several liquid waste streams with high ammonium concentrations that microalgae could potentially treat. The aim of this paper was to test ammonium tolerance of the indigenous algae community of Lake Malaren and to use this mixed consortia of algae to remove nutrients from biogas digestate. Algae from Lake Malaren were cultivated in Jaworski's Medium containing a range of ammonium concentrations and the resulting algal growth was determined. The algae were able to grow at NH4-N concentrations of up to 200 mg L(-1) after which there was significant inhibition. To test the effectiveness of the lake water algae on the treatment of biogas digestate, different pre-cultivation set-ups and biogas digestate concentrations were tested. It was determined that mixing pre-cultivated suspension algae with 25% of biogas digestate by volume, resulting in an ammonium concentration of around 300 mg L(-1), produced the highest algal growth. The algae were effective in removing 72.8 ± 2.2% of NH4-N and 41.4 ± 41.4% of PO4-P.

  • 34.
    Krustok, Ivo
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Future Energy Center.
    Diaz, Juan Guillermo
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Future Energy Center.
    Shabiimam, MA
    Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India.
    ALGAE BIOMASS CULTIVATION WITH AMMONIUM RICH WASTEWATERS AS SUBSTRATE: THE POTENTIAL FOR SIMULTANEOUS WASTEWATER TREATMENT AND ENERGY RECOVERY2014Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Ammonia rich wastewaters pose risk to recipient waters and the atmosphere, and can be difficult to treat in wastewater treatment plants (WTTP) due to toxicity to the microbes in conventional biological treatment systems. This article presents an idea on how to use a combination of bacteria and microalgae for efficient treatment of wastewaters with high ammonia concentrations (200-1400 mg/L). The challenge in this research is that most algae species are sensitive to high ammonia concentrations (>1 mM)(Abalde and Mezzamo, 2009). Despite the numerous wastewaters that contain high ammonia concentrations, i.e. landfill leachate, piggery manure, reject water and biogas digestate, the progress in finding sustainable treatment methods is taking time. This despite the fact that climate change, eutrophication and eco-toxicity is negatively affected by this commonly occurring component. Further, nitrogen is a valuable nutrient that in conventional WWTP is just released into the air without any recycling or recovery.

    In this article, we present a study where algae were cultivated as a mean for treatment of wastewater reject water and swine manure from a piggery farm. The algae inoculum was pretreated from lake water, sampled in mid Sweden during summer algae blooms. Lake Mälaren is a shallow lake with a rich algae consortia, optimized for the local climate. During seasonal algae blooms, the lake demonstrates the extremely rapid growth rate of the algae such as cyanobacteria, green algae and diatoms. Algae inoculum, wastewater substrate and dilution media (tap water) were mixed in various ranges of ammonium concentrations to evaluate the nutrient removal and algae biomass growth. During the algae cultivation experiment, chlorophyll, optical density and TS were used as indicators for algae biomass growth. Flow Injection System (FIA) was used for nutrient analysis.

    The two main findings in this research are that algae growth is inhibited by ammonia but that it is possible to grow algae in readily high ammonia concentrations. Moreover, significant amount of ammonium were removed by algae during the cultivation in the reactors.

  • 35.
    Kurdve, Martin
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.
    Romvall, Karin
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.
    Bellgran, Monica
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.
    Torstensson, Emma
    A systematic approach for identifying lean and green improvements related to packaging material in assembly2011In: Proceedings of the Swedish Production Symposium 2011, 2011Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    One significant environmental impact from assembly operations includes packaging material use and subsequent waste generation. Although current practice involves reduction of unnecessary materials handling, there is potential to adapt packaging material in order to simultaneously improve the environmental performance and reduce cost in a “lean and green” mindset. Hence, with increased emphasis on sustainable and efficient production systems, there is a growing need for analysis and decision support tools to be used by operators and engineers as well as management. This paper approaches the gap by presenting an industrial application in the form of a set of simplistic analysis methods, as a systematic approach for identifying lean and green improvement potentials for packaging material in assembly. The methodology uses the advantages of eco-mapping, waste sorting analysis and material handling analysis and combines them with the systematic prioritisation of the five-step waste hierarchy and Bill of Material (BOM) structure. A pilot test indicates that a systematic use of these tools can be an efficient decision support for implementing focused improvements, providing cost reductions, productivity improvements and resource savings. Hence, the methodology adds to the general assembly optimisation toolbox, providing rapid answers for packaging decisions, including materials usage, handling and disposal processes.

  • 36.
    Liu, Z.
    et al.
    John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, United States.
    Davis, S. J.
    University of California, Irvine, Department of Earth System Science, Irvine, CA, United States.
    Feng, K.
    Department of Geographical Sciences, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, United States.
    Hubacek, K.
    Department of Geographical Sciences, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, United States.
    Liang, S.
    School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, United States.
    Anadon, L. D.
    John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, United States.
    Chen, B.
    Department of Geographical Sciences, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, United States.
    Liu, J.
    State Key Laboratory of Urban and Regional Ecology, Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China.
    Yan, Jinyue
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Future Energy Center. KTH-Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Guan, D.
    Ministry of Education Key Laboratory for Earth System Modeling, Center for Earth System Science, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.
    Targeted opportunities to address the climate-trade dilemma in China2016In: Nature Climate Change, ISSN 1758-678X, Vol. 6, no 2, p. 201-206Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    International trade has become the fastest growing driver of global carbon emissions, with large quantities of emissions embodied in exports from emerging economies. International trade with emerging economies poses a dilemma for climate and trade policy: to the extent emerging markets have comparative advantages in manufacturing, such trade is economically efficient and desirable. However, if carbon-intensive manufacturing in emerging countries such as China entails drastically more CO 2 emissions than making the same product elsewhere, then trade increases global CO 2 emissions. Here we show that the emissions embodied in Chinese exports, which are larger than the annual emissions of Japan or Germany, are primarily the result of China's coal-based energy mix and the very high emissions intensity (emission per unit of economic value) in a few provinces and industry sectors. Exports from these provinces and sectors therefore represent targeted opportunities to address the climate-trade dilemma by either improving production technologies and decarbonizing the underlying energy systems or else reducing trade volumes.

  • 37.
    Maji, Kamal Jyoti
    et al.
    Indian Inst Technol, CESE, Bombay 400076, Maharashtra, India..
    Dikshit, Anil Kumar
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Future Energy Center. Indian Inst Technol, CESE, Bombay Maharashtra, India..
    Deshpande, Ashok
    Univ Calif Berkeley, BISC, SIG, EMS, Berkeley, CA 94720 USA..
    Human health risk assessment due to air pollution in 10 urban cities in Maharashtra, India2016In: COGENT ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE, ISSN 2331-1843, Vol. 2, no 1, article id 1193110Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This study assesses human health risk in 10 cities in Maharashtra, India, in terms of mortality and morbidity due to three critical pollutants (i.e. PM10, SO2, and NO2). Risk of mortality/morbidity due to air pollution (Ri-MAP) model adopted in air quality health impact assessment (AirQ) software is used to evaluate the direct health impacts of various critical air pollutants in various cities in Maharashtra during the period 2004-2013. The result shows that excess number of mortality and morbidity in Nagpur, Thane, Aurangabad, Kolhapur, and Chandrapur is in increasing trend, while cities like Mumbai and Solapur are in decreasing trend, and other cities as Pune, Nashik, and Navi-Mumbai are in a steady-state condition. Cities having highest annual average excess number of total mortality, cardiovascular mortality, and respiratory motility in one million population are Mumbai (1,192, 724, and 121) (high population city), Chandrapur (944, 533, and 98) (low population city), Navi-Mumbai (797, 492, and 84), and Pune (733, 449, and 78) in decreasing order. Cities having highest annual average of hospital admission due to respiratory disease and cardiovascular disease among one million population are in decreasing order: Mumbai (1,519 and 582), Chandrapur (1,173 and 451), Navi-Mumbai (986 and 378), Pune (901 and 348), and Solapur (797 and 320).

  • 38.
    Minal, Mistry
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering.
    Hälsoeffekter av asbest och kvartshaltigt material på byggarbetsplatser: Litteraturundersökning av rökningens cancerframkallande förmåga i samband med exponering av asbest och kvarts på byggnadsarbetare samt redovisning av åtgärder2014Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this study is to understand which health effects that occur from exposure of asbestos and material containing quartz and if interactions with smoking leads to increased risk of lung cancer. The construction workers on site often lack knowledge about the risk of cancer when exposed to asbestos or quartz. The issue that I am going to discourse is, which health effects occur when exposed to asbestos or quartz? Does the risk of lung cancer increase when exposed to smoking, asbestos and quartz? Which measures can be used to prevent and reduce exposure of asbestos and quartz and how does the work handling asbestos looks today?  The work is based on a literature review and an interview as a complement. Results of the study have been shown that smoking is associated with asbestos- or silica exposure and doubles the risk of lung cancer. To reduce and prevent exposure of asbestos, quartz and decrease the risk of lung cancer the measures that can be used are; encouragement of quitting smoking, use of the respirators and training for handling asbestos and quartz. The conclusions are that smoking is associated with asbestos- or silica exposure that increases the risk of lung cancer and that younger employees do not have similar knowledge as older of the consequences of exposure and management. 

  • 39. Nehrenheim, Emma
    Introduction to Renewable Energy2013In: Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences, Elsevier, 2013Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Renewable energy is distinguished from fossil energy, or non-renewables, by the time it takes to form. Renewable energy uses energy from the sun, winds, waves and other direct energies or forces. Also bio-fuels are considered as renewable, even though there is no balance between the production and e.g. incineration of the material. Compared to fossil fuels, formed from the degradation of prehistoric organic material, biomass formed in modern times at least releases no ancient carbon (as CO2) to the atmosphere. The renewable energy sector is rapidly becoming more feasible due to the increased threat to our planet of global warming caused by burning of fossil fuels.

  • 40.
    Nehrenheim, Emma
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Sustainable Development of Society and Technology.
    Ribé, Veronica
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering.
    Carlsson, Peter
    Structor Miljöteknik.
    Eneroth, Peder
    Flexiclean.
    Odlare, Monica
    Mälardalen University, School of Sustainable Development of Society and Technology.
    Treatment of heavily contaminated storm water from an industrial site area by filtration through an adsorbent barrier with pine bark (Pinus Silvestris), polonite and active carbon in a comparison study2011In: Water and Industry, IWA Specialist conference, 1-5 May 2011, 2011Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This study aims to evaluate a simple and robust filtration method for separation of of heavy metals from storm water. The storm water, collected at a metals manufacturing site, is heavily contaminated with heavy metals, A first analysis of a water sample collected from the site in mid Sweden showed exceptionally high concentrations of especially Zn, which was present in concentrations exceeding 200 mgL-1. The basic idea is to filter the water as it flows out of the industry area through a passive barrier in the storm water well pipeline. The advantages with using pine bark are many,  it is, for instance, a waste material that can be recycled into a new life cycle step and it has been shown to be a promising materia in previous studies l for capturing  heavy metal contaminants . Pine bark was in this study compared to two other materials; polonite and the conventional adsorbent active carbon. The forestry by-product pine bark (Pinus silvestris) consists of approximately 85-90 % dried and granulated pine bark and 10-15 % wood fibres. Polonite is a manufactured product originating from the cretaceous rock opoka. A laboratory  experiment was  set up, where  the storm water from the industrial site was filtered through all three filter materials in a pilot-scale model of the proposed installation. The filter cartridge model could be filled with approximately 2.2 L filter material. 3 L of the storm water was poured through the material through natural percolation, approximately 0.35 Lmin-1. Treated and untreated storm water was analyzed for heavy metals, suspended solids, electric conductivity and pH. Active carbon showed the highest level of adsorption, with nearly 100 % of all metals adsorbing to the filter. However, significant concentrations of As was desorbed from the material into the filtered water. Pine bark retained 90 % of the metals, even the Zn which was present in high concentrations. Polonite could only adsorb 70 % of the heavy metals and released Cr from the material.

  • 41.
    Nilsson, My
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering.
    Lindberg, Anna
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering.
    Förnybar energi från biogasproduktion genom algodlingar i deponilakvatten.: En studie av algodlingar i sju olika deponilakvatten.2013Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 42.
    Nizami, A. S.
    et al.
    King Abdulaziz Univ, CEES, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
    Rehan, M.
    King Abdulaziz Univ, CEES, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
    Waqas, M.
    King Abdulaziz Univ, CEES, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
    Naqvi, Muhammad
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Future Energy Center.
    Ouda, O. K. M.
    Prince Mohamed Bin Fahd Univ, Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia.
    Shahzad, K.
    King Abdulaziz Univ, CEES, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
    Miandad, R.
    King Abdulaziz Univ, CEES, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
    Khan, M. Z.
    Aligarh Muslim Univ, Uttar Pradesh, India.
    Syamsiro, M.
    Janabadra Univ, Indonesia.
    Ismail, I. M. I.
    King Abdulaziz Univ, CEES, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
    Pant, Deepak
    Flemish Inst Technol Res VITO, Mol, Belgium.
    Waste biorefineries: Enabling circular economies in developing countries2017In: Bioresource Technology, ISSN 0960-8524, E-ISSN 1873-2976, Vol. 241, p. 1101-1117Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper aims to examine the potential of waste biorefineries in developing countries as a solution to current waste disposal problems and as facilities to produce fuels, power, heat, and value-added products. The waste in developing countries represents a significant source of biomass, recycled materials, chemicals, energy, and revenue if wisely managed and used as a potential feedstock in various biorefinery technologies such as fermentation, anaerobic digestion (AD), pyrolysis, incineration, and gasification. However, the selection or integration of biorefinery technologies in any developing country should be based on its waste characterization. Waste biorefineries if developed in developing countries could provide energy generation, land savings, new businesses and consequent job creation, savings of landfills costs, GHG emissions reduction, and savings of natural resources of land, soil, and groundwater. The challenges in route to successful implementation of biorefinery concept in the developing countries are also presented using life cycle assessment (LCA) studies.

  • 43.
    Nookuea, Worrada
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Future Energy Center.
    Tan, Yuting
    Royal Inst Technol, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Li, Hailong
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Future Energy Center.
    Thorin, Eva
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Future Energy Center.
    Yan, Jinyue
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Future Energy Center.
    Sensitivity study of thermo-physical properties of gas phase on absorber design for CO2 capture using monoethanolamine2015In: Energy Procedia, ISSN 1876-6102, E-ISSN 1876-6102, Vol. 75, p. 2305-2310Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Absorption of CO2 with aqueous amines in post-combustion capture is characterized as mass transfer process with chemical reaction. Hydrodynamics and mass transfer in gas and liquid phases in a packed column have significant influences on absorber design especially for the design of packing height. In this paper, the sensitivity study has been conducted to investigate the impacts of gas phase density, viscosity and diffusivity on the hydrodynamics and mass transfer and further the total packing height of a countercurrent flow with random packing column, using reactive absorption process and integral rate-based models. Results show that density and diffusivity have opposite effect to viscosity. Amongst various properties, diffusivity has the most significant effect on the packing height compared to density and viscosity. Overestimation of diffusivity of 5% may result in decrease of 3.2% of packing height. Moreover, developing more accurate diffusivity model should be prioritized for more accurate absorber design. 

  • 44.
    Nordensol, Alexandra
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering.
    Förändring av grönområden i Västerås tätort det senaste seklet: Konsekvenser av att grönområden förändras2013Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This thesis was done after a request from the county’s administrative board of Västmanland to provide the board with a better understanding of how green areas have changed within Västerås municipality over time.The purpose and goal of this study was thus to measure and analyze how much of the green areas within Västerås municipality that have disappeared during the past one hundred years as well as to provide a review of previous studies regarding the importance of green areas for humans as well as the biological diversity.In order to answer these questions I have in this study used a combination of a literature study, cartographic analysis as well as a time series analysis. The computer software used to do the measurements of the green areas was ArcGIS which is a geographical information system.In the cartographic and times series anlaysis measurements and analysis was made of the district map of 1911, the economic map of 1950 and the property map of 2011. The measurements show that the municipality has grown with 46,3 km2 over the last one hundred years. New neighborhoods’ have emerged and the municipality has expanded. This has resulted in a loss of approximately 60 % of the municipality’s previously green areas. The green areas that are left have changed their character and have today another use than they had a hundred years ago. Västerås today stands in front of a challenge to increase and integrate green areas with the city and its infrastructure.The results from the literature study is in line with the cartographic analysis and they show that the expansion and densification of the cities since the late nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth century during the urbanization process has had the consequence that green areas such as gardens, meadows, pastures, wetland, forests and farmland have been superseded by houses and other buildings.The literature study further shows that green areas play an important role for humans as well as for the biological diversity and the climate. It can provide wildlife and plants with habitats and protection and help strengthen the biological diversity. For humans it can provide positive health effects, both physical as well as psychological. Green areas also contribute to temperature reduction, cleaner air and decreased water runoff.

  • 45.
    Odell, Luke R.
    et al.
    Univ Newcastle, Sch Environm & Life Sci, Chem, Callaghan, NSW 2308, Australia.;Uppsala Univ, Uppsala Biomed Ctr, Dept Med Chem, Organ Pharmaceut Chem, Box 574, SE-75123 Uppsala, Sweden..
    Abdel-Hamid, Mohammed K.
    Univ Newcastle, Sch Environm & Life Sci, Chem, Callaghan, NSW 2308, Australia.;Assiut Univ, Fac Pharm, Dept Med Chem, Assiut 71526, Egypt..
    Hill, Timothy A.
    Univ Newcastle, Sch Environm & Life Sci, Chem, Callaghan, NSW 2308, Australia..
    Chau, Ngoc
    Pyrimidine-Based Inhibitors of Dynamin I GTPase Activity: Competitive Inhibition at the Pleckstrin Homology Domain.
    Young, Kelly A.
    Univ Newcastle, Sch Environm & Life Sci, Chem, Callaghan, NSW 2308, Australia..
    Deane, Fiona M.
    Univ Newcastle, Sch Environm & Life Sci, Chem, Callaghan, NSW 2308, Australia..
    Sakoff, Jennette A.
    Calvary Mater Newcastle Hosp, Dept Med Oncol, Expt Therapeut Grp, Edith St, Waratah, NSW 2298, Australia..
    Andersson, Sofia
    Mälardalen University.
    Daniel, James A.
    Univ Sydney, Childrens Med Res Inst, 214 Hawkesbury Rd, Westmead, NSW 2145, Australia.;Max Planck Inst Expt Med, Mol Neurobiol Grp, Hermann Rein Str 3, D-37075 Gottingen, Germany..
    Robinson, Phillip J.
    Univ Sydney, Childrens Med Res Inst, 214 Hawkesbury Rd, Westmead, NSW 2145, Australia..
    McCluskey, Adam
    Univ Newcastle, Sch Environm & Life Sci, Chem, Callaghan, NSW 2308, Australia..
    Pyrimidine-Based Inhibitors of Dynamin I GTPase Activity: Competitive Inhibition at the Pleckstrin Homology Domain2017In: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, ISSN 0022-2623, E-ISSN 1520-4804, Vol. 60, no 1, p. 349-361Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The large GTPase dynamin mediates membrane fission during clathrin-mediated endocytosis (CME). The aminopyrimidine compounds, were reported to disrupt clynamin localization to the plasina membrane via the PH domain and,iniplicate this mechanism in the inhibition of CME. We have used a computational approach of binding site identification, docking, and interaction energy calculations to design and synthesize a new library of aminopyrimidine analogues targeting site-2 of the pleckstrin homology (PH) domain. The optimized analogues showed low micromolar inhibition against both dynamin I (IC50 = 10.6 +/- 1.3 to 1.6 +/- 0.3 mu M) and CME (IC50(CME) = 65.9 +/- 7.7 to 17 +/- 1.1 mM), which makes this. series among The more potent inhibitors of dynamin.and CME yet reported. In:CME and growth inhibition cell-based assays, the data obtained Was consistent with dynamin inhibition. CEREP ExpresS profiling identified off-.target effects at the cholecystokinin, dopamine D-2, histamine H-1 and H-2, melanocortin, rnelatonin, muscarir* M-1 and M-3 neurokinin, opioid KOP and serotonin receptors.

  • 46.
    Odlare, Monica
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Future Energy Center.
    Introductory Chapter for Water Resources2013In: Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences / [ed] Scott A. Elias, Elsevier, 2013Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Water is a vital part of the ecosystem and clean water and is a prerequisite for life on Earth. At the same time, freshwater is a finite resource that can be increased only slightly. Large amounts of freshwater are utilized each year to support energy production, agriculture, urbanization, industry, and mining. Hence, in order to support global development, existing water resources need to be managed in a sustainable manner and lately, much research has been focused on suggesting successful strategies for management of the world's water resources. Interesting findings deal with important aspects related to water resources, such as desalination methods, management of existing water reserves, and innovative water treatment methods. The rapidly increasing demand for water and sanitation is an obvious challenge and it is of great importance water strategies and policies take into account both ecological and socioeconomic aspects.

  • 47.
    Odlare, Monica
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Future Energy Center.
    Lindmark, Johan
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Future Energy Center.
    Ericsson, Anders
    Brunnby Farm, HS Konsult, Västerås, Sweden.
    Pell, Mikael
    Swedish Univ Agr Sc, Uppsala, Sweden.
    Use of organic wastes in agriculture2015In: Energy Procedia, ISSN 1876-6102, E-ISSN 1876-6102, p. 2472-2476Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    As the number of biogas plants and wastewater treatment plants continues to grow, there is an urgent need to find sustainable usage of the organic wastes produced in these facilities Recycling of organic wastes within agriculture can reduce the need for mineral fertilizer and restore organic carbon deficiency in the soil. The results from a 16-year long field experiment, where agricultural lands have been amended using sewage sludge and biogas residue is presented in this paper. Plant nutrients, organic contaminants and metals have been analyzed in order to evaluate the impact of the wastes on soil and crop quality. The results show that only small differences in plant uptake of metals and organic pollutants appear after 16 years. In addition, biogas residues performed well as a fertilizers, although not as well as mineral fertilizers.

  • 48.
    Odlare, Monica
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Sustainable Development of Society and Technology.
    Nehrenheim, Emma
    Mälardalen University, School of Sustainable Development of Society and Technology.
    Microbiological degradation of explosives in bioreactor2007Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 49.
    Odlare, Monica
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Sustainable Development of Society and Technology.
    Nehrenheim, Emma
    Mälardalen University, School of Sustainable Development of Society and Technology.
    Microbiological degradation of explosives in bioreactor2006Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 50.
    Olsson, A.
    et al.
    KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden .
    Grönkvist, S.
    KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden .
    Lind, Mårten
    ZeroMission, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Yan, Jinyue
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Future Energy Center.
    The elephant in the room - A comparative study of uncertainties in carbon offsets2016In: Environmental Science and Policy, ISSN 1462-9011, E-ISSN 1873-6416, Vol. 56, p. 32-38Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The clean development mechanism (CDM) is a flexible mechanism under the Kyoto Protocol, which makes it possible for developed countries to offset their emissions of greenhouse gases through investing in climate change mitigation projects in developing countries. When the mitigation benefit of a CDM project is quantified, measurable uncertainties arise that can be minimised using established statistical methods. In addition, some unmeasurable uncertainties arise, such as the rebound effect of demand-side energy efficiency projects. Many project types related to land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) have been excluded from the CDM in part because of the high degree of statistical uncertainty in measurements of the carbon sink and risk of non-permanence. However, recent discussions within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) have opened up for the possibility of including more LULUCF activities in the future. In the light of this discussion, we highlight different aspects of uncertainties in LULUCF projects (e.g. the risk of non-permanence and the size of the carbon sink) in relation to other CDM project categories such as renewables and demand-side energy efficiency. We quantify the uncertainties, compare the magnitudes of the uncertainties in different project categories and conclude that uncertainties could be just as significant in CDM project categories such as renewables as in LULUCF projects. The CDM is a useful way of including and engaging developing countries in climate change mitigation and could be a good source of financial support for LULUCF mitigation activities. Given their enormous mitigation potential, we argue that additional LULUCF activities should be included in the CDM and other future climate policy instruments. Furthermore, we note that Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) are currently being submitted to the UNFCCC by developing countries. Unfortunately, the under-representation of LULUCF in comparison to its potential is evident in the NAMAs submitted so far, just as it has been in the CDM. Capacity building under the CDM may influence NAMAs and there is a risk of transferring the view on uncertainties to NAMAs. 

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