On 17 January 2018, a new FCH JU project was launched and held its kick-off in Brussels. Project REVIVE will look at advancing the state of development of fuel cell trucks for waste transportation and will deploy garbage trucks throughout seven European sites, including the town of Antwerp, Belgium. The project will also demonstrate how hydrogen refueling stations with large daily demands can be commercially viable.
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On Tuesday 16 January 2018, the new FCH JU call for proposals opened, featuring 20 topics in view of developing research and demonstration in fuel cells and hydrogen, with a budget of €73.2 million available. The financial support will be divided between activities from different areas of research and innovation for each of the transport and energy pillars, as well as overarching and cross-cutting activities.
The 7th European Fuel Cell Technology & Applications Piero Lunghi Conference - EFC17, took place in Naples, Italy, from 12 to 15 December 2017.
The FCH JU covers a wide range of cross-cutting activities that support both energy and transport developments. Removing regulatory barriers and increasing public awareness and trust in the technology can facilitate its entry into the market. Safety issues are among the priorities of the portfolio.
One of the FCH JU flagship cross-cutting projects SUSANA achieved great results in the field of safety engineering design and assessment of fuel cells and hydrogen infrastructure.
On 7 December 2017, a brand new station was opened at Paris-Orly airport, thanks to the support of the FCH JU. Air Liquide and Groupe ADP inaugurated this new station which is launching a new clean mobility option in the Greater Paris Area.
A fuel cell generates electricity at high efficiencies and without any harmful emissions. In order to exploit its full potential, it is essential to continue improving the technology by putting in place test procedures and validation systems. Adopting such test protocols will play an important role in boosting market introduction of fuel cell technologies, as they provide customers with a reliable basis for comparison of performance.
The FCH JU Stakeholder Forum (SF) on November 22, 2017 in Brussels marked a milestone for the fuel cells and hydrogen sector: it celebrated the 10th edition of this key conference, giving the opportunity to stakeholders to look back and take stock of one of the greatest technological leaps in European Research and Innovation.
On the 22, 23 and 24 November, the FCH JU is holding its annual Stakeholder Forum and Programme Review Days in Brussels at the Steigenberger Wiltcher's Hotel. This year is a special one for our sector as it is the 10th edition of the Stakeholder Forum, bringing together a unique programme celebrating past achievements as well as looking at new developments. The special edition is followed by 2 days of the FCH JU Programme Review Days, aiming at assessing the programme's progress and highlighting main projects' accomplishments.
Joint Undertakings are key instruments to boost innovative products into the market and help addressing major global challenges. Years after their establishment, European Joint Undertakings including the FCH JU gather in the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, from 23 to 26 October.
"Fuel cell micro-CHP is a technology that is modern, innovative and enjoyed by many customers today. That's why we want to deploy it in the coming energy mix in Europe" said Fiona Riddoch from Cogen Europe as the first statement of the project ene.field final dissemination event.