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.

While off-grid electricity generators based on traditional fossil fuels can be turned on and off according to demand, stand-alone renewable energy facilities require to be coupled to an energy storage system in view of balancing the variable electricity supply with the demand.

Electrolysers, coupled with tanks, a fuel cell and a control system, offer the possibility to do so through the storage of energy in the form of hydrogen: the hydrogen is produced from water by the electrolyser when the electricity produced is in excess of demand and conversely, it is re-converted into electricity by the fuel cell when the renewable installation is generating insufficient amounts.

Adopting new domestic solutions for heat and power is essential in view of reducing energy dependency and CO2 emissions. Stationary fuel cells can produce both electricity and heat at different scales (from homes to industrial applications) while significantly reducing the environmental footprint and the energy bill.

As part of the many issues addressed by its research and innovation programme, the FCH JU  looks at the different options for fuel cells production and reduction of their costs and time to market.

While fuel cell technologies for residential heat and power cogeneration systems are by now well proven and widely recognised for their efficiency, they still struggle for public acceptance due to cost.

The new FCH JU project HEATSTACK aims at reducing thee production costs of their most expensive system components, the fuel cell stacks and the heat exchangers, by up to 60%.

The aspects of materials, design, manufacturing and upscaling will be addressed and optimised in view of improving the market competitiveness of both the proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFC) and solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) systems.

HEATSTACK started in April this year and is set to last 3 years.

During the World Hydrogen Energy Conference WHEC 2016 held in Zaragoza on June 13th-16th, conference visitors could take advantage of joining the driving demonstrations of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV), offered by Toyota and BMW. The FCH JU project HYACINTH collected feedback on the impressions of the FCEV test drives. The overall purpose of the HYACINTH project is to gain a deeper understanding of the social acceptance of hydrogen technologies across Europe by combining specific qualitative and quantitative methods and samples of European citizens and stakeholders.

What about the end of life of equipment and plants based on fuel cells and hydrogen (FCH) technologies? Within the vision of decarbonising Europe through, among others, large-scale deployment of FCH technologies, considerations about end of life cannot be disregarded.

How will the components be recovered and recycled? Can existing methodologies be transferred? Are there any inherent challenges to be addressed  What novel approaches should be developed?