JRC News

  1. 15 Jul 2013

    A JRC report on research, development and demonstration (R,D&D) projects on electric cars in the EU, with a total budget of €1.9 billion (65% from public funding), finds that increased exchange of information and more coordination between projects would result in a better leverage of the investments. The report "Paving the way to electrified road transport – Publicly funded research, development, and demonstration projects on electric and plug-in cars in Europe", lists more than 320 projects covering the period 2007-2015 which received EU or national public funding, and with a total budget of more than €1 million.

  2. 23 Jan 2014

    A recent JRC study, published in GCB Bioenergy, shows that electricity from straw-fired plants can achieve 70 to 94% greenhouse gas (GHG) savings, compared both with existing coal plants and with the European electricity mix. However, GHG emissions are not the only environmental impact of bioenergy, which is why its sustainability should be evaluated on a broader spectrum of impacts.  

  3. 25 Apr 2014

    A recently published article on the impact of hydrogen sensor miniaturisation shows that in some cases the performance of micro-machined sensors is better in comparison to conventional ones, while in others significant degradations may occur. The study was carried out by the JRC in collaboration with the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the University of Québec Trois-Rivières.

  4. 3 May 2013

    A JRC report assessing Europe's potential for pumped hydropower, the most used electricity storage, revealed that for a set of countries for which comparable data are available, the current storage capacity could be increased by up to 10 times when new plants are based on one existing reservoir. A larger capacity to store energy would allow a higher penetration of renewable energies and would support the EU's efforts to reach its goal of 20% of energy from renewables by 2020.

  5. 13 Nov 2013

    Spurred by a renewed interest in power storage, the JRC provided several recommendations in a recently published report on how to improve assessing the economic value of storing electricity. Drafted in cooperation with the R&D department of Electricité de France (EDF), it presents an overview of the current research on the economic drivers or barriers (such as high costs, restrictions to offer certain services) for electricity storage.

  6. 6 Jul 2007

    The paper authored by Evangelos Tzimas, Aliki Georgakaki and Stathis Peteves from the Energy Systems Evaluation Unit at the JRC's Institute for Energy entitled "The evolution of the European Fossil Fuel Power Generation Sector and its Impact on the Sustainability of the Energy System" received the Best Paper Award in the thematic area ‘The European Market’ during the PowerGen Europe 2007 Conference.

  7. 9 Jul 2010

    The JRC has substantially contributed to the new EU system established to ensure that European biofuels and bioliquids come from sustainable sources and meet the highest environmental standards. A key tool is the JRC's methodology to quantify changes to the amount of carbon in soils and biomass when land use changes as a result of biofuels production. This is an important factor in the sustainability assessment. The methodology follows the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) guidelines for national greenhouse gas inventories and is supported by comprehensive global data collected by the JRC. The methodology was the basis for the Commission decision on the guidelines for the calculation of land carbon stocks.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 10 Mar 2009

    Over the next three days (10-12 March) this international scientific congress, organised by the University of Copenhagen, gathers policy makers, government officials and academia from Europe and the rest of the world to debate the existing and emerging scientific knowledge relevant to policy making in the area of climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies. The congress will provide a summary of existing scientific knowledge two years after the last IPCC report. Its findings will be supplementary to the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).