Moving towards electrification and increased integration of renewable sources, fuel cells and hydrogen technologies are great solutions to empower citizens to move towards a clean and sustainable integrated transport system. The FCH JU continues supporting major developments in this area. Out of the 53 FCH JU transport projects, 27 are dedicated to demonstration activities, enabling first deployment activities and helping moving from national plans to an EU strategy.
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On March 30, the "Multi-fuel future" seminar took place in Reykjavik, Iceland, with the purpose of sharing experiences and taking stock of the initiated efforts for a future green and sustainable Icelandic transport system.
Organised by the Icelandic companies, New Energy an Skeljungur, the seminar gathered an eclectic panel of key players with an all-sided industry representatives including car manufacturers such as Toyota and Hyundai, and the Mayor of Reykjavík, Dagur B. Eggertsson.
FCH JU project NewBusFuel has just finished and its conclusions demonstrate that hydrogen refueling in large-scale bus depots is not only technically feasible, it is also commercially viable.
Don't miss the deadline to submit your proposals for FCH JU 2017 Call. The deadline is on the Thursday 20 April 2017 - 17:00 (Brussels time).
The 2017 call for proposals is available with a funding of 116 million € and with total of 24 topics, including 7 for transport, 12 for energy and 5 for cross-cutting.
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.
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.
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 performance.
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.
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.
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.