EUROPA - Research and Innovation: What's New in Energy
EUROPA - Research What's New in Energy. This RSS feed includes the most recent updates to the European Commission's Research and Innovation web site on Europa in the area of Energy. The last (or, in some news readers, the first) item of this feed will take you to the EU Energy web site. For more RSS news feeds visit http://ec.europa.eu/research/index.cfm?pg=rss
15 Dec 2017 at 5:49am
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Research Headlines - Creating high-value chemicals from waste
13 Dec 2017 at 4:00pm
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.
Research Headlines - Pioneering citizen manifesto for secure, clean energy
5 Dec 2017 at 4:00pm
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.
Events - EuroScience Open Forum - 9-14 July 2018, Toulouse, France
28 Nov 2017 at 4:00pm
ESOF (EuroScience Open Forum) is the largest interdisciplinary science meeting in Europe. It is dedicated to scientific research and innovation and offers a unique framework for interaction and debate for scientists, innovators, policy makers, business people, media and the general public.
Created in 2004 by EuroScience, this biennial European forum brings together over 4 000 researchers, educators, business actors, policy makers and journalists from all over the world to discuss breakthroughs in science.
More than 40% of the participants are students and young researchers. The 8th edition of ESOF will take place in Toulouse, France, from 9 till 14 July 2018.
• Taking part in ESOF is a unique opportunity to:
• Further knowledge on the challenges and breakthroughs in research, innovation and their relation to society;
• Create links, exchange and debate with leaders of the scientific community worldwide in an interdisciplinary context;
• Communicate the latest news on scientific research and innovation to an international audience;
• Develop a network in view of building a research career.
Research Headlines - Together for sustainable cities: an international resear...
22 Nov 2017 at 4:00pm
The world's cities account for less than 3% of its land surface, but they are already home to much of its population. By 2050, two-thirds of us are projected to live in urban areas, where joined-up management of food, water and energy will be increasingly important. A wave of partly EU-funded projects is about to explore this sustainability issue.
Research Headlines - Energy-efficient fuel cell technology
21 Nov 2017 at 4:00pm
Fuel cell systems are an efficient way of converting chemical energy into electricity so as to reduce emissions and protect the environment. EU-funded research has advanced existing components and designs to develop an optimised version - boosting product lifetime and efficiency, and potential commercial uptake of a sustainable energy solution.
Research Headlines - Making sun-blessed Cyprus a solar energy leader
20 Nov 2017 at 4:00pm
Basking in more than 3300 hours of sunlight per year, Cyprus has the highest solar power potential in the European Union but currently imports most if its energy. An EU-funded project is helping the Mediterranean country better harness the power of the sun to meet its growing electricity needs and spur research and innovation linked to this renewable - and clean - resource.
Research Headlines - Scavenging renewable energy for 5G networks
20 Nov 2017 at 4:00pm
When planning for the mobile networks of the future, the energy to power them is not the most obvious challenge. But the surge in capacity will require an energy solution, and preferably an eco-friendly and sustainable one. The EU-funded SCAVENGE project plans to appropriate energy from elsewhere using innovative hardware.
Research Headlines - Wastewater, an underexploited resource
15 Nov 2017 at 4:00pm
Processing urban wastewater is typically limited to cleaning it up for release into the environment. This is a shame, because it contains compounds that could be put to good use - as could the water itself. EU-funded researchers have tested promising innovations to advance resource-efficient processing, recovery of substances, and re-use.
Research Headlines - A breath of fresh air for concentrated solar power
14 Nov 2017 at 4:00pm
By directing sunlight from a large surface towards a much smaller one, concentrated solar power (CSP) plants can produce temperatures of more than 1000°C. Better heat transfer fluids are needed to capture this bounty. EU-funded researchers have developed a solution involving ceramic particles suspended in air.
Research Headlines - On course to reduce shipping emissions
13 Nov 2017 at 4:00pm
EU-funded researchers have designed an online planner to help shipping operators reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. The planner provides an optimum speed that takes account of likely weather and sea conditions as well as possible delays at ports.
Research Headlines - New techniques target protein clumps linked to Alzheimer...
12 Nov 2017 at 4:00pm
An EU-funded project has gained new insights into abnormal protein deposits linked to some 40 diseases, including Alzheimer's, diabetes, and cancer. The cutting-edge research has contributed to promising new techniques to treat these potentially devastating diseases.
Events - 10th SET-Plan conference - 29 November - 1 December 2017, Bratislav...
8 Nov 2017 at 4:00pm
2017 is the tenth anniversary of the SET Plan, the European Strategic Energy Technology Plan that aims to accelerate the development and deployment of low-carbon technologies. This conference will review the progress achieved over the past decade in the transition to a low carbon, innovative energy future and the SET Plan's key role as the technology pillar of EU's energy research and innovation policy. It will focus on:
• The implementation process of the Energy Union strategy, with a special focus on its Research and Innovation dimension and the current state of negotiations under the "Clean Energy for All Europeans" package
• The role of innovative low-carbon technologies in boosting European competitiveness, progress in developing new technologies and smart energy systems for efficient use of energy, and the growing share of renewables in the primary energy consumption of EU member states
• Current trends in electro-mobility, the safe use of nuclear energy, enhanced energy storage, and other crucial technologies for the transformation of the EU energy system
• The role of Central European countries and their contribution in implementing the Energy Union's and the SET Plan's goals.
Ten main panels will cover the priorities of the Energy Union and the SET Plan and three parallel thematic evening sessions will focus on related subjects. Side events will also be held the day before.
The SET Plan Conference is held under the auspices of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU. It will be opened by European Commission Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šef?ovi? and bring together researchers and policy-makers from EU countries, particularly Central Europe, in addition to stakeholders and representatives from business, international organizations, science and innovation, civil society and regional and local government research organizations. It will run in conjunction with the 11th annual Central European Energy Conference (CEEC).
Research Headlines - Ensuring Europe's nuclear fuel supply
8 Nov 2017 at 4:00pm
Energy security is getting a boost from EU-funded research on an alternative, European supply of the fuel assemblies used in Russian-made nuclear reactors.
Research Headlines - Europe concentrates on solar power
6 Nov 2017 at 4:00pm
More efficient solar power plants using concentrated sunlight are a step closer to reality thanks to an EU-funded project which fosters an innovative and competitive solar energy industry in Europe.