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Tackling noise and vibration at the source is critical for a wide range of health reasons. With that in mind, EU-funded researchers have developed new tools to help design and build quieter and safer machinery for transport and industry.
Published: 8 December 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
An EU industry-funded project uses marginal land and hardy native plants to produce valuable chemicals for the possible manufacture of a range of products including cosmetics and bioplastics. The goal is to harness the potential of local areas and build a sustainable, profitable and job-creating value chain.
Published: 6 October 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
Conventional industrial chemical production requires harsh conditions and environmentally unfriendly processes to transform raw materials like crude oil into useful chemicals and plastics. But imagine if nature's own chemical cell factories could turn cheap starting materials such as organic waste leftover from farming or food processing into recyclable components for the chemical industry.
Published: 23 January 2017
Large industrial plants constantly monitor the resources that go in and the products - and waste - that comes out. Companies use this data - known as resource-efficiency and life-cycle inventory indicators - to work out their performance over months or years.
Published: 10 January 2017
Heavy industries like metal foundries, glass, ceramic and cement makers rely on large, energy-guzzling furnaces to heat materials during processing. But the drive to make processes more economical and ecological requires new, more efficient technologies.
Published: 19 December 2016
Marine microorganism data from anywhere in the world is now easier to access. The EU-funded project that made this possible also developed the research infrastructure and legal framework necessary for industry to fully tap the potential of microbial life in the oceans.
Published: 4 November 2016
Transportation costs affect the price of any goods we buy, so reducing them could help our pockets. Road transportation is becoming more efficient with constant innovations, but what about the railroads?
Published: 19 April 2016
Producing chemicals and plastics indeed requires a lot of fresh water to cool down industrial processes, and this water is not always handy. Take a look on how new technologies can help recycle the water used in chemical plants to make these more environmentally friendly.
Published: 14 March 2016