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The FCH JU recently signed a Grant Agreement to fund project INSPIRE, which will validate the next generation of automotive fuel cell stack technology and accelerate the commercialisation of high performance zero emission fuel cell electric vehicles.

Leading industrial and academic partners with expertise in the design and manufacture of PEMFC stacks will collaborate to advance materials and components having already shown promising results in other FCH JU projects, integrate them for enhanced performance and demonstrate their capability to be manufactured in volume..

On the occasion of the 11th European Sustainable Energy Week, the FCH JU participated to several initiatives aiming at highlighting the role of fuel cells and hydrogen technologies against the backdrop of  this year's theme: Power to the Consumer.

The FCH JU signed a new Grant Agreement for the amount of almost 35 million € to fund project H2ME 2.

This is the launch of a second pan-European deployment of hydrogen refueling infrastructure as well as passenger and commercial fuel cell electric vehicles.

The six-year H2ME 2 project brings together 37 partners from across Europe. It will include the deployment and operation of 1,230 fuel cell vehicles, the addition of 20 new hydrogen-refueling stations (HRS) and will test the ability of electrolysers to simultaneously feed HRS's and help balance the electrical grid.

As more renewables are being integrated to the grid, the next generation water electrolysers must achieve better dynamic behaviour to provide superior grid-balancing services. FCH JU recently signed a Grant Agreement for project HPEM2GAS which will develop a low cost PEM electrolyser optimised for grid management. Reduced costs will be achieved by incorporating smarter Balance of Plant (BoP) and lower cost Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) stack technology targeting increased current densities and improved lifetime while maintaining state-of-art performance and safety standards. The project will conclude with a six month power- to- gas field test of an advanced 180 kW PEM electrolyser capable of reaching 300 kW in transient mode.

Fuel-Cell Electric Buses (FCEBs) have been deployed in multiple demonstrations in Europe, Canada and the USA, but they still suffer somewhat from comparatively high costs and low availability.

Oddly enough, the availability issues have mostly been due to control issues and hybridisation strategies rather than to the fuel cells themselves. GIANTLEAP aims to increase availability and reduce the total cost of ownership of FCEBs by increasing the lifetime and reliability of the complete fuel cell system through advanced online diagnostic, prognostic and control systems. The aim is to reach and possibly exceed the level of availability of diesel buses.

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. 

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