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Monday, 27 April 2015

1. Research Headlines - The future of forest fires

Fire in the forestForest fires are not necessarily becoming more frequent, but they could become increasingly severe, say EU-funded scientists. Forest management strategies must evolve in line with the changes that are compounding the risk of blazes across large areas. Read more

Thursday, 23 April 2015

2. Success Stories - Elastic road surface reduces motorway noise pollution

Photo of one of the researchers Noise pollution is still an issue on Europe's roads. But thanks to technological advances, it's less down to the sound of the car's engine and more about how tyres touch the road surface. One solution is being tested in Denmark where part of the road has been covered with experimental surface material that dampens the tyre noise. Read more

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

3. Research Headlines - Scrutinising snow and ice from space

Photo of the earth from spaceThe melt rate of Europe's snowy peaks and glacial lakes can have a huge impact on both daily activities and planning in many countries. EU-funded researchers have developed applications that use satellite data to tell them just that, in close to real time. Read more

Monday, 20 April 2015

4. Research Headlines - Wireless charging to boost take-up of electric cars?

electric car during chargingElectric vehicles have long been heralded as the future of transportation. They are relatively cheap to run, don't depend on declining oil stocks and don't release nasty emissions into the environment. But their initial cost, together with the inconvenience of finding charging points, is keeping electric vehicles in the showroom. EU-funded researchers are finding answers to these challenges with studies into the feasibility of wireless charging in public spaces. Read more

Friday, 17 April 2015

5. Research Headlines - Cheap and renewable electricity anywhere

Picture of wind power plantMost wind energy comes from turbines 150 metres above ground level. Winds at this altitude are however weak and intermittent, with most wind farms operating at only 25 - 30% of their capacity. EU-funded researchers have developed a prototype wind energy system that works at much higher altitudes, where winds are stronger and more constant, increasing electricity production dramatically. A commercialised product is in the pipeline. Read more

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

6. Research Headlines - Enzymes - a new weapon in the war on drugs in water

Picture of a waste water treatment plant Conventional water treatment technologies do not remove all of the pharmaceutical residues currently found in wastewater. Helping to eliminate a potential health threat, an EU-funded project has shown that enzymes can be used to neutralise these drugs when treating wastewater. Read more

Friday, 10 April 2015

7. Research Headlines - Recycled water makes a splash

Picture of houses at San Pedro de AtacamaWhere water is scarce, it is particularly important to ensure that the precious drops aren't wasted. Recycling and reuse technologies can help to preserve this precious resource even in very arid regions. An EU-funded project has developed a decision support tool to help communities select the solutions that offer the best fit for their needs. Read more

Thursday, 09 April 2015

8. Events - Servicize it! - SPREE Concluding Conference - Policy Packages in the Water, Mobility and Agri-food Sectors - 12 June 2015, Brussels Belgium

During the conference, the SPREE partners will present the results of the 'Servicizing' case studies in the Water, Mobility and Agri-food sectors, conducted in six European countries. Policy Packages will be shared through dynamic and interactive panels with a focus on policymaking in the sectors.

The conference will highlight the practical application of the Policy Packages by focusing the discussion on real-life challenges and barriers policymakers are facing, as well as on opportunities that have arisen throughout the process.

Venue: Rue du Champ de Mars, 21 Brussels – Belgium

Metro: Porte de Namur

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9. Success Stories - Sea change in shipping: natural gas to make engines more eco-friendly

Photo of a boat At a research facility in Copenhagen, a unique ship's engine has been developed. Powered by both diesel and liquefied natural gas, it has been designed to reduce the emissions of gases like carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxides. Read more

Wednesday, 08 April 2015

10. Research Headlines - Keeping the noise down in city centres

Night photo traffic in the financial district of Hong KongIf you live or work in a city centre, you will know how stressful constant traffic noise can be. But adaptations to roads, tyres, vehicles and urban planning could reduce traffic noise to less than one-tenth current levels in towns and cities, say EU researchers. They have paved the way by developing an approach - along with new designs for road surfaces and tyres - to turn the volume down. Read more

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