Could the battery racks in electric cars be greener? Lighter? More affordable, and easier to assemble? Significant gains could be achieved and could help the deployment of such vehicles pick up the pace, say EU-funded researchers who have developed sophisticated housing made of plastic rather than metal.
Source: eu innovation – Research Headlines – Electric cars: fast forward with plastic battery rack
As the building industry looks for new ways to harness advances in digital technology, talented young designers, architects, engineers and IT specialists are earning accolades for their innovative approach to this fast-moving industrial sector.
Source: eu innovation – Research Headlines – Innovation chain for next-gen buildings
An EU-funded project is developing potent molecular machines that could cut the costs and environmental impact of industries as diverse as healthcare, manufacturing and energy. This could bolster EU efforts to promote cleaner industrial processes.
Source: eu innovation – Research Headlines – Molecular machines to green industry
An EU-funded research project has developed innovations in truck and semi-trailer design that could increase energy efficiency by up to 25 %, supporting the EU’s goal of improving the sustainability of Europeean transport sector.
Source: eu innovation – Research Headlines – Transforming heavy vehicles for more energy-efficient freight
Events – Europe’s Transformation: Where People Matter – Austrian Presidency Event – 14-15 November 2018, Vienna, Austria
The 4th International Growth in Transition Conference: ‘Europe’s Transformation: Where People Matter’, jointly organised by the Federal Ministry of Sustainability and Tourism and the Environment Agency Austria, will link up the transformative processes and power already taking effect within the particular participating institutions. The international conference is supported by 31 stakeholder organisations. The event will focus on exploring economic and societal pathways towards pro-active approaches and a vision of a society that improves the well-being of its citizens. The conference will bring together researchers, professionals, politicians, public officials, entrepreneurs, enthusiasts, practitioners and other civil society groups from Austria and Europe.
Registration is available here: https://growthintransition.eu/conference2018/.Read More
The application of virtual reality to cultural heritage is contributing to the way both knowledge and objects are preserved and handed down to future generations of Europeans. Now an EU-funded project is helping increase knowledge and share virtual reality expertise among researchers in Romania, Slovenia and Italy.
Source: eu innovation – Research Headlines – History springs back to life via virtual reality
Remote-sensing technology has greatly widened the scope to explore vestiges of the past. Archaeology has embraced it with enthusiasm, as have the experts monitoring and managing cultural heritage sites. An EU-funded project has set out to develop innovative methods and establish a centre of excellence in Cyprus.
Source: eu innovation – Research Headlines – Remote-sensing at the service of cultural heritage
Horizon 2020’s InnovFin-EU finance for innovators initiative, which is run by the European Investment Bank (EIB), has invested in the French electronics company Archos and its work on the Internet of Things. An EU-backed loan will enable Archos to deploy new tools to help connected objects function more efficiently.
Source: eu innovation – Research Headlines – Support for development of the Internet of Things
A loan backed by the InnovFin-EU finance for innovators initiative under the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme and the European Investment Bank (EIB) is supporting construction of the European Spallation Source (ESS) research centre. Its powerful neutron beams will open up opportunities for researchers in a range of disciplines.
Source: eu innovation – Research Headlines – New multidisciplinary research centre in Sweden and Denmark
EU-funded researchers are developing salt-tolerant rice to protect this important crop from the effects of climate change and the exotic apple snail pest.
Source: eu innovation – Research Headlines – Protecting rice from climate change and invasive snails