While electrifying the transport system is a major priority to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Europe, the railway system has been a pioneer in this area with a large majority of its traffic running on electrified lines. But efforts are still needed to complete this path. Various regions in Europe have shown interest in the potential of fuel cell and hydrogen technologies for trains, in particular where other electrification alternatives have proven unfeasible to reach the environmental and... Read more
As of 2016 certain FCH JU projects are required to prove that they are using or producing Green/Low Carbon hydrogen, by complying with criteria developed by the FCH JU CertifHy project. At the request of many FCH JU stakeholders, the CertifHy consortium prepared an overview on how this compliance can be demonstrated. How do I know if my FCH JU project meets the CertifHy criteria? The average carbon footprint of the hydrogen consumed in the project needs to be less than... Read more
The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) with the support of a number of experts has compiled a document titled “EU Harmonised Polarisation Curve Test Method for Low Temperature Water Electrolysis” that can be downloaded here. Any possible comments should be provided to Dr. G. Tsotridis ( before the end of April 2018. The official release of this document will take place once the comments of the stakeholders consultation are... Read more
Together, we the Heads of EU agencies and Joint undertakings commit to zero tolerance towards sexual harassment and we cannot and will not accept harassment of any form in our agencies. We take it upon ourselves to communicate to our staff that harassment in the workplace is never acceptable. We have committed ourselves in accordance with existing laws and particularly the staff regulation, to promote diversity at work and provide our staff with a trusted place in which to work. Equality is... Read more
Next to environmental advantages, fuel cells and hydrogen sector can bring significant economic benefits to Europe. These include green growth, generating revenue for European countries and creating highly skilled jobs in a knowledge-based sector. In the EU, innovation is essential to maintain economic growth, competitiveness and employment. Major EU policies in fields such as environment or transport, including sustainable mobility, also need support from scientific and technological... Read more
The Common Support Centre of the European Commission is organising a “Coordinators’ Day” for coordinators of existing grants on 12th April 2018. The purpose of the event is to explain the details on the preparation of grant amendments and reports. It will take place in the Charlemagne building in Brussels, from 9.30 to 17.00h. It is mainly meant for grant coordinators, but other project participants are also welcome subject to the availability of seats. Registration (first-come first-served... Read more
On Thursday 22 February 2018, a new hydrogen refuelling station at the Groningen site was launched. The hydrogen is a by-product of chlorine production, produced sustainably by electrolysis, using electricity produced from wind energy. It is therefore renewable and green. The launch of the station is paving the way towards the deployment of more fuel cell electric buses in the north east of the Netherlands. This new milestone is taking place thanks to the FCH JU project High V.LO-City, which... Read more
Fuel cells for stationary application and for heat and power offers significant benefits for the environment, with a strong impact on primary energy savings. Improving the lifetime and reducing production costs of fuel cells used in these applications, namely SOFC, remains one of the top priorities of the FCH JU for bringing a commercially viable innovative product to the market. Following this path, FCH JU project NELLHI, which recently came  to its end, delivered excellent results on... Read more
Since 2015, the project INNO-SOFC supported by the FCH JU, has been working the development and validation of the next generation of solid oxide fuel cell technologies for commercial sized applications. With a power capacity of 58kWe the INNO-SOFC system brings together Estonian fuel cell stack manufacturer ELCOGEN and Finnish fuel cell system integrator CONVION to further decrease system costs and to validate the performance of the system. Building on the success of the INNO-SOFC project an... Read more
In 2016 the FCH JU launched its initiative with regions and cities. Its goal is to establish a collaboration platform to facilitate market introduction of fuel cell and hydrogen (FCH) based products in regions and cities pursuing a decarbonisation agenda. To date, the initiative counts 86 signing parties, who adhered in the form of signing a Memorandum of Understanding. The initiative, conducted in a form of a study, has compiled relevant information for public authorities and other... Read more