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  1. Photovoltaics

    Photovoltaic electricity is the renewable energy technology with the largest scope for cost reduction and efficiency gains. It is expected to make a significant contribution to achieving EU's goals for a low carbon energy system. JRC activities inclu ...

    02 September 2015

  2. Biofuels and bioenergy

    Bioenergy will remain crucial over the next decade in order to reach the renewable energy targets in 2020, which is why the EU member states incorporated the bioenergy option in their National Renewable Energy Action Plans (NREAPs). As the JRC aims to pro ...

    04 September 2015

  3. Renewable energy

    The European Union has set out plans for a new energy strategy based on a more secure, sustainable and low-carbon economy. It has committed itself to achieve at least 27% share of renewables by 2030 with the aim of encouraging private investment in infras ...

    04 February 2015

  4. JRC's upgraded PV calibration precision now accredited and open to research and industry

    22 Jun 2016 JRC’s upgraded capability in precision measurement of photovoltaic (PV) cells is now available to both the PV research community and industry. The new opportunities to use the facilities by researchers and the commercial calibration service fo ...

    22 June 2016

  5. "Quantifying the Sun" ESTI leads the European "Comparisons of broadband-, spectral- radiometers "

    14 Jun 2016 In its role as photovoltaic reference laboratory, the JRC's European Solar Test Installation (ESTI) has developed significant knowledge in the measurement determination and traceability of solar spectral measurements which can be exploite ...

    14 June 2016

  6. Shipping sector emissions: alternative fuels for marine and inland waterways transport

    05 May 2016 A recent JRC report finds that fuels like liquefied natural gas (LNG) and methanol are the most promising alternatives to drive decarbonisation of the shipping sector and ultimately contribute to the fight against climate change. Market penetr ...

    05 May 2016

  7. Multilevel direct current/alternating current (DC/AC) converter for producing an output voltage of varying amplitude

    The elementary concept of a multilevel AC/DC converter is to use a series of power semiconducting switches with several DC sources to perform the power conversion. It is object of this invention to provide an improved version of the converter, especially ...

    20 May 2016

  8. Photovoltaic Energy Rating Data sets for Europe

    We present a study of possible climatic data sets that can be used to perform energy rating calculations on photovoltaic (PV) modules in Europe. We selected five geographic locations across Europe to cover the range of climatic conditions present. In orde ...

    17 June 2016

  9. Behavioural Insights Applied to Policy- Country Overviews 2016

    This document provides for each EU and EFTA country a fact sheet containing examples of policy initiatives either explicitly or implicitly informed by behavioural insights as well as the institutional developments regarding the application of behavioural ...

    30 June 2016

  10. DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM OPERATORS OBSERVATORY: From European Electricity Distribution Systems to Representative Distribution Networks

    The European electricity sector is undergoing radical changes in every segment of the power industry, from generation to supply. Ambitious policy goals set at European level to enhance the competitiveness, security and sustainability of the EU's ener ...

    10 June 2016

  11. 32nd European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference (EUPVSEC)

    21 Jun 2016 to 24 Jun 2016 EU PVSEC is now one of the premiere PV conferences globally, attracting over 1000 papers and about 3000 participants each year. This year's event will be held in Mü nchen, Germany from the 21st untill the 24th of June. For ...

    08 January 2016

  12. 24th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition

    06 Jun 2016 to 09 Jun 2016 The EUBCE is the event in which the members of the bioenergy community can get a broad picture of the situation and trends emerging in today's market. The Conference provides a high-level scientific programme and parallel e ...

    08 January 2016

  13. Biofuels from algae: a budding technology yet to become viable

    29 Feb 2016 Despite high expectations and extensive research and investment in the last decade, technological options are still in developing stages and key resources for algal growth are still too onerous for economically viable production of algal biofu ...

    29 February 2016

  14. Europe 2030: energy saving to become “first fuel”

    25 Feb 2016 By 2030, more energy will be saved than the amount of energy consumed deriving from oil, according to a JRC analysis. Energy savings can thus be considered as "an energy source in its own right", in line with the European Commission ...

    25 February 2016

  15. Climate change impacts of power generation from residual biomass

    The European Union relies largely on bioenergy to achieve its climate and energy targets for 2020 and beyond. We assess, using Attributional Life Cycle Assessment (A-LCA), the climate change mitigation potential of three bioenergy power plants fuelled by ...

    25 May 2016

  16. European Solar Test Installation (ESTI): "a leading position in the international landscape"

    05 Feb 2016 In its role as photovoltaic reference laboratory, JRC’s ESTI facility based in Italy recently underwent an external assessment by the Italian National Accreditation body (ACCREDIA) composed of a team of international assessors to verify its im ...

    05 February 2016

  17. Hydrogen Sensor Testing Facility

    SenTeF The Sensor Testing Facility (SenTeF) assesses the performance of hydrogen sensors under a wide range of environmental conditions. Hydrogen can not be detected by human senses making the use of suitable detection devices (sensors) necessary. Since h ...

    05 January 2016

  18. High Pressure Gas Testing Facility

    GasTeF The Gas Testing Facility (GasTeF), located at the JRC's Institute for Energy and Transport (IET), carries out tests on high pressure vehicle tanks for hydrogen (H 2) or natural gas (CH 4). The test consists of a fast filling (in less than 5 mi ...

    30 April 2014

  19. European Solar Test Installation

    ESTI The European Solar Test Installation (ESTI) is a European reference laboratory for the verification of the power and energy generation of photovoltaic devices. ESTI is located at the JRC’s Ispra site in Italy. It has been the forefront of development ...

    04 February 2015

  20. IEA Bioenergy Task 37: Country Reports Summary 2015

    This publication contains a compilation of summaries of country reports from members of IEA Bioenergy Task 37 (Energy from Biogas). The individual country reports include information on the number of biogas plants in operation, biogas production data, how ...

    01 May 2016

  21. European Union/EWEA

    This chapter reflects the significant events in wind energy technology that occurred during 2014 in the European Union. Particular attention is put to EC-funded wind research and innovation projects. http://www.ieawind.org/annual_reports_PDF/2014/2014%20A ...

    01 May 2016

  22. The Role of City-Regions in the Achievement of a Low-Carbon Economy

    04 Feb 2016 The COST Association and the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) will host a joint workshop aiming at revisiting the importance of both bottom-up and top-down solutions in accelerating the penetration of low-carbon policies into ...

    23 February 2016

  23. Biofuels in aviation: Fuel demand and CO2 emissions evolution in Europe toward 2030

    This article presents the results of a scenario-based study carried out at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre aimed at analyzing the future growth of aviation, the resulting fuel demand and the deployment of biofuels in the aviation sector in ...

    22 April 2016

  24. Off-Grid Photovoltaic Technologies in the Solar Belt: Finance Mechanisms and Incentives

    Access to modern energy is a social and economic priority to rural population and policy-makers because of its direct socio economic and environmental benefits, as well as the indirect benefits of energy as an important input factor to growth and the Sust ...

    22 April 2016

  25. JRC- IIASA Summer School on Evidence and Policy

    02 Sep 2015 to 04 Sep 2015 The JRC, together with the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), will hold a three-day summer school bringing together scientists and policy-makers to learn how to better use evidence for policy-making. A ...

    28 August 2015