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How smart can the electricity grid be?
Opportunities will open for European citizens with more and more renewables on the European electricity system.
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. ...
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.
Recovering low-temperature waste heat and converting it into electricity
Heat loss is one of the main challenges in power production—whether from conventional or renewable sources. The trouble is that the wasted energy often stems from limitations of the power conversion process. In a typical ...
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
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.
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 ...
Ventilation through breathing windows
Centralised ventilation systems that exchange heat between the air inside and outside a building often come with a lot of silver-coloured pipes and shafts. By contrast, compact and decentralised ventilation systems, which ...
Food waste activist discusses dissipation in food supply chain
Activist Tristram Stuart, renowned for his worldwide fight against food waste, talks about the new French law that bans supermarkets from destroying food: "Good signal, but the real dissipation is in the supply chain"
Smart building monitoring to respond to all climate conditions
The energy consumption of buildings is on the rise in Europe. This is due to ageing housing stock. Now the idea is to use a high-tech kind of retrofitting approach using several types of modules that allow real-time monitoring ...