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EU-funded researchers have developed new bio-processes to create high-value chemicals from the waste resulting from bio-diesel production. A true addition to the circular economy, their achievements promise a better and greener chemical industry.
Published: 14 December 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
Why buy electricity from the grid when you can produce it affordably yourself - and heat your home at the same time? And reduce your environmental footprint? And possibly even save money? Why indeed. Residential fuel cell units could deliver these benefits to millions of homes in the EU, and preparations to ramp up their production are under way.
Published: 20 July 2017
Hydrogen cars generate zero emissions but up until now have been too expensive to become the car of choice for the majority. The EU-funded COPERNIC project improved the quality of materials, the overall design and the manufacturing process for hydrogen storage tanks, cutting costs and making hydrogen cars a viable and competitive option.
Published: 11 July 2017
Published: 22 May 2017
In Liechtenstein a project is developing windows which could provide a source of energy. The outer face of the window is able to collect solar radiation and transform it into energy and the inner face is able to cool or heat the space inside the container.
Published: 17 May 2017
EU-funded researchers have developed new planning techniques that will help ensure Europe's existing smart grid infrastructure can sustainably meet growing demand for plug-in electric vehicles - and they want to see these cars communicating with charging stations.
Published: 12 May 2017
Published: 16 February 2017
Mobile devices like laptops, cellular phones and other devices - powered by a new generation of lithium-ion based batteries - have changed our lives, according to Professor Silvia Bodoardo of the Politecnico di Torino, Italy. Likewise, electric vehicles (or EVs) powered by larger versions of these batteries could transform our cities - reducing petrol consumption and emissions of carbon dioxide and toxic air pollutants.
Published: 1 February 2017
Heading out beyond Jupiter, the light from our sun gets very dim. And even close to home, space exploration can't always draw power from the rays - e.g. on Mars, at night or during the planet's fierce dust storms. Another option involves generating electricity from an inbuilt heat source. EU-funded research has combined acoustic waves and electromagnetism to do so.
Published: 26 October 2016