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A common criticism to large-scale solar farm is the competition between land for energy andland for food that creates deep conflicts among the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).One of the sustainable and technological solutions to address the SDGs competition is theadoption of agro-photovoltaic systems, which combine electricity and crop production andincrease land use productivity. By using a water-food-energy-climate nexus approach, thisproject aims to provide an in depth understanding on the interrelationships between solarradiation distribution at crop level, photovoltaic production, microclimate, and crop yieldresponse underneath of the APV systems. In particular, the project will investigate throughexperiments how complex shading conditions created by agro-photovoltaic systems affect thedistribution of the albedo and of the photosynthetically active radiation converted into biomassby crops.


Project manager at MDU: Pietro Campana

Main financing: FORMAS

This research project aims to contribute knowledge to how photovoltaic parks can be designed and planned with higher efficiency and profitability. Today, there is a lack of tools for solar park designers that take into account local weather conditions, and above all to the price signals from the electricity market and thus in the extension to the balance between production and demand. The project aims to develop a calculation model that makes it possible to optimize the angle and direction of the solar cell modules (azimuth) based on both local weather conditions and spot price variations over time. 


Project manager at MDU: Pietro Campana

Main financing: Stiftelsen ÅForsk

In a multi-year collaboration, LKAB will invest SEK 80 million in research into sustainable mining. Prominent researchers at, among others, Luleå University of Technology, Örebro University and Mälardalen University will, in close collaboration with LKAB's employees, develop solutions that contribute to the company's transformation - carbon dioxide-free processes and products in 2045. MORMOR is on of nine projects with focus on risk management in the mine to avoid fires or hazardous environment by measurement of air born particles and toxic components to give an early warning to staff in the mine. Sensors will be placed at vehicles as well as stationary. There will be both diesel engines and fully battery-electric. New conditions for electric vehicles/batteries is especially considered.


Project manager at MDU: Erik Dahlquist

The general goal of RELIEF is to foster the potential of Higher Education (HE) and Vocational Education & Training (VET) models to provide new training approaches, innovative learning material, and training practices in the field of bio-economy focusing to open up new learning opportunities for the embedding of bio-economy principles and practices in farming.


Project manager at MDU: Hailong Li

Main financing: European Education and Culture Executive Agency, call ERASMUS-EDU-2021-PI-ALL-INNO

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