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Week 30

Monday, 24 July 2017

  • Success Stories
    • Room to manoeuvre - solving the airspace capacity crunch
      Illustration about green energy Stories of new applications for unmanned aircraft are now regular features in newspapers - from aerial photography to parcel delivery and personalised air transport. What seemed like a surreal future-scape just 10 years ago is fast becoming reality. The challenge is how to keep all these aircraft away from each other in the sky. EU-funded researchers have used simulations and visual modelling to find a solution.

Week 29

Thursday, 20 July 2017

  • Success Stories
    • Domestic fuel cells: the power within
      Illustration about green energy Why buy electricity from the grid when you can produce it affordably yourself - and heat your home at the same time? And reduce your environmental footprint? And possibly even save money? Why indeed. Residential fuel cell units could deliver these benefits to millions of homes in the EU, and preparations to ramp up their production are under way.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Monday, 17 July 2017

  • Events
    • GRAIL Final Event - 19 September 2017, Barcelona, Spain

      The GRAIL project (FP7) has been built with 15 partners from 9 different countries with the aim of finalizing the solutions given previously to the valorization of glycerol and transform then in valuable products in a biorefinery approach. During this 4-year project, GRAIL has developed several products, processes and technologies.

  • Research Headlines
    • Driving hydrogen fuel cell vehicles to market
      Photo of a of a car made from green leavesA major EU-funded project , with the support of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint undertaking (FCH JU), has installed hydrogen filling stations, tested prototype fuel cell vehicles and brought together car makers and infrastructure providers to push forward the commercial viability of this zero-emissions technology.

Week 28

Friday, 14 July 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • New mobile app could save lives in an emergency
      Photo of a mobile phone with the appWe've all seen pictures and videos taken on smartphones in the immediate aftermath of a natural disaster or terrorist attack - they are on social media within minutes. The EU-funded ATHENA project has developed an innovative way for emergency services to exploit this, using social media and dedicated applications for two-way communication with the public.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

  • International Cooperation
    • EU expands its research cooperation with Brazil and South Africa
      The European Union will further boost its research and innovation cooperation with its strategic partners Brazil and South Africa in order to better understand marine ecosystems and climate. The three sides launched today the South Atlantic Research and Innovation Flagship Initiative and signed a joint Statement on Atlantic Ocean Research and Innovation Cooperation.

  • Research Headlines
    • Preserving sponge grounds in the North Atlantic
      Photo of a deep sea vehicleEU-funded research into North Atlantic sponge grounds aims to discover unique sponge ecosystems. This should improve understanding of such ecosystems functioning, help predict threats, ensure their sustainable use and assess their links to human well-being.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • An integrated observing system for the Atlantic Ocean
      Underwater photo of the oceanBuoys, floats, moorings and research vessels, to name just a few examples - data about the state of the Atlantic is collected by a number of means. And by a profusion of actors, who could jointly produce even better results if they applied a common strategy. EU-funded researchers are driving the development of an integrated system.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Improved hydrogen fuel cells to power the cars of the future
      Illustration of a lamp with a green carHydrogen cars generate zero emissions but up until now have been too expensive to become the car of choice for the majority. The EU-funded COPERNIC project improved the quality of materials, the overall design and the manufacturing process for hydrogen storage tanks, cutting costs and making hydrogen cars a viable and competitive option.

Monday, 10 July 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Shaking up construction with lightweight quake-resistant design
      view of a seismic test roomNew building concepts that take into account catastrophic events such as earthquakes have the potential to save thousands of lives. EU-funded researchers have pioneered new methods and materials for constructing earthquake-fire resistant buildings that are lightweight, energy efficient and cost-effective. The project's results are currently being commercialised.

Week 27

Friday, 07 July 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Scientists get closer to natural blue pigment
      Photo of oystersDemand for natural pigments in the cosmetic and food industry is high, but most blue pigments used in cosmetics and food are still artificial. THE EU-funded BIOVADIA project increased understanding of marennine, the blue pigment in blue diatoms. Research continues and could eventually feed into diverse applications, including use of the pigment and diatoms in cosmetics, medicine and agriculture.

Wednesday, 05 July 2017

Tuesday, 04 July 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • To freeze or not to freeze - it's in the proteins
      Photo of a hole in the iceEU-funded scientists delved into a special class of proteins to solve the mystery of how creatures such as winter flounder and ocean pout don't freeze along with the waters they live in. The results could lead to new bio-based anti-freeze alternatives for industry, medicine and food-production.

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