FCH JU highlights from Hannover Messe 2017

Taking place annually, the "H2FC Group Exhibit", part of the well known Hannover Messe show, is Europe’s largest hydrogen, fuel cells and battery exhibition. The 2017 edition featured topics that include automotive and mobile fuel cell systems and applications, components technology and storage. The group exhibit stands as the perfect occasion for a growing sector to highlight the latest industrial developments, where  attendees and exhibitors can meet to discuss and explore industry trends. The FCH JU participated in this edition through several initiatives.

On Tuesday 25 April, Executive Director Bart Biebuyck took part in the podium discussion “IPHE Policy Forum: Fuel Cells and Hydrogen in the Economy, Industry Perspectives” alongside industry partners of the Joint Undertaking. He stressed the importance of favourable policies and regulatory environment to accelerate the market uptake of the technology. This session also revolved around public funding and the need of decarbonisation. The second debate the FCH JU took part in was named “Green Hydrogen - the foundation for sector coupling (electricity, mobility, heat)”. Bart Biebuyck highlighted  the importance of green hydrogen and pointed out the examples of FCH JU efforts towards this goal across different sectors.

This event is also the occasion for FCH JU funded projects to feature their main achievements and progress.

The running FCH JU project D2Service aiming at simplifying both residential and commercial fuel cell systems for easy, fast and safe system service, presented its latest findings in the technical forum on Tuesday 25 April.

Another project, SOCTESQA, aiming at developing uniform and industry wide test procedures for SOFC cell/stack assembly, made also a presentation at the Technical forum: SOCTESQA: Test procedures for SOFC/SOEC - implementation in international standards

The BIG HIT project, creating a fully integrated model of hydrogen production, storage, transportation and utilisation for heat, power and mobility in Orkney, Scotland, was presented to the audience including the latest updates.

Industry partners of the FCH JU, including the Chair of the FCH JU Governing Board Raphael Schoentgen (ENGIE), attended the fair where they met with the Commission Vice-President for Energy Union, Maros Sefcovic to highlight the importance of hydrogen as green fuel in the European energy mix.