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 has four experimental facilities.


    Acronym: BESTEST
  3. Comprehensive metrological solar resource data are essential for evaluating the results of the European Solar Test Installation (ESTI)'s outdoor exposure testing on PV modules.

  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 Fuel Cell and Electrolyser Testing facility in Petten, the Netherlands was established to support developments in Regulation, Codes and Standards through the validation of testing procedures and measurement methodologies for the performance assessment of fuel cells.


  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