Research & Development

Energy efficiency

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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...
The promise of graphene
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...
Portal aims to help the seeds of innovation to grow
An online portal is aiming to promote the results of European environmental research and development by providing details of a range of promising eco-innovations, and rating their “technology readiness”. The Innovationseeds portal went public in mid-2012. It has established a library of results...
Ecosurfactant development leads to greener cleaning products
Ecological cleaning products manufacturer Ecover has developed an innovative method for making ecosurfactants using a low-energy biochemical process based on natural fermentation. Surfactants are the active ingredient in the majority of household cleaning products. As wetting agents, they lower...
Cutting energy consumption in the food and drink sector
A specialist ‘supply-on-demand’ drying technology developed by a UK Knowledge Transfer Partnership could yield significant energy savings for food and drink manufacturers. Hertfordshire University joined with UK drying specialist Secomak to create a drying machine offering significant energy...
Combining renewable energy and desalination
A report by researchers at the Cartagena Technical University (UPCT) in Spain outlines a desalination process using renewable energy and resulting in lower environmental impacts. Population and industrial growth have placed a heavy demand on water supplies. Moreover, climate change and...
Lighting the path to lower energy consumption
The next generation of low consumption lighting systems is set to slash energy consumption in Europe. New developments, such as organic LEDs, could result in huge energy savings. According to the OLED100.eu project, lighting now accounts for a quarter of Europe’s total energy consumption....
Danish LED greenhouse system lights path to energy savings
A LED system producing photosynthetic wavelengths of light could result in dramatic energy savings for plant growers. The concept was developed in the University of Southern Denmark. Designed for use in greenhouses, the LED system emits light at the specific photosynthetic wavelengths that...
Harnessing computer power to revolutionise domestic energy consumption
The EU-funded POBICOS project is harnessing innovative computing applications to develop a cutting-edge home-automation platform that could dramatically change energy consumption. The POBICOS project hopes to develop a computer-based platform that will make energy-saving technology easy to...
On-board carbon capture offers emission-free cars
US researchers have developed an innovative strategy to capture, store and eventually recycle carbon from vehicles to prevent CO2 from finding its way into the atmosphere. US researchers have developed an innovative strategy to capture, store and eventually recycle carbon from vehicles to...