How to turn Europe’s large research infrastructures into engines of innovation
Europe has the opportunity to enhance its innovation capacity by strengthening cooperation between analytical research institutes and companies, providing industry with new ways to access expertise and powerful state of the art machines
CO2 emissions test is a clear step forward say EU science advisors
The Scientific Advice Mechanism team has delivered its first report, concluding a new way of assessing vehicle exhaust gases will reduce discrepancies between the lab and the road
EU urges start-ups to spin space data into apps
European Commission’s new space policy encourages companies to take commercial advantage of the huge earth image datasets generated by the Sentinel satellite fleet
Reactive Technologies claims world first in smart grids
UK company demonstrates nationwide transmission of data via the electricity grid. The technology will provide a new means of managing smart grids
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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.
The chaos of scientific advice: Why it’s so hard for politicians to ‘get’ science
Oxford mathematician Marcus du Sautoy tells Science|Busines how to get scientific evidence across to a broader public
EU must do more to boost private investment and deliver on green cities vision
The EU’s Green Capital programme aims to bring back nature and make our cities sustainable. But green projects cost money. The EU needs to articulate the vision and improve incentives to attract private investment
Innovate now to prepare our cities for the future
With resources and services stretched to their limits, future cities must be smarter. Cambridge professors Doug Crawford-Brown, Robert Mair and Koen Steemers describe the innovations in technology and governance needed to keep the megacity functional

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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EUA event: Universities in the Energy Transition
The UNI-SET consortium and the European University Association have opened the Call for Contributions for the 4th UNI-SET Energy Clustering Event, hosted by Imperial College London (UK) on 27 and 28 March 2017.
EUA launches roadmap for European universities in energy
The roadmap aims to mobilise European universities in energy
Aalto project on renewable energy storage receives sought-after funding from Horizon 2020
Aalto University’s share of the funding is about half a million euros.
University of Bologna solar-powered car wins Moroccan Solar Challenge Race 2016
Emilia 3, the solar car developed by the University of Bologna, won the MOROCCAN SOLAR CHALLENGE RACE 2016, which took place ...