Environment

Research & Development

30/03/2020
Some materials fit more easily into the circular economy than others. Nearly all food and drinks cans and other steel packaging, for example, are recycled. But some materials present a much tougher challenge. Fibre-reinforced plastic (FRP) is a composite of plastic and glass, carbon and other...
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20/10/2019
Necessity is the mother of invention. This has never been truer than with ‘green energy’ technology. The combined challenge of tackling climate change, dwindling resources and environmental damage, while sustaining economic growth and social cohesion, call for some serious energy innovation. One...
27/11/2018
There is huge potential in advanced materials and products made from biomass that comes in all shapes and sizes. One part of Slovenia’s Smart Specialisation Strategy (3S) is making sure none of that potential goes to waste. The key to fully exploiting the potential of biomass in advanced materials...
Wave energy: work in progress
07/09/2015
Wave energy seems to be the little brother of other renewable energy technologies. While solar and wind power have been commercialised and scaled up to the extent that some countries now get a substantial portion of their electricity from them (wind energy met more than 40% of Denmark's electricity...
Project seeks to enlist smartphone users in air pollution monitoring event
24/07/2015
A successful Dutch initiative that enlisted the general public to contribute to the understanding of air pollution is being scaled-up through a new project funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 research programme. The LIGHT2015 project, which started at the beginning of 2015 and runs until...
The promise of graphene
13/07/2015
Hopes are high for graphene, an ultra-thin material that has been labelled as possibly “the most amazing and versatile substance available to mankind.” Graphene was first isolated in 2004. By the end of 2015, according to a company spun out of the United Kingdom's National Graphene Institute, a...
Seaweed cultivation project promises higher yields
11/03/2015
Seaweed has been harvested for hundreds of years – the ocean plants are used for a variety of products, including edible seaweeds such as Japanese Project information: AT~SEA...
21/10/2014
An early 1970s computer model has proved remarkably accurate in predicting developments in the world economy, population and resource consumption, according to a recent study published by the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute (MSSI) at the University of Melbourne, Australia. The computer...
Spanish food eco-packaging and marking projects recognised  
10/09/2014
A pair of completed eco-innovative projects dealing with the food supply chain, both coordinated from Spain, have been recognised by the autonomous Valencia Community on Spain's eastern seaboard. The The projects tackle issues of interest to food producers. ECOBIONET piloted a process to...

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