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16 July 2018
Energy
How battery systems can integrate renewable energy in smart gridsHow battery systems can integrate renewable energy in smart grids

By 2030, 32% of the energy consumed in the EU must be generated from renewable sources, such as water, wind and sun. To achieve this, it doesn’t suffice to increase the number of wind turbines and solar cells. Extended and adapted transport and distribution grids are also necessary.

12 July 2018
Bioeconomy
Short food supply chain: unity makes strengthShort food supply chain: unity makes strength

Stories of European farms that make profitable food supply systems "from farm to fork" show that networking is crucial

05 July 2018
Society
Lizard skins and bark bugs inspire energy saving materialsLizard skins and bark bugs inspire energy saving materials

Imitating nature’s engineering secrets at the nanoscale could lead to a host of useful applications

14 June 2018
Energy
HVDC grids to facilitate cross-border energy exchangeHVDC grids to facilitate cross-border energy exchange

In the future, point-to-point offshore connections are expected to evolve into multi-terminal HVDC-systems to increase power exchange between countries and strengthen the energy market of renewables

12 June 2018
Society
Meet the skyrmions: exotic quasiparticles could revolutionise computingMeet the skyrmions: exotic quasiparticles could revolutionise computing

Unique physical properties of these “magic knots” might help to satisfy demand for IT power and storage using a fraction of the energy

06 June 2018
Energy
Is it worth renovating old buildings?Is it worth renovating old buildings?

The building sector is the largest energy-consuming sector in Europe. As retrofitting works are often unaffordable for people who own apartments in old blocks, the EU has had to step in

04 June 2018
Bioeconomy
Liverpool, a frontrunner city in re-naturing public spacesLiverpool, a frontrunner city in re-naturing public spaces

The English city is leaving behind its maritime past by introducing innovative green solutions into its urban spaces

01 June 2018
Energy
Offshore wind farms: too much energy is lost in cablesOffshore wind farms: too much energy is lost in cables

“Offshore wind energy has come to the point where it can start competing with traditional energy sources like new nuclear and gas,” says energy expert Iñigo Azpiri, who is part of a team of European researchers studying the interconnection of offshore windfarms to land using HVDC grids to avoid power losses. “If industry manages to lower cable technology costs, we will be able to deploy a grid that can send renewable energy much further across Europe.”

23 May 2018
Energy
The human factor in saving energyThe human factor in saving energy

Throughout Europe buildings are still responsible for 40% of energy consumption and 36% of CO2 emissions. More renovation of the existing stock is needed. This is where citizens come into play

22 May 2018
Energy
Direct current grids: interoperability is a key factor for their developmentDirect current grids: interoperability is a key factor for their development

Often in electric power systems, some devices, like converters, don’t communicate effectively and securely one with another because they come from different suppliers. This can be a problem for the electric highways of the future. Improvements in “interoperability” between diverse equipment may be a solution. Expert Olivier Despouys shares his insights