Joint Research Centre of European Commission, Institute for Energy and Transport, Belgium (JRC).

Joint Research Centre of European Commission, Institute for Energy and Transport (IET)

The Institute for Energy and Transport (IET) provides scientific and technical support on energy issues to policy makers of the European Union (EU). Special emphasis is given to the security of energy supply and to more sustainable, safer and cleaner energy production and use for the future. The IET is one of the seven Institutes of the Joint Research Centre, a Directorate General (DG) of the European Commission. The JRC functions as a reference centre of science and technology for the EU. Close to the policy-making process, it serves the common interest of the Member States, while being independent of special interests, whether commercial or national. The IET is based both in Petten (the Netherlands) and Ispra (Italy) and has a multidisciplinary team of more than 300 academic, technical and support staff.
The JRC/IET activities focus on pre-normative and underpinning research targeting the development and improvement of performance characterisation methodologies for hydrogen storage, detection and safety.JRC/IET hydrogen storage and safety related activities are supported by several dedicated state-of-the-art testing facilities including a facility for real-life testing of full-scale high-pressure hydrogen and natural gas tanks for vehicles, a laboratory for performance characterisation of materials for solid-state hydrogen storage and a facility for hydrogen sensors safety and performance assessment. These facilities are complemented by the development and application of computational tools to perform numerical modelling of hydrogen releases, dispersion and safety scenarios.In particular, the Solid-state Hydrogen Storage Testing Facility is dedicated to the testing and performance assessment of potential hydrogen storage materials. The laboratory is equipped with instruments which can measure how much and how quickly materials can reversibly store hydrogen and under which conditions. Experiments cover a variety of materials and testing conditions and the research is complemented by in-house microstructural analysis studies.

EDEN Project | Main role

JRC will act in line with its reference laboratory role, supplying to the consortium the material characterization capabilities (WP2). This characterization will consist of the storage material hydrogen sorption properties such as kinetics, pressure-composition isotherms (PCI) and thermodynamic parameters assessment. Some other complementary material characterization (XRD, SEM, BET, XRF) would also be performed upon request.