Energy
Pressure increases for UK government not to split from Euratom
With a flimsy majority and some of its own MPs in favour of staying in Euratom, the UK government is talking of an “association agreement”. But ending European Court of Justice oversight remains as the red line
Lab exercise: How a Swiss spinout turned science into cash
Dectris builds its X-ray detector technology into a €30M market niche
Call for looser rules in Horizon 2020
Researchers tell MEPs that audit culture, reimbursement system, and evaluation criteria for eastern countries should be reformed
New project to map Europe’s scientific research infrastructures
A comprehensive database of 900 European research infrastructures will allow scientists to access resources, services and facilities of which they may previously have been unaware
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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.
European Innovation Council needs leading innovators and a sense of urgency
Former chair of the US House of Representatives science committee Bart Gordon shares lessons he learned from setting up the innovation funding body ARPA-E, to promote advanced energy projects
Call for scientists to oppose EU defence R&D money
Europe’s researchers should take a principled stand against the new military R&D programme. The EU was created to preserve peace; it will not be peaceful anymore, says Dave Webb, of the UK Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
Formula for a breakthrough: hard work and long-term stable funding
As the European Research Council turns 10, grantee Ben Feringa, winner of the 2016 Nobel Prize for Chemistry, gives Science|Business his recipe for success. The secret ingredient? Funding for the long haul in the lab

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.

Seafloor carpet catches waves to generate energy

New UC Berkeley research project unlocks the potential to gain energy from oceans.

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Innovate UK funding available for electric vehicle-to-grid technologies
Businesses can apply for a share of up to £20 million for innovative projects that support electric vehicles to work smartly with the grid
BSC and Mexico City to develop tools for the evaluation of policies against air pollution
The Secretary for Environment of the Government of Mexico City and the Director of the Barcelona Supercomputing Center are to sign an agreement to develop these technologies
Devices from Chalmers going to space
Schottky diodes fabricated at the Nanofabrication Laboratory at the Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience – MC2 – are becoming important components of the second generation weather satellite space project MetOp, scheduled for launch in 2019
Chalmers discovery paves the way for fusion power
Two young plasma physicists at Chalmers University of Technology have now taken us one step closer to a functional fusion reactor
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