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  A new laboratory testing system for localising noisy elements in automobile parts
  A new laser interferometry system delivers a holographic representation of the vibrational pattern of a sample, allowing noisy elements to be redesigned or eliminated.
  An advanced membrane system for separating acid from ester
  A new system replaces less efficient and less environmentally friendly distillation processes. Recovered products can be reused in a variety of chemical substances.
  Development and standardisation of asbestos-free gaskets
  Asbestos-based gaskets are being replaced but a common set of standards is lacking. European competitivity gets a boost from new materials and testing techniques.
  Getting the jump on mandatory recycling
  New evaluation and design software tools allow the optimisation of the recyclability of electromechanical products during the initial design phase.
  Improvements in zinc and lead recycling in the steel industry
  A new process means zinc can now be recovered more efficiently and economically from steel industry flue dust, reducing costs and environmental impact.
  Nanofiltration mineral membranes for cane sugar refining
  Ceramic nanofilters have been developed for the recovery of sodium chloride and sodium hydroxide from alkaline brine ion-exchange effluents, reducing waste and waste treatment costs.
  New improvements in battery recycling technology
  A new process increases quality and yield and reduces costs and waste in the lead-acid battery recycling process. High economic and environmental potential is seen.
  New membranes for waste acid recovery
  Environmental regulations on industrial effluents increase the need for efficient treatment and purification. High-tech European membranes are now competing with Japanese.
  New methods and reagents for efficient metal extraction
  Chelate complexes, used as collectors during flotation, achieve maximum metal recovery at five to 10 times lower concentrations than conventional collectors and at neutral pH.
  New solid-state gas sensors with nano-sized particles
  Gas sensors with nano-sized materials produced using sol-gel processes and laser pyrolysis are suitable for long-term emissions monitoring of automobile, burner and other emissions.
  Prediction, preventive and remedial action against acid mine drainage (AMD)
  New waste management methods using engineered dry covers reduce leakage and soil contamination from polymetallic sulphide mines. Copper, zinc and manganese can be extracted.
  Recycling of zinc- and lead-containing dusts from steel production
  A new injection process means zinc can now be recovered economically from steel industry flue dust, reducing costs and environmental impact.

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