JRC News

  1. 3 Jun 2016

    On 2nd June, during the 7th Clean Energy Ministerial meeting in San Francisco, the collaboration arrangement focused on scientific cooperation on clean energy and energy efficiency was signed.

  2. 5 May 2016

    A recent JRC report finds that fuels like liquefied natural gas (LNG) and methanol are the most promising alternatives to drive decarbonisation of the shipping sector and ultimately contribute to the fight against climate change.

  3. 29 Mar 2016

    A lack of standards for testing polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cells – the most attractive type of fuel cells for powering vehicles – has hampered objective comparative assessment of their performance and durability under operating conditions and hence of their technological progress. By proposing a test methodology including a set of representative operating conditions and getting European industry and research stakeholders to agree on it, the JRC has helped fill the gap.

  4. 29 Feb 2016

    Despite high expectations and extensive research and investment in the last decade, technological options are still in developing stages and key resources for algal growth are still too onerous for economically viable production of algal biofuels.

  5. 8 Jan 2016

    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.

  6. 28 Dec 2015

    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.

  7. 29 Oct 2015

    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.

  8. 21 Oct 2015

    Deployment of electric vehicles in the EU is gaining momentum: the number of sold cars rose from 760 in 2010 to more than 70 000 in 2014 and the trend continued in the first half of 2015.

  9. 17 Jul 2015

    On 16 July, in Brussels, JRC and the European Green Vehicles Initiative Association (EGVIA) formalised a collaboration to advance methodologies for testing traction batteries for electric vehicles. 

     

  10. 4 Nov 2014

    Disruptive technologies can foster the creation of new markets but may generate new challenges before they are brought to real life. A round table discussion organised by the JRC focused on the example of the flying car and explored the role science can play in horizon scanning, regulation and standardisation.