EcoFan Air Filter, Taiwan

For past few years, air pollutant has been a big challenge for urban cities due to its direct effect on both human health and the environment. A novel device called EcoFan Air Filter is proposed to help diminish such a deadly crisis.


The BRAHMATWINN project has helped to fine-tune the Integrated Land Management System (ILMS) toolset that provides a software platform for implementing the EU recommended DPSIR methodology used for Integrated Land Water Resource Management (ILWRM). The combination of the methodology and the toolset allows data analysing and assessing the impact of Land Use and Climate changes on a river basin what ultimately provides the means for better managing and strategic planning of land use and water resources.



In recent years, awareness of the potential for environmental impacts on human health has increased considerably, as large, multi-causal, multi-sectoral and multi-scale issues such as climate change have emerged. This has complicated assessment of sustainable living achievement.


The “European Eel Investigation and Assessment of their Decline” project (or EELIAD), funded under the seventh framework programme (FP7) which is a grant funding programme, provides scientific knowledge to allow the recovery of European eel populations. The initiative is characterised by scientific collaboration and the deployment of networking activities to establish a network of excellence throughout Europe. It aims to increase the understanding of the behaviour, biology and ecology of eels, particularly by bringing together numerous external (i.e. environmental) and internal (i.e. biological) factors that may influence their migration. To reach this goal, large-scale monitoring and sensing technologies, such as automatized and remote sensing devices supported by numerical models, are being used.


The Arctic has characteristic conditions for analyzing climate change and pollution effects. The area is relatively clean, but it receives long-range transported contaminants from long distances, primarily in the northern hemisphere. Furthermore, low temperatures alter common pollutant transportation mechanisms; for example, air pollutants can be deposited on ice through snow and retained for years until melting. The Arctic also has unique food chains; many species gather fat reserves for energy storage and insulation where pollutants are accumulated. The singular diet of autochthonous populations is based in these species and, as a consequence, Arctic populations suffer an inimitable situation: they live in relatively clean environments, but are strongly exposed to pollutants impact. 


In recent years, the quantity of Solid Waste collecting has increased significantly in the EU and other industrialized countries. The problem of managing waste strongly affects not only the environment protection but also resource savings. The storing of waste tyres represents a problem within the waste management strategy of the European Community: the world production amounts to 7 million tons (according to the European Tyre Recycling Association, Report 2008), of which 3 million are generated in Europe which corresponds to 2% of the total solid waste production. Even today the final destination of nearly 23% of such an amount is the landfill, with the consequent loss of high added value materials and the adverse environmental impact.


“Sustainability Impact Assessment: Tools for Environmental, Social Multifunctional Land Use in European Regions” (SENSOR) has tackled a problem of international relevance and importance: how to predict and evaluate the consequences of policy changes that will affect a range of land use sectors. The major challenges related to
sustainable living achievement have been addressed in the framework of the project. The related requirements have been fulfilled by developing a new software tool and a strategic planning activity that bring together scientific and conceptual issues as well as data analysing, managing and modelling approaches.


The Building Energy Watcher, BEYWATCH project, developed a multidisciplinary solution to improve the overall energy efficiency of the electric value chain from the utility company to the households. The solution implies reducing energy consumption at home, managing energy demand, balancing demand and production, diversifying local energy sources, and providing economic incentives to the main actors.


Towards Integral BUilding CONnectivity, TIBUCON project, aims at eco-designing a sensing network and a software tool responsible for managing Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems in order to improve buildings energy efficiency, environmental impact and comfort.

SoilCAM - Polares

The SoilCAM (Soil Contamination: Advanced integrated characterization and time-lapse Monitoring) project is a four-year initiative funded by the Seventh Framework Programme, FP7, a grant funding programme, and will end during 2012. It aims to develop integrated strategies to detect temporal and spatial change of chemical and physical properties of the subsoil that can be related to sustainable environmental recovery of polluted sites.


Fire Detection and Management through a Multi-Sensor Network for the Protection of Cultural Heritage Areas from the Risk of Fire and Extreme Weather Conditions, FIRESENSE project, aims to develop an automatized and remote sensing system to monitor areas of archaeological and cultural interest and protect them from the risk of fire and extreme weather conditions.


Absorbing large amounts of atmospheric CO2, the oceans are large and important buffering zones in the Earth system. A correct quantification of the present uptake is not only vital to map the current patterns, but also to ensure relevant estimates of how large the future marine uptake of CO2 will be and how these patterns will change. The needs for relevant data have been noted by the European Commission, funding two subsequent projects on the subject of marine carbon uptake coordinated by the University of Bergen in Norway.


The Water and Global Change project (WATCH) has for the first time brought together the hydrological, water resources and climate research communities at an international level with the overall aim of uniting their expertise into a single study on the global water cycle and how it responds to the drivers of climate change.


The aim of NATAIR is to improve the accuracy of the data analysing and calculation methods from natural and biogenic emissions and to assess their impact on air pollutant concentration levels and deposition loads in Europe. The projects has developed datasets for modelling on concentration levels from anthropogenic (e.g. combustion processes) and natural (and biogenic) sources.


ESPREME project focuses on a data analysing approach for the primary heavy metals: mercury, cadmium, chrome, nickel, arsenic, and lead. The main objective of the research is to carry out cost-effectiveness (CEA) and cost-benefit analyses (CBA) for reducing the heavy metals occurrence in the EU Member States and candidate countries, also including a damage assessment of the environment and human health in the long term, and thresholds.  It is also important to identify which policies will result in the most cost-effective reduction of the occurrences of heavy metals in the environment;


Product and Process Design for Ambient Intelligent Supported Energy Efficient Manufacturing Installations, DEMI project, aims at eco-designing energy efficient manufacturing processes through the development of a generic methodology and
software tools.


INCONTEXT stands for Individuals in Context. This project aims to understand the role of transformative communities in addressing societal challenges.


The need to identify leakages in the water pipeline infrastructure is vital in the field of water cycle monitoring. Leakages in water pipes could imply a large loss of drinking water and is also a possible threat to our health; when water pressure in the damaged pipes drops, surrounding water is allowed to enter the pipes. Managing these leakages is therefore a high priority, especially since rehabilitation of damaged pipe systems can cut the costs with 30 to 70 % compared to replacing them.  However, rehabilitation must start with identifying the problem, which in this particular case means finding leakages and cracks in the water pipes.   As the traditional damage-reducing techniques and equipment for obtaining information of underground media has proven to be insufficient, a new technology for inspection and evaluation of water pipe conditions has been the aim for the project WATERPIPE.


Since the devastating Asian tsunami in the Indian Ocean in 2004, the interest in systematic studies of the Mediterranean tsunami situation and related damage-reducing techniques has been growing.  Tsunamis in the Mediterranean Sea are not as frequent as those in the Pacific or Indian Oceans, but have nevertheless historically caused severe damage and loss of lives. In the NEAREST project (Integrated observations from NEAR shore sourcES of Tsunamis: towards an early warning system), the complex situation of near-shore tsunamis has been thoroughly analysed by experts from ten scientific institutions and one company. The project was funded by the European Union Sixth Framework Programme (FP6), a grant funding programme, and coordinated by the Institute of Marine Sciences in Italy.


The “Digital Environment Home Energy Management System” (DEHEMS) is an energy management system helping private consumers reduce their energy use. This three-year energy efficiency project ended in 2011 and was supported by the EU under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), a grant funding programme.. The initiative was based on a network of 14 partners within local authorities, private business and universities in Austria, Romania, Belgium, Bulgaria and the United Kingdom

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