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http://www.euronews.com/ More than three million people across the EU now work in eco-industries, producing nature-friendly goods and services.

It is an increasingly competitive sector, buoyed by constant innovation.

Let’s see how scientists and manufacturers are joining forces to support this industrial evolution.

Like in every big city, the air in London is increasingly polluted because of car fumes.

One solution is to try am make all taxis emission-free by 2020.

A small fleet of hydrogen-powered taxis is being tested as part of this European project.

These black cabs running on fuel cells rather than combustion engines are much cleaner and quieter.

“This vehicle drives entirely differently to anything I’ve driven before,” says taxi driver Phil Davis.

“It’s much smoother, quieter, and it’s a pleasure to drive. It’s responsive, everything on it is electronic, which means less work for me to do. After getting out, after a few hours, it’s like I’ve not been to work at all,” he says.

A tank-full of hydrogen gives the taxi up to 400 kilometres autonomy.

The tests should give researchers a better idea of how to make the vehicles lighter and more efficient.

“There’s an enormous amount that we learn: the vehicle integration – how the different components talk to each other within the power chain; and how the vehicles operate: different taxi drivers, different driving style, different performance characteristics, and importantly, how they interface with hydrogen for refuelling,” says Dennis Hayter, of Intelligent Energy, a London-based clean power systems company.

Today, converting a car to hydrogen fuel increases its price five-fold – making it completely unaffordable.

But at the current rate of research, it’s hoped this technology can become more competitive in the next few years.

“There are standards that will still need to be put in place for hydrogen vehicles, but part of projects like this helps to address those issues. As we move towards commercialisation of these vehicles in 2015, the required regulations will be addressed and in place,” says Diana Raine, project coordinator for the HyTEC (Hydrogen Transport for European Cities) project.

With a growing demand for clean fuels, governments and scientists need to get together to develop more efficient vehicles and better infrastructure.

The European Commissions’ in-house science service, the Joint Research Centre, based in northern Italy, works with a wide range of eco-industries.

In the JRC’s vehicle emissions laboratory, tests are being carried out on new equipment that reduces harmful engine exhausts.

“We look into different options, we assess these technologies, and then we share our conclusions with the car-making industry, setting the new standard of the future for these cars,” says Alois Krasenbrink, Head of the JRC’s Sustainable Transport Unit.

But is hydrogen a cleaner alternative if it relies on fossil fuels for its production?

Are electric cars running on batteries made of imported, rare earth compounds sustainable?

Scientists are looking not only at the final product but at its carbon footprint.

“It is certainly true that on a local level, on an urban level, electric and hydrogen fuelled vehicles are cleaner,” says Laura Lonza, scientific officer in vehicle and fuel innovation at the JRC.

“But it’s important to carry out research on the full energy footprint, not just on what happens inside the car,” she adds.

Laboratory analyses of combusting engine emissions can differ from real-life situations.

This new mobile device, developed at the Joint Research Center, fits in a car trunk and works while the vehicle is on the road.

“The device is connected to the exhaust pipe. The exhausts go to the fume meter. This allows us to measure directly the fume exhaust flow, and to extract a part of this flow which is then analysed,” says Alois Krasenbrink.

Mobile tools like this are able to provide much more accurate measurements.

For example, these tests show that in certain real-life conditions, cars produce two to four times more emissions than in a lab.

Let’s now head to Germany for a look at another eco-industry undergoing major change: renewable electricity.

We visit a former military airbase near Brandenburg that has just been transformed into Europe’s largest photovoltaic plant.

It produces enough energy for a medium-sized city, massively reducing CO2 emissions in this area.

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  1. @shantahsieh2877

    March 27, 2024 at 10:12 am

    With Avasva plans doing something like that was easy.

  2. @Powercatsquirrel

    March 27, 2024 at 10:12 am

    What can you tell me about restoration recovery time projections of green energy facilities?

  3. @Powercatsquirrel

    March 27, 2024 at 10:12 am

    What can you tell me about restoration recovery time projections of green energy facilities?

  4. @hotpapayasalad

    March 27, 2024 at 10:12 am

    and yet here in american we're drunk on oil. when its too late, that's when we realize we took coal and oil for granted. true story.

  5. @techpro1942

    March 27, 2024 at 10:12 am

    Eco energy has come a long way

  6. @jenniferfavor2377

    March 27, 2024 at 10:12 am

    Green energy kits like from SOLAREKIT,COM offer handy power and renewable savings

  7. @xOnixKiller33x

    March 27, 2024 at 10:12 am

    Nikola Tesla enough said

  8. @janebusby

    March 27, 2024 at 10:12 am

    WAKE UP! North Sea oil production has been in decline since the turn of the century. Unlike Saudi Arabia, Britain is NOT a country that's rich in fossil fuels and Nuclear energy is the most expensive energy, period.

    Ignore theories of climate change if you like ..What do you think will happen to our energy bills as we increasingly import finite fuels from further afield??

    Renewables are about independence & a lower rate of consumption.

  9. @gorekill303

    March 27, 2024 at 10:12 am

    check out my blog about alternative energy on Blogster /IrvingMartinez

  10. @baghadanleris2894

    March 27, 2024 at 10:12 am

    EAWC TECHNOLOGIES Solutions

    EAWC Technologies was created to respond to the growing need in drinking water and proposes a water purification solution utilizing solar, photovoltaic energy and, when applicable, a mini-windmill or an alternate source of renewable energy. From the sea, lake, river or stagnant, water is passed through several stages of purification and treatment until it is rendered drinkable as per World Health Organization standards.ABOUTSOLARCELLS.COMXA.COM

  11. @LeoTruthSeeker

    March 27, 2024 at 10:12 am

    It is time to get serious about green energies, and stop burning oil which is the ultimate construction material and vey limited (not to mention the pollution…).
    We have some unlimited sources of energy, starting with the sun.
    All we need is a way to exploit it.
    It is one of the goals of The Truth Contest.
    Use google to find this great website, then click on the "Insights" link on the right side (bottom) and once you get there open the Green Energy & Tech insight and read what it says.

  12. @darknight11ish

    March 27, 2024 at 10:12 am

    You like oil spills? the one that upset the natrual balance in the gulf of Mexica killing millions of wildlife and upsetting the fishing economy costing billions

  13. @darknight11ish

    March 27, 2024 at 10:12 am

    yes you are stupid and ignoant. No its actually carbon, the main component of all living things. sure CO2 is need by plants but in excess, which it is by A LOT. It contributes to ocean acidificaton leading to the destruction of oceans, specifically damaging coral reefs which sustains the oceans. Excess CO2 means more heat (scientifically proven) from global warming. Sure CO2 is important, but we humans have upset the natural balanace.

  14. @darknight11ish

    March 27, 2024 at 10:12 am

    i know right lol, i do all i can to help climate change (walking more, planting trees) its the only difference we can make but its not doing jack…

  15. @darknight11ish

    March 27, 2024 at 10:12 am

    in the same sense oil spills are too…

  16. @TheBladerofMC

    March 27, 2024 at 10:12 am

    This just begs for another Hindenburg incedent.

  17. @KeithFeickert

    March 27, 2024 at 10:12 am

    Biodiesel from algae is sadly missing from this video. Hydrogen fuel cell sounds great and all, but driving around in a complex bomb is not. There is an old saying "keep it simple stupid" the designers need to revisit this concept. The solar segment in the video was wonderful, though I was hoping they would cover other systems as well. After all, we don't have a "silver bullet" we have "silver buckshot", the public needs to know the many solutions we have, that are available now.

  18. @TheTruthDK

    March 27, 2024 at 10:12 am

    ha. like we are ever gonna make it to 2020.

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