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  A new aircraft propulsion system to cut CO2 emissions
Air traffic volumes are projected to double by the mid-2030s, with CO2 emissions from aircraft expected to do likewise without new fuel-efficient aircraft entering the market. EU-funded researchers are exploring a propulsion method to reduce fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions - good for the environment and the industry's competitiveness.

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  More efficient plane engines ready for take-off
An EU-funded project is advancing technology that will enable new, more fuel-efficient and quieter aircraft engines to take to the skies.

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  Smart road studs guide drivers to safety
Since their invention in the 1930s, reflective road studs have helped drivers stay safe at night. EU-funded research has now demonstrated that upgrading such devices with smart energy-saving technology has the potential to save lives.

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  Helping businesses improve through smarter maintenance systems
Well-thought-out maintenance of a physical system, whether it is a factory or a wind turbine, can add value to a business. Now the EU, ECSEL Participating States and industry-funded research is helping to introduce a new approach to maintenance technology.

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  Zero-emissions ferry skims the waves
It's sleek. It's fast. It's green, and that's not just the colour of the hull. EU-funded researchers have developed an award-winning battery electric commuter ferry that can reach up to 30 knots - an impressive speed, which many had deemed unattainable for such a vessel.

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  Keeping track of ocean plastic
EU-funded research is developing advanced modelling tools to help assess the full extent of the problem of plastic pollution in our oceans and how it is affecting the marine environment. The tools will help policymakers design targeted measures to address a big and growing issue.

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  Attributing extreme weather to man-made climate change
EU-funded researchers have developed a sophisticated modelling system capable of gauging the influence of man-made climate change on extreme weather wreaking havoc around the globe, from heat waves and droughts to floods and storm surges.

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  Innovative rotor sail to cut commercial shipping carbon emissions
One of the world's most environmentally friendly passenger ships is harnessing the wind for propulsion, cutting CO2 emissions and fuel consumption, thanks to the installation of an innovative rotor sail developed by an EU-funded project.

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  Tapping the full potential of Europe's health data
An EU and industry-funded project is helping researchers tap into Europe's treasure trove of electronic health data, saving them time and money in their quest to cure and develop better drugs for debilitating diseases. The effort has already led to promising findings linked to Alzheimer's and obesity.

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  Clean Sky 2 - the largest research programme for aviation ever launched in Europe
It develops innovative, cutting-edge technologies aimed at reducing CO2, gas emissions and noise levels produced by aircraft, for incorporation into the next generations of aircraft from 2025 onwards.

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  High-tech filter designs... this way for clean water!
New high-tech filter designs and technology developed by EU-funded researchers for use in salt-water purifiers could solve one of the most intractable problems on the planet - providing clean, affordable drinking water to millions who lack access.

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  Exposing Paraguay's complex social history of ethnic groups
An EU-funded project narrated the social tensions between Paraguay's different ethnic groups through the history of a tannin factory - the first to hire indigenous people. It aimed to foster discussion on the current and future socio-political situation in the former Spanish colony.

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  Nature-based solutions for urban dwellers
Big city life can mean a lack of green living spaces, especially in more crowded, less affluent urban areas. TURAS, an EU-funded project, demonstrated ways to add green to the grey - transforming stressful urban areas into more liveable and sustainable spaces where local communities can thrive.


  Making less common EU languages more accessible
An EU-funded project has developed a cost-efficient, high-quality machine translation tool for less widely spoken European languages such as Croatian, facilitating communication and helping smaller companies enter new markets.

  The Joint Research Centre: the European Commission's science and knowledge service
Scientific knowledge plays a crucial role in addressing global challenges such as climate change, demographic changes, or economic crises. We act as science providers and knowledge brokers by providing the best available evidence to policymakers. Our aim is to use scientific knowledge to build solutions that are efficient, equitable and sustainable.

  Trialling tailored treatments for colorectal cancer
An EU-funded project completing pan-European clinical trials on a molecular approach to bowel cancer diagnosis and treatment marks a further step towards personalised and better medical care for patients - potentially saving lives.

  'Humanising' automated vehicles for safer roads
An EU-funded project is working to ensure that automated vehicles (AVs) can react to daily situations in a safer, more intuitive way. The project's user research will feed into the development of more interactive sensors, which could increase the level of road safety and lead to a competitive European market for AVs.

  Detecting tiny exhaust particles to improve human health
Tiny particles in vehicle exhaust are damaging to human health, but some of these emissions have been too small to accurately measure until now. An EU-funded project is developing innovative technologies to achieve real-time analysis of emissions of ultrafine particles smaller than 23 nanometres.

  Making clothes from plastic debris found at sea
About 400 kg per square kilometre: this, according to estimates, is the amount of mostly plastic waste littering European seas. Some of it can be upcycled into high-quality clothing, claimed a Spanish SME, which carried out an EU-funded feasibility study to work out the details. And indeed, such garments are now available in its shops.

  Technology to tackle the plastic pollution threat to water ecosystems
Millions of tonnes of plastic waste enter the world's oceans each year, posing a threat to marine ecosystems and contaminating the food chain with toxic compounds. EU-funded researchers are deploying cutting-edge technologies to prevent and mitigate this growing environmental hazard.

  Recycled rubber and plastic on track for innovative railway sleepers
An EU-funded project is helping to green the railway sector and promote the circular economy by using sleepers made from recycled plastic and old tyres, which can also incorporate solar panels and smart technology.

  Designer bugs for creating greener plastics
Plastics are desirable because they are very durable and resistant to degradation. Plastic waste is undesirable because of these very properties. EU-funded researchers are designing bacteria to efficiently consume plastic waste and turn it into novel destructible plastic - good for the environment and health.

  Digital technology improves safety at sea
An EU-funded project is creating a global online communication platform as well as digital standards for weather reports, nautical charts and other aids to improve communications and safety at sea.

  Smarter wings for bird-like flights
Taking inspiration from nature, an EU-funded project is developing smart airplane wings that can sense changes in pressure and adapt their shape instantaneously. These airplanes of the future will be more energy efficient and silent: more bird-like, in effect.

  Vehicle particle pollution under the nano-microscope
An EU-funded project is developing a way of measuring polluting particles smaller than 23 nanometres - the smallest size covered by current legislation.

  Aviation boost through box-wing design
Increase capacity, reduce fuel consumption, curb pollution? If they were based on a box-wing design, aircraft of any given wingspan could achieve more with less, say EU-funded researchers who are preparing this technology for take-off. The concept they are proposing is referred to as a 'PrandtlPlane'.

  Green light for on-road testing of car exhaust particles
An EU-funded consortium is developing technology to measure ultrafine particles in vehicle exhaust under real driving conditions, supporting the implementation of future EU emissions standards.

  New materials and apps tackle air pollution from braking cars
To reduce air pollution from vehicles, an EU-funded project is developing innovative brake-disc materials, novel brake-emission capturing systems and IT-based smart strategies.

  Lightweight design techniques lift aviation
EU-funded scientists hope to achieve significant resource efficiencies in the aviation sector by manufacturing lightweight components with less material.

  Making cars safer for elderly road users
Statistics show an increasing proportion of elderly people dying in car accidents. An EU-funded project is using innovative tools to identify the type of injuries sustained, enabling researchers to design measures that make cars safer for the elderly.

  Delivering Aviation 4.0
On the surface, 'digitalisation' might sound like just another trending but meaningless buzzword. But digitalisation is real and is radically changing the way we live and more specifically the way we travel. SESAR, the technological pillar of the Single Europe Sky, is working with stakeholders in the aviation value chain to develop and deliver tech solutions to meet the passenger demand for seamless, smart and safe air travel.

  Efficient manufacturing for lighter aircraft components
EU-funded researchers are developing novel manufacturing techniques to cut the time and cost involved in producing lightweight, strong and durable components for aircraft, supporting efforts to reduce the environmental impact of aviation.

  Boosting battery power for electric vehicles
EU-funded researchers are developing a high-energy lithium-ion battery to power a range of electric vehicles. They aim to meet growing demand for greener transport and help Europe establish a competitive advantage in battery cell production.

  Developing the next generation of batteries for electric vehicles
An EU-funded project is developing a new battery cell technology for electric vehicles based on innovative materials. With better performance at lower cost, this will support the development of a strong and competitive European battery industry.

  Smart route planner empowers passengers
EU-funded researchers aim to make air travel more efficient by equipping passengers with a comprehensive route planner, accessible via a smartphone app. The technology is in place, and trials with passengers travelling between Berlin and Palma de Mallorca have started recently.

  New eco-friendly batteries for tomorrow's electric vehicles
Innovations in battery design are increasing the acceptability of electric vehicles among consumers. An EU-funded project is developing a more powerful, cheaper, and environmentally friendly lithium-ion battery to meet the expectations of drivers - and boost Europe's competitiveness in the market.

  A study in gesture interactions
The EU-funded GETUI project is developing ways to assess how gestures fit into the communication skill set needed for collaborative problem solving.

  Vitamin D trial results breakthrough
EU-funded researchers have delivered the first internationally comparable data providing firm evidence of a significant risk to public health in Europe from vitamin D deficiency.

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