Fuel cells and hydrogen technologies are key for a decarbonised and sustainable transport system and offer great advantages for automotive applications. In addition to their environmental benefits, fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) offer 2 major assets: a long-range and short refuelling times.

To support and accelerate the market-entry of these vehicles, the FCH JU research activities aim at reducing the production costs of fuel cell systems, while increasing their lifetime to levels competitive with conventional technologies.

Universities and research centers represent an important segment of the FCH JU programme. To accelerate commercialisation of innovative products, the FCH JU brings together research, industry partners and public actors  in order to align the European R&D community.

Fostering exchanges amongst the different partners is essential to bring products from laboratories to everyday life and enable the sustainable shift towards clean technologies.

The FCH JU funded project ene.field together with Energy2GO, the Dutch platform for sustainable gas applications are organising a joint workshop named The cost-effective energy transition in the Netherlands on 23 January 2017 in The Hague (NL).

Excellent news for the hydrogen and fuel cell community at the beginning of 2017: Thirteen leading energy, transport and industry companies have today launched a global initiative to voice a united vision and long-term ambition for hydrogen to foster the energy transition. The CEOs of the participating companies used the occasion of the World Economic Forum in Davos to kick off this important activity.

In the first global initiative of its kind, the ‘Hydrogen Council’ is determined to position hydrogen among the key solutions of the energy transition.

Stationary fuel cells are typically used for the simultaneous production of heat and power, running very quietly with high energy efficiency and with reduced environmental impact compared to traditional fossil fuels based devices.

They can serve many applications, e.g. replacing conventional heating systems while also providing electric power, for back-up power systems or for reliable off-grid primary power to homes, businesses, telecommunication networks, utilities.

Their great benefits making no doubt, it is necessary to pursue the initiated efforts to further improve their performance and lower production costs.

The FCH JU is pleased to announce the publication of its new 2017 call for proposals.

The opening of a new call for proposals translates the core mission of the FCH JU into a key action, adding a stepping stone into the path towards accelerating commercialisation of fuel cells and hydrogen technologies.

The 2017 call for proposals is available with a funding of 116 million €, with total of 24 topics, including 7 for transport, 12 for energy and 5 for cross-cutting.

The financial support will be divided between projects from different areas of research and innovation for each of the transport and energy pillars, as well as cross-cutting activities.

SAVE THE DATE - 02 February - Brussels

Following the publication of the 2017 annual call for proposals, the FCH JU will hold its Open Info Day & Brokerage Event in Brussels on the 02 February. This one-day event will be the occasion for potential applicants to receive further insight into the description of the topics and rules for participation.

This year's edition will offer an innovative programme as a special brokerage session will integrate the agenda, with the purpose of facilitating new cross-border contacts and initiate collaborations.

This event will take place at the White Atrium, Avenue de la Toison d'Or 56-60, B-1060 Brussels.

Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking is currently recruiting for the following position:

Contract Agent (M/F) FGIV

​Project Officer

Deadline for applications: 15 January 2017 (23:59, Brussels time).

For more information click here.

Two coordination and support actions related to cross-cutting activities have been selected by the FCH JU under its 2016 call for proposals.

The first two projects from the FCH 2 JU Call for proposals 2016  are now ready to start.

Projects INLINE and DEMO4GRID are due to begin on February 1 and March 1, 2017, respectively.