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What if we let consumer electricity prices fluctuate?

10-01-2019

Electricity production from renewable sources such as wind and solar energy is expanding rapidly in Europe and around the world. However, integrating these fluctuating sources into the grid is increasingly becoming a challenge for grid operators that need to match electricity supply with demand. Switching over to a new electricity market system where the demand would better adapt to the supply could be crucial for the success of the transition towards a low-carbon society.

Electricity production from renewable sources such as wind and solar energy is expanding rapidly in Europe and around the world. However, integrating these fluctuating sources into the grid is increasingly becoming a challenge for grid operators that need to match electricity supply with demand. Switching over to a new electricity market system where the demand would better adapt to the supply could be crucial for the success of the transition towards a low-carbon society.

What if we were to travel on levitating trains?

12-04-2018

Magnetic levitation-based transport might be about to enter our lives, providing for faster, safer and more energy-efficient journeys. As it will enable longer distances to be covered more rapidly and cleanly, could it affect where we choose to live?

Magnetic levitation-based transport might be about to enter our lives, providing for faster, safer and more energy-efficient journeys. As it will enable longer distances to be covered more rapidly and cleanly, could it affect where we choose to live?

What if all our meat were grown in a lab?

17-01-2018

Laboratory meat is grown from a small number of cells taken from a live animal and placed in a growth medium in a bioreactor where they proliferate independently. If meat cultured in this way became widely available, it could significantly alleviate the environmental problems currently caused by livestock production - such as greenhouse gas emissions and nitrogen pollution of waterways - without requiring humans to alter their consumption patterns. This publication provides an overview of the potential ...

Laboratory meat is grown from a small number of cells taken from a live animal and placed in a growth medium in a bioreactor where they proliferate independently. If meat cultured in this way became widely available, it could significantly alleviate the environmental problems currently caused by livestock production - such as greenhouse gas emissions and nitrogen pollution of waterways - without requiring humans to alter their consumption patterns. This publication provides an overview of the potential impacts of laboratory meat on environment, public health and farming, and makes suggestions for anticipatory policy-making in this area.

Diez tecnologías más que podrían cambiarnos la vida

14-07-2017

En 2015, la Dirección General de Servicios de Estudios Parlamentarios (DG EPRS) del Parlamento Europeo abrió nuevos horizontes con su publicación Diez tecnologías que podrían cambiarnos la vida: impactos potenciales e implicaciones políticas, en la cual cada capítulo destacaba una tecnología concreta, junto con sus promesas y sus posibles consecuencias negativas, así como el papel que el Parlamento Europeo podría y debería desempeñar en la configuración de estos avances. Este nuevo estudio prosigue ...

En 2015, la Dirección General de Servicios de Estudios Parlamentarios (DG EPRS) del Parlamento Europeo abrió nuevos horizontes con su publicación Diez tecnologías que podrían cambiarnos la vida: impactos potenciales e implicaciones políticas, en la cual cada capítulo destacaba una tecnología concreta, junto con sus promesas y sus posibles consecuencias negativas, así como el papel que el Parlamento Europeo podría y debería desempeñar en la configuración de estos avances. Este nuevo estudio prosigue esta labor, presentando diez tecnologías adicionales que exigirán cada vez más atención por parte de los responsables políticos. Los temas del presente el estudio se eligieron con el fin de reflejar la gran variedad de temas en los que el Panel de Evaluación de las Opciones Científicas y Tecnológicas (STOA) del Parlamento ha decidido centrarse durante la octava legislatura parlamentaria (2014-2019). El objetivo de esta publicación no consiste simplemente en llamar la atención sobre estas diez tecnologías concretas, sino también en fomentar la reflexión acerca de otros desarrollos tecnológicos que, pese a encontrase aún en una fase temprana, podrían de igual modo tener un impacto enorme en nuestras vidas a corto o largo plazo.

What if your personal health tracker could save your life?

09-06-2017

Through advances in technology, big data has become a major asset and can open up numerous opportunities in all areas, but how can we use this in the context of health care and ensure it benefits everyone?

Through advances in technology, big data has become a major asset and can open up numerous opportunities in all areas, but how can we use this in the context of health care and ensure it benefits everyone?

What if we were to build skyscrapers from wood?

03-04-2017

Can new technologies contribute to a revival of wood as a source for biomass and construction material, and play a leading role in the fight against climate change? Wood has been part of human civilisation for many thousands of years, playing a key role as fuel or construction material, as well as a material for the manufacture of furniture, machinery, means of transport and everyday objects.

Can new technologies contribute to a revival of wood as a source for biomass and construction material, and play a leading role in the fight against climate change? Wood has been part of human civilisation for many thousands of years, playing a key role as fuel or construction material, as well as a material for the manufacture of furniture, machinery, means of transport and everyday objects.

What if electric cars became an affordable and convenient way to travel?

07-12-2016

Are electric cars on the verge of becoming the norm, should we encourage this transition, and what would be the consequences for the environment, the automobile industry and our electricity grid? Over the past century, cars have become an integral part of our society. They generally offer greater flexibility than alternative modes of transport, and they are affordable to a large proportion of people. Ever since cars were first mass-produced, they have almost exclusively been powered by ICEs (internal ...

Are electric cars on the verge of becoming the norm, should we encourage this transition, and what would be the consequences for the environment, the automobile industry and our electricity grid? Over the past century, cars have become an integral part of our society. They generally offer greater flexibility than alternative modes of transport, and they are affordable to a large proportion of people. Ever since cars were first mass-produced, they have almost exclusively been powered by ICEs (internal combustion engines), which burn fossil fuels, such as petrol and diesel, to provide the energy required to turn the cars’ wheels and perform auxiliary tasks. However, in recent years concerns about climate change and dependence on oil have led to a great deal of effort and attention being invested in developing alternative ways of providing this energy.

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