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Research projects - Greening of transport

  • Introducing greener cars on our roads
    Published on: 15/09/2011
    Green alternatives to conventional cars are needed fast – for the sake of the environment, and the health of the European economy. But a lot more innovation is needed to make greener cars ready for mass production. To speed things up and encourage cost-sharing, the European Commission is promoting cooperation at every stage – often between commercial rivals.  
  • What the European Commission is funding in air transport research
    Published on: 25/07/2011
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    Air transport has become a corner stone of our economy and the path to our mobility. This video shows some of the fascinating research that is done with the help of FP7 funding for air transport and aeronautics to make air transport safer, greener and more competitive.
  • Research on the road to green cars
    Published on: 09/06/2011
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    The European Parliament had an opportunity to see progress made in the European Green Car Initiative (EGCI) on 31 May 2011. Many of the automotive firms involved in EGCI projects exhibited their latest vehicles, while a workshop reported to MEPs of the Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) Committee.
  • 'TIFFE' outlines innovative vehicle temperature management system
    Published on: 25/05/2011
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    The EU-funded 'TIFFE' project has developed a new vehicle with an innovative front-end design and advanced components for more efficient heat radiation and onboard cooling, and better fuel economy.
  • 'TelliBox' delivers better system for intermodal freight transport
    Published on: 29/03/2011
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    The EU-funded TelliBox project has optimised available loading space in freight vehicles, promising more efficient transport of goods.
  • 'Beauty' project developing better biofuel engine
    Published on: 15/12/2010
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    An EU-funded collaboration between universities and industry is overcoming limitations in current technologies to develop new bioethanol engines.
  • 'CityMove' looks to future of urban freight
    Published on: 07/12/2010
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    With the majority of the population in Europe now living in urban areas and the bulk of industrial production being dispatched to these areas, the demand for freight transport in cities is at an all-time high.
  • New rail driver's cab points way to future
    Published on: 22/10/2010
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    The EU-funded 'EUDDplus' project has achieved new milestones on the way to the safer and more standardised rail transport driver's cab of the future.
  • EU-funded fuel cell vehicle performs like conventional car
    Published on: 29/09/2010
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    The HyTRAN vehicle is an electric prototype equipped with a complete fuel cell system. Essentially a modified Fiat Panda, it can accelerate from 0 to 100 kph in just 13 seconds.
  • Making train interiors safer for passengers
    Published on: 01/09/2010
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    The 'SafeInteriors' project is developing new methods for designing and testing furniture, components and systems associated with train vehicle interiors.
  • EU research targets marine oil spills
    Published on: 27/07/2010
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    A new EU-funded research project is developing monitoring and recognition systems to combat pollution caused by maritime transport and other marine activities.
  • New aircraft engine designs reduce CO2 emissions
    Published on: 22/07/2010
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    The EU-funded NEWAC project has delivered new engine designs to help Europe meet pressing emission targets for air transport.
  • World records for EU-funded fuel cell-powered aircraft
    Published on: 09/07/2010
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    A hydrogen fuel cell-powered aircraft developed by the 'ENFICA-FC' project has completed a number of successful test flights out of Reggio Emilia airport in Italy, establishing new speed and endurance records for electrically powered class C aeroplanes.
  • Making road transport more intelligent
    Published on: 18/06/2010
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    A key contributor to this year's Transport Research Arena (TRA) Conference, the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Information Society and Media (DG INFSO) works to develop and deploy applications based on information and communication technologies (ICTs) for the transport sector.
  • Weighing up the results of EU-funded rail research
    Published on: 20/04/2010
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    The ERRAC ROADMAP project is working to promote a more systematic and focused approach to the use of rail transport sector resources. In a recent workshop in Brussels, participants discussed lessons learned from past research projects, with a view to enhancing real market uptake of results.
  • SARTRE project presents exciting new road transport scheme
    Published on: 02/03/2010
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    The EU-funded 'SARTRE' project is developing and testing new technologies to enable vehicles to travel together safely in 'road trains' on unmodified public motorways.
  • 'PPlane' project – radical and novel ideas for 'Personal Air Transport System'
    Published on: 04/02/2010
    The EU-funded PPLANE project is poised to revolutionise travel, ease congestion with its Personal Air Transport System (PATS), a new paradigm in air transport. Like a private car, the PPlane personal air vehicle will deliver the benefits of speed and routing efficiency only possible through direct-to-destination flight.
  • Research projects look at transport and climate change
    Published on: 29/01/2010
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    Two new EU-funded projects have set out to examine the effects of changing weather patterns on transport in Europe. 'EWENT' and 'WEATHER' will carry out in-depth analyses, assess the hazards and propose response strategies.
  • International Co-operation project aims to improve transport services in cities hosting major sporting events
    Published on: 22/01/2010
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    Partners in the EU-funded 'STADIUM' project will look for ways to improve transport services for large events in big cities, including the South Africa World Cup, the India Commonwealth Games and the London Olympics.
  • 'CONCERTOUR' – transport for tourism
    Published on: 02/12/2009
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    The CONCERTOUR project, developing new strategies and solutions for sustainable tourism, has held its final conference in Rome. Participants from across Europe discussed results and looked towards further research linking tourism and transport.
  • 'LITEBUS' – the bus that bounced
    Published on: 16/11/2009
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    LITEBUS, an EU-funded project set to reduce the weight and production costs of urban public transport, has developed a sandwich composite material to replace both steel and aluminium frames for buses. The composite renders the vehicles safer and more eco-friendly.
  • ‘iTREN 2030’
    Published on: 28/10/2009
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    More than 60 experts from the European Commission, national governments, industry and the researcher community met in Brussels on 21 October for the final presentation of the iTREN-2030 project, which has developed an integrated scenario for energy and transport in Europe.
  • Intelligent transport projects in focus
    Published on: 28/10/2009
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    With the focus on intelligent transport systems for use in daily life, EU research projects looking to expand practical applications were on show at the 16th ITS Congress in Stockholm.
  • Road infrastructure projects bridge gap between newer and older EU Member States
    Published on: 07/09/2009
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    The results of the trailblazing 'ARCHES' and 'SPENS' projects have been presented in Ljubljana, at a conference hosted by ZAG, Slovenia’s National Building and Civil Engineering Institute.
  • 'HeavyRoute' project presents final results
    Published on: 03/08/2009
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    A key EU-funded research project aimed at improving road safety and capacity while reducing impacts on the environment and maintenance costs held its final meeting in Brussels in June 2009.
  • Putting the ‘super’ in Europe's capacity for green power
    Published on: 03/08/2009
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    With the rise in demand for green transportation, European researchers in the 'ILHYPOS' project have developed a new supercapacitor that could help power the next generation of electric cars.
  • Reducing car weight and cutting down greenhouse gas emissions
    Published on: 08/06/2009
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    A new lighter weight car frame unveiled by EU-funded ‘SuperLight-Car’ project could provide the structure on which to rebuild Europe’s ailing auto industry – and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • 'TOPMACS' – more progress on 'greener' air-conditioning
    Published on: 26/08/2008
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    Once considered a luxury option, air conditioning is becoming more and more common in new cars as a standard feature, but both public authorities and consumers are demanding greater attention to the environmental impact of air conditioning systems, in terms of greenhouse gas emissions and impacts on fuel consumption.
  • 'B-COOL' project developing eco-friendly car air conditioning
    Published on: 19/08/2008
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    The EU-funded B-COOL project, set to end in 2008, has been developing a new, high-efficiency, low-cost air-conditioning system for small, A and B segment cars, using CO2 as a refrigerant.
  • Key EU projects demonstrate clean waterborne transport
    Published on: 11/03/2008
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    On 28 February 2008, the European Commission co-hosted a major event at the Port of Brussels, highlighting a number of innovative clean waterborne transport projects and showcasing the ‘CLEANEST SHIP’ demonstration vessel Victoria.
  • ‘iTREN 2030’ joining the dots
    Published on: 14/01/2008
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    More than 45 experts from the European Commission, national governments, industry and the researcher community met in Brussels on 27 November 2007 for the iTREN-2030 project workshop. Among the questions they asked was how to predict the combined effects of EU-wide policies on energy, transport, economy and the environment.
  • ‘FELICITAS’ for heavy-duty transport powertrains
    Published on: 08/11/2007
    The FELICITAS Integrated Project is focusing on the development of fuel cell (FC) drive trains capable of meeting the exacting demands of heavy-duty transport for road, rail and marine applications.
  • CITYMOBIL: advanced road transport for the urban environment
    Published on: 08/11/2007
    Partners in the EU-funded CITYMOBIL project presented their work at the Podcar City International PRT conference on 1-2 October 2007 in Uppsala, Sweden.
  • ‘VITAL’ moves forward on next generation commercial aircraft engines
    Published on: 04/09/2007
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    On 3 and 4 July 2007, the EU-funded VITAL project held its third mid-year review at the Volvo Aero Corporation in Trollhättan, Sweden. Achievements presented by project leaders and support teams were reviewed by a board of technology advisors and EC reviewers.
  • ‘POMEROL’ makes steady progress on new fuel cell technologies
    Published on: 18/07/2007
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    The EU-funded POMEROL project on clean battery technologies held its mid-term meeting in Bordeaux, France on 1 June 2007. The event featured several milestone decisions, including the choice of chemical components for new lithium batteries for fuel cell hybrids.
  • EU-funded ‘HyICE’ project a major step forward for hydrogen
    Published on: 30/03/2007
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    On 27 February 2007, project partners, invited guests and members of the press heard coordinators and EU officials at BMW Group’s Research and Technology facility in Munich describe the HyICE project as a resounding success and a model of the Commission’s Integrated Project (IP) formula.
  • Efficient high-performing hydrogen engines are a step closer, thanks to EU research funding
    Published on: 06/03/2007
    Researchers from Germany, Sweden, France and Austria, working together within an EU-funded research project and with US partners, have developed a new type of hydrogen technology that will lead to new and more efficient engines. The Hydrogen Internal Combustion Engine (HyICE) project has tested ways to make hydrogen-fuelled engines that are as efficient as current diesel engines, yet non-polluting, and with little or no trade-off in terms of engine size and power.
  • ‘EURO-TRANS’ hits the ground running
    Published on: 01/02/2007
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    The EU-funded EURO-TRANS initiative is promoting and supporting the participation of small and medium size enterprises in European surface transport research projects. Partners met at a launch meeting in Brussels on 16 January 2007 to discuss actions and objectives.
  • ‘GLOBAL VIEW’ bringing railway world closer together
    Published on: 01/02/2007
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    The Specific Support Action GLOBAL VIEW is disseminating the results of selected EU projects and learning from similar projects in India, China and Russia, identifying needs and priorities for joint international rail research projects.
  • Full steam ahead – Transport Research in support of EU maritime policy
    Published on: 18/01/2007
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    Research plays a vital role in boosting the competitiveness of the European maritime sector, but supporting an all-embracing maritime policy means facing some formidable challenges. A new brochure, ‘Marine related research and the future European Maritime Policy’, outlines the opportunities and breadth of research required.
  • ‘AERONEWS’ – good news for early detection of microdamage
    Published on: 21/12/2006
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    Partners in the EU-funded AERONEWS project met in Ghent, Belgium, on 15 September 2006. The mid-term evaluation of the project is very positive, showing good progress towards improving monitoring of aircraft structural soundness.
  • Leading edge – DUTIFRISK improving bladed disk technology
    Published on: 21/12/2006
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    The DUTIFRISK project has introduced important improvements in bladed disk (BLISK) technologies for aircraft engines, developing and testing a new dual alloy for linear friction welding. The research conducted has paved the way for a new generation of improved disks, which will contribute to the development of safer and more efficient engines in the future.
  • ‘CREATING’ shifting cargo from road to water
    Published on: 21/09/2006
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    The EU-funded CREATING project brings together 29 partners from nine European countries, including nearly all countries bordering the Rhine and Danube rivers. Its goal is to reinvigorate waterborne freight traffic through innovative solutions, releasing some of the pressure on European roads.
  • EU-funded ‘HyHEELS’ takes new approach to fuel cells
    Published on: 17/08/2006
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    The HyHEELS project (Hybrid high-energy electrical storage) is developing an ‘UltraCap’ energy storage system that is suitable for hybrid and fuel cell automotive applications. Partners say HyHEELs is an important step in the drive towards ‘well to wheel’ energy efficiency.
  • Innovative road vehicles point way to future
    Published on: 27/07/2006
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    The TRA 2006 conference in Göteborg featured a variety of new products and envelope-pushing vehicles, including the Piaggio MP3, the starting point for the soon-to-be-launched ‘SIM’ project, and the recently unveiled ‘CLEVER’ vehicle.
  • The integrated path to road safety
    Published on: 24/05/2006
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    The recent Road Safety Forum in Leipzig, Germany, asked participants to fasten their seatbelts and, together, chart an integrated path to safer roads and vehicles.
  • EU-funded CLEVER prototype makes exciting debut
    Published on: 20/04/2006
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    CLEVER is a three-metre-long and one-metre-wide tilting three-wheeler with room for a driver and one passenger, developed with EU support and aimed at alleviating rising urban transport congestion. On 10 April 2006, this sleek and exciting new vehicle was unveiled in Berlin where project partners, journalists and interested parties were allowed to test drive it for themselves.
  • ‘UNIACCESS’ promotes better transport for all citizens
    Published on: 04/04/2006
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    On 20-21 March 2006, the EU-funded UNIACCESS project held a workshop for European local authorities. The objective was to broaden the discussion and accelerate progress on accessible public transport for the disabled.
  • EU-funded safety at sea project has worldwide impact
    Published on: 04/04/2006
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    The results of the ‘HARDER’ project have been incorporated into the revised IMO SOLAS regulations on safety and stability of passenger vessels, applied to shipping around the globe.
  • EU-funded ‘ANTLE’ and ‘CLEAN’ projects see successful conclusion
    Published on: 10/02/2006
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    Two major five-year research initiatives aimed at cleaning up European air transport have been completed successfully. Together, the ANTLE and CLEAN projects make up the ‘EEAFE’ initiative, targeting reduced aircraft engine CO2 and NOx emissions, improved reliability, lower ownership and life cycle costs and shorter time to market.
  • Methods for the Efficient Simulation of Aircraft Engine Noise
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • Sound Engineering for Aircraft
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • Towards Lean Combustion
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • Environmentally Friendly Aero-Engine
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • Aircraft Emissions and Reduction Technologies
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • Improvement of Fan Broadband Noise Prediction: Experimental Investigation and Computational Modelling
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • Turbomachinery Noise Radiation through the Engine Exhaust
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • ‘INTRO’ – co-operative systems for intelligent roads
    Published on: 12/12/2005
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    While numerous and varied European research projects are now focused on improving road safety, much of their work is still being carried out in isolation. The result is repetition, lost time and productivity and wasted resources. The INTRO project is responding to the problem, integrating existing and novel technologies and developing co-operative systems for road safety and management.
  • ‘QCITY’ and ‘SILENCE’ – EU projects target urban noise
    Published on: 24/11/2005
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    Research activities with a strong focus on reducing road and other transport noise have been launched under the Sixth Framework Programme. QCITY and SILENCE will result in major improvements in efficiency and quality of life, especially in European cities.
  • ‘HyICE’ – optimising hydrogen powered engines
    Published on: 08/07/2005
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    As scientists around the world seek to advance new hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, European researchers are providing leadership in the production and marketing of corresponding systems and components.
  • ‘ECODIS’ and ‘SEES’ – meeting the challenge of vehicle waste
    Published on: 04/07/2005
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    New EU-funded projects are providing the automotive industry and car recyclers with effective technologies and methodologies for cost-effective and environmentally friendly maintenance and dismantling operations.
  • ‘VIRTUE’ paves the way to improved marine hydrodynamics services
    Published on: 04/07/2005
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    The EU-funded VIRTUE project, launched in January 2005, aims to improve and integrate state-of-the-art, Computational Fluid Dynamics tools in a comprehensive ship behaviour simulation environment.
  • Land transport research: putting Europe’s railway infrastructure on the right track
    Published on: 17/05/2005
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    The European Commission is promoting a coordinated research strategy for Europe’s extensive railway systems. Officials say investment at both national and EU levels and by public and private organisations is crucial.
  • ‘EEFAE’ – efficient, eco-friendly aircraft engines
    Published on: 24/03/2005
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    New cleaner aircraft engines will soon be tested under aegis of the EEFAE project, co-funded by the EU and involving all of Europe’s major aero-engine companies. Researchers say the project will bring multiple benefits to civil aviation via reduced NOx and CO2 emissions and substantially lower engine purchase and operating costs.
  • ‘SILENCER' – low-noise engines making Europe a quieter place
    Published on: 24/03/2005
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    Europe's citizens can look forward to quieter skies as the benefits of a new EU-funded low-noise research project flow into the next-generation engines of both large and small aircraft in the next few years.
  • ‘CALMing’ influence – European noise pollution network
    Published on: 26/10/2004
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    Noise is more than a vexation for millions of Europeans; it can cause real health problems. European and national legislation aimed at controlling noise pollution has had a modicum of success but problems persist. Intensive research is still required to boost law-making and policy-making efforts. An EU-supported network called CALM has spent the past three years drawing lines between current noise abatement research and technology and EU regulations and policies in this field.
  • EU tackles noise pollution in the environment
    Published on: 26/10/2004
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    Surveys have shown that, for the public, environmental noise is now as big a perceived problem as global warming. With air traffic looking set to continue increasing by 5% a year, noise pollution from aircraft could add to this already troubling statistic. Intensive research is still required to boost political and technological progress in the field of environmental noise pollution. A European network called CALM has spent the past three years examining noise abatement research and technology t...
  • ‘ELVAS’ – key technologies to improve car efficiency
    Published on: 11/10/2004
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    The EU-funded ELVAS project has successfully designed, produced and tested an improved electromagnetic valve actuation system for car engines, delivering optimised fuel efficiency and reducing CO2 emissions.
  • Lean and Green - the Clever vehicle
    Published on: 19/07/2004
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    Current mobility trends are unsustainable - in simple words, we use our cars too much. They congest our cities and harm our health. However, we cannot stop driving altogether. A European consortium is designing a better-behaved vehicle for the future: cleaner, quieter, leaner - and stylish.
  • ‘LIVALVES’ - European and Chinese collaboration leads to possible breakthrough
    Published on: 10/06/2004
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    New valve technologies for car engines could make a real difference in terms of fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions. With some expert help from Chinese friends, researchers have breathed new life into an EU-funded project that looked ready to fail.
  • ‘CLEANRCAB’ – targeting in-vehicle air quality
    Published on: 10/05/2004
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    An EU-funded project is developing an innovative air quality management system for a healthy, comfortable and safe in-vehicle environment.
  • ‘POP&C’ project to prevent maritime oil spills
    Published on: 07/05/2004
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    Oil spills caused by tanker incidents result in catastrophic environmental damage and are almost always the subject of lengthy and potentially embarrassing media attention. Now, the European Union is taking action to ensure that oil-soaked birds and blackened coastlines become a thing of the past.
  • H2Aircraft - CRYOPLANE and the future of flight
    Published on: 09/03/2004
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    Driven by the foreseeable exhaustion of petroleum reserves and tightening environmental controls, the EU-funded CRYOPLANE project has developed a conceptual basis for a new generation of aircraft, preparing the way for a future without fossil fuels and where hydrogen rules.
  • SAFEICE - cutting a path through icy waters
    Published on: 08/03/2004
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    Despite dangerous conditions, more and more ships are making their ways through ice-covered Arctic waters. With increasing traffic raising the risk of accidents in this severe environment the new EU-backed SAFEICE project has embarked on a quest to make navigating the ice safer and more economical.
  • ‘RATIN’ project reducing car tyre noise
    Published on: 04/03/2004
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    The EU-funded RATIN project is creating a mathematical model of how car tyres produce noise. Team members say subtle changes in both road and tyre design could significantly reduce traffic din.
  • ‘CUTE’ buses bring fuel cell-powered transport to London
    Published on: 15/01/2004
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    On 16 December 2003, transport authorities in London received three fuel cell-powered buses as part of the European Union’s CUTE (Clean Urban Transport for Europe) project. The city will operate the buses on a central route beginning in January 2004.
  • Lightening the atmosphere with low-weight cars
    Published on: 15/01/2004
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    Most people understand that a heavy car is a slow car, but weight also increases an automobile’s burden on the environment. In order to meet Europe’s Kyoto commitments, car manufacturers are looking at a number of technologies for reducing vehicle weight. A recent workshop looked into EU-backed projects that will lighten the load on the atmosphere while maintaining stringent safety standards.