Advances in AV technology are moving at such a pace that consumers are replacing their TVs every few years. But with new televisions containing significant amounts of lead, mercury, liquid crystal and other hazardous materials – how can we dispose of them and what’s the impact on our environment? Aoibhinn meets the Irish researcher behind the world’s first fully automated machine to recycle LCD Flat screens and remove the potentially hazardous materials they contain.
Running from 2014 to 2020 with a budget of almost €79billion, Horizon 2020 is the EU’s new programme for research and innovation. Aoibhinn meets the former EU commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, to find out about the exciting opportunities that Horizon 2020 offers Irish researchers.