FCH JU News
Great news for the fuel cell industry: Germany has launched a ~€60-million, three-year consortium of leading industrial companies to investigate high-volume production of automotive fuel cell stacks. As this recent national initiative builds on the successful outcome of FCH JU research projects, the FCH JU is thrilled to see its support leading to the next step towards mass fuel cell manufacturing in Germany.
The EU maritime sector carries three quarters of EU trade and transports over 400 million passengers at European ports yearly. At the same time, currently used technology emits CO2 and maritime transport alone is responsible for approximately 2.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Pollution and air quality issues associated with the sector need to be urgently addressed. In light of these facts, the European Commission called 2017 to be the "Maritime Year" to raise awareness for the potential and the challenges of maritime sector.
The transition towards clean energy systems implies building bridges from the fossil world of oil, coal and gas applications to the green world and the use of local resources from solar, wind and water. Hydrogen plays an important role as a "bridge energy carrier". It can be produced from water and green electricity (electricity from hydropower, wind and photovoltaic) wherever it is needed. It can be stored and, when needed, converted into electricity for mobility systems and/or heat.
Fuel cell micro CHP (µCHP) is an already available highly efficient distributed energy solution for heat and power generation near the point of consumption. Small units are typically used for residential or small commercial buildings and are able to provide demand for heating, hot water and/or cooling in buildings while generating electricity to replace or complement electricity supplied by the grid.
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.
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.
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.