A 2 MW fuel cell combined heat and power (CHP) unit was officially inaugurated last week in China, within the FCH JU project DEMCOPEM-2MW. 

The CHP unit is located at the Ynnovate Sanzheng Fine Chemicals chlor- alkali plant in Yingkou, Liaoning province, and operates using the plant’s hydrogen by-product as fuel. The produced heat and electricity supply a good proportion of the plant's own needs.

The location was selected on the basis of its economic environment allowing for a valid business case, while the polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) technology comes from the European project partners.

On 11th October 2016,  ITM Power officially opened the fourth public hydrogen refuelling station in Greater London.

The hydrogen is produced on site at the Centre of Engineering Manufacturing Excellence (CEME) in Rainham, East London, through water electrolysis powered by photovoltaic energy.

The station is part of demonstration project HyFIVE and is co-financed by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking and the UK Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV).

The FCH JU project Beingenergy successfully constructed and tested a prototype high temperature PEM fuel cell system fuelled with methanol. The prototype system achieved a high electrical efficiency of 38% over its testing period and Serenergy, which is one of the partners involved in the project, has declared that they will continue their research and development activities to build on these very promising results.

Within FCH JU project HAWL, 36 new hydrogen fuel cell-powered forklifts have recently been deployed at the FM Logistic warehouse in Neuville-aux-Bois, near Orléans in the Loiret department.

They add to another 10 units that had already been deployed 18 months ago in this same location.

Among FCH JU projects, Neuville-aux-Bois is now the warehouse with the highest number of forklifts in operation, closely followed by Prelocentre in Sain-Cyr-en-Val, near Orleans (Loiret department), within project HyLift-EUROPE with units in operation since 2015 . Carrefour has announced that up to 150 hydrogen fuel cell forklifts will be deployed during 2017 in their French premises within this same project.

On the 23 September 2016, the FCH JU held its annual Coordinator's day.

Following the evaluations' outcome, the FCH JU organizes one information day with the project coordinators in order to provide all details on the preparation and signature of a grant agreement,

This event was organized in the FCH JU premises in Brussels from 9.30 to 14.00.

Presentations from the meeting can be downloaded from the links below:



Registration of participants


On the Tuesday 27 September, a workshop entirely dedicated at disseminating findings of FCH JU project ene.field will take place in Brussels, Salons Waerboom, in Groot-Bijgaarden.

Started in 2011, project ene.field is the largest European demonstration of the latest smart energy solutions for private homes: micro-CHP, i.e. small size "combined heat and power" units. The devices use a fuel cell to produce heat and electricity from natural gas on a scale suitable for individual homes, with the benefits of reducing CO2 emissions and increasing efficiency as compared to traditional heater and boiler systems, leading to lower energy consumption.

Stack costs are still a limiting factor to the uptake of fuel cell technologies, which have otherwise proven their very interesting behaviour in, among others, combined heat and power applications.

FCH JU project SOSLeM aims at addressing this very aspect for solid oxide stacks through optimised production techniques. A close look will be given to, among others, cassette production, glass curing, stack conditioning, materials, wastewater treatment and manufacturing set-up.

All in all, the project targets important capital cost savings for SOFC stack production, targeting a level of 2500 €/kW.

Project SOSLeM started on April 1st this year and is due to last 3 years, for a total FCH JU contribution close to 2 million EUR.

On the occasion of the Low Carbon Vehicle event held in Millbrook on the 14-15 September 2016, the H2 Aberdeen initiative won the "Grand Prix" Award. Within this initiative, the Aberdeen H2 Bus project deployed  Europe’s largest fleet of hydrogen fuel cell buses and delivered UK’s largest hydrogen production and bus refuelling station, financed throught 2 FCH JU projects: HyTransit and High V.LO-City

The hydrogen economy is ready. FCH JU project BIG HIT will prove it.

Set on the small Scottish archipelago of the Orkney islands, the project is going to demonstrate the possibility of comprehensively relying on hydrogen as a way to maximize the use of their renewable energy resources.

An overview of the evaluation results for the 2016 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.