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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...
Portal aims to help the seeds of innovation to grow
29/04/2013
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
19/09/2011
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
01/06/2010
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
18/12/2009
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...
Agricultural research institute focuses on renewable energy
28/04/2009
A new UK centre of excellence for environmental and energy research could increase renewable energy in agricultural, while also investigating use of alternative bioenergy sources. The Renewable Energy Centre (REC) is part of the Agri Food and Bioscience Institute (AFBI) in County Down, Northern...
Danish LED greenhouse system lights path to energy savings
28/04/2009
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
26/03/2009
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,...
Floating the idea of purifying water with glass beads
26/03/2009
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,...
Eco-friendly robotic cleaner to reduce ship fuel consumption.
14/02/2009
Newcastle University engineers have developed a robotic cleaning system able to navigate its own way across a ship’s hull and remove marine growths. It offers an effective replacement to environmentally-damaging biocides The self-navigating robot cleaner makes it possible to improve maritime...

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