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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. Hydrogen can also be produced through the steam reforming of biogas, or through an entirely different process, water electrolysis, which uses water and electricity as the "... Read more
81 Regions and Cities from 20 European countries show a strong pan-European interest in pursuing concrete Fuel Cells and Hydrogen (FCH) projects and exploring related financing options, according to the results of the survey launched by Roland Berger under the FCH Regions Initiative. The strongest drivers for pursuing these applications are industrial innovation, development and additional employment opportunities in the region, with 32% of the regions having already a dedicated FCH... Read more
Project CISTEM, funded by the FCH JU under its 2012 call for proposals, is now concluded. The project aimed to develop a new fuel cell (FC) based CHP technology, which is suitable for fitting into large scale peak shaving systems coupled to renewable energy sources and in SMART grid applications. CISTEM produced excellent results on high temperature polymer electrolyte membrane (HT-PEM) fuel cell systems targeting combined heat and power applications. The system developed under the project... Read more
An overview of the evaluation results for the 2017 Call (Flash Call Info) is now available. More information can be found on our website under the Calls for Proposals section and in this document. FCH JU recently informed the applicants about the evaluation results for their proposals. The number of proposals that can finally be funded depends on the available budget and the formal approval of grant agreements by the FCH 2 Joint Undertaking. It is expected that the first grant... Read more
Don't miss this event on the 22 September 2017, Charlemagne, Brussels. Flexible, long-range and zero-emission. At the time when electro-mobility presents as the way forward for decarbonisation of transport, fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) appear as one of the most innovative and practical solutions. Most renowned car manufacturers are committing towards this technology and play a major role in shifting the market from petrol and diesel to greener, more sustainable fuels. While the fuel... Read more
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. The consortium, which is lead by BMW, comprises leading German companies in... Read more
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... Read more
Fuel cell micro CHP (µCHP)  is an already available highly efficient distributed energy solution for heat and power generation near the point of consumption. Small units are typically used for residential or small commercial buildings and are able to provide demand for heating, hot water and/or cooling in buildings while generating electricity to replace or complement electricity supplied by the grid. Compared to a state-of the art condensing boiler and grid power supply, fuel cell mCHP... Read more
Taking place annually, the "H2FC Group Exhibit", part of the well known Hannover Messe show, is Europe’s largest hydrogen, fuel cells and battery exhibition. The 2017 edition featured topics that include automotive and mobile fuel cell systems and applications, components technology and storage. The group exhibit stands as the perfect occasion for a growing sector to highlight the latest industrial developments, where  attendees and exhibitors can meet to discuss and explore industry... Read more
Moving towards electrification and increased integration of renewable sources, fuel cells and hydrogen technologies are great solutions to empower citizens to move towards a clean and sustainable integrated transport system. The FCH JU continues supporting major developments in this area. Out of the 53 FCH JU transport projects, 27 are dedicated to demonstration activities, enabling first deployment activities and helping moving from national plans to an EU strategy. So far, the €260 M funding... Read more
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