The European Innovation Council (EIC) Pathfinder Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) Proactive 2019 call budget has been increased by €45.4 million. This budget is ring-fenced for low carbon energy and climate change related technologies, and the call deadline has been postponed until 8 October 2019. Following discussions with Member State representatives, the Commission is now amending the H2020 EIC Work Programme (WP) for 2019 to update the two FET Proactive topics in the EIC Pathfinder... Read more
Following the success of our workshop on 17 May 2019 on hydrogen and fuel cells in the railway environment in Brussels, we are delighted to share with you a video from the event. The workshop launched the findings of a joint study between the FCH JU and the Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking (S2R JU) published the same day, and gathered relevant stakeholders for a discussion of the next steps for the technology in Europe. The final study and presentations from the workshop are all available to... Read more
The development of hydrogen valleys can foster economic growth in the European regions while answering to the local energy needs and reducing pollution. On the occasion of the European Sustainable Energy Week, the FCH JU is organising a session on the development of hydrogen valleys, to discuss the elements needed to develop and implement an integrated approach for the ramp up of hydrogen in different European regions (“hydrogen valleys”). We will look, among others,  at policy... Read more
A technical report published by the Joint Research Council (European Commission) investigates the global deployment of large capacity stationary fuel cells. The study attempts to identify some key factors influencing deployment and to relate them to the trends observed in specific countries/regions. These factors include: energy and climate policies, FC funding programmes, competing technologies, the presence of FC system manufacturers and energy prices (spark spread). The study finds that... Read more
Brussels, 17 May 2019 A new study commissioned by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) and Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking (S2R JU) analyses the opportunities to enable a larger introduction of fuel cells and hydrogen (FCH) technologies within the European railway market. The study shows significant market potential for FCH technologies in the rail environment. The technology provides a flexible, zero-emission and potentially cost-competitive solution underpinning clear... Read more
The first multi-energy station in Iceland opened today, 15 May 2019, in Reykjavík. The station, built in the framework of the Hydrogen Mobility Europe (H2ME) project, is the third hydrogen station in Iceland, and the first combined station where biomethane, fast charging and hydrogen are all available under the same canopy. The President of Iceland Mr. Guðni Th Jóhannesson inaugurated the station, together with the Chairman of City of Reykjavík‘s Council of Environment and Health, Ms. Líf... Read more
The European innovation project FLAGSHIPS has been awarded 5 Million Euros from the EU to deploy two commercially operated zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell vessels in France and Norway. The FLAGSHIPS project contributes in building two new build vessels, one in Lyon, France and one in Stavanger, Norway. In Lyon, a hydrogen push-boat operated by Compagnie Fluvial de Transport (CFT) will serve as a utility vessel on one of its most demanding rivers, the Rhône. In Stavanger, hydrogen is... Read more
Another interesting call funded by the Horizon 2020 is now open where project promoters can seek Technical Assistance for deploying their energy efficiency and sustainable mobility plans around fuel cells and hydrogen (FCH) : Aggregation - Project Development Assistance (EE-11). To help you meet the deadline for application (03/09/2019) and provide you with the insights you need to prepare a coherent and competitive project proposal the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-size Enterprises... Read more
Come and join the FCH JU team on 4 May 2019 from 10.00 to 18.00. We will display two of the latest hydrogen-powered cars in front of the European Commission’s Berlaymont building! Visit us to discover how the hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are contributing to zero emission, clean transport in Europe’s cities and regions! Our activities will be part of the Research and Innovation family stand. The Open Day of the European Institutions is the ultimate opportunity to explore the... Read more
The FCH JU and the Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking (S2R JU) will launch their joint “Study on the use of fuel cells and hydrogen in the railway environment” on the occasion of a workshop on Friday 17 May 2019 in Brussels.  The study assesses the state of the art, the business case, the market potential, specific case studies and technical and non-technical barriers to the use of FCH technology in different rail applications.The main conclusions of the study point to a... Read more