Hydrogen can be part of the solution as fundamental step in the transition towards a cleaner future. A number of large cities and local authorities are currently proving that, when used as fuel for transport, hydrogen is a clean response to the high levels of particulate matter, exhaust fumes and noise that occur in metropolitan and urban areas.
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More than 70 representatives of local and regional authorities, industry and policy makers attended the 8th General Assembly of the Regions and Cities Initiative, which took place today, 9 October 2018 at the FCH JU's premises in Brussels.
Critical time for regions and cities
Following its Call for Proposals 2018, the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking held a Coordinators day on 13 September 2018. After the deadline of the Call 2018, eligible proposals were evaluated and successful projects’ coordinators were invited for a day of sessions covering all details on the preparation and signature of a grant agreement. In addition, the FCH JU programme office presented topics such as audit, knowledge management, dissemination and communication.
The 50th hydrogen refueling station was inaugurated on Friday, 7 September, in Postdam, by the partners H2 MOBILITY, Linde and TOTAL and represents an important milestone in the expansion of the infrastructure enabling hydrogen-based mobility in Germany.
EU funding within the scope of the Hydrogen Mobility Europe (H2ME) project
Hydrogen: the missing link in the energy transition
‘Hydrogen is the missing link in the global energy system transition by 2050, as required by the targets in the Paris Agreement’ according to the report launched on 6 September 2018 in Bonn by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).
The HyBalance project inaugurated on Monday, 3 September 2018, an advanced facility for the production of renewable hydrogen in Hobro, Denmark. The hydrogen is produced from water electrolysis, enabling the storage of renewable electricity from wind turbines and at the same time balancing the electricity grid. The hydrogen produced will be used for greening the industry and transportation sectors. The project was initiated in 2016, with funding from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) and the support of the Danish EUDP program.
Leading the way
Hydrogen is used extensively in the chemical industry for processing and synthesising new products. However, following this processes, significant hydrogen quantities remain unexploited. The FCH JU supported project POWER-UP, led by the UK-based company AFC Energy, innovates by manufacturing, installing and operating a first-of-its-kind 240 kWe industrial-scale alkaline fuel cell (AFC) power plant, installed at Stade, Lower Saxony, Germany. The fuel cell system utilises the remaining /surplus hydrogen and produces electricity, which is then exported to the local power grid.
The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) has supported a range of initiatives in recent years designed to develop hydrogen fuel cell (FC) buses to a point where they can fulfil their promise as a mainstream zero emission vehicle for public transport. Their benefits, such as convenient driving range and reduced air and noise pollution, are becoming widely known to bus operators and public authorities.
"Sofia is interested in testing a hydrogen bus in public transport and we are talking about it," said the mayor of Sofia, Yordanka Fandakova, at the opening of the Hydrogen Summit in Sofia, Bulgaria on 28 May 2018. The Hydrogen Summit was organised by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) during the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU and marked the 10th anniversary of the FCH JU.
The FCH JU- funded project Cell3Ditor aims at developing an innovative 3D printing technology for the industrial production of SOFC stacks. This technology allows the fabrication of SOFC stacks with unique features such as monolithic architecture, thinner elements and embedded fluidics, and current collection in only two production steps (printing and sintering).