JRC News

  1. 13 Mar 2009

    A new facility at the Vehicle Emissions Laboratory of the JRC site in Ispra, Italy was opened today by European Research Commissioner Janez Poto nik. The latest JRC VELA 7 facility is the most advanced in Europe to test fuel consumption and related emissions of full size trucks and buses under simulated road driving conditions within a broad, realistic temperature range. To conduct the tests, the laboratory can host vehicles up to 40 tons and 12 metres and simulate wind drag, tyre/road friction as well as full drive cycles. VELA 7 will provide sound scientific data needed to support new legislation e.g. the upcoming Euro VI guideline which is aimed at reducing emissions of heavy duty vehicles.

  2. 27 Jan 2010

    Today, the European Parliament budgetary committee gave the green light for the construction of two new buildings at the JRC's Ispra site. The EP's positive opinion, following that of the Council, effectively clears the way towards the signature of the construction contract in the coming weeks, allowing works to start shortly afterwards.

  3. 3 Jun 2014

    A JRC co-authored study has examined the evolution of components of spent nuclear fuel by comparing actual spent fuel with lab results obtained on fuel analogues in simulated, accelerated timescale. Most of the trends observed were found to be comparable with characteristics of actual spent fuel. Ongoing programmes are also addressing the retrievability of spent fuel after extended storage and its behaviour under accident conditions.

  4. 18 Dec 2008

    The JRC's Thermal, Electro-Magnetic, Physical Equipment Stress Testing (TEMPEST) laboratory at the Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC) has been accredited in conformance with the ISO/IEC 17025:2005 standard by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service UKAS.

  5. 30 Nov 2010

    A new Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) instrument is now installed and in early commissioning stages at the JRC-ITU. This unique facility will focus on determining the chemical and magnetic properties of radioactive solid-state samples and will contribute to ITU's research on actinides.

  6. 19 Dec 2008

    The JRC Institute for Transuranium Elements (ITU) has selected the architects that will oversee construction of its new office buildings. A technical committee consisting of a panel of architects and four representatives from ITU, JRC and Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe evaluated seventeen proposed projects and a range of innovative designs before selecting MGF Architekten GmbH from Stuttgart, last week, 12 December.

  7. 17 Oct 2013

    Today, Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič and Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn inaugurated new laboratory and office space at the JRC's site in Ispra (Northern Italy). This marks an important milestone in the renewal of the Commission's third biggest site after Brussels and Luxembourg.

  8. 11 Nov 2008

    The JRC is providing researchers with access to its particle accelerator facilities at the Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM) as part of a newly launched European research project.

  9. 23 Nov 2010

    On 23 November, a new scientific facility to develop measurement standards in challenging areas such as life sciences was inaugurated at JRC-IRMM in Geel, Belgium. The new facility will be used to develop and produce reference materials, which possess a precisely-known property and are the basis for complex measurements, such as the amount of genetically modified maize or the number of bacteria in a food sample. The total cost of the facility was 11 M€ – of which 4.5 M€ was funded from revenue from JRC's reference material activities.

  10. 26 Feb 2009

    The world's leading experts in Experimental Earthquake Engineering will meet in Ispra on 2-3 March for the first EFAST (European Facility for Advanced Seismic Testing) Design Study workshop. EFAST is a European project that studies all aspects regarding the design of a major testing facility in Europe that would complement existing facilities.