Sustainability in the brewery
A new research project helps agro-food sector small and medium size enterprises, such as bakeries and breweries, improve their environmental sustainability
Biogas from animal waste in need of maturity
Biogas-based energy could solve both the environmental concern of agricultural waste and reduce dependency of fossil fuels, particularly in Eastern Europe, albeit at a steep production cost
Turning tyres into gas for energy and new, valuable materials
Tyre recycling represents an untapped opportunity, that may prove a success if processing costs do not become prohibitive
When energy-saving becomes a game
A smartphone application bringing gaming dimensions to energy awareness has helped householders in Finland, Sweden and Italy reduce their electricity consumption by up to 19%.
Air conditioning control goes wireless
Scientists devised a new wireless and energy autonomous sensor network using in collective buildings to monitor heating, ventilation and air conditioning and reduce energy consumption
The Ecological Badminton Robot
A robot to play with! A childhood’s dream has now come true for researchers at the Flanders’ Mechatronics Technology Centre (FMTC) in Belgium.
Katrin Lenz: Optimising buildings’ environmental footprint over lifecycle
Performing life cycle assessment of energy efficient buildings can prevent shifting the environmental burden in different stages of the building’s lifespan
Heat trading warms up
A new heat-trading simulation tool could help create the kind of open-market for heat trading as a means to avoid dumping useful heat and save energy while reducing carbon dioxide emissions
The big picture is the greener picture
Life cycle analysis serves as a tool to evaluate the environmental impact over the life time of buildings and thus to improve their green performance beyond a mere reduction of energy consumption
Niklaus Ledergerber: "Reviving Strickbau wood log houses"
A conservation effort in Appenzell, Switzerland, could lead to the revival of local heritage buildings made with the unique Strickbau construction technique
Whipping Swiss cottages into green shipshape
By making Strickbau wood log building more energy efficient, scientists are participating to their revival and use for modern living
A holistic approach to energy saving in buildings
Adopting cost-effective energy efficiency solutions as standards
The big forest biomass bonanza: inserting wood fiber into recyled plastics
Andrea Lazzeri, University of Pisa, Italy, is investigating biomass’ applications from forest-derived materials
Peer pressure helps cut households energy use
Giving energy consumer feedback on similar users’ consumption helps them gain sustained control over their own energy use. This novel energy management approach combines intelligent monitoring of energy use with personalised advice and information sharing within user groups .
A Window Through Time
Franz Freundorfer applies his knowledge to the development of energy-efficient windows for heritage buildings
Energy-efficient windows for historic buildings
An international team of European experts is looking to improve the energy efficiency of historic buildings.
Saving 80 to 90 % of conventional energy in office buildings
In Spain, the building sector generates over 33% of conventional energy consumption. Reducing it is a need shared with the European Union.
Prof. Karsten Voss “It doesn’t make sense to set up a one and only definition in energy codes in Europe”
Prof. Karsten Voss develops international agreements about net zero energy building definitions in the International Energy Agency
Prof. Andreas Wagner “A remarkable gap of 30% between the planned and the real energy consumption”
Professor Andreas Wagner is head of the division of building physics and technical services at the University of Karlsruhe. He talked about sustainable building projects conducted in Germany
A multi-nano tool can introduce something new under the sun
Basic operations in the field of nanotechnology that are currently very difficult or impossible to perform can become easy with a new multi-nano tool called FIBLYS. Nanosized components in for example solar cells will be designed and studied in an entirely new way, which the researchers hope will ...