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22 March 2017
Bioeconomy
‘Forest mobilisation:’ unlocking Europe’s wood energy potential‘Forest mobilisation:’ unlocking Europe’s wood energy potential

Increasing the woody biomass supply sustainably, continuously and at acceptable prices is a huge challenge

13 March 2017
Bioeconomy
Fighting botulism: new technique to process foodFighting botulism: new technique to process food

Combining high pressure and temperature for food processing could produce high quality products that stay fresh for weeks. But can it safely tackle deadly food borne illnesses such as botulism?

07 March 2017
Energy
Money-saving small wind turbines: myth or reality?Money-saving small wind turbines: myth or reality?

Small wind turbines promise a decentralised and clean energy source, but what can be done to make them more cost effective? At the moment, better use of feed-in tariffs is recognised as a potentially effective tool for boosting the small wind turbine industry beyond subsidies. Ultimately though, it will be innovation in design that makes small turbines more competitive

06 March 2017
Society
Are smart buildings safe from hackers and privacy breaches?Are smart buildings safe from hackers and privacy breaches?

The automated home and office market is predicted to grow quickly in the next few years. But as reports of cyber attacks increase, is it still possible for a home to be a castle in the age of smart buildings, or are we lowering the drawbridge to hackers?

23 February 2017
Energy
Small wind turbines: navigating the ‘jungle’Small wind turbines: navigating the ‘jungle’

While large scale wind turbines gather momentum, the installation of smaller ones in Europe is progressing very slowly. One of the major problems is the lack of certified machines. Turbine producers are put off by the high costs of the certification procedures

22 February 2017
Energy
Green energy: will French and German elections bring wind of change?Green energy: will French and German elections bring wind of change?

The future of energy production is set to be a crunch issue in this year’s big elections in France and Germany. The current leaders want to reduce nuclear and fossil-fuelled power. But could all that change? For crowdfunding platforms specialising in renewables, there’s lots at stake

16 February 2017
Energy
From teenager to pensioner: the green energy crowdfundersFrom teenager to pensioner: the green energy crowdfunders

Boosting the use of renewable energy has long been an ambition in Europe, but some efforts have powered down amid an ever-changing political landscape and dwindling finances. Now crowdfunding is pulling in a new generation of green investors

14 February 2017
Energy
Crunching “sustainable” cookiesCrunching “sustainable” cookies

Bread, cakes and pastries may be tasty, but few of us realise it takes a lot of energy to produce them. Industry is now looking to change this

13 February 2017
Energy
Smart buildings: energy efficiency at what price?Smart buildings: energy efficiency at what price?

Automating heating and other environmental controls can bring huge savings to commercial buildings. To what extent is it possible to achieve the same results in residential homes? What is the difference between so called domotics and inmotics?

06 February 2017
Energy
Smart cities and innovative financing schemesSmart cities and innovative financing schemes

Cities in Europe are experimenting new ways to invest in energy transition and finance green measures at local level. Innovative financing models are becoming a priority because of lack of public funding