The FCH JU just signed a new Grant Agreement for the amount of almost 34 million € to fund project PACE.

For the first time, the FCH JU took part in the Intentional Transport Forum (ITF) Summit, from 18 to 20 May 2016, in Leipzig.

Identified as the transport pillar of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the ITF is an intergovernmental organisation with 57 member countries which acts as a think-tank on transport policy issues. Since 2008, the Summit brings together ministers from around the world to share policy perspectives with CEOs, heads of international organisations, leaders from the civil society and academia, as well as media.


An inspired collaboration, initiated by GRDF and the Mulhouse city authorities and carried out in the framework of the FCH JU ene.field project and EnergieVie Pool projects, has installed the first fuel cell micro-CHP in the region of Alsace, France. The fuel cell micro-CHP unit, developed by the European manufacturer RBZ, has been installed in the Architect’s Office of the municipality of Mulhouse, bringing first-hand experience of home energy to leading stakeholders tackling the energy transition at the local level.

17 May 2016 - Bart Biebuyck takes up his duties as new executive director of the FCH2 JU.


The first public access hydrogen refuelling station opened in London on the 10 May 2016, with the presence of Mr Andrew Jones MP, Transport Minister at Department for Transport and with the automotive OEMs Hyundai, Toyota, Honda and Renault partner Symbio FCell.

The station has been launched by the energy storage and clean fuel company ITM Power, and is the first of three UK stations to be deployed as part of the FCH2 JU project HyFIive,

Located at the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington, the hydrogen refuelling station is close to the A316 and A308 trunk roads and is available for commercial and private fleets operating fuel cell electric vehicles. 

The Hannover Messe is the world's biggest international trade fair for industrial technology with an estimated attendance of 200,000 participants and 5,000 exhibitors.

FCH JU traditionally joins this important trade fair, this year with the participation of the Executive director, Phillippe Vannson, in the Hydrogen, Fuel Cells & Batteries public forum on Tuesday 26th April. He joined the podium discussion “Hydrogen + Fuel Cells activities in the USA and in Europe” at 14:00. Watch the discussion here.

The first publicly accessible hydrogen station in Belgium opened on 22nd of April 2016 as part of the FCH2 JU funded project, SWARM. The Air Liquide station opened in the presence of the Flemish Minister and Director of Innovative and Sustainable Mobility at the European Commission, with SWARM partners H20 e-mobile and Microcab Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles on show.

At the beginning of April, for the first time cars from all five car manufacturers involved in the FCH JU funded project HyFIVE (Hydrogen for Innovative Vehicles) were together in one place on the occasion of the project's mid- term review. The partners took the opportunity to bring each of their vehicles. In all, there were 11 vehicles from the five leading OEMs.


The FCH JU joined the annual conference held by COGEN Europe on 23 March 2016. 

This Conference is the largest annual event for the cogeneration sector in Europe, bringing together policymakers, businesses and other stakeholders from across the EU and beyond to discuss and exchange opinions on the latest policy and market developments.

The event is a also the opportunity to showcase the contribution that the combined heat and power (CHP) sector can make to economic growth, job creation, and the achievement of EU energy and sustainability policy goals

In 2009, the well-known book entitled “The Hydrogen Economy – Opportunities and Challenges” was used as a reference document for the establishment of the European Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Technology Initiative. In the preface of this book the editors wrote: “For a long time, hydrogen has been the fuel of the future. The coming decade will be critical to prove the commercial viability of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies."

There is no need to wait for a decade, 20 or 30 years. Today, 7 years after the publication of this book it is already possible to see, with the Don Quichote project, one way of deploying the hydrogen economy.