The FCH JU participated in the European Fuel Cell Car Workshop held on March 1-3, 2017, in Orléans, France. The focus of the workshop was to take stock of the recent advances made in Europe towards achieving the COP21 objectives in terms of transport and sustainable mobility using the fuel cells and hydrogen sector. Organised by the CNRS and the FCH JU project SMARTCat, this workshop brought together researchers and manufacturers from major French and European SMEs and industrial groups... Read more
Horizon 2020 (H2020), the EU’s research and innovation funding programme under which the FCH2 JU operates, foresees specific rules on eligibility of costs and financial practicalities around projects.  As it is essential for project partners  to have a clear understanding of the process as well as of the existing instruments, the FCH2 JU will hold a specific workshop on March, 30th, with a focus on providing further insight on H2020 rules on eligibility of costs. The workshop... Read more
Reducing the use of platinum group metals (PGM) in  PEM fuel cells, without decreasing overall performance, is a clear priority at European level. These metals, such as platinum itself (Pt), are not only precious metal elements but their usage in the fuel cell manufacturing processes has an important impact on production costs. There is therefore the need to develop a technology that supports the minimization of platinum usage, thereby reducing the costs, without an impact on overall... Read more
On February 13, 2017 Hydrogenics, partner in the FCH JU HyBalance project and developer of the new 1.2 MW PEM electrolyser, announced that the electrolyser has successfully produced hydrogen during the first stage of factory acceptance testing at Hydrogenics facilities in Oevel, Belgium. The electrolyser will produce hydrogen from wind-generated energy and also enable grid balancing services. The green hydrogen will be used in multiple high value markets such as industry and clean... Read more
Established in 2015, the European Energy Union sets out the basis for the European Commission's ‘Energy’ policy package, aiming to ensure that Europe has secure, affordable and climate-friendly energy. With five dimensions at the core of its strategy, the Energy Union acts as a driver to boost European policies and the R&D agenda to tackle current challenges in an integrated way. Fuel cells and hydrogen-based technologies and energy solutions play a crucial role within this agenda. In... Read more
Coming one week after the publication of the European Commission Second Report on the State of the Energy Union, the FCH JU is welcoming the launch of one of its biggest energy projects, H2FUTURE, which took place in Linz, Austria. Green Hydrogen produced based on CO2-free green electricity presents enormous potential for use as an industrial process gas, as well as for energy storage. The H2FUTURE project is an important milestone on the path towards coupling the energy and industry sectors... Read more
Following the publication of the 2017 Call for proposals, the FCH JU held its annual Info Day on the 2nd February in Brussels. Along with the presentation of the Call topics, the participants received information about rules for participation, evaluation, Call conditions and tips for preparation of proposals. The Info Day also featured presentations from the FCH JU's industry grouping Hydrogen Europe, research grouping N.ERGHY and National Contact Points. The event... Read more
The FCH JU will hold its next Open Info Day & Brokerage Event in Brussels on the Thursday 02 February 2017. This year's edition will reveal a new format as an important share of the event will be dedicated to fostering networking opportunities and initiate contacts. We would like to provide participants and interested readers with practical information concerning this annual event. Please note that registrations for this event are closed and that we are fully booked. However, new... Read more
Production of hydrogen from renewable sources is crucial to enlarge the place of green hydrogen within the energy transition. The FCH JU funding programme continues placing this item at the core of its activities and has allocated 24.5 M € to improve the different technologies (electrolysis and biogas reforming) and to stimulate market penetration. Capitalizing research for green hydrogen will allow addressing the intermittent character of renewables and harnessing their power, while... Read more
The 25th of January 2017 marks the launch of a game changing project in sustainable and clean urban transportation in Europe: JIVE, which stands for Joint Initiative for hydrogen Vehicles across Europe. The project is co-financed by the FCH 2 JU under the European Union - Horizon 2020 framework programme for research and innovation.  JIVE's overall objective is to advance the commercialisation of hydrogen fuel cell buses through large-scale... Read more