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Biofuels for aviation face numerous challenges in the journey from farm to flight. An EU-funded project has successfully demonstrated via test flights how biofuel can enter the aviation supply chain as a greener alternative to fossil fuels. Thousands of passengers have already taken flight on biofuel.
Published: 22 June 2017
Green chemistry is helping industry produce widely-used industrial chemicals more efficiently and with lower impacts on the environment. An EU-funded project has developed nitrogen fixation and hydrogenation processes that are faster, more productive and less polluting than current methods.
Published: 21 June 2017
An EU-funded project has helped to turn a promising method of producing metal parts for cars, planes and tools into a mainstream industrial process. The project has put in place a functioning supply chain and identified best practices that will enable manufacturers to deliver high-end products in a cost-effective manner.
Published: 20 June 2017
EU-funded researchers have developed new indicators to determine fisheries' maximum sustainable yields that fully respect ecological, economic and social sustainability. These indicators will feed into Europe's fisheries management plans for all regions.
Published: 19 June 2017
The rise in the number of people living in cities - predicted to reach 80 % by 2020 - coupled with climate change is straining Europe's water supplies. An EU-funded project has demonstrated innovative technologies and approaches to tackle water scarcity.
Published: 16 June 2017
Some people take pleasure in an epic struggle to configure a new wireless device. Others, not so much. For them, it would be great if the electronics they need could, please, just sort themselves out to work straight out of the box. An EU-funded project has found a way to achieve this level of user-friendliness for assisted living technologies.
Published: 15 June 2017
With a little help from bees, an EU-funded project has explored how cities can adopt more transformative thinking and actions, including social innovation, to reduce negative environmental impacts and promote the wellbeing of their inhabitants.
Published: 13 June 2017
Every day, we buy, use and dispose of products that end up as landfill. Unfortunately, the resources required to make new products won't be available in large amounts forever. Through the EU-funded ResCoM project, four well-known companies have already analysed the extent to which they could adopt a circular approach.
Published: 12 June 2017
Where there's a city, there's a wider region that could provide a lot of its food. And yet, the produce on the average urbanite's plate is often imported from further afield, while farms located just a spud's throw away export most of what they grow. There's much to be gained from tackling this disconnect, say EU-funded researchers who looked into ways of doing so.
Published: 9 June 2017
Bauxite residue - the by-product from the extraction of aluminium from bauxite ore - has the consistency of thick, red mud. Disposing of this waste poses a serious problem for industry, as does the risk of spills. But red mud can also be a source of critical metals. The REDMUD project intends to turn residues into low-carbon building materials - and to train researchers along the way.
Published: 8 June 2017