For the first time on 31 October 2019, the Structures and Construction Technology Research Unit (SCT) of the University of Oulu presented an autonomous excavator developed in its research project at the Ouluzone Motorsport Centre in Yli-Kiiminki. In the demonstration, the excavator operated entirely without a driver.
Professor Eva Pongrácz, from the Water, Energy and Environmental Engineering Research Unit, wants to solve the problems of the world through cooperation. According to her, what happens around the world touches all of us.
The University of Oulu has developed the world’s strongest cement-free and ecological dry concrete, referred to as geopolymer concrete, which is produced from dry raw materials and water. The carbon dioxide emissions for geopolymer concrete production are as much as 80% smaller than for normal concrete.
The Research Unit of Sustainable Chemistry at the University of Oulu aims at increasing the exploitation of industrial by-products. In the best-case scenario, waste is processed into an environmentally conscious product: for example, alkaline battery mass can be turned into fertilisers.
The Oulu Mining School Research Centre, the teaching and basic research unit of the extractive industries at the University of Oulu, has expanded and now serves all of the research needs of the extractive industries in geoscience, applied geophysics, as well as mining and refining technology. It is also used by other technology fields at the university and by private industry.
The longstanding collaboration, dating back more than 20 years, of Finnish universities and users to MAX IV laboratory has taken a new phase. Through an agreement signed recently, a Finnish university consortium FIMAX will expand and deepen this collaboration.
A group headed by Academy Research Fellow Ville-Veikko Telkki at the University of Oulu, has been granted considerable funding of EUR 2.6 million over five-years for the development of the completely new ultra-fast multidimensional NMR method.
The Fibre and Particle Engineering and Microelectronics Research Units of University of Oulu have received research funding from Tekes for their project “Green carbon nanofibers for large area electronics” (Grelectronics) for two years.
Research teams of Umeå University, Åbo Akademi, University of Danang and University of Oulu have developed a novel robust and efficient catalyst nanomaterial for electrochemical water splitting, which is easy to apply and feasible to produce in large quantities at low cost.
The Faculty of Architecture in the University of Oulu started their Modern log city project last year. The project has three stages, and it studies and promotes options of log construction especially in a city environment and in large public construction works.