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Hannover Messe, Europe’s largest hydrogen, fuel cells and battery exhibition, is taking place on 23- 27 April 2018 in Hannover, Germany. This year’s edition features 60 exhibitors from 20 countries and an outside Ride + Drive area where visitors can test, among other, the newest models of fuel cell electric vehicles. Different topics and latest technical developments are discussed in the Public and Technical forum of the exhibition. This year, the FCH JU participated with a dedicated slot... Read more
In April 2018, the FCH JU- funded CertifHy project will launch first Green Hydrogen Guarantees of Origin (GOs) that will be available for sale EU-wide. CertifHy GOs provide information of the source of the product to the customers and allow hydrogen users to track the origin of the product. Four hydrogen producers including the industrial gas companies Air Liquide and Air Products, the chemical company Akzo Nobel, Air Products, the retailer Colruyt Group and the energy utility Uniper... Read more
After the launch of the FCH JU- funded project H2FUTURE at the beginning of 2017, construction of the pilot facility at the voestalpine site in Linz has now accelerated. This flagship project for a CO2-reduced energy future and the decarbonization of steel production is taking shape: today, 16 April 2018, at the voestalpine site in Linz, the H2FUTURE project consortium officially gave the go-ahead for construction of the world’s largest pilot facility for the production of green hydrogen. With... Read more
While electrifying the transport system is a major priority to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Europe, the railway system has been a pioneer in this area with a large majority of its traffic running on electrified lines. But efforts are still needed to complete this path. Various regions in Europe have shown interest in the potential of fuel cell and hydrogen technologies for trains, in particular where other electrification alternatives have proven unfeasible to reach the environmental and... Read more
As of 2016 certain FCH JU projects are required to prove that they are using or producing Green/Low Carbon hydrogen, by complying with criteria developed by the FCH JU CertifHy project. At the request of many FCH JU stakeholders, the CertifHy consortium prepared an overview on how this compliance can be demonstrated. How do I know if my FCH JU project meets the CertifHy criteria? The average carbon footprint of the hydrogen consumed in the project needs to be less than... Read more
The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) with the support of a number of experts has compiled a document titled “EU Harmonised Polarisation Curve Test Method for Low Temperature Water Electrolysis” that can be downloaded here. Any possible comments should be provided to Dr. G. Tsotridis (Georgios.TSOTRIDIS@ec.europa.eu) before the end of April 2018. The official release of this document will take place once the comments of the stakeholders consultation are... Read more
Together, we the Heads of EU agencies and Joint undertakings commit to zero tolerance towards sexual harassment and we cannot and will not accept harassment of any form in our agencies. We take it upon ourselves to communicate to our staff that harassment in the workplace is never acceptable. We have committed ourselves in accordance with existing laws and particularly the staff regulation, to promote diversity at work and provide our staff with a trusted place in which to work. Equality is... Read more
Next to environmental advantages, fuel cells and hydrogen sector can bring significant economic benefits to Europe. These include green growth, generating revenue for European countries and creating highly skilled jobs in a knowledge-based sector. In the EU, innovation is essential to maintain economic growth, competitiveness and employment. Major EU policies in fields such as environment or transport, including sustainable mobility, also need support from scientific and technological... Read more
The Common Support Centre of the European Commission is organising a “Coordinators’ Day” for coordinators of existing grants on 12th April 2018. The purpose of the event is to explain the details on the preparation of grant amendments and reports. It will take place in the Charlemagne building in Brussels, from 9.30 to 17.00h. It is mainly meant for grant coordinators, but other project participants are also welcome subject to the availability of seats. Registration (first-come first-served... Read more
On Thursday 22 February 2018, a new hydrogen refuelling station at the Groningen site was launched. The hydrogen is a by-product of chlorine production, produced sustainably by electrolysis, using electricity produced from wind energy. It is therefore renewable and green. The launch of the station is paving the way towards the deployment of more fuel cell electric buses in the north east of the Netherlands. This new milestone is taking place thanks to the FCH JU project High V.LO-City, which... Read more
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