EU households and economic activities generate about 2.5 billion tonnes of waste per year, 1.6 billion of which are not reused or recycled. Looking into solutions to treat and transform waste into new resources remains one of the top priorities in view of addressing environmental and sustainability challenges. Therefore the concept of circular economy takes on greater significance, standing for an alternative model that promotes reuse, repair, refurbishment and recycling, recuperating rare raw materials and transforming waste into a resource.
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The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) with the support of a number of experts has compiled a document titled “EU harmonised terminology for low temperature water electrolysis for energy storage applications” that can be downloaded here.
After the publication of its Call for proposals 2018, the FCH JU held an Info Day on 26 January 2018 in Brussels. The event triggered significant interest of participants, and the registrations quickly filled up. In total, there almost 200 participants, both on site and on- line. Along with the presentation of the Call topics, the participants received information about rules for participation, evaluation, Call conditions, intellectual property and tips for preparation of proposals.
On 10 January 2018, the European Commission launched a series of public consultations clustered by key policy areas, in preparation for the EU's next long-term budget post-2020 (MFF). Citizens, organisations and businesses can give their views online until 8 March 2018.
The consultation on EU funds in the area of investment, research & innovation, SMEs and single market can be found here.
The FCH JU will hold its next Info Day & Brokerage Event in Brussels on the Friday 26 January 2018. The 2018 edition will follow last year’s format: the morning will be dedicated to an information session and presentations to the Call for proposals 2018, followed by a brokerage session in the afternoon. The brokerage event aims to foster networking opportunities and provide a platform to meet potential project partners.
FCH JU brand new project Refhyne was launched on 18 January 2018 with an event held in Cologne. The consortium will build a new hydrogen electrolysis plant, the largest of its kind in the world, at the Rheinland refinery in Germany. With a capacity of 10 megawatts, the hydrogen will be used primarily for the processing and upgrading of products at the refinery’s Wesseling site.
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 eight sites in EUrope, including the town of Antwerp, Belgium. The project will also demonstrate how hydrogen refueling stations with large daily demands can be commercially viable.
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.