Research & Development


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...
Innovative bioprocesses may offer benefits to a fading colour textile industry
The scaling-up of sustainable, high-tech dyeing technology is the focus of an ongoing European Commission funded project aimed at strengthening SMEs in the colour textile industry. The Bioprocessing for Sustainable Production of Coloured Textiles project (BISCOL) is well on its way toward...
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...
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...
Floating the idea of purifying water with glass beads
Cranfield University is pioneering the use of glass beads in water treatment – a concept that could lead to dramatic energy savings in treating drinking, waste and industrial water. The Sustainable Systems Department at this UK university is testing a new low carbon footprint technology,...
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...
Developing second-generation biofuels for commercial flights
Airbus and Honeywell are working with others to develop biofuels that could satisfy nearly a third of global demand from commercial aircraft by 2030 without affecting food supplies Airbus, JetBlue Airways and International Aero Engines will work with two Honeywell companies – UOP and Honeywell...
Nano-flake structure boosts solar cell performance
A new nanostructure shape called nano flakes and being developed in Denmark could cut the cost and improve the efficiency of solar cells, bringing solar power within the grasp of ordinary households. Less than one percent of the world’s electricity currently comes from the sun because it is...