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.
FCH JU News
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.
Universities and research centers represent an important segment of the FCH JU programme. To accelerate commercialisation of innovative products, the FCH JU brings together research, industry partners and public actors in order to align the European R&D community.
Fostering exchanges amongst the different partners is essential to bring products from laboratories to everyday life and enable the sustainable shift towards clean technologies.
The FCH JU funded project ene.field together with Energy2GO, the Dutch platform for sustainable gas applications are organising a joint workshop named The cost-effective energy transition in the Netherlands on 23 January 2017 in The Hague (NL).
Excellent news for the hydrogen and fuel cell community at the beginning of 2017: Thirteen leading energy, transport and industry companies have today launched a global initiative to voice a united vision and long-term ambition for hydrogen to foster the energy transition. The CEOs of the participating companies used the occasion of the World Economic Forum in Davos to kick off this important activity.