Next to environmental advantages, fuel cells and hydrogen sector can bring significant economic benefits to Europe. These include green growth, generating revenue for European countries and creating highly skilled jobs in a knowledge-based sector. In the EU, innovation is essential to maintain economic growth, competitiveness and employment. Major EU policies in fields such as environment or transport, including sustainable mobility, also need support from scientific and technological development.
FCH JU News
The Common Support Centre of the European Commission is organising a “Coordinators’ Day” for coordinators of existing grants on 12th April 2018. The purpose of the event is to explain the details on the preparation of grant amendments and reports. It will take place in the Charlemagne building in Brussels, from 9.30 to 17.00h. It is mainly meant for grant coordinators, but other project participants are also welcome subject to the availability of seats.
On Thursday 22 February 2018, a new hydrogen refuelling station at the Groningen site was launched. The hydrogen is a by-product of chlorine production, produced sustainably by electrolysis, using electricity produced from wind energy. It is therefore renewable and green. The launch of the station is paving the way towards the deployment of more fuel cell electric buses in the north east of the Netherlands.
Fuel cells for stationary application and for heat and power offers significant benefits for the environment, with a strong impact on primary energy savings. Improving the lifetime and reducing production costs of fuel cells used in these applications, namely SOFC, remains one of the top priorities of the FCH JU for bringing a commercially viable innovative product to the market.
Since 2015, the project INNO-SOFC supported by the FCH JU, has been working the development and validation of the next generation of solid oxide fuel cell technologies for commercial sized applications. With a power capacity of 58kWe the INNO-SOFC system brings together Estonian fuel cell stack manufacturer ELCOGEN and Finnish fuel cell system integrator CONVION to further decrease system costs and to validate the performance of the system.
In 2016 the FCH JU launched its initiative with regions and cities. Its goal is to establish a collaboration platform to facilitate market introduction of fuel cell and hydrogen (FCH) based products in regions and cities pursuing a decarbonisation agenda. To date, the initiative counts 86 signing parties, who adhered in the form of signing a Memorandum of Understanding.
EU households and economic activities generate about 2.5 billion tonnes of waste per year, 1.6 billion of which are not reused or recycled. Looking into solutions to treat and transform waste into new resources remains one of the top priorities in view of addressing environmental and sustainability challenges. Therefore the concept of circular economy takes on greater significance, standing for an alternative model that promotes reuse, repair, refurbishment and recycling, recuperating rare raw materials and transforming waste into a resource.
The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) with the support of a number of experts has compiled a document titled “EU harmonised terminology for low temperature water electrolysis for energy storage applications” that can be downloaded here.
After the publication of its Call for proposals 2018, the FCH JU held an Info Day on 26 January 2018 in Brussels. The event triggered significant interest of participants, and the registrations quickly filled up. In total, there almost 200 participants, both on site and on- line. Along with the presentation of the Call topics, the participants received information about rules for participation, evaluation, Call conditions, intellectual property and tips for preparation of proposals.
On 10 January 2018, the European Commission launched a series of public consultations clustered by key policy areas, in preparation for the EU's next long-term budget post-2020 (MFF). Citizens, organisations and businesses can give their views online until 8 March 2018.
The consultation on EU funds in the area of investment, research & innovation, SMEs and single market can be found here.