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E-mobility and smart grids at the JRC

E-mobility – clean and environmentally friendly transport using electric vehicles – is based on an innovative, climate friendly technology with big growth potential.

Biofuels and bioenergy: How green are they?

Biomass is the organic fraction of both agricultural products, from forestry and related industries, and industrial and municipal waste. This includes for example wood, straw, energy crops, agricultural waste, agro-industrial waste, plants and animal waste. Bioenergy is the production of energy from biomass for uses in transport, heat or electricity. Within this context, since one of the drivers for bioenergy development at worldwide level is climate change policy, an important question to be answered is: How green are biofuels and bioenergy?

VELA: Vehicle Emissions Laboratory

The Ispra, Italy-based Vehicle Emissions Laboratory (VELA) comprises a well-equipped chemical and physical analysis labs, and seven major testing facilities capable of conducting emissions tests on a variety of vehicles.

Inside VELA

Ever wondered how the emissions, or efficiency of scooters, cars, lorries and busses are tested? Or how we can compare road testing and lab tests? Or how can we calculate if a biofuel is really 'greener' than petrol? Watch what goes on in the Vehicle Emissions Laboratory to find out.

VELA

Explore! our real-life Vehicle Emissions Laboratory (VELA) and navigate first-hand, inside. This area includes two labs and seven testing major testing facilities. Did you know that we are currently building a new facility in Ispra for electric vehicle testing?

Green energy: tomorrow's reality

More than three million people across the EU now work in eco-industries, producing nature-friendly goods and services. Watch to learn more.

Inside ESTI

The European Solar Test Installation (ESTI) is a laboratory that works to verify the power and energy output of photovoltaic (PV) devices. ESTI is located at the JRC's Ispra site in Italy. It has been at the forefront of developing standards for electrical performance of PV products since its launch in the late 1970s. ESTI's work to support the EU's renewable energy policy (Directive 2009/28/EC), find out more here.

ESTI

Explore! our real-life European Solar Test Installation (ESTI) and navigate first-hand, inside. Did you know that this laboratory in Ispra, has been around since the 70's? It has been at the forefront of the development of standards for the electrical performance of photovoltaic (PV) products since its launch.

Making energy more efficient

How much energy do all Europeans consume for stand-by functions on our many household appliances? How much energy do Europe's data centres need to cool the servers? Use the energy efficiency application to find out how the JRC and European Industry has cut energy consumption by 50% in some cases.

Making energy more efficient

How much energy do all Europeans consume for stand-by functions on our many household appliances? How much energy do Europe's data centres need to cool the servers? Use the energy efficiency application to find out how the JRC and European Industry has cut energy consumption by 50% in some cases.

ESTI

Explore! our real-life European Solar Test Installation (ESTI) and navigate first-hand, inside. Did you know that this laboratory in Ispra, has been around since the 70's? It has been at the forefront of the development of standards for the electrical performance of photovoltaic (PV) products since its launch.

ESTI

Explore! our real-life European Solar Test Installation (ESTI) and navigate first-hand, inside. Did you know that this laboratory in Ispra, has been around since the 70's? It has been at the forefront of the development of standards for the electrical performance of photovoltaic (PV) products since its launch.

VELA

Explore! our real-life Vehicle Emissions Laboratory (VELA) and navigate first-hand, inside. This area includes two labs and seven testing major testing facilities. Did you know that we are currently building a new facility in Ispra for electric vehicle testing?

ESTI

Explore! our real-life European Solar Test Installation (ESTI) and navigate first-hand, inside. Did you know that this laboratory in Ispra, has been around since the 70's? It has been at the forefront of the development of standards for the electrical performance of photovoltaic (PV) products since its launch.

VELA

Explore! our real-life Vehicle Emissions Laboratory (VELA) and navigate first-hand, inside. This area includes two labs and seven testing major testing facilities. Did you know that we are currently building a new facility in Ispra for electric vehicle testing?

VELA

Explore! our real-life Vehicle Emissions Laboratory (VELA) and navigate first-hand, inside. This area includes two labs and seven testing major testing facilities. Did you know that we are currently building a new facility in Ispra for electric vehicle testing?

Energy in Africa

Despite being rich in renewable energy resources, why is it such a challenge for Africa to bring electricity to its citizens? Find out how the European Union helps to raise awareness of the renewable energy potential and which energy source is best for specific African regions.

VELA

Explore! our real-life Vehicle Emissions Laboratory (VELA) and navigate first-hand, inside. This area includes two labs and seven testing major testing facilities. Did you know that we are currently building a new facility in Ispra for electric vehicle testing?

ESTI

Explore! our real-life European Solar Test Installation (ESTI) and navigate first-hand, inside. Did you know that this laboratory in Ispra, has been around since the 70's? It has been at the forefront of the development of standards for the electrical performance of photovoltaic (PV) products since its launch.

VELA

Explore! our real-life Vehicle Emissions Laboratory (VELA) and navigate first-hand, inside. This area includes two labs and seven testing major testing facilities. Did you know that we are currently building a new facility in Ispra for electric vehicle testing?

ESTI

Explore! our real-life European Solar Test Installation (ESTI) and navigate first-hand, inside. Did you know that this laboratory in Ispra, has been around since the 70's? It has been at the forefront of the development of standards for the electrical performance of photovoltaic (PV) products since its launch.

ESTI

Explore! our real-life European Solar Test Installation (ESTI) and navigate first-hand, inside. Did you know that this laboratory in Ispra, has been around since the 70's? It has been at the forefront of the development of standards for the electrical performance of photovoltaic (PV) products since its launch.

Making energy more efficient

How much energy do all Europeans consume for stand-by functions on our many household appliances? How much energy do Europe's data centres need to cool the servers? Use the energy efficiency application to find out how the JRC and European Industry has cut energy consumption by 50% in some cases.

Making energy more efficient

How much energy do all Europeans consume for stand-by functions on our many household appliances? How much energy do Europe's data centres need to cool the servers? Use the energy efficiency application to find out how the JRC and European Industry has cut energy consumption by 50% in some cases.

Making energy more efficient

How much energy do all Europeans consume for stand-by functions on our many household appliances? How much energy do Europe's data centres need to cool the servers? Use the energy efficiency application to find out how the JRC and European Industry has cut energy consumption by 50% in some cases.

VELA

Explore! our real-life Vehicle Emissions Laboratory (VELA) and navigate first-hand, inside. This area includes two labs and seven testing major testing facilities. Did you know that we are currently building a new facility in Ispra for electric vehicle testing?

Making energy more efficient

How much energy do all Europeans consume for stand-by functions on our many household appliances? How much energy do Europe's data centres need to cool the servers? Use the energy efficiency application to find out how the JRC and European Industry has cut energy consumption by 50% in some cases.

VELA

Explore! our real-life Vehicle Emissions Laboratory (VELA) and navigate first-hand, inside. This area includes two labs and seven testing major testing facilities. Did you know that we are currently building a new facility in Ispra for electric vehicle testing?

Making energy more efficient

How much energy do all Europeans consume for stand-by functions on our many household appliances? How much energy do Europe's data centres need to cool the servers? Use the energy efficiency application to find out how the JRC and European Industry has cut energy consumption by 50% in some cases.

ESTI

Explore! our real-life European Solar Test Installation (ESTI) and navigate first-hand, inside. Did you know that this laboratory in Ispra, has been around since the 70's? It has been at the forefront of the development of standards for the electrical performance of photovoltaic (PV) products since its launch.

Making energy more efficient

How much energy do all Europeans consume for stand-by functions on our many household appliances? How much energy do Europe's data centres need to cool the servers? Use the energy efficiency application to find out how the JRC and European Industry has cut energy consumption by 50% in some cases.

The Road to Green Driving

Select a vehicle and set off on a journey to see how your driving style, amount of luggage and other factors affect the amount of petrol you use and emissions you create.

PVGIS: Internet tools for the assessment of photovoltaic solar energy systems

The Photovoltaic Geographical Information System (PVGIS) provides web access to: solar radiation and temperature data and PV performance assessment tools. Find out more here & visit our solar panel display.

Solar Energy: Capturing the benefits of photovoltaics

Photovoltaic (PV) modules convert photons from the sun’s rays into electricity, which can either be stored or fed into the electricity grid. It is a very promising technological option to shift towards a decarbonised energy supply. With its European Solar Test Installation (ESTI), the JRC assesses the performance of new and improved photovoltaic devices and performs pre-normative research. (June 2013)