Real-time water quality management plays a key role in the transition to a more ecologically sustainable society. An Ireland-based company unveiled a groundbreaking water quality analyser that provides accurate, real-time information about nitrate and nitrite levels in fresh and effluent water.
This year 2022 the fourth Navarre edition of Europa+Cerca takes place. The programme, promoted in Navarre by the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) represented by the University of Navarra and AIN, in collaboration with the Directorate General for Foreign Action and the Delegation of the Government of Navarra in Brussels, consists of face-to-face training and the organization of a trip to Brussels. The previous training will be on September 6th, and the trip to Brussels will be from September 13th to 15th, 2022. In this link you can access the registration form, which must be filled out beforeJune 30th.
Last week, European Member States formally notifyied the first Important Project of Common European Interest (IPCEI)to the Commission in the field of hydrogen. This is a much-awaited step in supporting transnational projects to address market failures in this strategic value chain. The pan-European and ambitious nature of the IPCEI is very promising. We are talking about 41 projects, in 15 Member States, investing in the development and manufacturing of electrolysers; of fuel cells; of technologies to power heavy-duty vehicles; or for the safe storage of hydrogen.
The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €8.4 billion Spanish and Portuguese measure aimed at reducing the wholesale electricity prices in the Iberian market (MIBEL) by lowering the input costs of fossil fuel-fired power stations.
The Moon’s surface offers potential for ‘extraterrestrial photosynthesis’ to make oxygen, hydrogen and other fuels. Soil samples gathered by China’s Chang’e-5 spacecraft in late 2020 have been tested as catalysts for water splitting and carbon dioxide conversion. The team analysed the lunar samples and found that iron-, magnesium- and titanium-rich compounds present in the rocks could catalyse a number of processes.
Biopolymers have a wide range of industrial applications, from textiles to cosmetics. Moreover, sulfur is a key component in current pulping processes. The EU supported CHBTECH project has developed a process based on pressurised hot water extraction (PHWE) and very few chemicals are used in the process.
The European Commission has approved an up to €10 billion Spanish scheme (“National Guarantee Scheme”) to support self-employed and companies across sectors in the context of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary Crisis Framework, adopted by the Commission on 23 March 2022.
Energy coming from renewable sources is essential for “cleaning” the EU’s energy system. At the same time, an increased share of renewables in the energy mix will also benefit citizens by creating new job opportunities across various sectors, steering dialogues between communities and presenting opportunities for more equal and inclusive standards in the energy sector.
Innovative exploration technologies developed by Horizon 2020 funded projects for finding metal ores and minerals are helping to transform Europe into a sustainable resource-efficient and competitive economy, while tackling environmental and climate- related challenges. This Results Pack highlights eight cutting-edge EU projects that are helping to bring about this transition.
The Commission has set up a new Task Force within its Directorate-General for Energy, to provide support to the EU Energy Platform and implement the REPowerEU goal of supply diversification. Following a mandate from the European Council in March 2022, the Commission and Member States have established the EU Energy Platform to coordinate measures to secure energy supplies for the EU, including through the voluntary common purchase of pipeline gas, LNG and hydrogen.
AIRCOAT has developed a new foil that creates a passive air layer for ship hulls that makes them more fuel efficient and environmentally friendly. The passive air lubrication technology coats the ship hull with a thin and permanent layer of air when it is submerged in water.
The Commission has launched a new call for proposals for key cross-border EU energy infrastructure projects under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) for Energy. Foreseen as part of today’s REPowerEU Plan, the call contributes to the EU aim of increasing the resilience of the EU-wide energy system in order to phase out our dependency on fossil fuels from Russia well before 2030.