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.
FCH JU News
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.
The FCH JU will hold its next Open Info Day & Brokerage Event in Brussels on the Thursday 02 February 2017.
This year's edition will reveal a new format as an important share of the event will be dedicated to fostering networking opportunities and initiate contacts. We would like to provide participants and interested readers with practical information concerning this annual event.
Production of hydrogen from renewable sources is crucial to enlarge the place of green hydrogen within the energy transition.
The FCH JU funding programme continues placing this item at the core of its activities and has allocated 24.5 M € to improve the different technologies (electrolysis and biogas reforming) and to stimulate market penetration. Capitalizing research for green hydrogen will allow addressing the intermittent character of renewables and harnessing their power, while naturally moving away from fossil energies.
The 25th of January 2017 marks the launch of a game changing project in sustainable and clean urban transportation in Europe: JIVE, which stands for Joint Initiative for hydrogen Vehicles across Europe.
The project is co-financed by the FCH 2 JU under the European Union - Horizon 2020 framework programme for research and innovation.
Fuel cells and hydrogen technologies are key for a decarbonised and sustainable transport system and offer great advantages for automotive applications. In addition to their environmental benefits, fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) offer 2 major assets: a long-range and short refuelling times.
To support and accelerate the market-entry of these vehicles, the FCH JU research activities aim at reducing the production costs of fuel cell systems, while increasing their lifetime to levels competitive with conventional technologies.