• 2023-11-10

    Intelligent control systems for greenhouse cultivation with high proportion of local renewable energy

    Karlstad University conducts research and development of intelligent control systems for greenhouse lighting system. In the greenhouse on campus, researchers have grown tomatoes using renewable energy from solar cells. There is also a battery energy storage in place in case there is a surplus of renewable solar energy generated. The results so far were presented at a recent workshop.

    - The aim of our workshop was to present the results to participants from the energy, environment and lighting sectors, says Jorge Solis, associate Professor in Electrical Engineering. We invited companies, municipalities, economic associations as well the Swedish Energy Agency.

  • 2023-10-19

    Kick off for the new industrial graduate school EXACT

    The industrial graduate school EXACT is now up and running. EXACT aims to contribute to a sustainable manufacturing industry as well as future-proofing Swedish process-manufacturing industry through needs-based research.

    – It’s great that we are now up and running and we’ve had our kick off where all nine participating companies were signed up and several of the planned projects could be presented, says Karin Granström, Professor of Environmental and Energy Systems, as well as director of the graduate school. Karlstad University has a close and long-term cooperation with the private sector, and we all recognise the need for more research on renewable materials as well as improved control and data management in the processes.

  • 2023-10-17

    Intensive care managers paid a high personal price during the pandemic

    The pandemic threw intensive care personnel into innumerable challenges and upheavals. A new study looks at the managers’ role and experiences during this period. The researchers behind the study conclude that the dramatic transition of intensive care came at a high organisational and personal cost, and that there are lessons to be learned.

    Intensive care around the world was at the focal point during the COVID-19 pandemic. Intensive care units are staffed with highly qualified and interprofessional personnel who treat patients with severe or life-threatening conditions. During the pandemic, they were faced with an unexpected and heavy workload, and they were forced to quickly adapt to meet the increased needs for medical care. Research has looked at different aspects of intensive care during the pandemic in a number of studies.

  • 2023-09-26

    Can you compete in robotics?

    The answer is yes. The university engineer student Carl Törnberg was part of a team that won a second prize during his internship in Japan at Ritsumeikan University.

    - I have been interning at Ritsumeikan University in Japan since the beginning of 2023, and this summer, it was time for a robotics competition with the team I am part of here, says Carl Törnberg, a student in the electrical engineering program.

  • 2023-08-18

    Promising technology for cheap energy production

    A newly published doctoral thesis at Karlstad University shows that organic solar cells is a promising technology, due to its flexibility and large amount of potential applications.

    – Research and development in this field has resulted in impressive power conversion of almost 20 percent, which is very good, says Ishita Jalan, who recently received her PhD in Physical Chemistry.

     In order to increase efficiency even more, it is vital to understand the connection between the active layer and the solar cell performance, as well as how to control the molecular structure of the active layer.

  • 2023-07-03

    Karlstad University joins the European university collaboration, EUNICE

    Karlstad University has been granted funding by the EU Commission to join EUNICE, an education and research collaboration with nine other European universities. The idea behind EUNICE is to facilitate student and staff exchanges, as well as creating conditions for close collaboration on research and partnerships with the surrounding community. The project will run over a period of four years and has been granted €14.4 million or 170 SEK . Approximately one tenth of this will be allocated to Karlstad University.

    EUNICE, European University for Customised Education, is an alliance between universities from different European countries that work together across disciplines to solve social and economic challenges. Becoming a member means that students will be able to tailor their education with courses from the different universities, and may also contribute to making Karlstad University more competitive in terms of attracting the best researchers.