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If there's one thing North Africa has in abundance, it is sun - and with it, the potential for cheap, plentiful solar power. An EU-funded project is adapting solar technology to the region's environment and infrastructure, while building local research capacity in the field.
Published: 22 September 2015
Offshore wind-farms are an attractive source of renewable energy, overcoming a number of concerns linked to on-land wind turbines. An EU-funded project is increasing cost-effectiveness out at sea with new, lightweight, innovative components. One system prototype is being tested, while another is under development.
Published: 17 September 2015
Weather cladding and external wall panels made of flax, jute, and a resin from sugar cane waste? Yes indeed, if you want a durable, low-carbon solution... EU-funded researchers have developed innovative biocomposites based on such materials and demonstrated their potential in construction.
Published: 8 September 2015
The EU-funded FASTINCHARGE project is designing a more practical and efficient means of recharging electric vehicles (EV). In doing so, the project aims to make electric vehicles more appealing to consumers - helping car makers become more competitive.
Published: 28 August 2015
An EU-funded project has developed innovative components, chemical technologies and manufacturing processes for cheaper, more-dependable and greener Lithium-ion batteries. These breakthroughs promise to boost competitiveness among European battery and electric vehicle manufacturers.
Published: 27 August 2015
Buildings account for some 40% of the EU's energy consumption and CO2 emissions. More than half of them are residential, often with plenty of room for energy efficiency gains. An SME-led project funded by the EU has developed an innovative heating solution specifically for existing single-family homes. It expects this system to be on sale within a year.
Published: 26 August 2015
The step from design to real-world implementation is the test of any new technology. An EU-supported project showed how to combine two solar power innovations to provide sunshine energy to customers, day and night.
Published: 24 August 2015
Rail companies looking for possible energy savings have to consider the different parts of a rail network together - no easy task. EU-funded researchers are building decision-making tools and setting standards to make this mission more manageable. The approach could cut energy use by 10%, says the project team.
Published: 5 August 2015
Income from e-sales in the EU in 2013 accounted for 15% of total turnover, and if estimates are correct, e-commerce will grow. However, this growth brings with it an increase in freight transport, especially in urban areas, which in turn contributes to air and noise pollution as well as traffic congestion.
Published: 20 July 2015
EU-funded researchers have used novel carbon materials to make lightweight, energy-efficient supercapacitors, the energy storage devices that supply power to electric vehicles during acceleration. Their work promises to extend the distance electric vehicles can travel before a recharge. This improved performance could boost their appeal on the market, help make EU manufacturers more competitive, and contribute to the EU's goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Published: 3 July 2015