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  PRECO – Innovative construction technique cuts costs and building time

Photo of article Infrastructure is a funny thing. No one notices it when it operates smoothly. But one little problem is all it takes for it to move to the top of everyone's list of annoyances. While anyone can appreciate why yearlong detours caused by construction lead to high levels of frustration, few pause to reflect that without infrastructure, European citizens' great privilege of being able to move freely across the EU's 27 member states' borders to live and work would be nothing but an idealistic fantasy. Perhaps more than any other structure, bridges - which literally span gaps and traverse barriers - represent that privilege. Yet their construction in particular is notorious for taking years. And even then end results oftentimes have an awkwardly heavy design.

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Published: 18 September 2012

  COMTES – Cleaner coal, extra energy

Photo of article Coal technology has advanced over the years and twice as much electricity is generated from one kilogram of hard coal today than in the 1950s. Soot and gas from coal-fired power stations has been slashed, reducing the impact on climate change. But coal is still seen as a dirty power source, and inefficient to boot. Now, however, a European Union (EU) research project is looking at ways to build a new next generation of fossil based power stations,like coal-fired and gas-fired, by developing nickel-based materials and components that withstand higher temperatures. This could cut greenhouse gas emissions by up to a third and at the same time generate a third more electricity than conventional power plants.

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Published: 11 September 2012

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