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Imagine printing with inexpensive plastic inks that detect light. Imagine using the same inkjet process to combine these substances with printable electric switches - transistors - that can transmit the collected information. You could print out entire digital imagers this way.
Published: 3 November 2015
EU-funded researchers are developing an environmentally friendly alternative to petrochemical-based coatings on food and beverage packaging. Made from food processing by-products, the biodegradable coatings would decrease dependency on fossil fuel-based plastics, improve recyclability and reduce landfill waste.
Published: 23 October 2015
Deciding when to renovate or replace an ageing bridge can be tricky. Risks to safety must be avoided, but acting prematurely may be wasteful. Monitoring techniques developed by an EU-funded project can facilitate such decisions. They are based on an innovative weigh-in-motion system used to check that trucks aren't overloaded.
Published: 20 October 2015
What is your idea of a perfect meal? How about some local cheese, artisanal bread and a few slices of regional ham? Traditional food producers are getting help to continue producing in the competitive 21st century, with know-how and training from an EU-funded project.
Published: 15 September 2015
Published: 9 September 2015
Around Europe, 50 SMEs, start-ups and web entrepreneurs are receiving EU support as they put the final touches to their prototype apps for smart farming. Around 30 will be selected for further funding, which will be used by the developers to prepare their app for market launch in 2016.
Published: 7 September 2015
Olives are not only a 'superfood' - they also create thousands of jobs in the Mediterranean region. But ironically, producing table olives or olive oil requires huge amounts of water - sometimes a scarcity in hot, dry southern Europe. An EU-funded project has developed a system to re-use the water used to wash olives - good news for both the environment and olive producers limited by low water levels.
Published: 11 August 2015
EU-funded researchers have developed an innovative, cost-effective and green method for recycling polystyrene packaging - such as those used to pack large quantities of fish - thanks in part to a solvent used in chewing gum. The project consortium is currently in discussions with various plastics companies and recycling firms about commercialising the technology.
Published: 6 August 2015
Europe's smaller agri-businesses will soon be able to tell whether their products are within the EU's strict limits for pesticide residues without having to send samples to the laboratory. This is because an EU-funded project has developed a rapid, easy-to-use portable biosensor that offers testing up to 10 times cheaper than conventional means.
Published: 30 July 2015
With the help of EU research funding, three small businesses have been able to take a concept for more efficient, cheaper types of paints for hazardous, explosive work areas, develop innovative products, and successfully bring them to market. The new paints also eliminate the need for the metal particles and solvents normally used in such products - removing a potential health hazard.
Published: 27 July 2015