Free Energy Transition Model

Researchers have developed an open and free energy transition model that is based on the energy and technology data for various countries and the EU. The energy transition poses some serious strategic questions for business leaders and policy makers. Wrong choices...

Natural Coating for Fruit Conservation

A new natural coating improves fruit conservation and doubles the lifespan of harvested fruits and vegetables without refrigeration. It's a post-harvest solution that creates an optimal microclimate inside of every piece of produce, which leads to improved quality on...

Electronic Rescue Sensors

Scientists have developed the smallest and cheapest electronic rescue sensors for detecting people by smell. It could be used in the search for people buried by an earthquake or avalanche. Trained rescue dogs are still the best disaster workers – their sensitive noses...

Zero Waste Palm Oil Process

Researchers have developed new zero waste palm oil process technology to help the global palm oil processing industry reduce CO2 emissions and create renewable energy from its waste. Malaysia is the second-largest crude palm oil producer in the world and fulfils...

Composite bridges

Composite bridges constructed with composites materials (fibre reinforced polymers) may become a familiar sight in Europe if a new pan-European research project achieves its objectives. The project also aims to provide more durable and reliable wind turbines. Industry...

Rehabilitation Exercise Tiles for the Elderly

These rehabilitation exercise tiles are designed as an alternative form of physical rehabilitation exercise to allow elderly citizens to break away from monotonous training programs, and participate in an exercise that is fun and exciting, and therefore more...

Ceramic Pump for Thermal Energy Storage

A new ceramic pump is able to operate at record temperatures of more than 1,400 degrees Celsius (1,673 Kelvin) and can transfer high temperature liquids such as molten tin, enabling a new generation of energy conversion and storage systems. The new pump could...

Cleaning Soil with Activated Carbon

Activated carbon is known for its use in water purification. Researchers have now shown for the first time that activated carbon can be used in cleaning soil and can help eliminate the health risks associated with soils, sediments and surface water polluted by highly...

Geothermal Heat for Greenhouses

The greenhouses in The Netherlands are a major user of natural gas. The Trias Westland project is exploring the possibility to use geothermal heat as an alternative source for heating these greenhouses. How does the harvesting of geothermal heat work? Earth’s...

Electro Fuels

The energy systems of the future will probably require storage capabilities for medium and long term energy storage. One of the options is the conversion of (excess) electricity into a chemical energy carrier called an electrofuel. We interviewed Ning Yan, assistant...

Using brewery waste to grow yeast

Spent grain amounts to as much as 85% of a brewery’s waste. Researchers at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore found a way to convert this brewery waste into a valuable feedstock for yeast. We interviewed Professor William Chen, director of NTU’s Food...

Grow Smarter Stockholm

The GrowSmarter project brings together cities and industry to integrate and demonstrate 12 smart city solutions in energy, infrastructure and transport, to provide other cities with valuable insights on how they work in practice and opportunities for replication. We...