Horizon 2020’s InnovFin-EU finance for innovators initiative, which is run by the European Investment Bank (EIB), has invested in the French electronics company Archos and its work on the Internet of Things. An EU-backed loan will enable Archos to deploy new tools to help connected objects function more efficiently.
A fashion collection made from the remains of grapes from the wine industry and plastic made from chicken feathers are two new twists on the practice of making new products from waste, and a growing demand for sustainability from consumers mean there could be a ready market for this type of innovation.
An EU initiative will deploy hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles in three European capitals as taxis, private-hire and police cars. The move will accelerate their commercialisation and help realise emissions-free transport.
Digital technologies such as artificial intelligence and robotics, ‘desperately’ need an institutional framework and system of values to help regulate the industry, an ethics expert has told leading scientists and policymakers.
Scientists developed a tandem cell pairing two materials to convert sunlight into electricity. Their technique could help increase the amount of energy generated at a reasonable cost.
Using nanotechnology, researchers create new aeroplane coatings that repel water and stop ice from forming.
Abnormal heart rhythm is a major cause of cardiovascular disease and death in Europe. An EU-supported programme has made several advances in wearable technology to more comfortably monitor the heart over longer periods, in the hope of saving lives and cutting treatment costs.
A loan supported by the InnovFin-EU finance for innovators initiative under the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme and extended by the European Investment Bank (EIB) is enabling German firm Heliatek to boost production of an organic solar energy-generating film that can be used on office blocks.
A new way to farm indoors using different wavelengths of light could boost the taste of fruits, salads and herbs, while also increasing food supply and nutritional value.
Unravelling one of the most elaborate forms of non-human communication – the honeybee’s waggle dance – could help researchers better understand insect brains and make farming more environmentally friendly.
At the request of Vytenis Andriukaitis, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, the scientific advisors examined the question: “Could the current EU dual system for approval and authorisation of plant protection products be rendered more effective, efficient and transparent, and if so, how could this be achieved?”
Cooperative marine research projects between the countries surrounding the Black Sea could reveal cultural heritage sites and unknown resources such as frozen methane, as well as enhance economic growth, bolster tourism and strengthen political bonds, according to Dr Adrian Stanica. He is Director-General of the Romanian National Institute of Marine Geology and Geoecology (GeoEcoMar) and one of the experts tasked with identifying the research gaps and opportunities in the Black Sea region.
Huge volumes of waste building materials that are discarded every year could be recycled into new products such as gas masks and sports equipment following research being conducted by scientists and recycling firms.
The pioneering solar flight foundation Solar Impulse has launched an ‘Efficient Solution’ label for clean energy start-ups and innovations that can demonstrate their profitability, in a bid to boost investment in the sector.