European Solar Test Installation
Science Areas: Energy and transport, Standards
Keywords: solar, photovoltaics, renewable, energy
The JRC carries out research in a wide variety of fields. Located across five sites throughout the EU, seven research institutes work in the areas of agriculture and food security, energy and transport, environment and climate change, health and consumer protection, information society, safety and security, innovation and growth, measurements and standards, and nuclear safety and security.
As one of the EU initiatives to ensure maritime security and counter piracy, the JRC helps African authoriries – in the context of the Piracy, Maritime Awareness and Risks - Maritime Security (PMAR-MASE) project – to build up their own capacities for maritime awareness.
To support EU efforts to prepare for radiological emergencies, the JRC runs systems for automatic exchange of radiological information. It also carries out research on environmental radioactivity, whether natural or man-made.
The JRC supports efforts to protect citizens from the disaster risks, both accidental and deliberate, of hazardous industrial installations. This work includes managing a database of industrial accident reports, disseminating best practices for inspection of industrial sites and supporting EU member states in risk assessment of industrial accidents.
The highest metrological quality of measurements can only be obtained by using primary measurement methods. Isotopic measurements can fulfil the necessary requirements. The JRC uses isotopic techniques to measure reference values for key comparisons and to certify isotopic reference materials.
The JRC works closely with other European Commission services, relevant national organisations, the World Health Organisation (WHO) to maintain a high level of public health protection, covering areas such as cancer policy support, nutrition and air quality.