Environment

Research & Development

Wave energy: work in progress
07/09/2015
Wave energy seems to be the little brother of other renewable energy technologies. While solar and wind power have been commercialised and scaled up to the extent that some countries now get a substantial portion of their electricity from them (wind energy met more than 40% of Denmark's electricity...
Project seeks to enlist smartphone users in air pollution monitoring event
24/07/2015
A successful Dutch initiative that enlisted the general public to contribute to the understanding of air pollution is being scaled-up through a new project funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 research programme. The LIGHT2015 project, which started at the beginning of 2015 and runs until...
The promise of graphene
13/07/2015
Hopes are high for graphene, an ultra-thin material that has been labelled as possibly “the most amazing and versatile substance available to mankind.” Graphene was first isolated in 2004. By the end of 2015, according to a company spun out of the United Kingdom's National Graphene Institute, a...
Seaweed cultivation project promises higher yields
11/03/2015
Seaweed has been harvested for hundreds of years – the ocean plants are used for a variety of products, including edible seaweeds such as Japanese Project information: AT~SEA...
21/10/2014
An early 1970s computer model has proved remarkably accurate in predicting developments in the world economy, population and resource consumption, according to a recent study published by the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute (MSSI) at the University of Melbourne, Australia. The computer...
Spanish food eco-packaging and marking projects recognised  
10/09/2014
A pair of completed eco-innovative projects dealing with the food supply chain, both coordinated from Spain, have been recognised by the autonomous Valencia Community on Spain's eastern seaboard. The The projects tackle issues of interest to food producers. ECOBIONET piloted a process to...
'Waste-eating robot' could help reduce biowaste mountain  
30/06/2014
An Italian project supported by the European Union's LIFE+ programme is exploring an innovative solution to a problem that all municipal authorities face: biodegradeable waste. The Landfill Directive (1999/31/EC) requires EU countries to reduce the amount of biodegradable municipal waste that they...
BEACON puts spotlight on biorefining  
07/05/2014
A project to explore the possibilities of biorefining - or the processing of biomass into higher value materials - has been recognised by the The starting point for BEACON, which began in 2010 with financial support from the European Regional Development Fund, was research done by Aberystwyth...
New buildings from old bricks  
13/11/2013
The reuse of building materials is not new. For centuries, people have stripped old buildings to obtain materials for new constructions. Today, however, construction waste is a headache for local administrations. It must be sent to landfill, or is crushed and reused as aggregate. A project...
EU FUSIONS: food for thought
30/09/2013
A major European Union research project is studying how the environmental problem of food waste can be tackled through agreed definitions, common strategies and social innovation. The EU FUSIONS project (Food Use for Social Innovation by Optimising Waste Prevention Strategies) is backed by the...

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