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Research projects - Rail

  • ARISTOTEL: Addressing complex pilot-aircraft coupling issues in the sky
    Published on: 20/09/2013
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    A highly trained pilot is at the controls of a helicopter. She is attempting to lift off and deliver a payload that is suspended, like a pendulum, below the craft. Suddenly a gust of wind tilts the rotor slightly; the pilot attempts to right the helicopter, but over-compensates. A life-threatening situation has emerged in a matter of seconds.
  • Demonstrating better urban road transport solutions (Straightsol)
    Published on: 09/09/2013
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    The EU-funded Straightsol project is piloting new systems and solutions for improved city transport, with a focus on better, safer and more efficient parcel and freight delivery.
  • Satellite applications for emergency handling, traffic alerts, road safety and incident prevention (SafeTRIP)
    Published on: 12/07/2013
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    Getting from A to B on European roads could become an easier, safer and more entertaining experience thanks to a new mobile technology platform for vehicles demonstrated by the SafeTRIP project.
  • Attacking oil and chemical pollution in the Mediterranean (Argomarine)
    Published on: 17/06/2013
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    The hundreds of energy- and chemical-related industrial sites located around the Mediterranean Sea represent a formidable challenge for environmental protection. The EU-funded Argomarine project has developed a system to make the task easier.
  • Successful aeronautics project nominated for award (SAFAR)
    Published on: 30/05/2013
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    This year, the EU-funded SAFAR project has been nominated for the FlightGlobal Achievement Awards, in the category of ‘Innovator of the Year’.
  • Rapid response to mitigate the effects of maritime disasters (SUSY)
    Published on: 21/05/2013
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    The propagation of spillages after ship disasters is one of the biggest threats to the marine environment. Instead of focussing on cleaning up the mess, a new EU-funded system will prevent or lessen spillages from the outset, by stabilising vessels in the crucial moments immediately after an accident.
  • Enhancing passenger experience in future air transport (VR-Hyperspace)
    Published on: 07/05/2013
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    Have you ever wanted to get away from it all – while stuck on a crowded airplane? Adopting radical approaches using virtual, enhanced and mixed reality, the ‘VR-Hyperspace’ project is targeting a paradigm shift in the way we ‘see’ passenger comfort.
  • Stadium: smarter transport management for global events
    Published on: 06/05/2013
    An innovative online tool has been developed to help cities meet the transport demands of large-scale events. Created through an international EU-funded project, the tool shows how integration of Intelligent Transport Systems can make a world of difference.
  • Hoverspill – new vehicle for oil spill clean-up and more
    Published on: 09/04/2013
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    The ‘Hoverspill’ project, with support from the EU Framework Programme, has developed a new amphibious vehicle platform aimed at rapid oil spill response. But researchers say it can and will do much more.
  • TITAN – focus on aircraft ‘turnaround’
    Published on: 04/04/2013
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    The EU-funded TITAN project has delivered a new model for collaborative air transport decision making, and a tool to improve aircraft turnaround at airports, optimising efficiency while reducing flight delays and cancellations.
  • Assessing vehicle compatibility in road accidents (Fimcar)
    Published on: 12/03/2013
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    Traditionally, car crash safety testing has focused mainly on the protection of drivers and passengers in wall impact scenarios. The ‘Fimcar’ project has been looking more closely at real-world accidents and considering better ways to assess safety.
  • Underground train prototype better equipped against attack (SECUREMETRO)
    Published on: 28/02/2013
    The EU-funded SecureMetro project has developed blast-resilient metro carriages that are better able to withstand a terrorist attack, promising to restore the confidence of travellers and ultimately save lives.
  • How you drive makes a difference (Udrive)
    Published on: 27/02/2013
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    The EU-funded ‘Udrive’ project is using the latest information and communications technologies (ICT) to observe human driving behaviour, with the aim of improving road safety and fuel efficiency.
  • Protecting our most vulnerable road users
    Published on: 05/02/2013
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    Researchers say many thousands of children could benefit from a new system that helps ensure their safety as they go to school. SAFEWAY2SCHOOL brings together the latest communications technologies to, among other things, warn drivers of the presence of children near bus stops.
  • Important new model for car safety (ADSEAT)
    Published on: 29/01/2013
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    The EU-funded ADSEAT project has developed the world’s first virtual crash test dummy of an average female. The computational model is to be used in virtual testing of vehicle seat safety performance.
  • Cargo crawlers: ship-surveying robots assist human inspectors
    Published on: 12/06/2012
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    Historically, inspecting cargo ships for cracks, corrosion and other signs of wear has been time-consuming, expensive. For the inspectors who have to climb scaffolding it is also potentially dangerous. Seeking to ease these difficulties, the EU-funded project MINOAS has developed robots equipped with cameras and magnetic wheels that can scale walls and report back their findings – quickly, accurately and safely.
  • Containers get a redesign to pack more in: Tellibox
    Published on: 12/06/2012
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    Shipping containers are crucial for European and global trade and yet concerns about capacity and efficiency and potential environmental drawbacks have led for calls for a redesign. Tellibox, an EU funded project, has done exactly that, successfully demonstrating the MegaSwapBox – a 100 metre-cubed container that can be loaded from three sides and is compatible with multiple transport modes.
  • Adapting formula one 1 technology to aid the rail sector
    Published on: 12/06/2012
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    A research project funded by the European Commission has led to a potential breakthrough for the rail sector - by adapting light weight materials most commonly found in high performance racing cars. The results promise to provide the rail industry with trains that are more environmentally-friendly, easier and cheaper to produce, and less costly for rail companies in terms of track maintenance. An all round win-win situation.
  • Safer recovery from difficult flight conditions
    Published on: 16/02/2012
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    Aircraft are very safe, but unexpected, extremely difficult flight conditions do happen. Up to now, no simulator has been able to give pilots training that could prepare them realistically for situations like these. The SUPRA project has succeeded in building a flight simulator to train pilots for harsh conditions.
  • Reducing the impact of human error at sea
    Published on: 16/02/2012
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    The recent accident of the Costa Concordia cruise ship has tragically shown that mistakes at sea can have severe consequences. The European Commission is supporting advanced research that helps reduce the risks of human error and the impact, should something go wrong nevertheless.
  • How a holistic approach can help aircraft noise reduction
    Published on: 03/02/2012
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    Aircraft noise is a daily blight on the lives of millions.  Although aircraft noise is caused by a large number of factors, previous efforts to reduce it have only ever looked at those factors in isolation.  A unique EU project involving 47 partners, including major players in aeronautics, aims to take a ‘whole-aircraft’ approach, significantly reducing the noise by tackling the problem as a whole.
  • Are in-vehicle technologies improving road safety?
    Published on: 03/02/2012
    As technology advances, vehicle manufacturers are incorporating more and more gadgets such as cell phones, satellite navigators and in-car video systems into vehicles. But what are the effects of these in-vehicle technologies (IVTs) on road safety? Ten European research partners are trying to determine how safe they really are.
  • Road train approaching
    Published on: 19/01/2012
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    The SARTRE project (Safe Road Trains for the Environment) has successfully completed the first test demonstrations of a multiple vehicle platoon. The test fleet included a lead truck followed by three cars driven entirely autonomously at speeds of up to 90 km/h – with no more than a 6 metres gap between the vehicles.
  • Nice - A new era for the internal combustion engine
    Published on: 11/10/2011
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    A new internal combustion engine addresses the drawbacks of petrol and diesel designs. As a result, it cuts both fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions. The project, NICE, was supported by the European Commission.
  • 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.  
  • Driverless Heathrow pods demonstrate the unimaginable
    Published on: 06/09/2011
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    London Heathrow airport has recently introduced driverless pods to connect Terminal 5 with its car parks, replacing a regular bus service. A hit with travellers and techies alike, these pods are being introduced on the road with support from the European Commission’s Framework Programme for research.
  • Towards a common European train
    Published on: 26/08/2011
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    Rail interoperability is needed to ensure that the European trains of tomorrow will enjoy the same freedom of travel as the EU’s citizens do today. This is why the European Commission funded the MODTRAIN research project, which worked on standardising the numerous components that make up a train, as well as the interfaces between them.
  • Innovation in the air
    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.
  • Innovation brings new road safety measures to market
    Published on: 29/06/2011
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    A chest protection device that was developed following European research into improving ‘passive’ safety for road users is now available on the market.
  • 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.
  • European research to reduce volcanic ash impact
    Published on: 31/05/2011
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    As a new outburst by an Icelandic volcano threatens once again to bring European air transport to a standstill, the European Commission is supporting research into the impact of ash on aircrafts in flight. The aim is to be able to respond more effectively to such rare but high-impact events.
  • '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.
  • Going beyond ‘niche’: innovative public transport for the masses
    Published on: 11/05/2011
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    The EU-supported ‘Niches+’ project recently held its final conference, which included the prize ceremony for the Osmose Awards, honouring local and regional authorities that have introduced new measures for sustainable urban transport.
  • '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.
  • Making progress on public transport accessibility
    Published on: 29/11/2010
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    EU-funded research projects, including 'Mediate' and 'Access2All' are finding new ways to get the disabled, elderly and other 'transport vulnerable' citizens into the public transport system. In doing so, they are making it easier for everyone to enjoy more efficient mobility.
  • 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.
  • Cars without drivers – not science fiction
    Published on: 22/09/2010
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    During the recent 'car-free' day in Brussels, an event organised each year in conjunction with European Mobility Week, members of the public got a chance to try out the latest 'cybercars' – small autonomous vehicles for public transport.
  • 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.
  • First ever 'naturalistic' study to monitor motorbike drivers
    Published on: 19/07/2010
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    The EU-funded '2BESAFE' project will carry out a groundbreaking study of motorbike and scooter driver behaviour, known to be a major contributing factor in two-wheeler crashes.
  • Building cockpits for safer and more efficient aviation
    Published on: 13/07/2010
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    The 'ALICIA' project is developing systems to improve the safety of landing and taxiing operations, and to increase the efficiency of the air transport network. The target date is 2020, but some technologies could be operational much sooner.
  • 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.
  • Solid ground for pedestrians on footbridges
    Published on: 06/07/2010
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    Bringing walkers into the urban transport fold, 'YEAR 2010' award winner Sifiso Nhleko has developed an innovative and inexpensive method for testing the structural integrity of footbridges before they are built.
  • Innovative monitoring for road transport safety
    Published on: 18/06/2010
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    The EU-funded 'ASSET-Road' project has opened a new test site on the A8 Salzburg-Munich motorway in Germany. The objective is to reduce the number of serious road accidents, especially those linked to heavy goods transport.
  • 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.
  • CATCH
    Published on: 16/06/2010
  • CLOSER
    Published on: 16/06/2010
  • CONCERTOUR
    Published on: 16/06/2010
  • GHG-TRANSPORD
    Published on: 16/06/2010
  • GREENTRANSPORT-TV
    Published on: 16/06/2010
  • HERMES
    Published on: 16/06/2010
  • AGAPE
    Published on: 16/06/2010
  • AIMS
    Published on: 16/06/2010
  • DEMOCRITOS
    Published on: 16/06/2010
  • ETNA
    Published on: 16/06/2010
  • EWENT
    Published on: 16/06/2010
  • INTERCONNECT
    Published on: 16/06/2010
  • KOMODA
    Published on: 16/06/2010
  • METRONOME
    Published on: 16/06/2010
  • MOVE TOGETHER
    Published on: 16/06/2010
  • REACT
    Published on: 16/06/2010
  • ShLOW
    Published on: 16/06/2010
  • SITPRO Plus
    Published on: 16/06/2010
  • TOSCA
    Published on: 16/06/2010
  • WISETRIP
    Published on: 16/06/2010
  • i-Travel
    Published on: 16/06/2010
  • MEFISTO
    Published on: 16/06/2010
  • TRA2008
    Published on: 16/06/2010
  • TRANSNEW
    Published on: 16/06/2010
  • WEATHER
    Published on: 16/06/2010
  • 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.
  • AirTN-FP7
    Published on: 22/12/2009
  • COOPAIR-LA
    Published on: 22/12/2009
  • CRESCENDO
    Published on: 22/12/2009
  • ERICKA
    Published on: 22/12/2009
  • FFAST
    Published on: 22/12/2009
  • FUSETRA
    Published on: 22/12/2009
  • glFEM
    Published on: 22/12/2009
  • ADVITAC
    Published on: 22/12/2009
  • ALICIA
    Published on: 22/12/2009
  • BEMOSA
    Published on: 22/12/2009
  • E-CAERO
    Published on: 22/12/2009
  • FAST20XX
    Published on: 22/12/2009
  • IAPETUS
    Published on: 22/12/2009
  • INFUCOMP
    Published on: 22/12/2009
  • OPENAIR
    Published on: 22/12/2009
  • PPlane
    Published on: 22/12/2009
  • REACT4C
    Published on: 22/12/2009
  • PLASMAERO
    Published on: 22/12/2009
  • 'VIAJEO' for more efficient travel, transport planning
    Published on: 21/12/2009
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    The newly launched EU-funded VIAJEO project will design, demonstrate and implement an IT-based open platform to collect and process data for travel information and transport planning in cities in Europe, China and Brazil.
  • AAS
    Published on: 08/12/2009
  • VALIANT
    Published on: 08/12/2009
  • ACFA 2020
    Published on: 03/12/2009
  • AEROAFRICA-EU
    Published on: 03/12/2009
  • ALEF
    Published on: 03/12/2009
  • ALFA-BIRD
    Published on: 03/12/2009
    State of the Art - Background
  • ASSET
    Published on: 03/12/2009
  • ATOM
    Published on: 03/12/2009
  • COSMA
    Published on: 03/12/2009
  • DAPHNE
    Published on: 03/12/2009
  • DELICAT
    Published on: 03/12/2009
  • ELUBSYS
    Published on: 03/12/2009
  • FLEXA
    Published on: 03/12/2009
    State of the Art - Background
  • FLOCON
    Published on: 03/12/2009
    State of the Art - Background
  • ACCENT
    Published on: 03/12/2009
    State of the Art - Background
  • ADDSAFE
    Published on: 03/12/2009
  • ADMAP-GAS
    Published on: 03/12/2009
  • AERO-UKRAINE
    Published on: 03/12/2009
  • AEROCHINA2
    Published on: 03/12/2009
  • AEROPORTAL
    Published on: 03/12/2009
  • AISHA II
    Published on: 03/12/2009
  • ATAAC
    Published on: 03/12/2009
  • CEARES
    Published on: 03/12/2009
    State of the Art - Background
  • COALESCE2
    Published on: 03/12/2009
  • CREAM
    Published on: 03/12/2009
  • CREATE
    Published on: 03/12/2009
    State of the Art - Background
  • DANIELA
    Published on: 03/12/2009
  • DESIREH
    Published on: 03/12/2009
  • DREAM
    Published on: 03/12/2009
  • EUROTURBO 8
    Published on: 03/12/2009
  • EXTICE
    Published on: 03/12/2009
  • FANTOM
    Published on: 03/12/2009
    State of the Art - Background
  • FLY-BAG
    Published on: 03/12/2009
    State of the Art - Background
  • FUTURE
    Published on: 03/12/2009
  • GREEN-WAKE
    Published on: 03/12/2009
    State of the Art - Background
  • GreenAir
    Published on: 03/12/2009
  • HIRF SE
    Published on: 03/12/2009
    State of the Art - Background
  • HISVESTA
    Published on: 03/12/2009
  • HUMAN
    Published on: 03/12/2009
  • ICOA.10.09
    Published on: 03/12/2009
  • iSPACE
    Published on: 03/12/2009
  • KIAI
    Published on: 03/12/2009
  • LAYSA
    Published on: 03/12/2009
  • MAAXIMUS
    Published on: 03/12/2009
  • MISSA
    Published on: 03/12/2009
  • ON-WINGS
    Published on: 03/12/2009
  • REStARTS
    Published on: 03/12/2009
  • SANDRA
    Published on: 03/12/2009
  • SCARLETT
    Published on: 03/12/2009
  • SUPRA
    Published on: 03/12/2009
  • TECC-AE
    Published on: 03/12/2009
  • TEENI
    Published on: 03/12/2009
  • IMac-Pro
    Published on: 03/12/2009
  • LAPCAT-II
    Published on: 03/12/2009
  • MONITOR
    Published on: 03/12/2009
  • ODICIS
    Published on: 03/12/2009
  • PICASSO
    Published on: 03/12/2009
  • SADE
    Published on: 03/12/2009
  • TAUPE
    Published on: 03/12/2009
  • TRIADE
    Published on: 03/12/2009
  • VISION
    Published on: 03/12/2009
  • WakeNet3-Europe
    Published on: 03/12/2009
  • '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.
  • EU-funded 'EFFORTS' project sees successful conclusion
    Published on: 30/11/2009
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    Partners in the EFFORTS project, looking at operational performance, strategic planning and environmental concerns in the European seaport industry, have held their final meeting in Hamburg. EU officials say the initiative has made a valuable contribution to a crucial economic sector.
  • '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.
  • Innovative EU project sees port workers lending hand
    Published on: 13/10/2009
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    The EU-funded 'SECURCRANE' initiative has demonstrated a new system aimed at making life both easier and safer for ship-to-shore crane operators. Critical to the project has been the input and co-operation of the crane operators themselves, based in the port of le Havre, France.
  • 'SAFEDOR' completes four years of research on safe and innovative ship design, operation and regulation
    Published on: 07/09/2009
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    EU-funded SAFEDOR is the first project to develop a risk-based ship design and regulatory framework to achieve safety cost-effectively by treating it as an objective and not as a constraint.
  • 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.
  • Making air travel safer
    Published on: 07/04/2009
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    The results of a four-year-research effort to develop future safety information systems for aircraft were released at an event in Amsterdam on 25th and 26th March.
  • 'FRESH' project still hot
    Published on: 02/10/2008
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    Completed in 2007, the SME-led 'FRESH' project, which developed advanced tools for aircraft electrical design, is still making waves. Project partners are now looking to carry out further research into electro-magnetic and thermal effects in aircraft.
  • '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.
  • ADVICE
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • AEROCHINA
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • AIM
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • ART
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • AVERT
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • CAATS-II
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • CATS
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • CELPACT
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • CESAR
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • DRESS
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • E-Cab
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • EASN II
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • ERASMUS
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • FANTASIA
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • FASTWing CL
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • ABiTAS
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • ADHER
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • ADIGMA
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • AeroSME VI
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • ASPASIA
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • ATLLAS
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • AUTOW
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • BEARINGS
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • CASAM
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • COFCLUO
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • COSEE
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • CREDO
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • CREDOS
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • DATAFORM
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • DIANA
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • ECARE+
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • EMMA2
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • ENFICA - FC
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • EP3
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • ERAT
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • FLACON
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • HEATTOP
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • iFly
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • MAGPI
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • MINERVAA
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • MOJO
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • NESLIE
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • NEWSKY
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • NICE-TRIP
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • NODESIM-CFD
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • PEGASE
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • PLATO-N
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • PREMECCY
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • RAPOLAC
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • SICOM
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • SINBAD
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • SmartFuel ADSP
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • SPADE-2
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • SWIM-SUIT
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • TATMo
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • TIMECOP-AE
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • VULCAN
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • ILDAS
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • INOUI
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • KATnet II
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • LANDING
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • MAGFORMING
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • MIME
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • MOET
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • NEFS
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • NEWAC
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • PreCarBi
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • RESET
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • SEAT
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • SENARIO
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • SHM in Action
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • SimSAC
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • SKYSCANNER
    Published on: 14/01/2008
    Background
  • SOFIA
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • STAR
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • SUPER-HIGHWAY
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • SUPERSKYSENSE
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • TIMPAN
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • USE HAAS
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • VEATAL
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • X3-NOISE
    Published on: 14/01/2008
  • ‘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.
  • ‘NACRE’ project supporting future aircraft development
    Published on: 08/11/2007
    The EU-funded NACRE project is working to integrate and validate technologies that will enable new aircraft concepts to be assessed and developed.
  • 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.
  • 2TRAIN
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    2TRAIN aims at developing standards for a safety enhancing use of computer-based training technology for European train drivers. A common simulation interface will be developed, as well as several add-on systems, tested with simulation scenarios focusing on the ability to act in hazardous situations.
  • AC-DC
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The prime objective of AC-DC is to develop a concept, which radically enhances automotive manufacturing in order to achieve the high level of responsiveness required for a 5-day car according to customer specifications, and to validate/demonstrate the novel approach using the characteristic component lightweight chassis as a master.
  • ADOPT
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The ADOPT project will focus on optimising safety by the development of a system that senses the environment of a real situation, predicts the ship’s motion accordingly and, based on this data, calculates the actual risk of operating the ship in any given situation.
  • ARCHES
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The overall goal of the proposed project is to develop ways of raising the standard of highway structures in the new Member States and Central and Eastern European Countries to the level necessary for their full economic integration into the EU and for the future development of the Union.
  • AUTOSIM
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The project will bring together major players from the automotive industry across Europe. They will discuss, debate and document various aspects related to the effective use of engineering simulation techniques such as finite element analysis, computational fluid dynamics and multi body simulation.
  • B-COOL
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The project aims at developing a new high-efficiency, low-cost air-conditioning system using CO2 as a refrigerant for small cars (A and B segments). Methods to assess performance, annual fuel consumption and environmental impact will be identified, constituting a preliminary step for new EU standards.
  • BaWaPla
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The movement of some 3 to 12 billion tonnes of ballast water (BW) in ships internationally each year has been responsible for the translocation of 10 000 aquatic species across biogeographical boundaries. The aim of this project is the development of a BW treatment technology (UV, filters and electrolysis) into a completely self-controlled system.
  • CALM II
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    Further efficient reduction of transport noise requires intensive research. CALM II aims at coordinating European research for advanced transport noise mitigation, in particular facilitating interdisciplinary networking and dissemination of knowledge, and at further development of the CALM strategic research plan. All transport modes are concerned: road, rail, waterborne and aeronautic together with outdoor equipements.
  • CAPOEIRA
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    CAPOEIRA will concentrate on maximizing the opportunities for successfull research, development and innovation (RDI) in the field of freight transport activities in ports. These issues will be addressed as three separate topics: seaport interface, land-port interface, and port information and communication. Recommendations for future RDI projects for European ports will be developed through workshops by bringing together the main stakeholders from European ports: port associations, technology pl...
  • CAS
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The project aims at significantly improving the reliability of assessing a ship’s condition, by attaching all measurements performed on an operating ship to a numerical 3D model of the ship. This will enable both the electronic exchange of data between maritime actors and a 3D visualisation of the condition of the ship’s structure.
  • CITYMOBIL
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The objective of the CITYMOBIL project is to achieve a more effective organisation of urban transport. At three sites, Heathrow, Castellón and Rome, large-scale demonstrators will be set up to supply proof of concept of innovative automated transport systems integrated in the urban environment.
  • CREATE3S
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    CREATE3S aims at developing a new generation of ships for short-sea operations using an innovative modular concept of separate (ship) platform modules and interchangeable cargo-containing modules. Though the use of advanced manufacturing techniques, production lead-times and costs are expected to be reduced by approximately 10%.
  • CREATING
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    CREATING will improve competitive transportation in inland waterway systems by introducing new logistical and vessel concepts with optimised performance on hydrodynamics, fuel economy and environmental impact, thus improving safety and efficiency.
  • DIFIS
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The scope of the DIFIS project is the study, design (including costing, planning, deployment procedures, etc.) and validation of an EU reference method for the prompt and cost-effective intervention and remediation of tanker wrecks, dealing with eventual leaks and recuperating the fuel trapped in their tanks, even at considerable depths. The proposed method will be of general applicability so long as the trapped pollutant does not dissolve and is of lower density than seawater....
  • ECO-ENGINES
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    ECO-ENGINES aims to set up a virtual research centre (VRC) on advanced engine combustion modes for road transport, giving special emphasis to the use of alternative and renewable fuels, and establishing it as a world reference in the domain.
  • ECODOCK (ex GREENDOCK)
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    EcoDock focuses on the optimisation of marine coating activities during the entire ship’s lifecycle and considers economy, technical performance, environmental impact and health and safety issues.
  • EFFORTS
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The European economy depends highly on the effecient operations of ports. Most of European trade passes through portsand this will continue to do so: a doubling of transport volumes is expected in the next 15 years.
  • ERTRAC II
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    ERTRAC II is the continuation of the Coordination Action ERTRAC (see synopses ERTRAC/506525). ERTRAC II aims at supporting the European tehnology platform, ERTRAC (European Road Transport Research Advisory Council). ERTRAC set up the basic structure for the technology platform and created the Vision and strategic research agenda (SRA), and ERTRAC II is focussing on updating the SRA and on its implementation.
  • EU-MOP
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The project addresses the concept of autonomous units (EU-MOPs) that are capable of fighting oil pollution at sea. Hence its end result will be the design of low-cost units that can be released at the spill area and confront oil mechanically. The entire spill can be covered using a number of these units.
  • EURNEX
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The mission of EURNEX – the European Rail Research Network of Excellence – is to create a European network of rail research institutes as world-class players to support the railway sector and assist the members of the EU to operate an interoperable and competitive rail system across the continent. EURNEX involves more than 600 researchers from over 60 rail research institutes across Europe.
  • Europac
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    Europac brings together major European railway stakeholders in a research project on vehicle/infrastructure interaction through pantograph-catenary contact. The project aims to enhance interoperability between pantograph and catenary (overhead line equipment), decreasing the number of incidents related to this system and reducing maintenance costs by switching from corrective to preventive maintenance. Specifically Europac is developing a comprehensive system composed of joint software for inter...
  • FIDEUS
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The aim of the project is to provide a complementary set of vehicle solutions to support an innovative approach to the organisation of urban freight transport, in line with political strategies to safeguard the liveability of cities, while being compatible with efficient logistics. Urban freight delivery is both a contributor to and a victim of the growing congestion in urban areas, which exposes the population to noise, pollution and nuisance. The target of FIDEUS is to contribute to the econom...
  • GREEN
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    In the GREEN project, European HD engine manufacturers join forces with suppliers, academia and leading engineering institutes. The common goal is to promote future advanced engine technologies to achieve lower emissions, lower fuel consumption and improved sustainability for future fuels.
  • ACMARE (CA)
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    ACMARE aims at supporting the European Technology Platform WATERBORNE, to which all stakeholders in the maritime industry and waterborne transport have developed a medium to long-term vision, assess the key challenges, formulate R&D actions to meet these challenges in a strategic research agenda (SRA), set out an implementation plan, and promote the mobilisation of necessary resources.
  • ALERT
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The ALERT project (Assessment of Life-cycle Effect of Repairs on Tankers) will undertake a thorough examination of the current practices of European industry in the field of ship repair, and to propose improvements to the underlying processes in consultation with industry.
  • APROSYS
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The general objective of APROSYS is the development and introduction of critical technologies that will improve passive safety for all European road users in all relevant accident types and severities.
  • APSN
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    Following the mobilisation of critical R&D mass on vehicle passive safety in EU Thematic Network projects like PSN & EVPSN2, APSN is aiming at a durable integrated European vehicle passive safety research and implementation programme, and the creation of a virtual institute (VI).
  • AVATARS
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    AVATARS will develop a range of innovative technologies to simulate passenger movements. The tools will enable a population of structures with large groups of realistic, interacting agents in a series of realistic scenarios. To achieve this, AVATARS will develop three major software components. The evaluation of these tools will be carried out under a series of case studies, developed throughout the project.
  • CAESAR
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    Intermodal transport will supply more capacity, but this can only be achieved with a coordinated innovation agenda and various activities. Thus, it is necessary to bring together people with decision-making capabilities to influence the planning of research and technology programmes, hence the European Intermodal Research Advisory Council (EIRAC).
  • CANTOR
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    CANTOR brings together a number of the major European academic/research institutes in acoustic research, and engages a series of experts from government agencies and the vehicle manufacturing industry chain (from system to component level for both road and rail), to focus on a way of improving vehicle noise performance.
  • CarCIM
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The aim of the project is the integration of the two-component ceramic injection moulding (2C-CIM) as a low-cost and large series production technique into the development of complex shaped ceramic components for automotive and railway applications, offering a high degree of structural and functional integrity.
  • CAREMAR
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    CAREMAR focuses on mechanisms to link European universities’ expertise with the research, education and technology needs of the marine technology and related sciences sector, by providing a platform coordinating universities’ expertise, and mobilising their skills and resources to support industry.
  • CATIEMON
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    In a deregulated EU rail market, the monitoring of the vehicle and infrastructure interface is mandatory for an enhanced availability of operation, which reduces costs. Condition monitoring becomes crucial when a rolling stock is crossing boundaries between independent infrastructure grids.
  • CERTAIN
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    CERTAIN is a CA that aims to facilitate integration of the new Member States and other Central European countries into the established research and development community of the EU. The project will provide the clustering environment for EC research projects on road infrastructure.
  • CHINOS
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    Transport operators currently face several challenges, which are driven by commercial, legal/security and technical factors. CHINOS will support operators to exploit these challenges in the best possible way by employing innovative IT technology solutions such as radio frequency identification (RFID) technology. This combination of commercial and security issues in one approach makes CHINOS quite unique.
  • CLEANENGINE
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    CLEANENGINE is focused on developing modern clean internal combustion engines based on liquid biofuels coming from biomass (biodiesel and bioethanol) and environmentally friendly and ash-free lubes and/or lubrication concepts. The objective is to increase efficiency and minimise harmful emissions.
  • Cleanmould
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    This ambitious project aims to develop new environmentally friendly manufacturing processes using lightweight fibre reinforced thermoplastic for the production of composite structural vehicles. As an example, the technology will be be used to produce an innovative semi-trailers and boat hull at lower cost, with enhanced performance and inherent recyclability.
  • CONNECT
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The scope of this proposal is flexible collective mobility services (FCMS). This covers all forms of intermediate transport which may be classified as flexible and collective. The use of urban collective transport for passenger traffic and small goods traffic has important potential from the viewpoint of environment and city logistics. There are considerable possibilities to reduce (gasoline-fuelled) private traffic, save operating costs and increase the level of service experienced by the passe...
  • DE-LIGHT Transport
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    DE-LIGHT Transport aims to develop new solutions, methods and tools for the design, production, integration and testing of complex modular lightweight structures in ships, intermodal transport containers and railway vehicles. Focus is given to the development of multi-material modules with a higher degree of pre-outfitting, as compared to the optimization of structural components which was mainly done in previous projects. Results will be used and demonstrated in large scale prototypes for six a...
  • DSS-DC
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    DSS_DC develops decision-support tools for handling crisis situations onboard cruise ships, oil tankers and other ships. The situations covered are problems in propulsion systems, hull damage and intentional grounding – including in adverse weather conditions. Co-operation tools for use onboard and between ship and shore will also be developed.
  • ECODISM
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    This project is about the eco-conception of automobiles by using adhesive joining technologies, which include active systems providing for further easy dismantling of bonded parts, at the end of a vehicle’s life or at a maintenance stage, and finding the technologies for activating these systems.
  • EcoLanes
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    Infrastructure for surface transport will be developed using slip forming techniques based on existing asphalt laying equipment and steel fibre reinforced concrete. The new construction concept will reduce construction costs, time and energy consumption, minimise maintenance and make use of waste materials.
  • ERTRAC
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    ERTRAC is the European Technology Platform on road transport research. This action is aiming at a better alignment of European, national and private research activities for more economic efficiency, quality of results and reduced time to applying innovation. It is ERTRAC’s mission to explore these opportunities and make specific recommendations for implementation. ERTRAC’s inclusion of all major road transport actors makes it unique and allows a truly holistic and integrated view of road transpo...
  • EUDDplus
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The project EUDDplus aims at the development, in-field testing and validation of the interoperable, harmonised and modularised train driver’s desk (console). The main objective is to minimise the configuration and layout varieties for different kinds of rolling stock.
  • EURFORUM
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    This project aims to help match the demand and supply side of EU research in the field of urban mobility, better assess the research needs of the sector, and validate (by stakeholder consultation) the research priorities for urban mobility, bearing in mind EU and national research programmes, notably the Seventh Framework Programme.
  • FastRCargo
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The project FastRCargo aims at developing the fastest transhipment system with the potential of a significant impact on rail innovations for 2010 and beyond. The system tranships standardised intermodal transport units between standardised rail wagons and trucks below active power lines.
  • FELICITAS
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    FELICITAS aims to develop fuel-cell systems that are capable of meeting the demands of heavy-duty transport for road, rail and marine applications. These systems will be highly efficient, power-dense, durable, robust and reliable.
  • FLAGSHIP
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    FLAGSHIP will improve the safety of European maritime transport and make it more environmentally friendly and competitive. The emphasis of the project is on onboard systems and procedures, onshore ship management systems, the impact of new technology on present ship-, owner- and operator organisations, effective and efficient communication interfaces, and the impact of standards and regulations.
  • GIFT
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The project concerns the development of an offshore floating LNG (liquefied natural gas) storage and re-gasification terminal in which a large hull is moored to the seabed by means of a turret mooring system that allows the terminal to move freely around it in accordance with the prevailing weather conditions.
  • HANDLING WAVES
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The aim of the project is to develop a decision-support system that will help shipmasters to deal with their ships’ performance in waves, improving the operational factors connected to operability and availability.
  • HeavyRoute
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The objective of HeavyRoute is to develop an advanced route guidance system for deriving the safest and most cost-effective routes for road freight transport throughout Europe. The system will take into account road user needs, vehicle operating and environmental costs, but also maintenance costs due to the deterioration of roads and bridges.
  • HERCULES
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The HERCULES IP will develop new technologies to drastically reduce gaseous and particulate emissions from marine engines and concurrently increase engine efficiency and reliability, hence reducing specific fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and engine lifecycle costs.
  • HI-CEPS
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    HI-CEPS aims to develop highly integrated powertrains and related thermal-electric auxiliaries for hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) to be verified at bench and vehicle validation levels. The developed devices have to satisfy both the environmental and final-user requirements for the 2010-12 mass market.
  • HISMAR
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    This project will develop a multi-purpose inspection and maintenance platform with an advanced navigation system for marine applications. The device developed will offer a means to undertake hull inspections and maintenance, thereby improving the potential safety and environmental impact of vessels.
  • HOST
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The HOST project aims at developing a multipurpose transport mean. Due to the modularity of the chassis and powertrains, HOST is capable of being equipped with a variety of bodies, providing new services for mobility and goods displacement in towns, and organising urban motorised traffic in a more rational way.
  • HTA
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The Hydro-Testing Alliance (HTA) will is an initiative that develops a formal and lasting structure to within the field of marine testing to coordinate the definition and introduction of novel measurement, observation and analysis technologies within hydrodynamic model testing environments. Coordination of development, the sharing of advanced equipment and dissemination of knowledge and guidelines will achieve a more integrated and efficient use of marine testing research capacities within Europ...
  • HYICE
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The internal combustion engine is ideally suited for hydrogen application since it offers high-power density at relatively low cost. HyICE is an initiative for automotive hydrogen engine development, which will provide economically feasible and environmentally friendly solutions for the increasing mobility demand.
  • HyTRAN
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The overall objectives of HyTRAN are to advance the fuel-cell technology towards a commercially viable solution by developing components and a system. Two innovative integrated fuel-cell systems will be demonstrated:
  • ILHYPOS
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The ILHYPOS project aims at developing green, safe, powerful and high-energy hybrid supercapacitors for application as peak power smoothing and energy recuperation devices in fuel-cell (PEM) powered electric vehicles and in small energy production plants (such as CHPs).
  • IMPECC2
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    An in-vehicle sensor, detecting hydrocarbons (HCs), carbon monoxide (CO) and particles in the exhaust is to be developed using the spectroscopic narrow-band absorption technology in infrared. The fast response will make it possible to control emissions during transient operating conditions.
  • IMPROVE
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The principal objective of the IMPROVE project is to develop three new generations of ships in an integrated multiple criteria decision-making environment. This will use advanced design synthesis and analysis techniques at the earliest stage of the design process, which innovatively considers structure, production, operational aspects, performance and safety criteria on a concurrent basis.
  • INNOTRACK
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    INNOTRACK will perform research on four key topics: track support structure, switches and crossings, rails, and logistics for track maintenance and renewal. It will also provide an innovative methodology for Life Cycle Cost calculation and Reliability Availability Maintainability Safety (RAMS) assessment to be used by all infrastructure managers across Europe.
  • INQUEST
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The project aims at coordinating the dissemination of research on the use of low-noise road surfaces in European countries that have less access and experience in that field. A complementary objective is to promote European harmonisation in the field of road-surface noise classification.
  • InterSHIP
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The project aims at increasing the competitiveness of EU shipbuilders with better integrating tools and methods for the design and manufacturing of complex one-of-a-kind vessels. InterSHIP will enable shipyard engineers to consider leading-edge knowledge in environmental aspects, safety, comfort and cost efficiency in simultaneous engineering, thus making sure that optimum solutions can be obtained for the total life cycle of complex ships.
  • ISTU
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The ISTU STREP project investigates, develops and demonstrates a cost-effective integrated propulsion unit and individual self-driven, two-container, cost-improved rail platform wagons for freight container transport between ports and cargo distribution centres. The new motor concept, integrating all the major propulsion features, is a key technology suited for the designed harbour vehicle called ISTU.
  • LITEBUS
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    Multimaterial technology (sandwich and/or hybrid materials) is becoming increasingly important in new vehicle design. Public service vehicles (buses and coaches) are regarded as primary targets for application of sandwich construction and multimaterials, which play a major role in the transportation industry of both industrialised and developing countries. The proposed project will be focused on the development of a novel technology to manufacture bus/coach bodies using multimaterial sandwich pa...
  • MC-WAP
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    MC-WAP is aiming at the application of the molten carbonate fuel cell technology onboard large vessels, such as RoPax, RoRo and cruise ships for auxiliary power generation purposes. MC-WAP aims to improve the performance of the system to allow an efficient application onboard.
  • MODBRAKE
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    MODBRAKE, focusing on the brake systems, aims at contributing to the practical implementation of interoperability of railway systems across Europe. The objective of the project is to reduce the complexity, and therefore the costs, of brake systems by incorporating them in modular form.
  • MODURBAN
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The main target of the MODURBAN project is to design, develop and test an innovative and open common core system architecture and its key interfaces, in preparation for the next generations of urban-guided public transport systems.
  • NICE
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The NICE Integrated Project was proposed by the European automotive industry, and given the highest responsibility level. The main objective of NICE is to develop a new integrated combustion system that, independent of the type of fuel, achieves the highest fuel conversion efficiency.
  • NR2C
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    What will the European road system look like in 2040? How can innovation deliver solutions to the challenges of the future? These are the two questions which NR2C aims to answer. NR2C provides a long-term vision of road infrastructure, based on new concepts, and develops specific innovations to support this vision in three areas: urban, interurban and bridges.
  • OFIENGINE
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The improved maintenance and reliability behaviour of two-stroke diesel engines are becoming the key factors for final users and industrial suppliers. The project objectives, therefore, are as follows:
  • OSH
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    By raising the issue of marine oil spills to the highest priority for the EU community, OSH is addressing these needs to develop a fast ship in transit to be quickly on the scene and to recover oil in rather high sea states. The outcome is the technico-economical definition of the integrated OSH system.
  • PISa
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The aim of this project is to develop and use new technologies to provide integrated safety systems for a range of powered two-wheelers, which will greatly improve primary safety. PISa will contribute to the general EU target of 50% reduction in road accident fatalities.
  • POMEROL
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    POMEROL intends to develop high-powered, low-cost and intrinsically safe lithium-ion batteries by using a breakthrough in materials. The materials and batteries will be used for fuel-cell hybrid and conventional hybrid drivetrain automotive applications.
  • POP&C
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The consequences of tanker accidents are often catastrophic, as can be vividly attested by the recent disasters of the Erika and Prestige, raising the issue of oil spills to the highest priority for the EU community. The POP&C project aims to address this issue head on by focusing on prevention and mitigation in ship design and operation for existing and new vessels.
  • QCITY
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    This project will develop an integrated technology infrastructure for the efficient control of ambient noise from road and rail. The activity supports the European noise policy to eliminate harmful effects of noise exposure and decrease levels of transport noise, especially in urban areas, deriving solutions that will ensure compliance with the constraints of legislative limits.
  • Railenergy
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The project plans to develop a holistic framework approach incorporating new concepts and integrated solutions to improve energy efficiency in the railway domain under specific technical, operational, political and socio-economic constraints.
  • ROTISII
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    Ship integrity and pollution prevention call for periodic ship inspections with high costs and risks to those involved. The Remotely Operated Tanker Inspection System (ROTIS) has been developed to enter the flooded ballast tanks (even during ship navigation) to perform close-up visual inspection and wall thickness measurements, using tele-operation from remote sites. The advantages are lower costs (e.g. avoiding ship stand-by), lower risks and reliable results.
  • SAFE-RAIL
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The continuous assessment of substructure conditions is a key need for rail-track maintenance activities. The SAFE-RAIL project tackles technological gaps that limit state-of-the-art systems by developing an innovative radar for fast and accurate monitoring of rail track substructure conditions.
  • SAFECRAFTS
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The project is aiming to realise innovative and proven evacuation craft concepts to increase passenger safety substantially during an emergency at sea. It addresses the assessment procedures and generates novel concepts in order to increase the reliability of ship rescue.
  • SAFEDOR
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    SAFEDOR will be the first project to develop a risk-based maritime regulatory framework and tools to achieve cost-effective safety by treating it as an objective and not as a constraint. Novel ship designs, which cannot be approved at the moment but are expected to be as safe as current ships, can then be approved.
  • SAFEICE
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    SAFEICE aims to create a scientific basis for ice class rules (ship-hull strength) and for placing requirements on ice classes. The project will be carried out with the participation of universities, maritime authorities and European, Canadian and Japanese marine research institutes. The partners represent the vertical chain from basic research into implementing the ice rules and enforcing safety at sea.
  • SAFETOW
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    SAFETOW will provide masters of disabled vessels and masters of salvage and escort tugs with support tools, which will enable them to take decisions in real time with the best available information regarding the consequence of their actions.
  • SECURCRANE
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    This project focuses on port cranes to increase their performance and safety and human operator working conditions, thus eliminating the gap between theoretical and real productivity (lifts/hour) of cranes. The core problem of crane productivity is the loss of efficiency from the human operator due to the stressful working conditions inside the crane cabin. SECURCRANE will develop a remote crane control, and an innovative anti-sway device, providing the operator with all information physically ‘...
  • SELCAT
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    SELCAT will perform a deep analysis of completed and existing European level crossing safety research focusing on appraisal, technology and safety evaluation methodology including dissemination actions like workshops, special sessions at conferences, public campaigns and a web portal.
  • ShipDismantl
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    This research project addresses the ship-recycling problem by developing innovative dismantling and recycling procedures, developing a decision support system (DSS) for the ship-breaking industry and by validating the proposed tools and methodologies through a real case study.
  • SIM
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    SIM project deals with the development of an innovative concept vehicle with new safety devices that will result in a decrease in the number of powered two-wheelers (PTW) accidents and related consequences for riders. An integrated (matrix) approach to solve safety issues for PTWs will be implemented.
  • SIMBA
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    SIMBA aims to increase road transport research co-operation between Europe and the emerging markets of China, India, Brazil and South Africa by establishing a collaboration network that will bring together the key stakeholders in the field of intelligent transport systems (ITS), road infrastructures and automotive developments.
  • SLC
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    SLC pools the expertise and resources of 38 organisations to develop new lightweight vehicle concepts up to 50% lighter than present high-volume cars. SLC will address present limitations on advanced material processing, multi-material joining technologies and simulation tools (crash, fatigue, cost and sustainability).
  • SMOOTH
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    Air lubrication of Ship hull a large potential gain in hull effciency of up to 20%. SMOOTH seeks to fill missing technology gaps and enable air lubrication of hulls within normal European shipbuilding and operation practice for both inland and coastal ships.
  • SPENS
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The aim of the project is to develop appropriate tools and procedures for the rapid rehabilitation of road pavements using materials that would:
  • SPURT
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    Rail mass transit vehicles, which are defined as trams, light rail and metros, very often do not behave as expected when running on existing rail infrastructure, although the vehicles may well be fully compatible with the specifications of the buying authorities and they may well have passed the acceptance tests. Many operators have different types of vehicles on their infrastructure and most operators also have different types of track systems in their network. They want the current and future ...
  • STEPS
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The aim of this project is to develop, compare and assess possible scenarios for the transport system and energy supply of the future, taking into account the state of the art of relevant research and such criteria as the autonomy and security of energy supplies, effects on the environment and economy, and the interactions between transport and land use.
  • SUPERPROP
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    As a response to the continuous increases of fuel prices and the hydrodynamic penalties of ageing ships belonging to the project ship owners, Pescanova and Ocean, SUPERPROP will develop an easy-to-use updating strategic-costs assessment tool, indicated for fishing and tug vessels already in operation. This tool will address a range of hydrodynamic ageing causes.
  • TOP EXPERT
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The project is focused on the selection and assessment of an integrated active after-treatment system, compliant with Euro V regulations and beyond and capable of superior performances pursued via the generation of activated chemical agents via two alternative ways, a catalytic and an energy-based approach.
  • TRAIN-ALL
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    TRAIN-ALL aims to develop a computer-based training system for the training and assessment of different land-based driver cohorts (motorcycle riders, novices, emergency drivers and truck drivers) that integrates multimedia software, driving simulator, virtual driving simulator and onboard vehicle sensors into a single modular platform.
  • TRANSPOWER
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The main goal of TRANSPOWER is to supervise the implementation of sustainable urban transport. TRANSPOWER provides municipal and regional decision-makers with properly evaluated scientific information about best practices and relevant experience in order to implement sustainable, cost-effective, environmentally friendly and efficient urban transport concepts.
  • TRIAS
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    Both transport and energy systems contribute to an ever-increasing quality of human life. On the other hand, adverse environmental impacts and insecurity of fossil energy sources and supplies constitute major risks for sustainable development. TRIAS develops and assesses integrated scenarios to adapt the transport-energy system to make it more sustainable in the future.
  • TRIMOTRANS
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    This project targets the development of new intermodal loading units (container plus adapter) including devices such as the ISO bulk container, roll-off container, capable adaptors and mobile fixtures suitable for the trimodal transport of bulk and packaged goods on road, railway and inland waterways.
  • TURNOUTS
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The word ‘turnout’ describes the junction in trackwork where lines diverge or converge. Although a turnout consists of several components, this project focuses on the most expensive component: the frog. The frog is the section of the turnout that enables the wheel that is running on one rail to literally cross over another rail. The project considers the following types of frogs: cast manganese, welded, moveable nose, flange bearing and deep groove. The TURNOUTS project focuses on the design and...
  • UNIACCESS
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    This project wants to promote the networking and coordination of R&D activities in the field of universal design of accessibility systems for public transport with a comprehensive group of stakeholders who have a view to achieving equality of access to public transport in the EU.
  • URBAN TRACK
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The URBAN TRACK integrated research project was set up to address the ‘2020 ERRAC’ vision: low life-cycle cost (LLC), high performance, modular, safe, low noise and vibration rail infrastructure systems that fit into a harmonised European market.
  • VIRTUE
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    VIRTUE is an Integrated Project proposal in response to the call on virtual environment for an integrated fluid dynamic analysis in ship design. It constitutes an EU-wide initiative of leading marine CFD players to create a virtual basin by integrating advanced numerical fluid analysis tools to tackle multi-criteria hydrodynamic performance optimisation of ships in a comprehensive and holistic approach. It will aim to complement model testing in real basins and thus substantially enhance the pro...
  • VISIONS
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The objective of the project is to enable information exchange between onboard truck information systems and external information systems, through standard and open information interfaces.
  • WIDEM
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The economic efficiency and competitiveness of the rail transportation mode depends on the safety, availability and maintenance of its individual highly loaded structure components, such as railway wheelsets.
  • HOPE
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    In order to increase the fuel economy of vehicles, efficient electric drivetrains are needed for conventional or fuel cell-based hybrid cars. Affordable high-density power electronics are a precondition. HOPE has two approaches: a low-cost solution and a more advanced high-temperature solution without liquid cooling.
  • HP FUTURE-Bridge
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The overall objective of the project is the development of a high-performance and cost-effective construction concept for bridges based on the application of fibre-reinforced polymers (FRP) for rapid infrastructure renewal in the new Member States (NMS) and beyond.
  • HYHEELS
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The overall goal of HyHEELS is to provide an UltraCap energy storage system for the use in hybrid- and fuel-cell vehicles, which satisfies all the properties necessary to make an integrative component.
  • HYSYS
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The objective of the project is the research on low-cost components for fuel-cell (FC) systems and electric drive systems, which can be used in future hybridised FC vehicles (a medium-term objective) and ICE vehicles. The components will be integrated and validated in two vehicles.
  • INFRACLEAR
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The aim of INFRACLEAR is to allow optimum use of the infrastructures ‘track clearance’ by means of an innovative approach for track gauging using operational monitoring technology and thus contributing towards increasing the capacity and safety of the infrastructure.
  • INMARE
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The Coordination Action, InMare, involves partners operating in the maritime sector. The main objective was to translate the maritime operators’ real needs on input for feasible and effective future studies and/or research projects by identifying the most promising scientific and technical developments in order to make European shipping ready to face the future competitive challenges.
  • INTEGRAIL
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    In accordance with the ERRAC objectives, the InteGRail project aims at developing an intelligent coherent information system by integrating all the main railway subsystems. The objective is to achieve a higher level of coordination and co-operation between the key railway processes.
  • INTERGAUGE
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The aim of the project is to develop and validate a new rail transport technology on the basis ofadjustable wheelsets, enabling the interoperable, safe and secure traffic between railways with different gauge width. This new transport technology allows limiting the time required for a train to move through a border crossing with a gauge-changing station and minimise the environmental hazards. It is a new alternative in the supply of energy resources. INTERGAUGE consists of three subsystems: oper...
  • INTRO
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The INTRO project aims to address the problems of road safety and capacity by combining sensing technologies and local databases with real-time networking technologies. This will improve both road safety and capacity by providing rapid feedback on emerging problems to maintenance authorities and road users.
  • IPSY
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    Future diesel car engines will have ‘conventional’ combustion at high and full loads, and partial homogeneous combustion at low loads with different emissions. This makes necessary to develop new cleaning devices. To ensure soot regeneration at the resulting low NO/NO2 and exhaust temperature levels, the research will develop a compact porous media design for the trap, with tuneable particle collection and multifunction catalytic nanostructured materials together with the needed control strategi...
  • ISLE
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    This proposal aims to develop an innovative manufacturing technology to produce a new generation of headlamps for vehicles, which will be the basis for a future car-to-car or car-to-infrastructure communication system. To achieve this, a new production process needs to be developed, combining LED chips into a packaging which already forms the beam, with minimised losses. This proposal aims at simplifying the production process of headlamps by:
  • ITARI
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    Road traffic is steadily increasing. The objective here is to provide tools to investigate new road surfaces, which will lower noise emission, lower fuel consumption and meet safety requirements. It will demonstrate the implementation of virtually prototyped road surfaces.
  • LOGBASED
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    LOGBASED develops methods/tools to provide designers, shipbuilders and ship operators with better guidance to develop effective ship designs for business opportunities relating to intermodal transportation solutions. Four ship designs will be developed on this basis and measured for their competitiveness.
  • MARSTRUCT
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The objective of the network, which has a duration of five years, is to improve the comfort, effectiveness, safety, reliability and environmental behaviour of ship structures. This objective will be achieved by strengthening the European competitiveness aiming at a permanent organisation of a type of virtual institute, which will ensure the integration of the various European groups in a European centre of competence for the structural analysis of ships with improved safety, environmental behavi...
  • METHAPU
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    METHAPU strives to facilitate the introduction of international regulations concerning the use of methanol as a fuel onboard ship. The project induces innovation activities on fuel cells, methanol fuel bunkering, distribution and storage technology, thus moving society to a higher level of sustainability.
  • MISS
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    MISS aims to develop an innovative platform to dynamically sense and predict natural and infrastructure conditions. This project wants to increase the safety of both citizens and operators by enabling a just-in-time intelligent computation of an open dynamic road surveillance network.
  • MODTRAIN
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    MODTRAIN is defining the necessary functional, electrical and mechanical interfaces and validation procedures to deliver the range of interchangeable modules, which will form the basis for the next generation of intercity trains and universal locomotives.
  • NG2SHIPI/F
    Published on: 30/01/2007
  • NICHES
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    NICHES will facilitate the coordination of the research activities of academic institutions, industry, mobility operators and transport authorities regarding key urban transport innovations that lack broad deployment. NICHES aims to stimulate a wide debate between relevant stakeholders from different sectors and disciplines across the EU and Accession Countries in order to promote the most promising new concepts, initiatives and projects from their current ‘niches’ (sic) position to a ‘mainstrea...
  • OPTO-EMI-SENSE
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    OPTO-EMI-SENSE involves the research and development of novel optical fibre-based sensors for monitoring exhaust gas emissions and temperature in modern road vehicles. Novel sensors will be deployed on board the vehicle to provide monitoring and control in order to minimise atmospheric pollution.
  • PAGODE
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The aim of this project is to provide a comprehensive, system-oriented view on potentially new after-treatment processes that will be required for the next HCCI (homogeneous charge compression ignition) combustion systems, taking into account the next fuel generation.
  • PLUG
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    PLUG is a new concept of power interface between LNG or container carriers, using electric propulsion and terminals, which allow them to provide or receive power from the local grid. PLUG is focused on the development and qualification of a quick connect/disconnect 6 600 volts ‘hands off’ concept and its associated power line with a power exchange capability of up to 25 MW.
  • POSSEIDON
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    POSSEIDON addresses the development of a sensor-based processing unit to continuously monitor lube oil degradation and contamination in main propulsion and power-generating engines aboard ships.
  • RAILCOM
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The RAILCOM project is focusing on electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) solutions in relation to railway interoperability. It aims at the harmonisation of interference limits for train detection and the characterisation of the railway electromagnetic environment for communication systems.
  • RC2
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The RC2 project goal is to reduce manufacturing costs and production lead time. RC2 will deliver not only an innovative manufacturing process based on the combination of rapid prototyping with the most suitable finishing but also
  • REACT
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The REACT project represents a breakthrough towards the long-term vision of significantly reducing traffic deaths and improving the transport infrastructure’s efficiency. REACT will sense natural and infrastructure conditions within and near each equipped vehicle. By using mobile vehicle sensors, REACT will ultimately cover all roads, and not just interurban routes where existing traffic management systems tend to be located.
  • SAFE OFFLOAD
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    There are substantial advantages in liquefying the natural gas on an offshore production platform and offloading it to a shuttle gas carrier. Such a system is usually referred to as floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG). FLNG systems have been considered globally as a development option for a number of offshore gas fields, but due to perceived operational difficulties none has yet been developed.
  • SAFEDMI
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    SAFEDMI’s objective is to design and develop an ERTMS-compliant safe (at least SIL2) driver machine interface with safe wireless communication interfaces for configuration, software and firmware downloading and diagnostic purposes to respond to the increasing safety level needs in the automatic train control systems of high-speed rail lines.
  • SAFEINTERIORS
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    Technological advances have led to a decrease in passenger rail fatalities in Europe during the last four decades (Eurostat). With the reduction of risks stemming from active safety and structural crashworthiness, the focus is now on the remaining areas of risk to access any remaining survivability measures.
  • SAND.CORe
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    SAND.CORe aims to foster the application of innovative sandwich structures in European transport systems, particularly in the maritime and rail sectors. This will be done by:
  • SCOUT
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The SCOUT project develops a new environmentally friendly concept of ‘cut-and-cover’ tunnels, based on a holistic approach that combines the generalisation of the observational method, optimisation of design, breakthrough construction equipment and new applications of composite materials.
  • SEES
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The SEES project aims to develop sustainable, clean, cost- and eco-effective electrical and electronic system (EES) prototypes and end-of-life processes. SEES follows a life-cycle approach considering all life-cycle steps, including design, pre-production at suppliers, production, assembly, use and end-of-life of automotive EES.
  • SHIPMATES
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    As an activity, ship repair and conversion has more of the characteristics of a service industry than manufacturing. Relative to shipbuilding, it is high volume, rapid turnaround and highly unpredictable. This project is important in its structure because it is driven by the industry identifying its problems and requirements, and involves the academic community to help devise solutions.
  • SILENCE
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    SILENCE develops an integrated system of methodologies and technologies for the efficient control of urban traffic noise. This takes into account the overall needs of city authorities with respect to noise creation from individual traffic (on road) and mass transport (on rail and road). A holistic treatment is made of all traffic noise facets: urban noise scenarios, individual noise sources, infrastructure, traffic management, noise perception and annoyance.
  • SPREEX
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    SPILL RESPONSE EXPERIENCE (or SPREEX) is a Coordinated Action based on the existing experience of the response to oil spills in Europe. It is focused on the identification of research needs through the development of state of the art for issues identified by more than 25 organisations.
  • Sustainable Bridges
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    In order to double (or even treble) the transportation by rail over the next 20 years, the load capacity and the mean residual service life of railway bridges needs to be increased. the project determines methods by which this could be achieved.
  • TOPMACS
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The goal of the project is to develop mobile air conditioning systems (MACS) with a reduced impact on the environment. The systems will be considered for two vehicle applications: passenger cars and trucks.
  • ULYSSES
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The aim is to construct a platform for exchanging information and strategic planning of RTD projects on an internal combustion powertrain running on new fuels. This CA will identify links and favour integration by targeting pollutant/CO2 reduction and energy supply security.
  • VISIONS
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    VISIONS is the new ‘think tank’ of the European maritime industry and has implemented an annual process for the definition and validation of visionary concept outlines for vessels and floating structures (i.e. potential products for the next 5-15 years).
  • 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.
  • ‘VIRTUE’ numerical towing tank takes form
    Published on: 29/09/2006
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    Under the European Commission’s Sixth Framework Programme, a group of CFD specialists and service providers, led by HSVA, have joined forces to develop a new IT platform for the design of fully hydrodynamically optimised ship hulls.
  • ‘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.
  • ‘AROSATEC’ improving turbine engine maintenance
    Published on: 27/07/2006
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    The final meeting of the EU-funded AROSATEC project took place at the Metris headquarters in Leuven, Belgium on 4 July 2006. The partnership, composed largely of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) has developed new processes for the automated repair and overhaul of turbine engine components.
  • 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.
  • C-ATM project delivers ambitious concept for air traffic
    Published on: 04/04/2006
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    On 31 January 2006, the EU-funded C-ATM project (Co-operative air traffic management) held its final public forum. On the agenda was a new integrated air/ground operational concept, expected to dramatically improve the efficiency of the overall ATM network by providing more reliable and predictable service to airspace users.
  • 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.
  • AD4
    Published on: 18/01/2006
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    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • ADLAND
    Published on: 18/01/2006
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    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • AeroSME V
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • AEROTEST
    Published on: 18/01/2006
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    Published on: 18/01/2006
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    Published on: 18/01/2006
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    Published on: 18/01/2006
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  • DATON
    Published on: 18/01/2006
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    Published on: 18/01/2006
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    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • ECARE+
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • EMMA
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • EWA
    Published on: 18/01/2006
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    Published on: 18/01/2006
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  • HASTAC
    Published on: 18/01/2006
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    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • ADVACT
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • AEROMAG
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • AERONET III
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • AIDA
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • AISHA
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • ALCAST
    Published on: 18/01/2006
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    Published on: 18/01/2006
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    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • ASICBA
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • ASSTAR
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • ATPI
    Published on: 18/01/2006
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    Published on: 18/01/2006
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    Published on: 18/01/2006
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  • CELINA
    Published on: 18/01/2006
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    Published on: 18/01/2006
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    Published on: 18/01/2006
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    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • ECATS
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    Published on: 18/01/2006
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    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • EUROLIFT II
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • FIDELIO
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • FLIRET
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • FRESH
    Published on: 18/01/2006
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    Published on: 18/01/2006
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    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • IDEA
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • INTELLECT D.M.
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • IPAS
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • IPROMES
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • ISAAC
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • ITOOL
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • LAPCAT
    Published on: 18/01/2006
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    Published on: 18/01/2006
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    Published on: 18/01/2006
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    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • MUSCA
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    Published on: 18/01/2006
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    Published on: 18/01/2006
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    Published on: 18/01/2006
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    Published on: 18/01/2006
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    Published on: 18/01/2006
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    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • HISAC
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • ICE
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • IFATS
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • LIGHTNING
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • MULFUN
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • NOESIS
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • ONBASS
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • OpTag
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • PROBAND
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • RETINA
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • SAFEE
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • SIRENA
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • SMIST
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • SPADE
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • SYNCOMECS
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • TATEM
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • TELFONA
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • TLC
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • TURNEX
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • UFAST
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • VIVACE
    Published on: 18/01/2006
  • WISE
    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.
  • ‘AWIATOR’ – better wing technology to boost aerodynamics
    Published on: 24/03/2005
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    This EU-funded project’s innovative technologies, including mini-flaps, vortex reducers and gust detectors, promise the arrival of lighter ‘intelligent’ aircraft that can respond instantly to changes in wind velocity and other unpredictable flying conditions.
  • ‘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.
  • ‘TANGO’ – reducing airframe weight
    Published on: 24/03/2005
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    One way to boost an aircraft’s fuel efficiency is to lower the load it has to haul through the air. The EU-funded TANGO project is working to cut the structural weight of the aircraft by exploiting new materials and manufacturing methods.
  • ‘EUROPIV 2’ – putting aeronautics research results into practice
    Published on: 24/03/2005
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    The aerodynamic design of aircraft, automobiles, ships and even household appliances are set to become more precise as the results of this EU-funded EUROPIV 2 project are exploited by research and industrial wind tunnel sites across Europe.
  • MODURBAN – next generation urban rail systems
    Published on: 23/03/2005
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    Partners representing major rail integrators, suppliers, operators, research centres and the Union of the European Railway Industries (UNIFE) met in Brussels on 27 January 2005 for the kick-off meeting of EU Integrated Project MODURBAN (Modular urban guided rail systems).
  • ‘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...
  • ‘POA’ – research project works to optimise aircraft power use
    Published on: 25/10/2004
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    Modern aircraft still suffer from systems that do not consume or distribute power efficiently, a problem that grows more acute with rising on-board operational and passenger demands for electrical energy. The POA (Power Optimised Aircraft) projects aims to achieve a ‘more electrical aircraft’ that better distributes power and uses it only when needed.
  • ‘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.
  • ‘INTRANSNET’ – building co-operation between transport researchers
    Published on: 06/07/2004
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    An efficient transport network, including air, road, marine and rail systems, is a crucial prerequisite for Europe’s economic growth. This means maintaining good communications between the various actors involved in transport research, from basic physical research and engineering on land transport and intelligent traffic systems through to seat comfort modelling for trains and planes.
  • ‘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.
  • 'SAFECRAFTS' project improving evacuation of passengers following shipping accidents
    Published on: 07/05/2004
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    The EU-funded SAFECRAFTS project is taking a global view of the human and technical factors involved in passenger evacuation. Team members say their approach could result in dramatic reductions in deaths and injuries and could also help make European companies more competitive.
  • APROSYS and APSN – new EU-funded actions target road safety
    Published on: 22/04/2004
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    Launched on 6 April 2004 in Brussels, APROSYS is an ambitious new initiative aimed at improving passive safety for European road users. Its kick-off meeting was followed on 7 April by the launch of the related European Advanced Passive Safety Network (APSN).
  • ‘AVITRACK’ – automated surveillance of airport aprons
    Published on: 18/03/2004
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    A new EU-funded project will use state-of-the-art video systems and intelligent algorithms to track objects and persons, and to interpret normal aircraft servicing operations on the tarmac.
  • 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.
  • ‘SAFEE’ targets on-aircraft security
    Published on: 11/02/2004
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    The SAFEE project, aimed at improving security onboard commercial aircraft, held its kick-off meeting in Paris on 5 February 2004. Thirty-one partners from 12 countries, including heavy-hitters from the aerospace industry and security specialists from the research and academic communities, came together for the first time to plan the way forward.
  • ‘ALIVE’- new autonomous vehicle tackles expanding undersea applications
    Published on: 30/01/2004
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    The EU-funded ALIVE project is developing a new autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) that, unlike conventional AUVs, features automatic docking and manipulation capabilities.
  • ‘PIVNET 2’ brings high-tech flow measurement to industrial end users
    Published on: 21/01/2004
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    Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV), a technique for measuring the displacement of particles in flow, can be used in a wide variety of applications. The EU-funded PIVNET 2 Thematic Network is now making a concerted effort, through a series of workshops, presentations and meetings, to bring this technology to a larger industrial audience.
  • ‘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.
  • Learning road safety from dummies
    Published on: 12/12/2003
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    A new breed of nimble crash-test dummy with life-like movement is hitting the road to teach European scientists how car accidents affect the human body. Researchers hope the new prototype will provide insights that will enable them to increase the ‘passive safety’ of Europe’s cars and roads.
  • The virtual route to safer cars
    Published on: 12/12/2003
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    Crash-test dummies and physical impact tests can only be used to analyse a limited range of accident types and are extremely expensive to run. As two EU-backed projects are demonstrating, computer simulations will one day offer a far more versatile and cost-effective alternative.
  • EUROLIFT – improving the design of transport aircraft
    Published on: 07/10/2003
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    The European High Lift Programme, or EUROLIFT, is developing new tools to reduce the time it takes to design improved freight and passenger aircraft.
  • MCUBE - improving aircraft efficiency through miniaturisation
    Published on: 07/10/2003
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    Miniaturisation represents a key strategic innovation, fuelling much of today's cutting-edge industrial development. Leading the way in aeronautics is the MCUBE project, developing new electronics modules, minimising size and weight for critical aircraft applications.
  • European aerospace strives to help passengers breathe more easily
    Published on: 02/10/2003
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    Cabinair, an ambitious EU-backed project, is winding up three years of research into ways of ensuring that passengers breathe more comfortably and healthily on both short- and long-haul flights. ...The project conducted the largest ever study on flying and passengers' health, coming up with some innovative - and environmentally friendly - solutions to freshen the air up high.