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Published: 8 May 2014
Published: 16 April 2014
Right under our feet there is a source of clean and efficient energy. La Fabrica del Sol in Barcelona is living proof. An old Catalan building dating back to the beginning of the last century, it was recently converted to become a shining example of energy efficiency. The building uses vertical geothermal energy to heat it in winter and cool it in summer. But theres no need for volcanoes with the Mediterranean Sea right next door. Aniol Esquerra Alsius, an Industrial engineer at Ecoserveis explains the difference.
Published: 11 February 2014
Container ships are the life blood of global trade, transporting raw materials and manufactured goods across the globe. But with fewer than 2% of containers x-rayed or physically checked at customs, they also present a security risk.
Published: 23 January 2014
The European research project, Durawood, has developed a special pre-treatment system using plasma, whereby electric discharges are applied near the wood changing its surface properties. The plasma pre-treatment extends coating durability and may improve fungicide efficiency to protect the wood.
Published: 22 January 2014
The SILENTWOOD project has developed sophisticated noise-reducing wall panels and doors. These multilayered wood-based panels with enhanced acoustic insulating properties for applications on doors and wall panels aim to substantially reduce the financial losses caused by noise pollution, but also to contribute to the health and well-being of citizens.
Published: 9 December 2013
Whether we like it or not, chemicals are a major part of life. We accept them as a necessary element of modern existence. But what are the long-term effects of chemical exposure on human health? Is there a point at which we may be exposed to more substances than we can physically tolerate?
Published: 26 November 2013
You may be good at maths, art or sport, but you are probably not great at all three. The same is probably true of the region where you live, where the strengths of local industries rely on a unique combination of resources, knowledge or expertise. As a major provider of research funding, the European Union is seeking to build on these regional and sectoral strengths in order to drive growth and prosperity across the 28-nation bloc.
Published: 19 November 2013
From biotechnology to digital media, from energy to cloud computing, almost every job area today is strongly affected, if not entirely reshaped, by scientific and technological advancements. Still, according to surveys, young people in developed countries do not place a high value on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Published: 4 November 2013
Commercial fridges and freezers keep food fresh and beverages cool. They are vital to modern commerce but troublesome for the environment. European industrial researchers set out to turn these power-hungry machines into a green technology of the future. The trademarked V-Tex cooler they developed can chill a standard-sized beverage in under a minute. This is super-fast and means small quantities can be chilled on demand, saving huge amounts of energy.
Published: 2 October 2013