Laboratories & facilities

  1. The JRC's AMALIA laboratory carries out research on different materials in various aqueous environments under varying conditions, testing for general corrosion and stress corrosion cracking (SCC).


    Acronym: AMALIA
  2. Anticipating the growing need for robust and impartial research on rechargeable energy storage systems for normative and regulatory purposes, BESTEST is establishing four experimental facilities for the following:


    Acronym: BESTEST
  3. Comprehensive metrological solar resource data is essential for evaluating the results of ESTI's outdoor exposure testing on PV modules. The ESTI meteo tower measures and records the following parameters:
     
    Global irradiation on 0, 45, 60 and 90° planes
    Diffuse irradiation 
    Relative humidity
    Wind speed
    Wind direction
    Rain gauge 
    Ambient temperature
    Local Barometric Pressure
     

  4. The JRC's European Solar Test Installation carries out research on photovoltaic devices, and supports the EU in meeting its targets for renewable energy.


    Acronym: ESTI
  5. The JRC's Fuel Cell test facility is a state-of-the-art facility to support and facilitate the development and harmonisation of fuel cell testing procedures in transport and stationary applications in the EU.


  6. The JRC's High Flux Reactor carries out research in the area of nuclear and reactor safety.


    Acronym: HFR
  7. The JRC's High Pressure Gas Testing Facility carries out research and testing on high pressure vehicle tanks for hydrogen (H2) or natural gas (CH4).


    Acronym: GasTeF
  8. The JRC's Hydrogen Sensor Testing Facility carries out research that supports guidelines for testing hydrogen sensors, assesses their performance and reliability and provides feedback on the results to sensor manufacturers and end users.


    Acronym: SenTeF
  9. The JRC's Solid-state Hydrogen Storage Testing Facility carries out research on potential hydrogen storage materials.


  10. The Ispra, Italy-based Vehicle Emissions Laboratory (VELA) comprises two well-equipped chemical and physical analysis labs, and seven major testing facilities capable of conducting emissions tests (including the measurement of evaporative emissions) on a variety of vehicles. These range from motorbikes to passenger cars and even large heavy-duty engines. Findings made at these facilities have provided scientific support for the development of new EU Directives and the revision of older ones, as well as for the assessment of new measurement techniques and procedures.


    Acronym: VELA