JRC News

  1. 27 Jan 2015

    The JRC organised today a roundtable debate to discuss the possible ways to support the recovery of the European photovoltaic (PV) industry and to retain Europe's prominent place in research in PV technology.

  2. 26 Jan 2015

    A booming photovoltaic market in Asia has propelled China to a global leader in photovoltaic energy installations in 2013, according to the latest edition of the JRC’s PV Status Report.

  3. 26 Sep 2014

    Speakers at the European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC) held in Amsterdam on 22 - 26 September highlighted the increasingly competitive prices of PV electricity and called for increased collaboration between different policy sectors in the promotion of solar energy.

  4. 28 Mar 2014

    How far is Garissa (Kenya) from the nearest transmission line? What does 1KWh photovoltaic energy cost in Goundam (Mali)? These are just two of the many hundreds of inputs needed to analyse which renewable energy technology is most suited to rural electrification in specific locations in Africa.

  5. 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).

  6. 1 Jul 2013

    The third in the JRC's series of thematic reports has been published. Entitled 'Science for Energy', this new publication gives an insight into the research carried out by the JRC in the areas of energy efficiency, security of energy supply, renewable energy, nuclear energy , energy technology innovation and hydrogen technologies.

  7. 24 Jun 2013

    New facilities are being inaugurated today at the JRC's European Solar Test Installation (ESTI), located in Ispra. The upgraded laboratories allow ESTI to assess the performance of new and improved photovoltaic (PV) devices, to perform pre-normative research and to help develop international standards. At the current investment costs of less than 1500€/kW, Photovoltaics have a strategic importance for competitive renewable energies, and a long-term potential for increased efficiency (from the current 14% PV cells efficiency up to over 60%). ESTI is a reference laboratory aimed at verifying technological achievement and enabling European R&D efforts in this area translate into commercial products.

  8. 29 May 2013

    The JRC and the Centre for Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency (ECREE) of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enhance collaboration at the occasion of the Vienna Energy Forum, organised by the UN Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO). This cooperation framework will facilitate the development of common tools (e.g. country specific maps with renewable energy based electricity costs), validation of results and publication.