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Biomass: a green source of energy?
Biomass: a green source of energy? Bioenergy represents two-thirds of the energy produced from renewable sources in Europe, though biomass sustainability is not taken for granted.
Smart grid: A grid suitable for renewable energy
Smart grid: A grid suitable for renewable energy Traditionally our electricity grids were designed to move power from large nuclear and fossil fuel power plants to consumers, but renewable energy will see changes to allow smaller power generation from wind and solar to be hooked up to the grid.
Italy: the energy efficiency way of the washing-machine shaped dwellings in Genoa
Italy: the energy efficiency way of the washing-machine shaped dwellings in Genoa San Pietro is a peripheral neighbourhood overlooking the city of Genoa, North-West of Italy. It is also known as Lavatrici (washing machines), because of the concrete slabs with empty circles that characterise the façades of its buildings.
Clean energies in need of a long term vision
Clean energies in need of a long term vision The European grid already faces transmission challenges, as the alternative current (AC) infrastructure has almost reached its transport capacity.
Stallman - “Being a hacker means appreciating playful cleverness”
Stallman - “Being a hacker means appreciating playful cleverness” Richard Stallman , 62 years, is that kind of man who you could just think is a genuine down-to-earth dreamer.
To print or not to print your meal: that is the question
To print or not to print your meal: that is the question Not only a crafty deception to provide tasty food for astronauts. Over the next years 3D printers may become a household kitchen appliance, helping people save time when preparing meals or adding specific nutritious ingredients to their diet.
Italy, Vajont “tsunami” and Malborghetto-Valbruna floods: such different lessons from the past
Italy, Vajont “tsunami” and Malborghetto-Valbruna floods: such different lessons from the past Luckily, past mistakes can sometimes be useful for present or especially future decisions. This can apply to spatial planning and management in response to natural disasters and extreme weather events.
Sensors and drones: hi-tech sentinels for crops
Sensors and drones: hi-tech sentinels for crops Sensors and drones can be among the farmers' best friends, helping them to use less fertilizers and water, and to control the general condition of their crops.
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.
Matteo D’Antoni – In-depth analysis required prior to retrofitting old buildings
Matteo D’Antoni – In-depth analysis required prior to retrofitting old buildings Innovative technologies can be used to retrofit old buildings as a means to save energy. This is precisely what the Bricker project is aiming to achieve.
Luigi Crema – how to make solar energy systems more widespread
Luigi Crema – how to make solar energy systems more widespread Retrofitting existing buildings with adequate cutting-edge technologies is thought to guarantees spectacular energy savings, by about 50%. The objective of the EU funded project BRICKER is precisely to demonstrate such possibility.
Multifold challenges for districts level retrofitting
Multifold challenges for districts level retrofitting The Cuarto de Marzo district of Valladolid, Spain , is an area spreading over 21,000 square metres with 166 residences. It is now the focus of a retrofitting project , called  R2CITIES , funded by the EU.
Pig plague threatens Europe
Pig plague threatens Europe African swine fever , or ASF, is a viral disease that kills almost every pig it infects and is likened to Ebola . It gained a foothold in Georgia in 2007, when contaminated pig meat landed from a ship from South-East Africa and was fed to local pigs.
Alan O’Connor - Taming nature’s wild character
Alan O’Connor - Taming nature’s wild character Flash floods in Central Europe in 2002 damaged hundreds of roads, caused electricity failures, contaminated clean water and cost an estimated €150 billion in damage .
Transparency and residents’ involvement make retrofitting work
Transparency and residents’ involvement make retrofitting work One of the  biggest challenges of retrofitting projects  is to make them attractive to residents. Now, one of them, the EU-funded project R2CITIES,  is analysing the initial first feedback received from residents  of the  Cuatro de Marzo  district.
Learning from new very low energy buildings
Learning from new very low energy buildings To tackle climate change, new buildings are required to consume as little energy as possible . That’s because, in Europe, buildings are responsible for about 40% of our energy consumption.
3D printing to the rescue of gastronomy for frail seniors
3D printing to the rescue of gastronomy for frail seniors In Europe, the population is ageing . In 2010, about 17% of the population were 65 or older. This number is projected to increase to 30% of the population by 2060. New services are already available to meet their needs.
Brown versus white bread: the battle for a fibre-rich diet
Brown versus white bread: the battle for a fibre-rich diet There are two main types of bread , wholemeal, or brown, and white. But most people in Europe prefer white bread. That is a problem because white bread contains very little fibres.
Retrofitting: all stakeholders involved upfront
Retrofitting: all stakeholders involved upfront Cuatro de Marzo is a district in the southern part of the Spanish city of Valladolid. It is a dense residential area with 190 privately-owned dwellings, developed in 1955.
Urban agriculture is more than a hippy-style hobby
Urban agriculture is more than a hippy-style hobby Imagine living in an inner city and buying your vegetables and fruit just moments after they’ve been harvested. Imagine waking up to the rustic sound of a cock crowing.
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