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That's a bioplastic wrap
Bioplastics take on traditional petrochemical plastics in food packaging, with some challenges.
Towards genetically-improved conifers
Pines are long-lived; between 100 and 1,000 years. And they are a tree species, of high commercial importance. Indeed, they are valued for their timber and wood pulp. Now, a European Research project, called ProCoGen, is ...
Virtual models to make cities greener
Making a city or district energy smart is, first and foremost, an exercise in good planning. However, such green planning tools are still in their infancy. The trouble is that every city is different, every district unique. ...
In-depth analysis required prior to retrofitting old buildings
Passive technologies can maximise primary energy reduction and economic investment in existing buildings
Toward nano-powered cars
How can electric cars increase their driving range before they need to stop and recharge? Traditional batteries cannot keep up with the high storage demand but the complete redesign of lithium ion batteries open up new possibilities
How to make solar energy systems more widespread
Retrofitting existing buildings with adequate cutting-edge technologies is thought to guarantees spectacular energy savings, by about 50%. The objective of the EU funded project BRICKER is precisely to demonstrate such possibility. ...
Municipalities in Sweden powering cities from renewable energy sources
By relying on district heating combined with heat and power production, municipalities in Sweden power their cities from renewable energy sources.
Learning from the past to prepare for future extreme weather events
Understanding which extreme weather events may have caused problems in the past leads to assess the potential impact of future such events on infrastructures.
Mitigating the impacts of extreme weather
Extreme weather events such as heavy rainfall, storms, floods or forest fires can considerably damage roads, railways, communication systems and power lines. Now, researchers within the EU-funded RAIN project—due to be ...
Cities join forces to retrofit districts
All over Europe cities and towns strive to become climate smart. They revamp their energy districts, step-by-step, while looking across borders to learn from best practice.