A short update on EU research

A short update on EU research

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Bioeconomy Observatory started
A JRC coordinated Bioeconomy Observatory will monitor progress of the sustainable conversion of biological material and waste – from agriculture, forestry and livestock farming – into raw material and industrial products, including energy. Operational as of March 2013, it will follow the evolution of markets and map regional, national and EU policies, research and innovation capacities, as well as the scale of related public and private investments.
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JRC report on biofuels
The increased demand from 10% biofuels in year 2020 would lead to an increased generation of co-products, replacing conventional fodder for animal feed. Considering the co-products, the land used for bioenergy would range between 8.8 Mha and 15.0 Mha in 2020 in the various scenarios. This represent between 7.9% and 13.3% of the total arable land used in the EU.
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Stories from the biobased economy
A collection of short films tell the story of how biobased innovation is contributing to a more sustainable, competitive and prosperous Europe. They show how the sector is successfully tackling food and energy security, climate change and resource efficiency, whilst creating jobs, regenerating industries and reviving rural communities.
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Chalmers research break-through
Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have developed an integrated motor drive and battery charger that shortens the charging time for electric vehicles from eight to two hours, cutting the typical cost of charging from $2000 to ”close to zero, ideally”, said Saeid Haghbin, a postdoctoral research fellow at Chalmers. “If we manage to solve the main problems with the battery and the battery chargers, I think the electric vehicles will succeed.”
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