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Hemp has been a source for materials, fibres and textiles for millennia. Now, an EU-funded project has used cutting-edge genomic approaches to boost hemp production, improve quality and advance scientific understanding of the crop. The research has led to new varieties and processes, providing a sustainable alternative to synthetic fibres and a wide range of other bio-based products.
Published: 26 May 2017
Seals that prevent leaks between moving machine parts could soon last longer and be more energy-efficient. An EU-funded project's techniques mould rubber and plastic dynamic seals with surface texture, making the SMEs manufacturing them more competitive.
Published: 27 April 2017
Polymers are everywhere, and in the modern world, many of them are manmade: materials such as polyethylene, nylon and PVC are part of our daily experience. EU-funded researchers have developed solutions to make polymer production in the chemical industry more efficient and more sustainable.
Published: 5 January 2017
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
Advances in nanomaterials hold the promise of new, better, more competitive products. The EU-funded 2DInterFOX project is seeking new insights into their behaviour - the results could help manufacturers develop new electronic and energy-related products, potentially boosting their competitiveness.
Published: 5 July 2016
The AircraftFire project is helping aircraft manufacturers and regulators better plan for and prevent fires with new aircraft designs that use composite materials. The data and integrated tool for predicting the consequences of an on-board fire are already available to manufacturers and regulators.
Published: 4 July 2016
For once, the clue is not in the name: Roman cement was not invented in Rome. But it is indeed cement, and more specifically one that was widely used in the 19th century. Many a European city prides itself on the architectural heritage shaped by Roman cement mortar, which has since fallen from grace. EU-funded research has paved the way for a revival.
Published: 14 June 2016
Guidelines for making concrete from recycled ingredients could help the construction industry reduce its environmental impact. An EU-funded project developed the guidelines based on tests of recycled concrete, recycled steel from old tires and natural fibres from sisal.
Published: 9 June 2016
The EU-funded BrightWall project has created a translucent concrete wall that allows in natural lighting without the associated loss of heat. This could help Europe cut its electricity usage to save money, conserve the environment and strengthen the economy.
Published: 10 May 2016
The T-REX project is sending outdated business practices the way of the dinosaurs by showing how closer cooperation between manufacturers and their clients can save resources and boost productivity. Up to 50% gains have been achieved thanks to real-time equipment performance-monitoring implemented by a Spanish project partner.
Published: 7 January 2016