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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
EUfunded researchers have developed an innovative aluminium-based coating that provides better, more environmentally friendly protection to offshore energy installations. The coating is now being commercialised.
Published: 22 February 2017
Most oil wells are only able to extract about 32% of the oil available inside. This makes oil a costly and somewhat limited resource, placing Europe's fuel security at risk. The EU-funded REVIVAL project has improved and tested a valve that can significantly increase the recovery of oil from offshore and onshore wells and prolong their productive life.
Published: 8 February 2017
Every cancer follows its own complex path. An EU-funded project is developing experimental tools and a computer model to generate and test ideas on the combined impact of the body's cell and chemical processes on cancer progress. The findings should one day help researchers and SMEs find better-targeted drugs faster.
Published: 6 February 2017
EU-funded researchers have developed an affordable data analysis toolbox for finding and interpreting the genomic sequence of fermented food - the key to better understanding their potential benefits and risks.
Published: 9 December 2016
By applying innovative laser techniques to ultra-hard machine tool materials, such as diamonds, the DIPLAT project has shown the way to better performance. Their technology has led to the launch of a spin-off company and market-ready products that could help EU industry to lower costs and improve quality.
Published: 6 December 2016
Solar cells as thin and flexible as a piece of paper can generate clean energy wherever it is needed, but manufacturing these revolutionary devices using thin-film printing processes is tricky. A novel quality control solution being developed by a European consortium is improving production efficiency and performance while reducing waste.
Published: 28 October 2016
An automated process for drying fish updates a centuries-old Norwegian practice to give more reliable, safer results. The EU-funded project's indoor system produces prime-quality stockfish with minimal spoiling, supporting SME growth and sustainable fish use. The process is now being patented.
Published: 7 October 2016
When a boat pitches in waves, it creates inertial energy. The EU-funded SeaKERS project developed the tools to harness this renewable energy for charging yacht batteries. The project team is now planning to commercialise its invention.
Published: 8 September 2016
An EU-funded project has provided the data needed for labels that would classify the environmental impact and safety of retreaded truck tyres - an environmentally-friendly, cost-effective alternative to new tyres, which must already have such labels under EU law. The project results should help consumers choose between new and retreaded tyres more objectively, maintaining confidence in retreaded tyres and preserving jobs in retreading SMEs.
Published: 1 September 2016