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The Sun provides a steady source of power that could make solar energy a sustainable alternative to conventional sources of energy, provided that technological advances can actually reduce energy production costs. Prof. Michael Gratzel modified the composition of dye-sensitized solar cells to significantly increase their efficiency, including for indoor use. His result laid the ground for paradigm shifts that could revolutionise solar cells technology.
Published: 16 June 2015
Developing numerical models for analysing the stability, efficiency and feasibility of floating wind turbines, the future of offshore wind power generation, was the remit of the EU-funded ICFLOAT project. Its innovative techniques are already being used to analyse other types of wind energy devices.
Published: 3 June 2015
Plants might be the source of a new renewable fuel for planes, or new greener ingredients to replace fossil resources used to produce plastics. At an experimental agriculture plot near Athens in Greece, agricultural engineers are growing plants which could produce these new greener fuels.
Published: 17 March 2015
The motor industry is constantly re-inventing itself with new and innovative solutions aimed at providing consumers with the ultimate driving experience. Now though, the focus is on letting the vehicle do all the work.
Published: 1 December 2014
When a deluge strikes there's a risk that a city's sewers and storm water networks are unable to handle the volume of water - leading to overflows and flooding. In response, an EU-funded project has created an early warning system that allows city authorities and water utilities to take preventative action before sewer and storm water networks overflow and flood the streets - potentially saving lives and protecting homes and infrastructure.
Published: 27 November 2014
By far the most heated debate surrounding biofuels is the use of food crops to produce fuel, as the practice increases the competition for land and drives up the price of food . With a decade of research behind it, the European Union (EU)-funded project KACELLE has proven that crops such as wheat and maize do not necessarily need to be used in the increasing demand for energy.
Published: 19 November 2014
More than three million people across the EU now work in eco-industries, producing nature-friendly goods and services. It is an increasingly competitive sector, buoyed by constant innovation. Let's see how scientists and manufacturers are joining forces to support this industrial evolution.
Published: 16 June 2014
Batteries and solar cells are today limited by their materials. An EU-funded team has developed a new family of hybrid nanomaterials. The results more powerful and greener batteries, plus more efficient solar cells are already making their way onto the market.
Published: 3 June 2014
Published: 8 May 2014
It's a bright sunny day off the south-west coast of Ireland. A team of local marine researchers have taken their boat out to check on their seaweed farm. The algae they planted just a few months ago have already grown into an impressive underwater plantation.
Published: 11 March 2014