JRC News

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 29 Oct 2013

    How involved are consumers in the future electricity system? What do they know about 'smart grids', electricity networks where electric power and communication not only flows from supplier to consumer, but also the other way round? The incorporation of new information and communication technologies in the electricity network will turn the consumers - traditionally passive end-users - into active players.

  4. 28 Jul 2014

    Denmark, France, Ireland and Spain have shown strong growth in the past few years, while Hungary appears to be the sole EU country affected by a clear decline of the Energy Service Companies (ESCOs) market.

  5. 29 Nov 2013

    A high-level JRC roundtable on efficient buildings was organised today as a follow-up to the 26 March event for scientific support to growth and jobs in the areas of efficient buildings, vehicles and equipment. Today the participants deepened the dialogue on efficient buildings, discussing initiatives, financial aspects and the link between technology, policy and behaviour.

  6. 8 Jan 2015

    Financial services could be disrupted in case of a severe space weather event, due to their dependency on accurate timing often provided by Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS). A report published by the JRC addresses the potential impact, in particular the effect of a GNSS services loss on timing systems and the sector’s vulnerability. Awareness among operators and regulators worldwide is currently limited and resilience across the financial services sector needs to be built, authors say.

  7. 21 Nov 2013

    Today marks the 50th anniversary of the JRC's Institute for Transuranium Elements (ITU), located in Karlsruhe (Germany). The JRC welcomed for the celebration high-level guests representing politics, industry, science and research at international, European, national and regional levels.

    Since the foundation stone was laid in 1963, the institute’s portfolio has evolved to face emerging scientific and policy support needs and has gained worldwide recognition as a reference centre and a key contributor to an effective safety and safeguards system for the nuclear fuel cycle.

  8. 7 Nov 2013

    The JRC has developed innovative software to assess the cyber-security of connected critical infrastructures (CIs), such as railway systems, energy networks or power plants. The AMICI software, which stands for Assessment platform for Multiple Interdependent Critical Infrastructures, provides a novel experimental approach as it takes into account both the virtual and the physical aspects of modern interconnected CIs.

  9. 8 Jul 2014

    To deepen the knowledge on extraction technologies and practices of unconventional gas and oil and minimise potential health and environment risks, the European Commission today has launched the European science and technology network on unconventional hydrocarbon extraction. The network will be established and managed by the JRC, on the basis of the guidance provided by the Steering group composed of the Directorates-General (DGs) for energy and for environment, as well as for climate action, for research & innovation and for enterprise and industry.

  10. 13 Dec 2013

    A geo-economic analysis, identifying the least-cost rural electrification options for sub-Saharan Africa which could bring an end to the persistent energy poverty, was recently presented in an article published in Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. JRC scientists carried out their research in collaboration with colleagues from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).