Controlled odour emission could transform video games and television viewing experiences and benefit industries such as pest control and medicine. The NANOSMELL project aims to switch smells on and off by tagging artificial odorants with nanoparticles exposed to electromagnetic field.
The carbon dioxide emitted by fossil fuel power stations and many other types of plant could be used to generate methanol, say EU-funded researchers. They are developing a cost-effective method to turn this overabundant pollutant into a welcome resource. This process will draw on surplus energy produced by renewables at peak times.
Industrial production accounts for 16 % of Europe’s economy. But while Europe was once recognised worldwide as an industrial power house, its leadership is being eroded. EU-funded researchers are seeking to reverse the trend with innovative technologies that increase productivity and create a more appealing and inspiring working environment.
An EU-funded project has developed moulds capable of embedding nanostructures onto the surface of plastic parts. This innovation could help carmakers and other industries using plastics improve their manufacturing processes and products – boosting competitiveness.
An EU-funded consortium has developed innovative retrofit strategies for buildings to significantly improve energy efficiency, reduce construction time and costs, increase worksite safety and generate added value from existing residential areas.
The Manutelligence project is creating an online platform for manufacturing companies that aims to boost efficiency when designing a new service or product. The platform will also enable the reuse and optimisation of designs and close the gap between design, manufacturing and testing.
Researchers for the PHBOTTLE project are developing a manufacturing process for a biodegradable bottle made from juice wastewater. The bottle is made of a bioplastic obtained by the optimised fermentation of the sugar-rich fruit juices in production waste.
Weather cladding and external wall panels made of flax, jute, and a resin from sugar cane waste? Yes indeed, if you want a durable, low-carbon solution… EU-funded researchers have developed innovative biocomposites based on such materials and demonstrated their potential in construction.
Used since ancient times, bismuth is still found in items as different as lipsticks, medicine and electronics. The metal has been a magnet for scientific study. But the BisNano project was the first to take bismuth compounds down to the nano-scale. The results have made the metal even more attractive and have led to technology transfer between Europe and Mexico, as well as several applications.
It isn’t ‘Iron Man’, but European researchers in the Robo-Mate project are developing a robotic ‘exoskeleton’ to protect workers from injuries due to heavy and repetitive work. A first prototype has already been unveiled.