JRC News

  1. 24 Feb 2009

    A cooperation agreement between the JRC and the European Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Technology Initiative (JTI), a public-private venture aimed at delivering commercially viable hydrogen energy and fuel cell technologies, has been approved by the JTI Governing Board.

  2. 12 Dec 2008

    The JRC is presenting its activities at the Renewable Energies Fair Energaïa, taking place in Montpellier, France, from 10-12 December 2008. This annual international trade fair and stakeholder conference,where up to 20,000 participants are expected, covers the field of renewable energies from policy-making and market trends to practical tips on how to install solar panels and wood pellet stoves.

  3. 11 Dec 2008

    The latest Photovoltaics Status Report, released today by the JRC Institute for Energy (IE), shows a continued increase in the yearly growth rate of solar photovoltaic production, averaging 40% over five years and peaking at 60% in 2007. The current world electricity production from photovoltaic systems is approximately 10 billion KWh, of which half comes from the EU. Solar energy still accounts for only 0.2% of total electricity consumption in Europe. Nevertheless, the net effect is 4 million fewer tonnes of CO2 being released.

  4. 5 Dec 2008

    JRC scientist Arnulf Jäger-Waldau of the Institute for Energy (IE) was this week named as lead Author for the forthcoming Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) special report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation. More than two hundred experts from around the world have been selected to participate in the preparation of the report and Mr Jäger-Waldau's selection as lead author can be considered recognition of his expertise in the field.

  5. 19 Nov 2008

    The EU code of conduct for data centres launched today by the European Commission provides guidelines, recommendations and examples of best practice which could lead to a reduction in energy consumption by data centres in Europe of up to 20%.

  6. 1 Oct 2008

    The JRC Institute for Energy (IE), situated in Petten, the Netherlands, has taken a major step forward in the co-ordination of complimentary energy research in Northern Europe. Energy research currently performed at JRC-IE, at the Dutch Energy Research Centre ECN and at the Dutch Nuclear Research & Consultancy group NRG have been boosted through the signing of a memorandum of understanding between these three leading Energy Research Institutes. Although collaboration has existed for many years in specific areas the MoU will ensure greater coordination of their research and technology development, especially with respect to the support of the European transition to low carbon and more sustainable energy technologies.

  7. 20 Jul 2008

    Starting Friday, July 18 in Barcelona, the Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF) 2008 features a strong presence by the JRC, with five scientific sessions by JRC scientists as well as a number of high profile science-related communication activities.

  8. 30 May 2008

    The future of fuel cells and hydrogen technologies in Europe is on its way. The Council adopted today the regulation setting up the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking. This public-private joint technology initiative (JTI) will implement the EU target-oriented research and development to support the broad market introduction of these technologies. Founding members are the European Community and a non-profit association of European industry interests composed of a major share of Europe's fuel cells and hydrogen companies of all sizes from micro to large multinationals. The Commission is expected to fund 470 M€ from the Seventh Framework Programme for a period of six years which will be at least matched by industry contributions. The first calls for proposals are expected to be published after this summer. The official celebration of the launch will be at the JTI's first Stakeholders' General Assembly the 14 and 15 of October this year in Brussels.

  9. 7 May 2008

    The JRC is organising a selection procedure in order to fill the post of Head of Unit responsible for Nuclear Design Safety at the Institute for Energy in Petten (NL):

  10. 30 Apr 2008

    The workshop on "Mechanical Testing for Next Generation Nuclear Systems" held at the JRC Institute for Energy (IE) on 17 - 18 April 2008, attracted more than 70 participants from 20 countries. Noting that the development of innovative nuclear reactors critically depends on the availability of advanced engineering materials systems which have to withstand extreme conditions (high temperatures, intense neutron irradiation, and strongly corrosive environments, in combination with complex loading states and cyclic loading histories), the workshop specifically addressed the methodologies for mechanical performance and reliability assessment of nuclear materials in the proper environments during service and off-normal conditions.