Energy
Trump slays science budget
Whopping cuts unveiled in budget proposal undermine United States’ leadership in science and technology
US companies call for UK to maintain freedom of movement
They invested £487B in the UK in 2015. Now US multinationals are prepared to relocate operations and staff to stay within the single market. The message to the UK government is clear: a hard Brexit will jeopardise investment
How competitive is your region? Find out in the 2016 Regional Competitiveness Index
The third edition of the Regional Competitiveness Index compares 263 EU regions, providing useful insights for boosting economic and innovation performance.
Science loses an exuberant storyteller
Hans Rosling excelled at presenting fun, accessible data and busting myths on the perceived gap between the industrialised and developing worlds
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The Renewable Power Dilemma: Making electricity grids fit for wind and solar power
Europe is determined to lead the world in the shift to green energy. A key policy goal in the European Commission’s 2050 Energy Roadmap is an electricity system based nearly entirely on renewable energy sources.
Gas: Too much of a good thing?
Over the past five years, the US shale gas boom has brought about dramatic changes in the North American energy landscape, prompting economic and environmental debate in Europe and other parts of the world.
New ideas for managing scarce resources and energy
Report of a high-level academic policy debate resource innovation, containing key ideas and recommendations on how to manage scarce resources and energy in Europe.
Getting carbon capture and storage technologies to market
The capture and storage of industrial carbon dioxide can help Europe create a low-carbon economy by 2050, but a radical overhaul of Europe's strategy is necessary say Science|Business symposium participants.
How to plan Europe's energy future
At the third in a series of high-level academic policy debates on the energy R&D challenge, The Energy Difference, key ideas and recommendations have emerged on how to plan a sustainable and cost-effective energy future for Europe.
Biofuels: The Next Generation
At the second in a series of three high-level academic policy debates on the energy R&D challenge, The Energy Difference, key ideas and recommendations have emerged to accelerate the deployment of sustainable biofuels.
12 Steps to getting more effective, more efficient energy R&D policy
This Science|Business report summarizes the first in a series of three high-level academic policy debates, focused on the energy R&D challenge. Twelve key ideas and recommendations emerged to better leverage Europe's research potential and speed the development of new energy technologies.
‘Know-Nothing’ Trump cuts science funding – and opens a door for Europe
Budget cuts proposed in Washington ignore what we know about the value of science. To support science everywhere, join us April 22 on the streets, at Science March Brussels
Alaska is a case study on the perils of ignoring global warming
Climate change is happening, as Alaska vividly demonstrates. Now is time to prepare, says US ecologist Richard Boone, offering the Netherlands as one role model
Horizon 2020 is a success and the evidence is there to prove it
Greg Arrowsmith of the Association of European Renewable Energy Research Centres, responds to clean tech entrepreneur Michael Liebreich’s contention that Horizon 2020 is having little impact. You need to look in the right places, he says

Mississippi gives Research Commissioner the blues

It is one thing to be bested by the mighty US clusters of Silicon Valley or Cambridge, but seeing a major technology investment go to the rural state of Mississippi is hard to swallow

Renewable power in Europe – Why we need a better approach

Institutional issues and a lack of system thinking are hampering progress toward resolving Europe’s renewable energy dilemma, says Mark O’Malley, professor of electrical engineering at University College Dublin. More comprehensive and objective analysis would help.

Integrating Renewables: The Flexibility Challenge

The successful integration of renewables could cut Europe’s energy bill by as much as €50 billion annually, says Goran Strbac, professor of electrical energy systems at Imperial College London. First, however, the market must start rewarding investment in flexible power generation, demand-side response and energy storage.

Surge in smart grid projects in Europe

EU’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) counts 459 smart grid initiatives in its yearly stock-taking report

European energy utilities increase spending on R&D

Despite a challenging market environment, the 16 European energy utilities analyzed in the ESMT Innovation Index increased their aggregate R&D budget by 3 per cent between 2010 and 2012.

Any country can reach high shares of wind, solar power cost-effectively, IEA study shows

Transformation of power systems is necessary to guarantee flexibility over long term, but this will be more difficult in some markets than in others

Biomass industry needs to prepare for water constraints

"The debates surrounding the sustainability of bioenergy will only grow louder as big urban areas start running out of water."

New research blows away claims that ageing wind farms are a bad investment

Wind turbines can remain productive for up to 25 years, making wind farms a good long-term choice for energy investors, according to new research.

How to tap the sun’s energy through heat as well as light

New approach developed at MIT could generate power from sunlight efficiently and on demand.

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InnoEnergy appoints new education director
Frank Gielen appointed to boost digital learning and links in sustainable energy
Licensing Opportunity: Novel architecture for high-power mode-locked thin-disk lasers avoiding present energy limitations
ETH researchers propose a novel laser design can be used in precision laser machining as well as academic tabletop experiments.
Aalto researcher: the proximity of manufacturing increases the rate of R&D efficiencies
The centralised operations model keeps most of the product’s added value in Finland. Usually, the price is the decisive factor when it comes to standard products.
KTH climbs overall in QS engineering and tech rankings
KTH continues to rise in the global subject ranking of engineering and technology.
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