On 12th January, in Petten, Alfons Westgeest, Executive Director of EUROBAT and Giovanni De Santi, Director of the JRC's Institute for Energy and Transport, signed a Memorandum of Understanding
In its role as photovoltaic reference laboratory, JRC’s ESTI facility based in Italy recently underwent an external assessment by the Italian National Accreditation body (ACCREDIA) composed of a team of international assessors to verify its implementation of the International guide for reference laboratories ( ISO 17025).
An evaluation carried out by the European Commission of the impact of ten pieces of the most relevant EU legislation on petroleum refining shows that the legislation has delivered its objectives and that the costs can be considered proportionate relative to the benefits achieved.
Electrification of road transport can reduce oil dependency, CO₂ emissions and urban air pollution. To date, most attention has been paid to the use of electric cars; however bicycles and motorcycles can represent an untapped potential in urban areas if deployed on a larger scale. A JRC co-authored article written in cooperation with the Utrecht University and the University of Geneva has evaluated the environmental, economic and social performance of electric bikes and motorcycles.
A JRC report analysed driving patterns of both conventional and electric vehicles in the EU. Findings show that most of them (more than 80%) drive less than 65 km per day, which could be covered by a single charge.
Additional efforts to further enhance the EU's extensive know-how and attract more young people to studies and training in nuclear related disciplines are needed for nuclear decommissioning.
The 'Energy - Transparency Centre of Knowledge' (E-TRACK) is a joint initiative agreed between the Directorate General for Energy and the JRC for the promotion of public participation in the implementation of energy policies.
In close collaboration with international nuclear research organisations, scientists from the JRC described a method to improve the analysis of cross section measurements at a cold neutron beam. This work is part of the JRC contribution to improve the accuracy of nuclear data, which are important for the development of innovative reactor systems.
Scientists from the JRC-Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM) developed and validated a new method for the determination of selected fatty acid methyl esters (FAMEs) or transesterification products in diesel. This method can serve as a reference, for example to solve disputes between control laboratories and to develop future certified reference materials.
Following the Transatlantic Economic Council's decision to promote electric vehicles and smart grid interoperability, on 29 October the European Commission inaugurated a dedicated state-of-the-art laboratory.