At KTH, President Obama checks out a Swedish invention that can clean dirty water. Photo: Scanpix.
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Renewable energies in focus at KTH-visit

When visiting the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) president Obama showed special interest in the concept car Sleipner, which earlier this year managed to drive 1500 kilometres on one litre of petrol, the news agency TT reports.

"He was almost about to climb into the fuel cell vehicle," IT and energy minister Anna-Karin Hatt smiled.

She appreciated that Obama had mentioned the transition to renewable energies and environment research as areas where the US can learn from Sweden. "That was the whole point with this visit: to show some examples of prominent Swedish research."

Ahead of the 30 minute visit KTH President Peter Gudmundson said in a statement posted on the university's website. "This is a positive signal about KTH's international status, and that we conduct research at the cutting edge, which we are very proud of."

The visit focused on KTH's work on fuel cells that run on hydrogen or liquid fuels, like methanol, and chemically convert them into electricity. Other issues on the agenda was renewable energy such as high-efficiency solar cells, energy-efficient "smart homes" and harnessing waves as an power source.

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