Hydrogen is used extensively in the chemical industry for processing and synthesising new products. However, following this processes, significant hydrogen quantities remain unexploited. The FCH JU supported project POWER-UP, led by the UK-based company AFC Energy, innovates by manufacturing, installing and operating a first-of-its-kind 240 kWe industrial-scale alkaline fuel cell (AFC) power plant, installed at Stade, Lower Saxony, Germany. The fuel cell system utilises the remaining /surplus hydrogen and produces electricity, which is then exported to the local power grid.
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The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) has supported a range of initiatives in recent years designed to develop hydrogen fuel cell (FC) buses to a point where they can fulfil their promise as a mainstream zero emission vehicle for public transport. Their benefits, such as convenient driving range and reduced air and noise pollution, are becoming widely known to bus operators and public authorities.
"Sofia is interested in testing a hydrogen bus in public transport and we are talking about it," said the mayor of Sofia, Yordanka Fandakova, at the opening of the Hydrogen Summit in Sofia, Bulgaria on 28 May 2018. The Hydrogen Summit was organised by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) during the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU and marked the 10th anniversary of the FCH JU.
The FCH JU- funded project Cell3Ditor aims at developing an innovative 3D printing technology for the industrial production of SOFC stacks. This technology allows the fabrication of SOFC stacks with unique features such as monolithic architecture, thinner elements and embedded fluidics, and current collection in only two production steps (printing and sintering).
At this year’s EU Sustainable Energy Week, the flagship conference for the sustainable energy community across Europe, the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) and FCH JU projects featured in more than half a dozen events. It’s clear that fuel cell and hydrogen technology is set to play a big part in Europe’s transition to a low carbon economy.
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Hydrogen and fuel cells are moving up on the sustainable energy agenda: the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) are hosting a high-level EUSEW session on greening European industry, with groundbreaking FCH JU-funded projects featuring in this and other sessions.
It is widely recognised that green solutions for especially the transport sector are crucial for the green transition in our big cities. Hydrogen for transport is key in this development. Now Copenhagen public fleet is becoming greener also thanks to support from the FCH JU.
Today the official opening of the FCH JU- funded BIG HIT project took place in Kirkwall, the Orkney Islands, bringing together communities, industry, and politicians who are all working together to deploy one of Europe’s leading energy systems. This will enable more renewable energy to be produced and used locally in the Orkney Islands of Scotland and also support similar deployments more widely.