Featured projects about Energy

  • Autonomous Nuclear Waste Handling with RoMaNs

    02/03/2015
    The three-year 'Robotic Manipulation for Nuclear Sort and Segregation' (RoMaNs) project will receive a total of €6.4 million through Horizon 2020. It aims to develop an autonomous robotics system for nuclear waste handling. This will avoide environmental hazards and dangerous working conditions.
  • Cheap and renewable electricity anywhere

    12/02/2015
    Most wind energy comes from turbines 150 metres above ground level. Winds at this altitude are however weak and intermittent, with most wind farms operating at only 25 – 30 % of their capacity. EU-funded researchers have developed a prototype wind energy system that works at much higher altitudes, where winds are stronger and more constant, increasing electricity production dramatically. A commercialised product is in the pipeline.
  • Catching waves for renewable energy production

    05/02/2015
    The world's oceans are veritable power houses. If we could harness the forces of their waves and tides on a large scale, they could provide a considerable amount of sustainable electric power. An innovative offshore test facility developed with EU funding and already on the market is taking us one step closer to that goal.
  • ENTRA: Better software cuts computer energy use

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    15/12/2014
    An EU research project is developing tools to help software engineers create energy-efficient code, which could reduce electricity consumption at data centres by up to 50% and improve battery life in smart devices.
  • Green fuel for steel furnaces

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    11/12/2014
    An EU-funded project has demonstrated that biofuel produced from wood and agricultural waste can be used to recycle scrap steel – replacing fossil fuels. The research aims to help Europe’s steel recycling industry cut greenhouse gases, lower costs and become more competitive.
  • Repairing wind turbine blades at dizzying heights

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    03/12/2014
    Wind turbine towers are growing taller, with rotor blade diameters exceeding 100 metres. And like any other machine, these ‘giants’ occasionally need repairing. EU-funded researchers have now started to develop a novel system for on-site maintenance.
  • Coatings extend wind turbine life and slash costs

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    26/11/2014
    EU-funded research has developed new spraying systems for compressing millions of nano-particles to create a super-strong, long-lasting, water-resistant coating on the blades of wind turbines used for generating electricity. With it, wind farms can slash maintenance costs and blade life can be extended by up to 30%, the researchers say.
  • Innovative research on CO2 capture for a sustainable energy future

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    24/11/2014

    Global warming, largely caused by increases in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, has a major impact on biodiversity and climatic conditions on Earth. One of the answers to the growing concerns surrounding man-caused greenhouse gas emissions is the development of carbon capture and storage technology (CCS).

  • Promising technologies to reduce power plant emissions

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    21/11/2014
    Carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology has the potential to help the European Union (EU) significantly cut its greenhouse gas emissions. However, efficient and reliable pre-combustion capture technologies that can reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from fossil fuel power plants at low cost are still missing.
  • Planning the future of wave and tidal energy

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    17/11/2014
    When it comes to renewable energies, wind and solar power have already become staples of our electricity mix. Wave and tidal energy could be next in line. EU-funded researchers are already making waves, aiming to help industry cut costs and increase reliability with innovative decision-making software.

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