SWARM project: First publicly accessible hydrogen station opens in Belgium


The first publicly accessible hydrogen station in Belgium opened on 22nd of April 2016 as part of the FCH2 JU funded project, SWARM. The Air Liquide station opened in the presence of the Flemish Minister and Director of Innovative and Sustainable Mobility at the European Commission, with SWARM partners H20 e-mobile and Microcab Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles on show.

Customers like the idea of ene.field home energy solutions


The FCH JU funded project ene.field has achieved a milestone. One of the preliminary results of Europe’s largest fuel cell micro-CHP deployment shows that the idea of a home energy solution providing both heat and power appeals to over three quarters of the households taking part in the ene.field project, as presented at the “Fuel cells for stationary power applications conference“ in London on 9th February.


3Emotion: Rotterdam orders two fuel cell buses


RET, the public transport company of the metropolitan region of Rotterdam (Netherlands), has signed a contract with the Belgian bus manufacturer Van Hool for the supply of two latest generation fuel cell electric buses.

In total RET has a 250 bus fleet of which six are electric buses. The two new fuel cell buses ordered receive co-financing from different entities, among which from the FCH-JU as part of the bus project 3Emotion

FCH JU new Acting Executive Director


Philippe Vannson was appointed by the FCH 2 JU Governing Board on 18 November 2015 as Acting Executive Director of the FCH 2 JU as from 01 January 2016.

Philippe Vannson graduated in engineering from the “Ecole Centrale de Paris" in 1980 and obtained a DEA (Diplôme d'Etudes Approfondies) in Materials Technology.

He then built a broad experience in industry/steelmaking (Dillinger Hütte, in Sollac), research (CEA, GCO Petten), programme management & public administration (Head of unit in DG BUDG, DG RTD).

Spotlight on PPPs first socio-economic impacts at the European Innovation Summit


Since their settlements in 2007-2008, the Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) are driving innovation in key industrial sectors, namely aviation (Clean Sky and SESAR), electronic components & systems (ENIAC and ARTEMIS) and health (IMI), in addition to the FCH JU area. These pioneering partnerships have more than demonstrated their ability to deliver results that are both scientifically excellent and have practical applications in areas that are vital to Europe’s competitiveness.

Fuel cell electric buses: already cleaning transport


As the COP21 starts, the FCH JU project CHIC (Clean Hydrogen in European Cities), a flagship zero emission bus project, saves over four million litres of fuel and demonstrates that the fuel cell bus technology is ready to underpin the decarbonisation of our urban centres.
As the post-Kyoto United Nations negotiations begin in Paris, transport emissions cannot be ignored. They account for one quarter of all CO2 emissions in Europe, while urban mobility represents 40% of all CO2 emissions of road transport.

Joint CLEANSKY - FCH JU workshop on aeronautical applications of fuel cells and hydrogen technologies


On the 15 and 16 September, the FCH JU and CLEAN SKY joint workshop on aeronautical applications of fuel cells took place in the DLR (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt) Institute of Space Propulsion in Lampoldshausen.

This was the first time for two Joint Undertakings to unite efforts in view of exchanging conrete ideas to set the basis of two joint calls for proprosals.

About 60 members of the two communities participated in the workshop and contributed by lively discussions to the 15 technical presentations.