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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
Faster, greener and more sustainable: our world is thirsty for innovative processes that meet these demanding criteria. While natural resources can offer part of the solution, the biggest challenge lies in cleaning-up chemical synthesis. Prof. Georgios Vasilikogiannakis and his team have been looking for answers.
Published: 15 June 2015
Aircraft maintenance companies are under a great deal of financial pressure from carriers, which require consistent and low cost repairs using high quality processes and spare parts. EU-funded researchers studying future repair and maintenance say digital manufacturing technologies will put increased automation and fewer production stages within grasp. The result could be more competitive providers, cheaper flights and fewer emissions.
Published: 10 June 2015
Correcting imperfections in wood is a costly and laborious process which is prone to human error. A new robot promises to boost the productivity, accuracy and quality of wood patching, with massive benefits for the timber industry.
Published: 8 June 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: 5 June 2015
An EU-funded project has developed a cheaper, energy-efficient and mercury-free water purification system that could be a viable alternative to current technologies in use. The breakthrough could help cut the costs of cleaning water for a range of industries - including aquaculture.
Published: 2 June 2015
Bridges, tunnels and other civil engineering structures could become safer thanks to self-repairing being developed as part of a European research project. Engineers at Ghent University in Belgium have taken a lead role in the pioneering work.
Published: 28 May 2015
Passenger planes today are comfortable and reliable, but could they fly faster? The latest engineering developments suggest we could speed planes up several times over, creating true aircraft of the future.
Published: 5 May 2015
Noise pollution is still an issue on Europe's roads. But thanks to technological advances, it's less down to the sound of the car's engine and more about how tyres touch the road surface. One solution is being tested in Denmark where part of the road has been covered with experimental surface material that dampens the tyre noise.
Published: 23 April 2015
At a research facility in Copenhagen, a unique ship's engine has been developed. Powered by both diesel and liquefied natural gas, it has been designed to reduce the emissions of gases like carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxides.
Published: 9 April 2015