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research*eu RESULTS PACK - All aboard for better marine stewardship through research and innovation

2017.11.21

The latest research*eu RESULTS PACK– a collection of articles on EU-funded projects dedicated to a specific field of scientific research – is now available in free, accessible PDF. This brochure provides a detailed snapshot at the EU’s wide array of research interests with regards to the Earth’s marine environments.

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Trending Science: 2016 atmospheric carbon dioxide surges to levels not seen in 800 000 years

2017.11.09

According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) the level of CO2 recorded in earth’s atmosphere in 2016 was up 50 % on that of last ten-year average. Research stations located in 51 countries returned measurements of concentrations of carbon dioxide and other ‘warming gases’ such as methane and nitrous oxide, showing a dramatic rise.

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Photovoltaic panels – improving methods of measuring electron transfer

2017.09.06

Current methods of measuring electron transfer in photovoltaic panels are ambiguous, but new research supported with EU funding is helping to distinguish between the response of the substrate and that of the sensitiser.

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Getting CCL technology ready for use at coal power plants

2017.08.22

Among second generation carbon capture technologies stands ‘Calcium carbonate looping’ (CCL). But even though it is considered less toxic than alternatives and proved to yield low efficiency penalties, the method is still far from being market-ready. SCARLET-enabled breakthroughs are expected to give it a push.

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Chemical looping combustion for CO2-neutral gas facilities

2017.08.22

A novel gas combustion method removing the need for expensive gas separation has been successfully scaled-up. The novel method has gas-to-steam efficiency penalties much lower than alternative CO2 capture technologies, as well as a CO2 avoidance cost reduced by 60 % compared to amine scrubbing. The consortium is already looking to extend it to biomass combustion.

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Web-based tool helps site operators choose the safest CO2 storage option

2017.08.02

Before they can be licensed by public authorities and welcomed by the public, CO2 storage plans first need to be perceived as safe and reliable. A key concern in this regard is the prevention of CO2 leakage. Numerous options and strategies exist, but it’s not always easy to identify the most suitable one.

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Foot on the accelerator for drive to reduce public transport emissions

2017.07.22

The joint procurement activity is part of the JIVE (Joint Initiative for hydrogen Vehicles across Europe) project, an EU-funded project aiming to deploy 139 new zero emission fuel cell buses across nine cities, the first deployment of this scale in Europe. Despite being only a few months old, the placing of 63 new buses means that the project’s aim of more than doubling the number of zero emissions buses operating in Europe is well underway. 

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Warning that a three degree rise in temperature will ‘cancel out’ European emission reduction efforts

2017.07.10

As a debilitating heatwave, nicknamed ‘Lucifer’ by the press, currently engulfs southern Europe, a new study part-supported by two EU-funded projects has warned that a rise in global temperatures of three degrees would reverse Europe’s dedicated efforts to reduce ozone pollution.

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