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Buildings in Spain and Estonia have been fitted with novel construction and insulation materials made from natural fibres and forest waste as part of an EU-funded project demonstrating innovative applications of biocomposites. These materials not only comply with building codes and boost sustainability but also reduce the risk of residents becoming sick.
Published: 11 January 2018
EU-funded researchers have developed new ways to study the DNA of plants and soils used in winemaking as part of a wider effort to better understand how and when microbes help or harm different stages of production.
Published: 10 January 2018
Good news for particularly busy bumblebees: you're not putting your immune systems at risk with all that hard work. EU-funded research has established that foraging motivation and other traits vary among individuals and colonies of the species, but that these differences dont seem to affect their ability to fend off disease.
Published: 3 January 2018
Sun, seawater and sewage: microalgae can thrive on feedstock that is freely available and the resulting biomass can be used to make high-value products such as biostimulants and biopesticides. But can this be done viably on a large scale? Let us demonstrate, say EU-funded researchers building an integrated biorefinery.
Published: 22 December 2017
EU-funded researchers have developed new bio-processes to create high-value chemicals from the waste resulting from bio-diesel production. A true addition to the circular economy, their achievements promise a better and greener chemical industry.
Published: 14 December 2017
Essential for manufacturing high-tech products, rare earth metals are in short supply. EU-funded research is investigating how to extract rare earth magnets from electric vehicle motors and recycle them, in a move that could also create jobs in Europe's materials sector.
Published: 12 December 2017
Clever chassis designs and dynamic controls that adapt to the terrain are the way forward for safer, greener, better-performing vehicles. But these innovations are complex and costly to develop. Inspired by intelligent systems integration, an EU-backed project is helping to take this emerging technology mainstream.
Published: 12 December 2017
An EU-funded project's 'future world' scenarios are informing the development of innovative tools and measures to help vulnerable communities plan for, and adapt to, the effects of global warming - such as increased flooding, wild fires and extreme weather.
Published: 11 December 2017
Tackling noise and vibration at the source is critical for a wide range of health reasons. With that in mind, EU-funded researchers have developed new tools to help design and build quieter and safer machinery for transport and industry.
Published: 8 December 2017
An EU-funded research team has studied the impacts of economics, social cohesion, technology as well as geopolitical and environmental issues on secure and sustainable energy supplies in Europe. They developed a pioneering citizen manifesto for energy governance and the transition to reliable, renewable sources.
Published: 6 December 2017