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Is it possible to produce electric cars on a very large scale? At the moment, this can depend on costly materials that must be imported. More specifically, this concern relates to the rare earth magnets on which their motors tend to rely. EU-funded researchers have developed promising technology that works without them.
Published: 13 September 2017
EU-funded researchers have been recognised for their ground-breaking work on recovering and reusing waste material in nuclear fusion reactors. They developed and demonstrated new membrane technologies capable of decontaminating waste and extracting valuable tritium for re-use.
Published: 23 May 2017
EU-funded researchers have developed new planning techniques that will help ensure Europe's existing smart grid infrastructure can sustainably meet growing demand for plug-in electric vehicles - and they want to see these cars communicating with charging stations.
Published: 12 May 2017
The production of cement and lime involves fossil fuels and produces harmful greenhouse gases. Industry could change this, if scientists can develop a technology that can use solar power for high temperature industrial processes. The EU-funded SOLPART project has built lab-scale reactors that use a solar powered process to meet this need.
Published: 19 April 2017
Retrofitting buildings across entire city districts with modern insulation, heating systems and other new construction techniques is a cost-effective way to improve energy efficiency. But the variety of urban areas in Europe means there is no one-size-fits-all solution. EU-funded researchers have developed a macro-level modelling tool for sustainable district retrofitting that takes into account Europe's broad urban diversity.
Published: 4 January 2017
An EU-funded project has developed and brought to market unique tools and methodologies for ensuring historical buildings meet modern environmental and energy efficiency standards while preserving their original character.
Published: 3 January 2017
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
Coal-based power stations and industrial facilities are largely powered by harmful fossil fuels. If we replaced fossil fuels with solid biofuels, Europe would dramatically reduce its CO2 emissions. The EU-funded SECTOR project has optimised the production of new solid biofuels - so-called torrefied pellets. Standards to characterise the new properties are now being negotiated, and the product is ready for broad use.
Published: 30 June 2016
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