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03/07/2015
The Airlander hybrid air vehicle is a new form of aircraft designed by Hybrid Air Vehicles Ltd (HAV). The vehicle combines inert lifting gas, aerodynamics and vectored thrust to deliver ‘game changing’ performance, compared to current flight technologies. Read more
02/07/2015
An EU-funded project has provided the data needed for labels that would classify the environmental impact and safety of retreaded truck tyres – an environmentally-friendly, cost-effective alternative to new tyres, which must already have such labels under EU law. The project results should help consumers choose between new and retreaded tyres more objectively, maintaining confidence in retreaded tyres and preserving jobs in retreading SMEs. Read more
30/06/2015
An EU-funded project has flown a drone controlled from the ground using only a person’s brainwaves. The technology could one day make it easier to pilot larger aircraft, such as cargo jets, and result in safer airways, say the project’s researchers. Read more
10/06/2015
With transport demand increasing rapidly, an EU-funded network investigated how to ease the strain on Europe’s ageing roads, railways and bridges, while training a new generation of researchers at the same time. The team used the latest technologies to improve maintenance techniques and design methods. Read more
09/06/2015
Some 10 years after its completion, the results of the EU-funded project VISIONS are conquering the world of dangerous goods road transport in the form of a real-time cargo monitoring system. The system has been installed in a 1 000 fuel tankers all over the world, facilitating inspections and thus improving safety and efficiency. Read more
21/05/2015
Electric vehicles are quiet — too quiet, possibly. Pedestrians and other vulnerable road users don’t always hear them coming. An EU-funded project has developed a solution. This innovative accident prevention system detects persons at risk and warns them by emitting a sound directed at them and them alone. Read more
18/05/2015
Aircraft maintenance companies are under a great deal of financial pressure from carriers, which require consistent and low cost repairs using high quality processes and spare parts. EU-funded researchers studying future repair and maintenance say digital manufacturing technologies will put increased automation and fewer production stages within grasp. The result could be more competitive providers, cheaper flights and fewer emissions. Read more
07/05/2015
Rail companies looking for possible energy savings have to consider the different parts of a rail network together – no easy task. EU-funded researchers are building decision-making tools and setting standards to make this mission more manageable. The approach could cut energy use by 10%, says the project team. Read more
22/04/2015
The average car in Europe weighed around 1400 kg and emitted about 132 g of CO2 per kilometre travelled in 2012. Lower weight equals a decrease in fuel consumption and as a result CO2 emissions. An EU-funded project has developed two new high-volume materials that could help new car models lighten their emission load. Read more
13/04/2015
EU-funded research has shown that natural rubber from home-grown dandelions and guayule could be used for tyres. Researchers and industry are now working together to scale up production – paving the way for Europe to reduce its dependence on rubber imports and to boost competitiveness. Read more

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