JRC News

  1. 13 Dec 2013

    A geo-economic analysis, identifying the least-cost rural electrification options for sub-Saharan Africa which could bring an end to the persistent energy poverty, was recently presented in an article published in Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. JRC scientists carried out their research in collaboration with colleagues from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

  2. 27 Sep 2013

    With the close cooperation of the US mission to the EU, the JRC organised a high-level meeting on Thursday 26 September in order to examine the scientific potential to support eco-industries and technologies on both sides of the Atlantic.

  3. 30 Nov 2012

    The Joint Research Centre and the US Department of Energy have published today a joint report comparing EU and US initiatives on assessing the impacts and progress of smart grids. This study aims at finding common ground on smart grid assessment initiatives in the EU and the US in order to facilitate further dialogue between experts from both sides of the Atlantic and promote common best practice; thereby fostering interoperability.

  4. 14 Nov 2012

    Energy consumption of data centres is increasing as they expand to support the needs of the digital sector. Data centres in the EU consume around 60 TWh per year and this figure is expected to double by 2020. Energy efficiency measures could save up to a total of 30TWh. It is therefore essential to improve their efficiency. However, the metrics needed to measure their performance are still under development, which hinders the monitoring of this process.

  5. 16 Dec 2011

    In an agreement signed on 16 December, the Swiss Confederation and the JRC extended their joint research and development work on exhaust emission standards until 2014. Through the close co–operation between the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) and the JRC, Switzerland has reinforced the information exchange with the EU in air pollution control and numerous joint projects have been undertaken since 2007.

  6. 18 Nov 2011

    The JRC and EURELECTRIC, the European organisation for the EU electronics industry, have developed a joint website to provide public information on smart grids projects, http://www.smartgridsprojects.eu/.

  7. 29 Oct 2009

    The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the JRC's Institute for Energy (IE) strengthened their ongoing collaboration yesterday with the official signing of a 'Practical Arrangement' which will allow both partners to further develop scientific and technical co-operation in the fields of nuclear safety, nuclear technology and energy planning issues.

  8. 17 Jun 2009

    The European Commission and the US Environmental Protection Agency have agreed today to make new ambitious specifications for computers, copiers and printers under the EU-US Energy Star Programme. The new criteria are effective from 1 July, and are expected to trigger 22 TWh electricity savings during the next four to six years in the EU which is comparable to the annual electricitiy consumption of Ireland. ENERGY STAR is part of the EU's strategy to better manage energy demand, contribute to security of energy supply and mitigate climate change.

  9. 24 Feb 2009

    A cooperation agreement between the JRC and the European Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Technology Initiative (JTI), a public-private venture aimed at delivering commercially viable hydrogen energy and fuel cell technologies, has been approved by the JTI Governing Board.

  10. 1 Oct 2008

    The JRC Institute for Energy (IE), situated in Petten, the Netherlands, has taken a major step forward in the co-ordination of complimentary energy research in Northern Europe. Energy research currently performed at JRC-IE, at the Dutch Energy Research Centre ECN and at the Dutch Nuclear Research & Consultancy group NRG have been boosted through the signing of a memorandum of understanding between these three leading Energy Research Institutes. Although collaboration has existed for many years in specific areas the MoU will ensure greater coordination of their research and technology development, especially with respect to the support of the European transition to low carbon and more sustainable energy technologies.