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An EU-funded research project has developed a practicable natural-gas fuelling system for current diesel-powered ship engines. The breakthrough is good for the environment and people - while helping the shipping market meet more stringent EU rules on sulphur emissions.
Published: 18 November 2014
Research and development remains vibrant in the Spanish solar market industry, an example of which is the European Union (EU)-funded LIMA project. The project shows that Spain continues to benefit from the strong infrastructure developed in the country over the last 20 years.
Published: 13 November 2014
Published: 12 November 2014
One of the innovations expected to help Europe reduce its energy use and cut emissions is the smart meter, which shows exactly how much gas and electricity is being used in real time. Various smart meters have been produced in recent years, but the widespread introduction of advanced metering infrastructures has been blocked by the lack of widely accepted open standards to ensure the interoperability of systems and devices.
Published: 22 August 2014
Burning with an energy density three times greater than fossil fuels but without producing carbon dioxide, hydrogen has obvious environmental credentials. Until now, hydrogen's rollout as a next-generation clean energy source has been hampered by the question of how to store it: as the lightest element, it needs to be kept at high density.
Published: 22 May 2014
Reducing the amount of carbon in the atmosphere is a key priority facing the world today as it attempts to mitigate the scale and effects of climate change. EUROCHAR, a European research project, is developing a technique which not only promises to help tackle this priority, but also offers additional benefits in the form of environmentally-friendly energy production and enhanced soil fertility.
Published: 4 April 2014
Ethanol is relatively easy to produce and can be used in existing engines. However, the so-called first-generation technology currently used to produce ethanol is energy-inefficient, offering slim carbon savings over gasoline, and it relies on edible crops such as maize and sugar beet, which some scientists argue could drive up global food prices.
Published: 19 March 2014
As the world continues its efforts to combat climate change and to move away from its dependence on fossil fuels, solar energy looks set to become an important technology for the future. The manufacturing of solar energy panels is therefore likely to grow into a significant industry, offering large rewards for whoever can establish an advantage.
Published: 12 March 2014
Efforts to improve exterior shells in buildings via better insulation materials in frames and glass have led to deterioration in the indoor air quality (IAQ), especially in older buildings. The EU-funded project Climawin has developed an intelligent window prototype for optimal ventilation and minimal thermal loss.
Published: 31 January 2014
Prompt intervention when shipwrecks and tankers are in distress can be crucial in confining pollution and limiting possible damage to the environment. Until recently however, a lack of appropriate tools and systems have hampered rescue efforts.
Published: 29 January 2014