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EU-funded researchers are testing new Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) solutions in six European cities to improve urban mobility, cut emissions and boost opportunities for high-tech European SMEs.
Published: 31 October 2016
Solar cells as thin and flexible as a piece of paper can generate clean energy wherever it is needed, but manufacturing these revolutionary devices using thin-film printing processes is tricky. A novel quality control solution being developed by a European consortium is improving production efficiency and performance while reducing waste.
Published: 28 October 2016
EU-funded project XERIC plans to develop a climate-control system for electric vehicles that can cut energy use by half. Reducing energy use would extend the range of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid cars, making the industry more competitive.
Published: 26 October 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
You'd be forgiven for thinking that the documents accompanying shipping containers are always accurate. But you would be wrong - discrepancies are frequent. EU-funded research suggests that a system of trusted trade lanes could address this problem and the associated business and security concerns.
Published: 21 October 2016
The EU-funded MaRINET project has given researchers and developers free access to wave, tidal and offshore-wind energy test infrastructures and has harmonised test practices. This should speed up the commercialisation of marine energy devices.
Published: 20 October 2016
Local people have more power than they think to adapt to new water supply patterns from climate change. An EU-funded project is helping communities in tropical forests in Argentina, Bolivia and Chile self-organise to ensure secure access to water and wiser use of resources.
Published: 19 October 2016
An EU-funded project aims to boost the competitiveness of Europe's travel industry by developing a cutting-edge cloud services platform capable of pulling together data from millions of service providers. The platform would allow travellers to access more diverse and flexible travel services faster and more securely than is currently possible - simplifying journey planning.
Published: 17 October 2016
Do we really need to test genetically modified food and feed on rats? What risk assessment data do we have, and how can we boost public confidence in conclusions drawn from this input? EU-funded researchers have produced guidance on the consolidation of scientific evidence and put the EU's mandatory rodent feeding trials under the microscope.
Published: 11 October 2016
Plastics are still made from petrochemicals that take their toll on the environment. But this could be about to change. Thanks to the EU-funded BioConSepT project, it is now feasible to make plastics from renewable resources such as wood and straw. Industry could soon be making plastic bags and bottles using chemicals derived from agricultural waste.
Published: 10 October 2016