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Week 26

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Model approach to organic fish farming
      The image of a human feeding a fishOrganic aquaculture production is much in demand, but some traditional fish farmers may need guidance on how to make the switch. The ECOFISH project is developing a model and guide that provide just that, helping to set producers on the path to sustainability and added value.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Week 25

Friday, 23 June 2017

Thursday, 22 June 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • From farm to flight
      Picture of a green fuel canister among other canistersBiofuels for aviation face numerous challenges in the journey from farm to flight. An EU-funded project has successfully demonstrated via test flights how biofuel can enter the aviation supply chain as a greener alternative to fossil fuels. Thousands of passengers have already taken flight on biofuel.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Faster, greener chemicals production
      Picture of eco chemicals on the grassGreen chemistry is helping industry produce widely-used industrial chemicals more efficiently and with lower impacts on the environment. An EU-funded project has developed nitrogen fixation and hydrogenation processes that are faster, more productive and less polluting than current methods.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • How producing clever metal parts can cut industry costs
      Picture of gears and bearings lying on paperAn EU-funded project has helped to turn a promising method of producing metal parts for cars, planes and tools into a mainstream industrial process. The project has put in place a functioning supply chain and identified best practices that will enable manufacturers to deliver high-end products in a cost-effective manner.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Week 24

Friday, 16 June 2017

Thursday, 15 June 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Assisted living technology made easy
      Picture of young man with his smartphone at virtual realitySome people take pleasure in an epic struggle to configure a new wireless device. Others, not so much. For them, it would be great if the electronics they need could, please, just sort themselves out to work straight out of the box. An EU-funded project has found a way to achieve this level of user-friendliness for assisted living technologies.

  • Success Stories
    • Smart Fashion: What do our clothes say when they talk to us?
      Photo of a researcher showcasing the clothesWhat we wear says something about our personality - but what if our clothes and accessories could also tell us about our health? A smart shirt prototype can keep track of how much the wearer eats or drinks. Soft textile sensors in the collar monitor the neck muscles to inconspicuously detect swallows.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Monday, 12 June 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Changing manufacturing for a more competitive Europe
      Circular Economy IllustrationEvery day, we buy, use and dispose of products that end up as landfill. Unfortunately, the resources required to make new products won't be available in large amounts forever. Through the EU-funded ResCoM project, four well-known companies have already analysed the extent to which they could adopt a circular approach.

Week 23

Friday, 09 June 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Homegrown food for the metropolis
      Picture of people in the gardenWhere there's a city, there's a wider region that could provide a lot of its food. And yet, the produce on the average urbanite's plate is often imported from further afield, while farms located just a spud's throw away export most of what they grow. There's much to be gained from tackling this disconnect, say EU-funded researchers who looked into ways of doing so.

Thursday, 08 June 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Valuable metals not stuck in the mud
      Picture of red mud over the lakeBauxite residue - the by-product from the extraction of aluminium from bauxite ore - has the consistency of thick, red mud. Disposing of this waste poses a serious problem for industry, as does the risk of spills. But red mud can also be a source of critical metals. The REDMUD project intends to turn residues into low-carbon building materials - and to train researchers along the way.

Wednesday, 07 June 2017


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