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Back to the future with nature's own construction materials?
Europe's construction industry has a crucial role in cutting carbon emissions and energy consumption. But getting companies to ditch traditional building materials for greener, bio-based alternatives remains an uphill struggle. ...
The way to more efficient, quieter wind turbines
A European research project aims to reduce the cost of wind energy generation by introducing technical improvements to turbines, which will have to be much quieter in the future than is the case today
Waste heat likely to boost energy efficient production
Europe has a leading position in technologies for clean manufacturing, but significant efforts are needed to lower investment costs and encourage factory managers to adopt energy-efficient innovations.
New device to reduce wind turbine noise and increase efficiency
Noise pollution is a big public concern associated with operating wind turbines. A group of European scientists claims to have found a solution to this problem, assembling an innovative device on the blades. They are collaborating ...
Turning energy-efficient new building projects into successful businesses
Buildings are responsible for 40% of our energy consumption. With this in mind the European research project DIRECTION aims to demonstrate that very low energy buildings can be implemented in practice.
High-tech pipelines aim to cut freight traffic
When it comes to moving freight around Europe, road transport remains a driving force. But trucks get stuck in traffic and pollute the environment. Now innovators are looking below the surface at a greener, more efficient ...
Non-technological barriers hamper the integration of renewables in production processes
Dozens of projects have been promoted over the last decade to make industrial processes energy efficient, thus reducing costs and decreasing impact on the environment. However, a definitive solution to reducing energy consumption ...
How smart can the electricity grid be?
Opportunities will open for European citizens with more and more renewables on the European electricity system.
Sensors and drones: Hi-tech sentinels for crops
The precision agriculture sector is expected to grow at a high rate over the coming years. This new way of farming is already a reality in northwest Italy, where technologies are being used to keep plants in a good state ...
To print or not to print your meal
What about a more chewable pasta or high protein cookies made with insects? 3D printed food seems an interesting solution for healthier eating, shortening meal preparation times and even fighting world hunger. But an avant-garde ...