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The use of cloud-based systems is expanding so quickly that their quality and security can sometimes be compromised. In response, the EU-funded SENECA project is identifying key challenges facing the development of cloud software, infrastructure and operations.
Published: 7 December 2016
EU-funded scientists are developing dedicated biomass crops that are drought tolerant so that they can be grown on land unsuitable for food crops. This will help sustainable bio-based energy and raw materials to succeed in Europe without applying pressure on food resources.
Published: 5 December 2016
Marine microorganism data from anywhere in the world is now easier to access. The EU-funded project that made this possible also developed the research infrastructure and legal framework necessary for industry to fully tap the potential of microbial life in the oceans.
Published: 4 November 2016
The identification of perennial grasses that make strong candidates for biofuel production and new drying techniques are among the results of the OPTIMA project - along with a call for support for farmers that will enable them to turn their marginal land into valuable biomass.
Published: 25 October 2016
Is it bio-degradable? Compostable? Recyclable? And to what extent is it actually derived from biomass? A bio-based product can combine several eco-friendly features, but how precise characteristics are determined can vary. EU-funded researchers are developing standard methods and definitions to help inform purchasing decisions.
Published: 13 October 2016
The potential for offshore wind farms to meet a large proportion of our energy requirements is almost unlimited, and interest in building more offshore wind farms is increasing. But cost remains a major barrier. The EU-funded EERA-DTOC project has produced a tool - Wind & Economy - that helps minimise the cost of planning, developing and operating offshore wind farms. It is already on the market.
Published: 21 September 2016
Intelligent transportation systems (ITS) are all around us: they let us know when the next bus will reach our bus stop, help monitor and manage road traffic and make air travel safer. But how does innovation work at this complex intersection between the transport and the ICT industries? The T-TRANS project found answers and laid the foundations for a European ITS innovation network.
Published: 23 August 2016
Europe relies on natural gas and fossil fuels from a limited number of countries. These energy sources generate harmful greenhouse gases that accelerate climate change and its devastating impacts. The EU-funded HYDROSOL-PLANT project has developed a technology that has the potential to produce hydrogen on a large-scale, cost-effectively. This renewable energy could slow climate change and create a sustainable future.
Published: 19 July 2016
Remote sensing is widely used for security surveillance, military reconnaissance and environmental monitoring. An EU-funded project's signal processing system improves images and range information from the collected data using smaller, lighter recording devices than traditional systems. Two prototypes are already available.
Published: 15 July 2016
From insect and plant specimens to slides of fossil samples and microscopic life forms, Europe has an unparalleled wealth of natural history resources. Maintained by museums and institutes, collections are now being made accessible both physically and digitally by an EU-funded project that is helping democratise research and preserve these treasure troves of taxonomic data.
Published: 12 July 2016