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Spotlight on the Sun 30-12-00 

Renewable energy resources meet 6% of Europe's energy needs. The aim is to double this share within the next decade. Of the sustainable technologies available, industry has traditionally been reluctant to exploit photovoltaic solar energy because of the high production cost of the cells and their low output. But major research efforts are now making photovoltaic solar energy a far more attractive prospect. Of particular interest is the innovative new concentrator developed by the Hercules project.
 

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The educational value of Twin-Objects 30-12-00 

Working with the real and assessing in the virtual. Twin-Objects, for use in technological education, represent major progress compared to traditional simulation programs. They were developed by a group of teachers, educationalists, psychologists and computer experts working on the Brevie project.
 

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New composite sets sail 13-10-00 

The thousands of small boatbuilders that flourish along the coasts and waterways of Europe will benefit from a clean, high-performance technology for moulding composite materials. An innovation which is sure to spread to many other sectors.
 

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Building the new man 19-06-00 

Biomaterials which can be used to repair human organs or tissues are no longer the stuff of science fiction. They are being used increasingly often in skin regeneration, and this will soon be the case for bones, the liver and the kidneys too. Small European businesses are competing in a global market - estimated at several tens of billions of euros - in this highly competitive field which has revolutionary implications for the health and well-being of millions of severely handicapped people.
 

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Construction industry - When the earth moves 19-06-00 

Shock-resistant constructions. Buildings which return to their original shape after an earthquake. 'Shock-absorbers' which damp the energy impacting at sensitive points in buildings. These and other anti-earthquake technologies are at the heart of many research projects.
 

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Recycled buildings 19-06-00 

The construction industry has a poor record when it comes to waste management. Which is why researchers are trying to develop a 'sustainable' architecture, with buildings using recycled materials and designed so that most of the demolition debris can be recovered.
 

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Accurate, affordable pH control 15-12-99 

State of the art pH monitoring and control systems, at an affordable price for SMEs.
 

Project Profile
Bakers warm to water controller 15-12-99 

Fuzzy logic software used in water supply temperature controllers, giving improved temperature control.
 

Project Profile
Better water-based paints 15-12-99 

Improved quality (better looking, more durable), environmentally friendly (solvent-free) water-based paints.
 

Project Profile
Economical and ecological concrete 15-12-99 

Sprayed concrete for tunnel linings, with less waste and lower health risks to workers than existing systems.
 

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