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Will blockchain lead to a smarter energy grid?
Will blockchain lead to a smarter energy grid? Blockchain technology enables secure trading without a centralised intermediary like an exchange. This makes it attractive not only for cryptocurrency , where it was applied first to bypass banks, but also for large decentralised energy systems with a high share of renewable energy .
‘Fintech’ helps power the green energy revolution
‘Fintech’ helps power the green energy revolution Can “cryptocurrencies” encourage green-tech? Nowadays virtual means of payment are in use as an alternative to our existing currencies.
Biotechnology: navigating a minefield
Biotechnology: navigating a minefield In our fast-moving world, biotech is at the forefront of developments – but, by its very nature, it can provoke ethical and moral concerns .
Bioeconomy innovations: tough starting up
Bioeconomy innovations: tough starting up For innovation managers and startup advisors it is clear: scientists and researchers are not business people . "Much is dependent on the personality of the founder. A pure scientist will not be able to proceed.
Food innovation ideas inside and outside Expo Milan
Food innovation ideas inside and outside Expo Milan What do you usually do while waiting for your favourite tea bag infusion? Have you ever thought about reading a book in those five minutes? An Italian start up invented the so called Narratè , which could be translated into “EnterTEAnment” or “Story TEAlling”, a new product combining food with publishing and entertainment.
When recycling equates with quality raw materials
When recycling equates with quality raw materials Twenty five years ago, the German chemist Michael Braungart developed a new approach to recycling, now called "Cradle to Cradle" or "C2C" after the book, Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, which he and the American architect William McDonough published in 2002.
Next generation cures born from the sea
Next generation cures born from the sea The life that inhabits the world’s oceans has almost infinite variety. It remains an untapped source of diversity.
Less salt, sugar and fat, same pleasure
Less salt, sugar and fat, same pleasure The scientific community now widely recognises that salt, sugar and fat in excess in food lead to health issues . Among these are obesity, hypertension and cardiovascular diseases.
Sustainably exploiting the sea’s treasure trove
Sustainably exploiting the sea’s treasure trove The barely explored marine environment has already thrown-up a vast treasure-trove of high-value biomolecules .
Keith Tomlins: Controlling waste in tuber crops for a better economy
Keith Tomlins: Controlling waste in tuber crops for a better economy For 700 million people in Africa and the Far-East, yams and cassava represent important crops for food security and as a source of income.
Sorting plastic waste: a magnetic game
Sorting plastic waste: a magnetic game More than one third of the total plastic production in Europe—about 14 million tonnes per year—are polyolefins, also known as polyalkenes.
Christophe Heyndrickx: From Russia with love
Christophe Heyndrickx: From Russia with love Christophe Heyndrickx is bio engineer in environmental and agricultural economics at research consultancy Transport and Mobility, in Leuven, Belgium.  He specialises in modelling regional and national economic policy.
Can plastic be made from algae?
Can plastic be made from algae? Algae are an interesting natural resource because they proliferate quickly. They are not impinging on food production. And they need nothing but sunlight and a bit of waste water to grow on.
User awareness key to effective energy monitoring
User awareness key to effective energy monitoring Energy efficiency has become a key objective in the current context of increasing energy demand, decreasing resources and global warming. Key to efficient energy savings, however, are users' awareness and behaviour.
Making ice-cream more nutritious with meat left-overs
Making ice-cream more nutritious with meat left-overs Most of the animal proteins found in the meat industry waste have, until now, been underutilised. The challenge is to transform such waste into food of higher functionality and added value .
Biogas from animal waste in need of maturity
Biogas from animal waste in need of maturity Livestock produces a lot of waste. One solution is to turn such agricultural waste into biogas to generate energy .  It requires using so-called anaerobic digestion, which consists in breaking down biodegradable material in the absence of oxygen.
Food price surges: still a mystery
Food price surges: still a mystery Riots, political instability and a spike in malnourishment cases blighted the years 2007 and 2008, particularly in developing countries.
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