Institute Overview

Introducing the Institute for Energy and Transport

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.

JRC-IET Building 325

Activities and core competences

IET carries out energy research in both nuclear and non-nuclear domains. Typical activities encompass:

  • Renewable energies including solar, photovoltaics and biomass;
  • Energy techno-economic assessment;
  • Bioenergy including biofuels;
  • Hydrogen and fuel cells;
  • Clean fossil including CO2 capture, transport and storage and zero-emission power generation;
  • Energy efficiency in: buildings, industry, transport and end-use;
  • Security of energy supply and networks and safety and reliability of energy infrastructures;
  • Safe nuclear energy for current reactor types (generation II and III);
  • Safety of future reactor systems in accordance with the Generation IV International Forum strategy.

For more information about our activities, please see Key Scientific Activities.

Our key experimental facilities

For more information about our facilities, please see Facilities.