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  • West France's eco-innovation production line

    30/06/14

    West France's eco-innovation production line
    A mentoring programme aimed at eco-innovation entrepreneurs in the western French départements of Loire Atlantique and Vendée is moving into its second year. During July, the Eco Innovation Factory will select up to eight projects for a six-month programme of expert advice and tuition. The ultimate aim is to prepare the entrepreneurs to make a “pitch” for venture financing, which will enable their projects to scale up and, over time, to reach their full potential.

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  • Solar-powered electric mobility  

    02/06/14

    Solar-powered electric mobility  
    A French company is potentially making the roll-out of electric mobility in European cities easier by offering a suite of “SunPods”, or vehicle recharging points powered by solar energy. In doing so, the company, Nice-based ADVANSOLAR, is building on recent developments that have been seen especially in the United States, where the installation of carports or parking canopies featuring solar panels has grown rapidly: installed capacity of solar panels on carports in the US exceeded 100 megawatts each year from 2011 to 2013, equivalent to enough power for about 20,000 homes.

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  • Rhône-Alpes region offers funding one-stop-shop for eco-innovative SMEs

    16/09/13

    Rhône-Alpes region offers funding one-stop-shop for eco-innovative SMEs
    A group of French public authorities and institutions is finding that, when it comes to supporting eco-innovative SMEs, there is strength in unity.

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  • Finding biodegradable solutions for waterless car washing

    21/11/10

    Finding biodegradable solutions for waterless car washing
    A French company with a social vision has developed a biodegradable waterless product for washing cars. Essential oils and plant extracts have so far saved 40 million litres of water.

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  • Finding lead-free solutions for aeronautic and military electronics

    13/05/10

    Finding lead-free solutions for aeronautic and military electronics
    The Green Electronics in Aeronautic and Military Communication Systems LIFE project focused on lead-free assembly of electronic equipment for the aeronautical and military sectors.

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  • Recycling lithium-ion batteries to recuperate hazardous heavy metals

    13/05/10

    Recycling lithium-ion batteries to recuperate hazardous heavy metals
    The LIFE-funded RecLionBat project developed a technique to treat spent lithium-ion batteries – mainly used in portable electronic devices – which recoups cobalt and nickel.

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  • Solar power station meets energy challenges of Reunion Island

    10/07/09

    Solar power station meets energy challenges of Reunion Island
    A solar power station on the French island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean won a RegioStars EU regional innovation award in the adaption to or mitigation of climate change category.

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  • French process strengthens case for phytoremediation

    28/04/09

    French process strengthens case for phytoremediation
    Researchers at the University of Rennes 1 have patented a process to strengthen the abilities of plants to absorb contaminants, increasing their potential use in land remediation.

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