Transportation is one of the largest generators of greenhouse gas emissions. Advanced liquid biofuels could play a significant role in achieving the goals of the European Green Deal, particularly a 90 % reduction in transport emissions and climate neutrality by 2050. The EU-funded HyFlexFuel project brought together 11 European partners with expertise throughout the biofuel production chain. The team successfully turned a wide variety of low cost, abundant and sustainable feedstock into advanced biofuels.
With the aim of enabling the participation of small energy consumers in explicit and implicit demand response (DR) programmes, the DRIMPAC team, an EU funded project, has developed a solution: a unified DR interoperability framework that enhances building management intelligence. The framework enables closer ties amongst the three main stakeholders of the electricity market.
Energy-intensive industries are seeking novel cleantech solutions to achieve ambitious sustainability goals. Electrolysis has a key role to play. The green hydrogen produced from electrolysis shows promise in replacing fossil fuels and lowering CO2 emissions. Thanks to the EU-funded MultiPLHY project, we are one step closer to making this a reality.
Specialty chemical company Clariant has produced the first commercial cellulosic ethanol at its plant in Podari, Romania, with financial support from the EU-funded SUNLIQUID and LIGNOFLAG projects. The flagship plant will be processing locally sourced agricultural residues to produce around 50 000 t of cellulosic ethanol each year with the help of its sunliquid technology.
With the support of the Commission, EU associations, companies, organisations, trade unions, universities, training providers and national federations set up a new partnership for skills in the digital ecosystem. This new partnership will enable the upskilling and reskilling of workers and attract more people to the digital industry. The partnership will help people and businesses acquire necessary digital skills, which will contribute to the objectives of the digital and green transitions of Europe's economy.
People with a compromised immune system often suffer from chronic, non-healing wounds, making them particularly susceptible to infection. To better protect these patients, the EU-funded MIMESIS project is working to create a biomaterial-based wound dressing that draws its inspiration from plant polyesters and is thus able to mimic the skin’s antimicrobial and regeneration properties.
Renewable power sources are weather-dependent, making them inherently volatile. The EU-funded project, FuturePowerFlow, has developed a new piece of software that can predict energy flow 48 hours ahead, letting grid operators manage their systems more efficiently.
The Coordination and Support Action (CSA) SUNRISE is a scientific and technological project ambitious in its goal to exploit solar energy and atmospheric gases such as CO2, water and nitrogen to provide a sustainable alternative to the fossil-based, energy-intensive fuels and compound chemical synthesis process. The CSA aims at providing a Science and Technology roadmap to bring in 10 years renewable fuel production to technology readiness level 9 (TRL 9) at a cost of 0.4 €/L and atmospheric CO2 photoconversion at TRL 7.
In October 2020 PROSEU was presented, a project that empowered ordinary citizens to play a key role in Europe’s transition to clean energy. Did it succeed in helping European prosumers – people who produce and consume their own renewable energy – become main actors in this transition? The answer is that, with many of the communities the project worked with, there was a real-life impact.
The EU-funded S3FOOD project is championing digital innovation in Europe’s food processing industry. Its smart digital tools are helping food SMEs reduce their energy consumption while maintaining their productivity. According to a news item posted on the project website, this could lead to energy savings of up to 40 %.
There is a strong need to transition to a carbon-neutral economy in Europe to reduce pollution, address the increasing resources constraint and support economic growth. The aim of the EU-funded SYSTEMIC project was to select the most promising technologies and demonstrate how they can be implemented for the valorisation of biowaste into green energy and products at large scale.
In October 2020, the Results Pack Social Sciences and Humanities in Energy Research featured SMARTEES, a project that explored the concept of social energy innovations and how they evolve over time. The project has helped shed new light on how social innovations develop and their effects on local populations, including vulnerable groups.