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Laboratories & facilities

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).


The JRC, Geel analytical laboratories are well equipped for carrying out demanding analytical tasks whether to solve a food related or an isotope measurement problem.

Anticipating the growing need for robust and impartial research on rechargeable energy storage systems for normative and regulatory purposes, BESTEST has four experimental facilities.


The Cyclotron of the European Commission Joint Research Centre (model Scanditronix MC40) was closed down at the end of 2014. It was commissioned in the early 1980s and was a highly versatile accelerator with variable particle energy and the capability of accelerating protons and alpha particles (8 - 40MeV) as well as deuterons (4 - 20MeV) and helium-3 nuclei (13 - 53 MeV).

ESTO meteo tower
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. The ESTI meteo tower, located in Ispra (Italy), measures and records the following parameters:
  • Global irradiation on 0, 45, 60 and 90° planes
  • Diffuse irradiation 
  • Relative humidity
  • Wind speed
  • Wind direction

The EURL ECVAM GLP Test Facility is responsible for the execution of validation studies that establish the reliability and relevance of in vitro methods suitable for regulatory safety assessment, and acts as a lead laboratory for studies conducted within the EU Network of Validation Laboratories (EU-NETVAL).

EURL ECVAM GLP Test Facility

The JRC's European Crisis Management Laboratory carries out research across a diverse range of areas including intentional threats, natural disasters and health crises, using ICT focused solutions which integrate devices, applications, and crisis management related information sources.

European Interoperability Centre for Electric Vehicles and Smart Grids

The European Interoperability Centre for Electric Vehicles and Smart Grids combines four new, state-of-the-art laboratories, which bring together knowledge and test facilities in the areas of efficiency, hybrid exhaust emissions, electromagnetic compatibility, smart grids and battery testing. The European centre establishes a transatlantic bridge with its partner facility at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory.


EU Interoperability Centre

The JRC's European Laboratory for Structural Assessment (ELSA) carries out research in the area of improving safety in construction using a custom built reaction wall.


The JRC's European Microwave Signature Laboratory carries out research in the field of radar remote sensing and Radio Frequency compatibility.