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Gene expression indicates plants are adapting to increased CO2 levels

2016.09.22

Research partly supported through the EU-funded EXPEER project has found that plants are increasingly adapting to increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2), which could have important implications for global food security and nature conservation.

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Banking on innovative IT tools to help data centres save energy

2016.09.22

Businesses looking to cut costs and reduce their carbon footprint now have access to a new tool that evaluates the energy performance of data centres. The ever-increasing popularity of the internet, cloud computing and high-powered computing have created new and exciting ways of working, communicating and storing information.

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Towards more efficient CO2 capture

2016.09.22

Existing methods to capture CO2 suffer from a series of drawbacks directly affecting their output. Aiming to improve the situation, Dr. Sonia Zulfiqar has been investigating the CO2 absorption capacity of new materials based on amide polymeric ionic liquids.

 

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Energy efficient solutions for High Performance Computing

2016.09.02

EU-funded researchers have unveiled a set of tools that will make computer systems more energy efficient, providing large data streaming aggregations 54 times more efficient than standard implementations. With the relentless growth of the digital economy and society’s increasing use of data, energy consumption and mitigating serious environmental impact has become one of the key challenges of modern computing, whether for wireless embedded client devices or high performance (HPC) centres.

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Understanding the consequences of climate change mitigation policy

2016.08.17

EU-funded research shows that when climate change policy focuses only on mitigation without considering adaptation costs and residual damages, unintended inequalities result. Although the Paris Agreement on climate change represents an important step forward in international climate policy, like most climate policy, its analyses focus primarily on mitigation (i.e. national climate pledges, long-term temperature targets, etc.). 

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Branching out into new bioenergy supplies

2016.08.17

The EU-funded EUROPRUNING project has implemented a true pruning-to-energy value chain by introducing new technology and by removing barriers to the use of agricultural residues as an energy resource. Every year the EU produces over 13 million tonnes of agricultural prunings. 

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Energy efficient process industries: Furthering Europe’s ambitious environmental targets

2016.07.05

Greater energy efficiency in Europe’s process industries will not only contribute to the EU’s long-term competitiveness but will also play a prominent role in Europe’s quest to meet its highly ambitious environmental objectives. Over 450 000 enterprises and around 6.8 million jobs are dependent on Europe’s process industries, which range from chemicals, engineering, minerals and ore, non-ferrous metals, steel and water.

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Disrupting the solar energy status quo

2016.07.05

EU-funded research is inventing new materials and processes to make the manufacturing and use of solar cells more efficient and cost-effective. For decades, solar technology and applications have been dependent on dye-sensitised solar cells (DSSCs).

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