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26 May 2016
Energy
Energy crowdfunding: the new way to boost renewablesEnergy crowdfunding: the new way to boost renewables

Millions of euros have been crowdfunded in four years to finance small and medium renewable energy projects. And there is still potential to be developed

25 May 2016
Energy
Cyber attacks – Are smart cities safer or more vulnerable?Cyber attacks – Are smart cities safer or more vulnerable?

Does technology expose cities more to terrorist attacks? We asked urban technology expert Francis Pisani

24 May 2016
Bioeconomy
A low-energy formula for safeguarding foodA low-energy formula for safeguarding food

We’ve already written about the HPT technique for processing food which combines high pressure with temperature. Now we’ve chased the food industries that are testing this innovative technology to understand if it can be applied on a large scale

18 May 2016
Energy
The small wind turbines you’ll want in your back yardThe small wind turbines you’ll want in your back yard

A European Commission strategic plan wants to see 20% penetration of wind energy throughout the EU by 2020. The growing trend for decentralised energy generation by home and business owners could help meet this target using small and medium turbines. But they continue to divide opinion due to noise and health concerns

16 May 2016
Energy
Green buildings: is the market ready to pay more for them?Green buildings: is the market ready to pay more for them?

Certifications for sustainable construction materials and buildings are amply available. But to what extent is the market ready to invest in them?

26 April 2016
Environment
The cost of blackouts in EuropeThe cost of blackouts in Europe

Assessing the social and economic impact of power outages caused by extreme weather helps decision makers and grid operators in Europe take adequate measures to ensure future power supply

20 April 2016
Energy
Reducing the cost of wind energy for a renewable futureReducing the cost of wind energy for a renewable future

A 100% renewable energy scenario is possible in Europe, but to achieve it we need to make offshore wind more competitive and start redesigning our energy systems, says world expert Brian Vad Mathiesen

20 April 2016
Energy
The Social Life of BricksThe Social Life of Bricks

A celebrity in the materials world, Mark Miodownik dreams of colour-changing walls and looks at the future of renewable buildings

19 April 2016
Energy
New erosion protection for offshore wind turbinesNew erosion protection for offshore wind turbines

Danish Researchers have developed an innovative coating system which significantly increases the performance of offshore wind turbine blades.

11 April 2016
Society
How to measure the quality of life in smart cities?How to measure the quality of life in smart cities?

From the Internet of Things to the Internet of “meaningful” Things. Nowadays several indicators aim to quantify the smartness of our cities. Next step will be to create a thermometer of citizens’ perception of well-being