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Catalysts transform carbon-derived chemicals into ingredients for products that people use every day. EU-funded researchers have identified new enzymes and processes for low-waste bio-based catalysts - supporting chemical-based industries to use resources sustainably.
Published: 3 November 2016
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
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
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
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
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
The EU-funded project RESOLVE is developing technologies for electric-powered light four wheelers that extend range and reduce cost. This could tempt more car drivers to make the switch to these smaller, less polluting alternatives for daily urban commutes.
Published: 6 October 2016
A clean revolution is quietly taking place on Europe's roads. Hydrogen fuel cells are powering fleets of public buses and refuelling stations are being deployed. Building on the results of several pilot projects, uptake of the technology is accelerating rapidly, putting hydrogen fuel cells in a position to underpin zero-emissions transport Europe-wide.
Published: 29 September 2016