EU Science Hub

Laboratories & facilities

WISL hosts specialized analytical equipment for environmental chemical analysis of priority pollutants and compounds of emerging concern with special focus on the natural and urban water cycles. The lab is used to assessment both the chemical status of water bodies as well as technology for water purification.


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.


The underground laboratory HADES carries out research on small amounts of radioactive substances.


The Minor Actinide Laboratory (MA-lab) of JRC is a unique facility for the fabrication of fuels and targets containing minor actinides such as americium and curium. It is of key importance for research on Partitioning and Transmutation (P&T) in Europe, as it is one of the only dedicated facilities for the fabrication of MA containing materials, either for property measurements or for the production of test pins for irradiation experiments.


The JRC produces and characterises a variety of targets for high-precision measurements of neutron-reaction data at the GELINA and MONNET accelerators.

The high intensity quasi mono-energetic neutron source at JRC-Geel is driven by a vertical 3.5 MV Tandem accelerator producing either continuous or pulsed ion beams.


The laboratories are used for the mechanical performance characterisation, life assessment and qualification of structural materials for present and next generation nuclear systems.

The laboratory represents a versatile ‘work horse’ serving the execution of various institutional projects, as well as many Indirect Actions, with emphasis on pre-normative research.

Smart Grid Interoperability Laboratory in Petten

Our houses are fast becoming smart homes, with smart thermostats, domestic appliances and security systems activated by apps on our smartphones. But this is just the beginning. Smart homes are growing into smart communities and smart regions – even smart cities. In the future, we will live in an intelligent digital eco-system, where virtual power plants connect up sustainable energy systems, where electric cars behave as intelligent batteries, and where citizens produce energy as well as consuming it.


The reference materials processing facility is home to the JRC's reference material programme with specialised laboratories used in the production of certified reference materials, element analysis, bio-safety research and material handling.

The JRC has state-of-the-art storage facilities for use in the storage of reference materials.