Energy & Environment Engineering
Radical new thinking on the way we generate, store and use energy. Devices collecting solar energy by mimicking photosynthesis, batteries which last longer. The future’s more than just solar, wind and hydro power, as Europe does its bit to protect the planet
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Stories in Energy & Environment
Deconstructing the energy crisis using Minecraft-like structures
Can a magnetic nano-catalyst change the way we look at fuel cells?
FET People: Martina Szopek and Vaios Papaspyros on the use of AI to protect species
"We are trying to combine biology and AI to benefit humankind"
Research projects in this field
The goal of the subCULTron project is the development of three types of robots, to be distributed in the Venice lagoon. Besides monitoring the water, the robots will learn how to cooperate with each other and how to react to the environment. This is expected to lead to significant improvements in the field of artificial intelligence.
The DIACAT project aims at using man-made diamonds and light to enable conversion of CO2 into useful chemicals and futuristic fuels. This technology would be able to reduce greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and allow scientists to recycle the carbon dioxide produced by the combustion of current fuels.
The ASSISIbf projects aims to apply artificial intelligence to the study of animal behaviour. This is done by developing small robotic animals which integrate in societies of bees and fishes. The ultimate goal is to find new ways to protect endangered species and the environment.
The project HELENIC-REF aims to establish a new and sustainable methodology for creating fuel cells fit for mass production. They will do so by synthesizing, simulating and characterizing the different possible nanopowders that can be used to create the thick catalytic films normally used in fuel cells. Afterwards, they will look at the feasibility of scaling them up through a pilot plant study.