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Waste water management in TSMC, Taiwan

Making good use of water resource is of paramount importance for any industry. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), the world leading wafer foundry, began to work on waste water recycling in 1995, and has developed a brand new waste water recycling system.  The rate of recycled waste water can now reach nearly 90%, which is an unmatched level. 

Green agricultural and island communities’ programme for Greece’s remote and island areas

The ‘Green agricultural and island communities – new development model’ programme (“ΡΑΣΙΝΕΣ ΑΓΡΟΤΙΚΕΣ ΚΑΙ ΝΗΣΙΩΤΙΚΕΣ "ΚΟΙΝΟΤΗΤΕΣ": ΝΕΟ ΠΡΟΤΥΠΟ ΑΝΑΠΤΥΞΗΣ”) provides support to municipalities. The €50 million programme promotes renewable energy systems and energy efficiency measures in Greek remote and island areas with fewer than 1000 inhabitants. The first call for applications was launched end of 2012, the projects are running between 2013-2015.

 

Lightweight cars reduce climate impact from traffic

The SÅNÄTT project aimed at establishing novel collaborations when designing new ways of manufacturing cars with reduced vehicle weight and carbon footprint. Cooperation between stakeholders in the automobile industry and academia contributed to new knowledge and methods for product development.

Light-weight construction elements to increase resource efficiency in the construction sector

With the new concept of eco-manufacturing light-weight, insulated concrete panels, SoLEED has introduced a more sustainable construction process and material for the building and construction sector. The product of SoLEED Insulated Concrete Panels (ICP) do not only reduce energy costs, but also produces less waste, creates a better residential environment and has a very long life-cycle.

DiGeSPO – micro Combined Heat and Power Innovative compact devices for residential and commercial buildings

DiGeSPO has developed a small thermodynamic solar system based on innovative concentrated solar power (CSP) and Stirling engine technologies. The resulting device aims at providing electrical power, heating and cooling for houses as well as residential and commercial buildings. Also, the system will be integrated in an architecturally acceptable manner and with low visual impact.

Eqosphere – a collaborative web platform battling against (food) waste

Eqosphere is a collaborative web platform in the French Ile-de-France region that aims to revalorise surplus products (e.g. food) and waste produced by supermarkets, factories, restaurants, public services and others, by creating links with stakeholders who then help use, reuse, redistribute or recycle products via charitable associations or the waste management industry. 

COOL-Coverings: a range of nanotech coatings to improve Near Infrared (NIR) reflective properties of buildings

The COOL-Coverings project addressed a range of insulation solutions based on nanotechnology coatings. These coatings aim at improving the Near Infrared (NIR) reflective properties of construction materials, thereby improving the energy efficiency in buildings. A set of new materials was developed to be implemented into several construction components. 

Reduce the energy consumption in Supermarket refrigeration systems

As the share of chilled foods on the European market increases, the Swedish company ENRAD has developed a new technique to reduce the energy consumption from supermarket refrigeration. The new system offers an opportunity for supermarkets to reduce their climate impact while lowering costs.

Wood Hybrid Building System up to 30 stories

Building and constructing in a sustainable way is becoming more vital given a growing global population and environmental challenges. The company Cree has developed a hybrid timber construction system for reducing resources, time and money when building new public buildings, offices, hotels, restaurants etc. This is achieved by building with wood and a modular construction.

24/7 heating and cooling from highly efficient solar collectors

Climatewell offers high efficiency solar energy solutions that also address the problem of the solar energy’s intermittency.

Energy efficient skyscraper as an element of sustainable urban development

Called the world’s most energy efficient skyscraper at the time of its preparation, the Pearl City Tower has taken the novel approach of producing electricity for its own use from renewable energy sources. Many other characteristics of the building help to lower its energy consumption.

NanoPCM: High performance, low cost, nano-insulation foam with improved LCA

A high performance insulating foam has been developed for building applications by the NanoPCM project. The innovation lies in the encapsulation of Phase Change Materials (PCM) within a polymer matrix with addition of nano materials, the encapsulation being carried out via a zero-waste spray-drying process.

Installation of heat pumps to recover waste-heat from the City Hall servers and reuse it for space heating and domestic hot water needs

The Danish municipality, Hedensted previously emitted  all excess heat produced via ventilators. Cronborg, a heat pumps company, convinced the municipality that green heat pump technology not only can save the city on its annual heating bill but also can significantly relieve the environment of green-house-gas emissions.

TyGRE

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.

EUCAARI

Aerosols are minute particles suspended in the atmosphere which have a strong influence on air quality, since they scatter and absorb solar radiation, changing the Earth radiation balance and consequently global temperature patterns. Additionally, as they act as cloud condensation nuclei, they are also influencing precipitation trends.

SLAG-REC

The SLAG-REC project aims to develop an innovative device for recovering electric arc furnace (EAF) slag, a waste generated by Steel Shops, transforming this by-product in a valuable material for road construction and other applications.

Ozone-AOP (Xyleminc)

AQUAFIT4USE is a large-scale project funded under the 7th Framework Programme
(FP7), a grant funding programme of the European Commission which aims to make industries more independent of the supply of water for their production processes. The initiative aims to develop new technologies, tools and methods as well as to apply new combinations of existing technologies for sustainable water supply, use and discharge in the main water consuming industries: in other words “water fit-for-(re)use”. These new techniques encompass innovative technologies or applied technologies dealing with water looping in the four following industries: paper, food, chemistry and textile.

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In 2010, 10.4 million tonnes of plastic waste were put on landfills in EU member states, but there were only a few damage-reducing techniques available to decrease this quantity. Recycling of plastics is one way of altering the material flow and an important element in municipal solid waste treatment, also applicable to waste from industry, craftsmen or commercial actors. After collecting and sorting the plastic waste, separating and recycling the different types of plastic will typically result in the production of new plastic products. 

DENUTRITOR

DENUTRITOR is a bio filtrating device which reduces biofouling in water systems by removing compounds that cause the growth of microbial populations. This biofilter has been developed within the AQUAFIT4USE  large-scale project. This pan-European initiative, funded under the 7th Framework Programme (FP7), a grant funding programme, aims to make industries more independent of the supply of water for their production processes. New technologies, tools and methods for sustainable water supply, use and discharge in the main water consuming industries, i.e. “water fit-for-(re)use”, have been developed.

INTUBE

The Intelligent Use of Buildings’ Energy Information (IntUBE) aims to develop a tool capable of measuring and analysing building energy profiles based on user comfort needs. The software tools developed within this project support good building performance and efficient local energy networks which use natural resources in an optimal way.