JRC News

  1. 8 May 2013

    Energy-saving efforts in ten new and refurbished buildings in 6 European countries (Austria, Germany, Sweden, Netherlands, Poland, Denmark) have today been recognised with the European Commission's GreenBuilding Awards.

  2. 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.

  3. 19 Sep 2014

    A JRC-designed path for the visually impaired was inaugurated today in Melsungen, Germany. The new path will enable a visually impaired person to move around independently in the historical centre of Melsungen using a walking cane, which recognises the signals emitted by microchips placed in the pavement.

  4. 14 Feb 2009

    Today, at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Chicago, JRC Director-General Roland Schenkel gave a presentation as part of a symposium entitled "Keeping the Lights on: The revival of Nuclear Energy".

  5. 11 Dec 2013

    The European Commission has adopted the JRC's first Work Programme for 2014-2015 under Horizon 2020, the new EU strategy to boost research and innovation. The programme is aligned with the European Union's policy priorities, such as overcoming the economic crisis, encouraging the use of renewable energy and tackling climate change.

  6. 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.  

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.