Development of Guidance Manual for LCA Application to Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Technologies
The goal of H2FC-LCA project was to overcome the weak comparability and to reduce complexity by sector specific guidance, developing a simple suitable instrument to be used at program level all over European Union based on common agreed methodologies, with the same approach and with homogenous and harmonized data to ensure that LCA applied by different teams in different contests could immediately be compared and used as they were homogenously calculated on the base of a common harmonized agreed procedures. To this aim two projects respectively named “HYGuide” and “H2FC-LCA”, funded by FCH-JU as support action projects, were joined together focussed on delivering a guidance document, training materials and courses as well as case studies and LCI datasets related to fuel cells technologies and on hydrogen production systems.The two consortia agreed to coordinate their projects and to share a common work programme mainly concerning the key overall LCA methodological choices avoiding in such way contradictory results and the delivering of different methodologies.
According to project and FCH-JU goals, the H2FC-LCA project has reached the following objectives:
- Developed, in liaise with the JRC-IES, a Specific Guidance Document for application to fuel cell technologies and related training material with courses for practitioners in industry and research, based on and in line with the International Reference Life Cycle Data System (ILCD) Handbook, coordinated/ co-developed by the EC's JRC-IES. The guidance document has been developed with the following characteristics:
- has been reviewed by an external body and accepted by industry
- has a modular structure and is applicable for technologies at different stage of maturity (from lab- to commercial-scale) and to different technology-levels (from base technologies up to technology systems). The modular approach will allow each technology developer to assess their own technology without taking into account all the possible combinations in more complex systems, and to make the related information available in the ILCD (International reference Life Cycle Data system) Data Network. The structure of information modules allows the accumulation of knowledge to build up assessments also for more complex systems.
- has been developed with the idea of offering step by step guidance for LCA practitioners in industry, as well as for researchers
The Specific Guidance document consists in to 2 parts and 5 annexes.
- Developed 3 case studies concerning the application of the LCA guidance to PEMFC, SOFC and MCFC systems in order to provide practitioners with real examples how to apply concepts and rules contended in the guidance
- Developed materials for training courses which will be an useful tool to teach researchers, stakeholders from industry and policy makers.
- Implemented, by the two consortia, a website (http://www.fc-hyguide.eu/) as a central information point and as fully integrated component of the ILCD data network, with public and restricted access areas.