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Project Achievements: CertifHy

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Hydrogen, a common industrial gas generally used in the chemical and petrochemical industry for various processes, has to date been mainly produced through the chemical process of steam reforming of coal or natural gas, generating carbon dioxide (CO2) as a side product. This, however, is not the only possibility.

FCH JU research on stack leads to new industry project

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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.

Hydrogen and fuel cells in maritime and port applications

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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.

Hydrogen, one solution to several challenges: FCH JU projects in Austria.

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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.

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