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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
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
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
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
Every year Europes tomato industry produces around 200 thousand tons of waste consisting mainly of skins, pips and fibers. Researchers in a European project are trying to find out if this material can be used in an ecological and economically viable way.
Published: 10 February 2015
Rats damage crops, buildings and infrastructure, costing billions of euros every year. They also carry more than 60 diseases that threaten humans and animals. But now scientists in Britain are using smart electronics to counter the danger.
Published: 22 January 2015
Some of the world's most stylish, high quality and desirable brands are produced by Europes clothing and textile sector, which has struggled in recent years with competition from low cost, labour countries.
Published: 21 November 2014
New technology for water purification has been developed based on UV-LED and photocatalysis. The water purification device is the work of a research program which brought together a group of SMEs (small and medium sized enterprises) and the Cork Institute of Technology.
Published: 6 February 2014
Coal mines tend to be located deep underground which can result in adverse environmental conditions. High levels of heat and humidity create more arduous working conditions and can hamper the ability of rescue workers to safely carry out operations during an emergency.
Published: 11 September 2012