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Processing urban wastewater is typically limited to cleaning it up for release into the environment. This is a shame, because it contains compounds that could be put to good use - as could the water itself. EU-funded researchers have tested promising innovations to advance resource-efficient processing, recovery of substances, and re-use.
Published: 16 November 2017
By directing sunlight from a large surface towards a much smaller one, concentrated solar power (CSP) plants can produce temperatures of more than 1000°C. Better heat transfer fluids are needed to capture this bounty. EU-funded researchers have developed a solution involving ceramic particles suspended in air.
Published: 15 November 2017
EU-funded researchers have designed an online planner to help shipping operators reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. The planner provides an optimum speed that takes account of likely weather and sea conditions as well as possible delays at ports.
Published: 14 November 2017
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Published: 7 November 2017
European researchers have developed models and tools to boost the performance, reliability and lifetime of commercial photovoltaic (PV) systems. Their results, which are already being used by energy operators, were validated using data analysed from diverse installations across Europe.
Published: 3 November 2017
How much solar power does a photovoltaic solar power unit produce? The answer isn't obvious. The strength of sunshine changes depending where you are in the world and what time of day it is, affecting the energy output of solar panels and cells.
Published: 22 September 2017
Is it possible to produce electric cars on a very large scale? At the moment, this can depend on costly materials that must be imported. More specifically, this concern relates to the rare earth magnets on which their motors tend to rely. EU-funded researchers have developed promising technology that works without them.
Published: 13 September 2017
It looks like a big toy, but it's a technological jewel designed to produce energy from the tides. It is a prototype kite, very different to those used for flying. Its design allows it to glide underwater at speeds up to ten times faster than the tides themselves.
Published: 5 September 2017
The EU-funded ENSPIRIT project is developing an innovative emission abatement system capable of reducing nitrogen oxide (NOx) and sulphur dioxide (SO2) pollution levels and meeting stringent new regulations on particle matter.
Published: 18 August 2017