Join us for the second edition of the European Hydrogen Week (EHW), taking place from 29 November to 3 December 2021!
Summer this year, the first-ever Climate Law for Europe was adopted, writing into law the goals set out in the European Green Deal. To achieve these ambitious goals, in July the European Commission adopted the ‘Fit for 55’ package of policy proposals to make the EU's climate, energy, land use, transport and taxation policies fit for this target and make Europe become the world's first climate-neutral continent by 2050.
Building on all these ambitions as the first step in the implementation of the EU Hydrogen Strategy, the Week will discuss the tremendous opportunities associated with the production and use of hydrogen and hydrogen-based fuels in the different sectors of the economy and how hydrogen will play a key role in the European Green Deal.
The European Hydrogen Forum is a unique event bringing together European industry, policy makers, government representatives as well as the research community to discuss and steer the increased potential for clean hydrogen in the upcoming years.
The EHW 2021 agenda is structured as follows:
- Day 1: Hydrogen Forum and FCH JU Awards
- Day 2: R&I Priorities
- Day 3: Hydrogen Strategy
- Day 4 and 5: Programme Review Days (PRD)
Please be aware that the registration process requires multiple steps and may be linked to your profile of the previous year. A short explanation of the registration procedure can be found here.
Ursula von der Leyen
Ursula von der Leyen
President of the European Commission
Ursula von der Leyen was Minister at federal level in Germany for more than 14 years and responsible for family, then labor and social affairs and later defence. In 2019, she was elected as President of the European Commission. As the head of the European executive, she has defined six headline ambitions for Europe for her mandate: a European Green Deal, a Europe fit for the digital age, an economy that works for people, a stronger Europe in the world, promoting our European way of life, and a new push for European democracy.
Executive Vice-President of the European Commission
Frans Timmermans began his career with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1987. After taking part in the junior diplomat training programme, he worked at the European Integration Department of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and at the Embassy of the Netherlands in Moscow. He later worked for Hans van den Broek, European Commissioner for External Relations, and Max van der Stoel, High Commissioner on National Minorities for the OSCE.
In 1998, Frans Timmermans was elected as a member of the House of Representatives for the Dutch Labour Party (PvdA), where he dealt principally with foreign affairs. In the fourth Balkenende government, from February 2007 to February 2010, Mr Timmermans was Minister for European Affairs. In 2010, Mr Timmermans returned to Parliament as the Labour Party's spokesperson on foreign policy.
On 5 November 2012, Mr Timmermans became Minister of Foreign Affairs in the second Rutte government. Two years later, on 1 November 2014, he became First Vice-President of the European Commission, responsible for better regulation, interinstitutional relations, sustainable development, the rule of law and the Charter of Fundamental Rights. Since 1 December 2019, he is the Executive Vice-President of the European Commission, responsible for the Green Deal.
European Commissioner for Energy
Kadri Simson is an Estonian politician from the Centre Party. She is serving as a European Commissioner for Energy in the Von der Leyen Commission since 1. December 2019.
She was previously the Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure in Jüri Ratas' first cabinet from 2016 to 2019. During the Estonian Presidency in the Council of the EU, Simson chaired both energy ministers and transport ministers meetings in TTE Council and ministers of economy format in EU Competitiveness Council.
From 2007–2016 Kadri Simson was a member of the 11th, 12th, and 13th Riigikogu and in 2019 she was also elected to the 14th Riigikogu. She holds a Master's degree in Political Science from University College London.
European Commissioner for Transport
Adina Vălean is the European Commissioner for Transport. Before taking office on December 1st 2019, she was a Member of the European Parliament for 12 years. As an MEP she served as the Chairwoman of ITRE Committee (July-December 2019), Chairwoman of ENVI Committee (2017-2019) and as Vice-President of the European Parliament (2014-2017). She was also a Member of the Romanian Parliament between 2004-2007. Adina Vălean holds a Master degree in European Integration Studies and Security and a bachelor degree in Mathematics.
Maria da Graça Carvalho
Maria da Graça Carvalho
Member of the European Parliament
Maria da Graça Carvalho is currently a member of the European Parliament. She was a senior advisor of Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, from November 2014 to December 2015. Previously, she was a member of the European Parliament, between July 2009 and May 2014. In that capacity, she was one of the rapporteurs of Horizon 2020. She was also Principal Adviser to President Barroso in the fields of Science, Higher Education, Innovation, Research Policy, Energy, Environment and Climate Change from 2006 to 2009. She served as a Minister of Science and Higher Education of the XV Constitutional Government of Portugal and Minister of Science, Innovation and Higher Education of the XVI Constitutional Government. She is a Full Professor at Instituto Superior Técnico (University of Lisbon).
Member of the European Parliament
EPP-Coordinator for the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE)
Dr Christian Ehler has been a Member of the European Parliament for Brandenburg since 2004 and belongs to the Group of the European People's Party (EPP/CDU). He has been a Member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) for over ten years and has been its coordinator for the EPP since the beginning of this legislative period. As rapporteur for Horizon 2020 (2014-2020) and Horizon Europe (2021-2027) Dr Christian Ehler is considered one of the leading figures in the design and implementation of the European Framework Programmes for Research and Innovation. He is the initiator of the ITRE working group on the implementation of the Framework Programmes, which ensures close parliamentary scrutiny of Europe's research and innovation funding. Furthermore, Dr Christian Ehler is Vice-Chair of the European Parliament's think tank STOA (Science and Technology Options Assessment).
One of Dr. Ehlers main priorities is to ensure Europe’s excellence in science, technology and innovation in all sectors, including health, digital and climate. As Rapporteur for Horizon Europe, he has put forward a number of instruments to reduce the administrative burden for researchers and SMEs and for boosting public-private partnerships contributing to achieving EU climate and digital goals.
In addition to his engagement in the field of research an innovation, in the European Parliament Dr Christian Ehler is also Member of the US Delegation and substitute Member of the Committee on Culture and Education, the Delegation for relations with Israel and the Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean.
Minister for European and Federal Affairs and Regional Development, Lower Saxony (GER)
Birgit Honé is a member of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR). Since 2017, she is the Minister for European and Federal Affairs and Regional Development in the German federal state of Lower Saxony. The tasks of the ministry include the representation of the State of Lower Saxony at the German federal level and the European level. In addition, the Ministry is responsible for the regional development and, related to this, for the management of EU funding such as the European Fund for Regional Development.
The topic of clean hydrogen assumes a central role in the ministry's work. Minister Honé was European Committee of the Regions’ rapporteur for an opinion on clean hydrogen. The Ministry supports numerous hydrogen initiatives and projects at the regional and local level, for instance through the Interreg programme, with the aim of establishing Lower Saxony as a central player in the field of renewable energies. Minister Honé also represents Lower Saxony in the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance and the European Hydrogen Valleys Partnership.
Minister Honé started her career in 1990 as adviser to the SPD parliamentary group in the Parliament of Lower Saxony. Key roles in her professional career include such as Senate Member at the Lower Saxony Audit Office (2004-2013) and as Permanent Secretary for Europe and state development in the Lower Saxony State Chancellery (2013-2017). Minister Honé holds a degree in law.
Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation (FRA)
Before being appointed as the Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, Frédérique Vidal had been the President of the University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis (UNS) since 2012.
She holds a master’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis, a post-graduate degree from the Institut Pasteur and a doctorate from the University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis where she became a lecturer in 1995.
Since 2004, Frédérique Vidal has been a professor of biochemistry, molecular and cell biology at the UNS.
In addition, she was Associate Dean of the Department of Life Sciences from 2007 to 2009 and was appointed Research Assessor to the Dean of the Faculty and then Dean of the Department in 2009.
Previously, she was responsible for internships before becoming the Deputy Director of the post-graduate diploma in Pharmacology.
An outside member of the Inserm Regional Scientific Council from 1999 to 2003, Frédérique Vidal has been on the assessment panel for the master’s degree in virology at the UPMC-Paris Diderot-Institut Pasteur since 2004. She was also co-responsible for the European Tempus project in relation to the implementation of the LMD system in the Balkans, from 2006 to 2009.
Frédérique Vidal has been a “Chevalier” of the French Legion of Honour since 2013.
International Energy Agency (IEA), Paris
Dr. Fatih Birol (@fbirol) has served as Executive Director of the International Energy Agency since 2015. He has led the IEA in its first comprehensive modernisation programme since its creation in 1974. These efforts focused on “opening the doors” of the IEA to major emerging economies; making the IEA the global hub for clean energy transitions; and broadening the IEA’s energy security mandate beyond oil to also cover electricity, natural gas, renewables and the critical minerals needed in many of today's clean energy technologies. Dr Birol has been named in the TIME100, TIME's annual list of the world's most influential people.
Director-General of DG Research and Innovation
Jean-Eric Paquet became Director-General of DG Research and Innovation on 1st April 2018; however, his involvement in EU research policy dates back from 2002, as Deputy Head of Cabinet of Philippe Busquin, then Commissioner in charge of Research and Development. Jean-Eric’s career at the European Commission started in 1993. Since then he contributed in shaping EU policy in various fields and achieved major breakthroughs, notably in DG Transport, where he led the development of the Trans-European Transport Network Policy and was responsible for Europe’s transport infrastructure policy and investment strategies, the single European rail area, inland waterways and port policy.
He also gained considerable experience at international level: in DG Enlargement, his portfolio covered Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro and FYROM. He was also EU Ambassador in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania from 2004 to 2007.
In 2015, he was appointed Deputy Secretary-General of the European Commission, in charge of Better Regulation and Policy Coordination.
In all his endeavours, he puts co-creation and systemic change at the heart of the decision-making process, and strongly believes that citizens should be more involved in shaping public policy agendas.
Deputy Director General
Marjeta JAGER is currently Deputy Director-General for the Directorate-General for International Partnerships (DG INTPA). Ms JAGER has been working in the European Commission since 2005, starting as Director for Security in DG Energy and Transport and later being Director for international energy and transport files and coordination, as well as being Head of Cabinet of the Transport Commissioner.
Before joining the Commission Ms JAGER was more than a decade working on the accession of Slovenia to the EU for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and she was the first Deputy Permanent Representative (Coreper I) of Slovenia to the EU.
Rosalinde van der Vlies
Rosalinde van der Vlies
Director of the Clean Planet, DG Research and Innovation
Ms Rosalinde van der Vlies, is the Director of the Clean Planet Directorate in the European Commission’s, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation and Deputy Mission Manager of the Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities Mission.
Before her appointment as Director, Ms van der Vlies was the Head of Coordination & Interinstitutional Relations Unit, and acting Head of Communication & Citizens Unit.
Previously she held positions in Directorate-General Environment, Directorate-General Justice and Home Affairs, and in the private office of Janez Potočnik, the European Commissioner for the environment.
Before joining the European Commission, she worked as a competition lawyer in an international law firm in Brussels and was a part-time teacher at the Catholic University in Brussels.
Matthew Baldwin is a European Commission official: he is Deputy Director-General of DG MOVE where he has been since July 2016. Amongst his principal professional activities, he is Manager of the Commission’s Mission for 100 Climate Neutral Cities by 2030; he is the EU Coordinator for road safety and sustainable urban mobility; and he is also managing the Commission’s crisis network of COVID-19 transport contact points.
In his Commission career of more than 20 years, he has served in the cabinets of President Barroso, Commissioner Lamy, and Commissioner Hill, the last as Head of Cabinet. He has also been Director of Market Access and Industry in DG Trade and Director of Aviation in DG MOVE.
He is of Italian and British nationality, has two sons, speaks English, French and Italian and lives in Brussels.
Director DG MOVE
Herald Ruijters is Director, working in DG MOVE, responsible for Investments, Sustainable and Innovative Transport. His main working areas include the trans-European transport network, Alternative Fuels, Intelligent Transport Services, Urban Mobility, Passenger Rights, as well as social, research and innovation. Alongside these major policy areas, his responsibilities also include the funding and financing instruments that are transport related, notably the Connecting Europe Facility, Horizon Europe, InvestEU, ESIF and RRF. Relations with CINEA and EIB are key among many others. By end of 2021, major initiatives will be deployed in line with the Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy, including revisions of the TEN-T, Urban Mobility, ITS and AFID/R, and first calls will have been launched under the new MFF for CEF and HEU.
He was previously Head of Unit responsible for the trans-European transport network (TEN-T) and was directly involved in developing the TEN-T Guidelines. Before coming to the Commission, he held various positions in The Netherlands related to transport.
Mr Ruijters holds degrees from Nijmegen and Amsterdam Universities in both French literature and European Studies, and was post-graduated at the Centre Européen Universitaire in Nancy, in European Law, and in Business Studies at the University in Leuven.
Jon André Løkke
CEO NEL ASA
Jon André Løkke
President Hydrogen Europe
CEO NEL ASA
Jon André Løkke was appointed as the new President of Hydrogen Europe in June 2021. Mr. Løkke has been the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NEL ASA since 4 January 2016. Mr. Løkke comes from the position as CEO of Norsk Titanium AS, developing and industrializing 3D printing technology for the production of titanium components for the aerospace and other industries. He has ten years’ experience from the REC Group, including positions as senior vice president in REC Wafer, investor relations officer in REC ASA and CFO in REC ASA. Mr Løkke has also worked for the ABB Group and holds an International MBA degree from Glasgow University and a Bachelor degree in business and economics from Southampton University.
Program Manager Hydrogen, N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie
Member of the FCH 2 JU Governing Board
René Schutte joined Gasunie in 2006. He has worked in several commercial roles in energy procurement, shipping and grid connections and implementation of new law and regulation requirements for Gasunie Transport Services. Since July 2018 René was Program Manager Hydrogen. In this role he was responsible to develop and implement the Gasunie hydrogen program. René now is director of HyNorth, the transition and coordination office for the Northern Netherlands Hydrogen Investment Plan. He is also Board member at Hydrogen Europe and Chair of the Governance Board at FCH JU.
President Hydrogen Europe Research
Hydrogen and Fuels Cells Program Manager at CEA Liten
Member of the FCH 2 JU Governing Board
Laurent Antoni is Hydrogen and Fuels Cells Program Manager at CEA Liten (French Atomic and Alternative Energies Commission). He started his career as a senior scientist on material sciences at Mittal Group (Arcelor). In 2003, he joined the CEA, a Public Research Institute with a mandate to develop metallic bipolar plates for fuel cells. In 2005, he was nominated Head of the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Laboratory at the CEA and managed a team to intensify R&D activity on hydrogen and fuel cells and in 2013, he was nominated Division Manager with 180 permanent staff to develop battery and fuel cell technologies for transportations through an integrated approach from materials up to demonstrators using technological platforms to enhance technological transfer to industry. Dr. Laurent Antoni is since 2016 President of Hydrogen Europe Research, the European research association on hydrogen and fuel cells gathering more than 80 universities and research institutes, member of the Governing Board of the European Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH 2 JU).
Antwerp Port Authority
Jacques Vandermeiren is the current CEO of the Antwerp Port Authority (from January 2017). Before joining the Port Authority he was active at Elia, the network operator and listed company, where he held various management positions since joining it in 2001 and became CEO in 2012. Vandermeiren has occupied various directorships with among others Febeg (Federation of Belgian Energy Companies) and the Federation of Belgian Enterprises. He is currently an active board member of the dataplatform NxtPort, Kunsthuis Opera Ballet Vlaanderen and the Belgian coffee
brand Vascobelo. He is also co-founder, and since May 2018 Chairman, of the Belgian sustainability platform The Shift, as well as co-investor in Qpinch, which generates energy from waste heat.
Vandermeiren graduated as Master of Laws, a qualification which he later supplemented with a master's in European Studies, a middle management course with Vlerick Business School and an “advanced management Program INSEAD”. He is married to Barbara Baeckelmans, with whom he
has three children. He lives in Antwerp.
Vice President, Zero-Emission Aircraft, AIRBUS
Glenn Llewellyn is Vice President, Zero-Emission Aircraft at Airbus. He is widely recognised as a top-tier leader on climate strategy for aviation. Today, Glenn is at the helm of a zero-emission revolution at Airbus with the mission to unite all the ingredients needed to launch the world’s first zero-emission commercial aircraft programme, ZEROe.
Recognising the need for cross-industry synergies,he has been instrumental in forging some of the forward-looking partnerships necessary to achieving Airbus’ ambitious vision with a variety of aviation and technology leaders. Prior to his current role, Glenn spearheaded the research & technology portfolio dedicated to reducing the climate impact of Airbus products. This portfolio included ground-breaking demonstrator projects such as the all-electric VTOLs – Vahana and CityAirbus – as well as the hybrid-electric E-Fan X.
Deputy CEO, Helbio S.A.
Member of the FCH 2 JU Governing Board
Melissa Verykios MSc joined Helbio in 2017, working on Business Development, Financing and Internal Operations. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business in Athens in 2005, and her Master’s degree in Finance in 2007 at the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics in Spain, and relocated to New York where she worked as an account Manager at Options Group between 2008-2013. Between 2014-2017 she was a Business Relationship manager at the Private Bank of HSBC in London’s St. James, as well as a Virtual Manager at the New York based startup “Get Leverage” between 2016-2018.
Executive Director FCH JU
Bart Biebuyck is since 16th May 2016 the Executive Director of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), a public-private partnership aiming at facilitating the deployment of fuel cells and hydrogen technologies in Europe. Under his leadership,a strong emphasis on cooperation with cities and regions led to the creation of the European Hydrogen Valleys partnership with around 40 European regions. Dissemination of project results, building technology awareness and enhanced basic research became his key focusing points.
Before the FCH JU, Bart Biebuyck was at the Fuel Cell department of Toyota Motor Europe where he held the position of Technical Senior Manager. His expertise in the automotive industry includes extensive knowledge related to the deployment of new technologies in the European market. It is as part of the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) program in Berlin that Bart worked at reinforcing European trials for the Toyota Fuel Cell Vehicle. He also had the opportunity to develop and expand his expertise in Japan, where for two years he worked on the development of Toyota and PSA’s small vehicle. In addition to his industrial experience, Bart has been politically active in his local town since 2006. In 2013 he became the vice president of the City Council, responsible, among others, for the local economy and education.
Bart’s term as the Executive Director of the FCH - JU was extended for four years until 15 May 2023.
European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA)
Dirk Beckers, a Belgian national, has over 30 years of experience at the service of the European Commission in project implementation in the field of transport, energy and research and innovation. After more than 15 years of experience as Executive Director of the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA), he is now Director of the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA), with a budget of around € 55 billion for the period 2021-2027 and 500+ staff. He is responsible for the overall financial and human resources management as well as the coordination of the funding activities performed by the Agency, ensuring successful implementation of operational priorities and European Commission’s policies.
CEO Hydrogen Europe
Jorgo Chatzimarkakis has been working at Hydrogen Europe since 2016. Before he was Representative of Infineon Technologies in Brussels and Member of the European Parliament (2004 – 2014) inter alia in the ITRE Committee (Industry, Technology, Research and Energy) where he could contribute to lay the cornerstone for the first and the second Joint Undertaking on hydrogen and fuel cells. In 2007 he was elected “MEP of the year” by his colleagues of the European Parliament in the category “Research and Innovation”. In 2015 he was appointed ambassador at large for Greece.
Mr Chatzimarkakis was born in Duisburg, Germany. He holds German and Greek nationality, a degree in political science from the University of Bonn.
Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office
U.S. Department of Energy
Director Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office
U.S. Department of Energy
Dr. Sunita Satyapal is the Director for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and Program coordinator for the DOE Hydrogen Program. She is responsible for $150 million per year in hydrogen and fuel cell research, development, demonstration and deployment activities. She has two and a half decades of experience across industry, academia and government, including at United Technologies managing research and business development, and as a visiting professor. She has served as the Chair – is currently the co-Chair – of the International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy, a partnership among over 20 countries to accelerate progress in hydrogen, and co-leads hydrogen efforts within the Clean Energy Ministerial and Mission Innovation. She received her Ph.D. from Columbia University and did postdoctoral work in Applied and Engineering Physics at Cornell University.
She has numerous publications, including in Scientific American, 10 patents, and a number of recognitions including a Presidential Rank Award.
Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Technology Office
Director Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Technology Office
New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization
Eiji Ohira is the Director General of the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)’s Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Technology Office In this capacity, he is responsible the overall strategy, execution and coordination of NEDO’s research, development and demonstration project on fuel cell and hydrogen.
He has also coordinated fuel cell and hydrogen activities with international stakeholders, through International Energy Agency’s Technology Collaboration Program (IEA TCP: Advanced Fuel Cell & Hydrogen), and International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy (IPHE).
He joined the NEDO in 1992, just after graduation from the Tokyo University of Science. He served as a visiting scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1997-1998.
Before taking up the current position in April 2013, he served in several positions, including Representative at NEDO Asian Representative Office, Director of the Energy Storage Technology Division.
Director Innovation and Technology
Dolf Gielen is IRENA Director for Innovation and Technology since 2011. He has more than 25 years of experience with energy transition strategy development and implementation as well as technology policy in an international context. He has a PhD from Delft University of Technology in Delft, The Netherlands.
Juan Carlos Jobet
Juan Carlos Jobet
Minister of Energy and Mining (CHL)
Juan Carlos Jobet is Minister of Energy since 2019, leading Chile’s energy transition and carbon neutrality plan, including a phase out plan for all coal power plants, the accelerated deployment of solar and wind capacity and an ambitious green hydrogen strategy to position Chile as a top global producer and exporter.
In 2020 he was appointed as bi-minister of Energy and Mining, undertaking the challenge of developing Chile’s first comprehensive mining policy: a long-term strategy built on ample participation which sets a vision for a greener and more competitive mining industry.
During 2010 through 2014 he held various positions as a government official under President Sebastian Piñera’s first mandate, including Minister of Labor and Social Security, Undersecretary of Housing and Urbanism and Chief of Staff to the Minister of the Interior.
In addition to his broad public service experience, he has held various private sector executive and board positions. Investment banking, pension funds, insurance, private equity, waste management, energy, mining and infrastructure are among the industries where he has been actively involved as a team leader and decision maker along his career.
Minister Jobet holds Master’s degrees in both Business Administration and Public Administration from Harvard University, having obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Business and Economics at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile.
Minister for Regional Development, Agriculture and Food; and Hydrogen Industry (AUS)
Alannah MacTiernan is Western Australia’s Minister for Regional Development, Agriculture and Food; and Hydrogen Industry.
As Minister for Planning and Infrastructure from 2001 to 2008, Ms MacTiernan was responsible for major projects across the State including the Mandurah rail line, the Forrest Highway, the Geraldton port and rail expansion and the Armadale town centre and Champion Lakes developments.
The Minister understands the unique role of government as an enabler of development and is committed to growing economic opportunities in our regional areas as well as bringing WA's agricultural sector into the 21st century through innovation with a focus on long-term planning and investing in research science.
She champions opportunities to support infrastructure development, innovation, accelerate emissions reduction, and create new long term job opportunities, particularly in regional Western Australia.
Since coming to office in 2017, Minister MacTiernan has been instrumental in driving the establishment of a renewable hydrogen industry in Western Australia.
The Minister is committed to creating economic opportunity in our regional areas as well as bringing WA's agricultural sector into the 21st century through innovation and a focus on investing in science.
The European Hydrogen Week (EHW) will mark the public launch of the Clean Hydrogen Partnership – as the successor of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU). Participants will discuss how the new partnership can further accelerate the development and improvement of advanced clean hydrogen technologies ready for market, across energy, transport, building and industrial end-uses.
Together with the Hydrogen Alliance, the Clean Hydrogen Partnership will be a key instrument for implementing the European Hydrogen Strategy and for achieving the EU Green Deal’s ambitious goals.
The first day of the event will feature the Awards ceremony, at its fourth edition this year. The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) will reward its top projects for innovation excellence. In addition to the Best Outreach, Best Success Story and Best Innovation awards, Hydrogen Europe Research will recognise talented Young Scientists for expanding access to sustainable, efficient fuel-cell technology for a wide range of high-impact applications.
Make sure to check out this year’s winners Monday evening, 29 November and celebrate their outstanding achievements with us!
Have your say and take part in the public vote for the Best Success Story and the Best Innovation. You can submit your vote until 24 November!
Best Innovation Award
Fuel cell and hydrogen (FCH) innovation demonstrates how collaboration between research, industry and policymakers in European partnerships has delivered world-class solutions and accelerated the energy transition to a greener world.
Each of the innovations shortlisted for this award exemplifies the FCH JU’s focus on research, development and continuous learning – be it creating low-carbon and sustainable solutions or opening new markets for FCH expertise.
The project partners leading the winning innovation will receive the award.
Germany builds world’s largest hydrogen electrolysis plant
Partners leading the innovation: ITM Power
Electrolysers are vital link in the clean hydrogen production chain, using electricity to split water into hydrogen and oxygen. This electrolyser for industrial applications, at the Rhineland refinery, near Cologne, can produce up to four tonnes of hydrogen a day when running at full power, while it can also help balance the electric grid.
Clean hydrogen production for industry
Partners leading the innovation: Sunfire GMBH
The use of clean hydrogen in steelmaking will help industry reduce CO2 emissions. The powerful and efficient high-temperature electrolyser in Salzgitter Germany, powered from wind-generated electricity, uses waste steam from steelmaking to produce up to 200 m3 of hydrogen per hour more energy-efficiently compared to low temperature electrolysers.
Portable emission-free power in European cities
Partners leading the innovation: Rina Consulting SPA
Hydrogen power is not only for industrial users. This demonstration-to-market project is showing how portable gensets that consist of fuel-cell units can provide power to construction sites, music festivals and other temporary events in European cities. This is increasing social acceptance of technology that eliminates the noise and pollution of diesel generators.
Hydrogen power makes waves
Partners leading the innovation: Ballard Power Systems Europe AS
Decarbonising maritime transport would eliminate about 2.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Two zero-emission hydrogen vessels – in France and Norway – are demonstrating the commercial viability of marine-capable PEM fuel cells and accelerating the drafting of rules for safe use of the technology in the shipping industry.
Safety first approach builds public confidence in hydrogen vehicles
Partners leading the innovation: University of Ulster
A better understanding of the safety risks hydrogen-fuelled vehicles pose to their occupants in tunnels, underground car parks and other confined spaces is needed to ensure wider acceptance of the technology. This “leak-no-burst” technology for compressed hydrogen storage tanks excludes the possibility to burst in case of fire.
A safe, efficient way to supply Hydrogen Refuelling Stations
Partners leading the innovation: Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies GMBH
Transport and storage of hydrogen in bulky, high-pressure cylinders can be avoided by chemically bonding the gas to a liquid organic hydrogen carrier (LOHC). The resulting non-flammable, non-toxic liquid can be safely moved to refuelling stations and stored in large quantities.
Best Success Story Award
These success stories show how collaboration between research, industry and policymakers in a European partnership delivers the best innovation and accelerates society’s transition to a greener world.
Each theme exemplifies the FCH JU’s continuous learning approach to creating low-carbon and sustainable solutions or opening new markets for European expertise in fuel cell and hydrogen (FCH) technology.
As several projects are usually involved in each, the award belongs to all projects taking part in the winning success story.
Projects: HEAVEN, FLHySAFE
Hydrogen-powered aircraft can contribute to the EU vision of low- or zero-carbon transport by 2050, but lighter, more energy-efficient systems that meet aviation industry standards are needed. The FCH JU has brought together aeronautics manufacturers, SMEs and researchers to develop commercially viable, emergency hydrogen-power generation and liquid hydrogen storage systems for passenger aircraft.
Scaling up liquid hydrogen organic carriers for decarbonisation
Transporting hydrogen in high-pressure cylinders is not the most efficient and inexpensive way. With FCH JU funding, partners from three European countries are developing technology to bind hydrogen to a liquid hydrogen organic carrier (LHOC). This allows it to be distributed safely in existing infrastructure, without the need for high-pressure equipment. An experimental system to store and release hydrogen from a LHOC is being scaled up and catalysts that could speed up hydrogen release are being tested.
Driving forward a hydrogen refuelling network
Projects: H2ME, HRS AVAILABILITY MAP, H2.LIVE, FILLnDRIVE
If hydrogen-powered vehicles are to gain traction, drivers must be sure that refuelling stations will be available on their journey. FCH JU-funded projects have brought together SMEs, research organisations, manufacturers and public authorities to significantly increase the number of fuel cell vehicles on the roads and hydrogen refuelling stations across Europe.
Shifting gears to hydrogen-powered public transport
Projects: FUEL CELL ELECTRIC BUSES
Fuel cell buses (FCB) provide a quieter and smoother ride than their diesel counterparts and produce only heat and water as by-products, but larger deployment is needed if they are to become commercially viable. Bringing together transport operators, public authorities and FCB suppliers, FCH JU co-funded projects are preparing the entire value chain for emission-free bus transport.
The shape of hydrogen fuel tanks to come
Project: HYCARUS, HEAVEN, FLHySAFE
Hydrogen is typically stored in bulky, high-pressure cylinders, which makes integrating them into cars a challenge. Several FCH JU-funded projects have tapped into European research and innovation to improve both the design of hydrogen fuel tanks and the materials used. This is making them lighter, without compromising on safety, to better meet automotive industry needs.
Stacking the odds in hydrogen's favour
Project: DIGIMAN, FIT-4-AMANDA, INLINE, INN-BALANCE
Hydrogen fuel-cell stack production capacity must be scaled up to meet demand for zero-emission vehicles. The FCH JU has invested EUR 31 million in eight complementary manufacturing projects that bring together research institutes, universities and vehicle makers to help commercialise manufacturing improvements. Digitised and automated production, in line with Industry 4.0 standards, has already improved fuel stack design and performance.
Innovative electrolysers greening European industry
Projects: HyBALANCE, H2FUTURE, REFHYNE, DEMO4GRID, DJEWELS
The bulk of the hydrogen that industry uses is produced from CO2-emitting natural gas. Large-scale electrolysers that extract hydrogen from water using renewable energy could reduce emissions and help meet the target of 40 GW of ‘green’ electrolysers in Europe by 2030. Refineries, large-scale manufacturers and public organisations are working on FCH JU-funded projects to develop the technology to produce low-carbon hydrogen for industry.
Game-changing components for next-generation electrolysers
Project: NEPTUNE, PRETZEL
Hydrogen produced by existing proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolysers needs further compression before it can be stored and transported. Two FCH JU-funded projects are developing electrolysers that deliver hydrogen at high pressure for industry applications and injection to natural gas grids – without further compression. The lower footprint and energy consumption make the technology cheaper to install and operate, increasing its appeal to industry.
Mid-sized SOFC systems break production-cost barriers
Projects: qSOFC, NELLHI, INNOSOFC, COMSOS, DEMOSOFC, CH2P, SWITCH, PACE, ENE.FIELD
Solid-oxide fuel cells (SOFC) produce low-carbon electricity and heat for businesses and homes. The FCH JU has brought together European manufacturers to develop components, improve manufacturing and test business models. These projects are contributing to a European supply chain for affordable mid-sized SOFC systems.
Bringing clean power to isolated locations
Hydrogen fuel cell systems in remote locations can replace polluting diesel generators and overcome the drawbacks of wind and solar power. Demonstration sites funded by the FCH JU are proving the technical and commercial viability of fuel-cell-based energy-storage solutions.
Towards a sustainable and circular hydrogen economy
Project: BEST4Hy, CERTIFHY, eGHOST, HYGUIDE, H2FC-LCA, HYTECHCYCLING, SH2E
Hydrogen power not only needs to deliver clean energy efficiently and cost-effectively, the technology and machinery used should meet sustainability criteria. The FCH JU has brought industry and research together to draft guidelines on materials sourcing, dismantling and recycling, to ensure the hydrogen economy supports the EU’s Green Deal and the Paris Agreement.
Stronger standards for hydrogen
Project: MultHyFuel, HIGGS, AD-ASTRA, e-SHyIPS, HYDRAITE, HyTunnel-CS, ID-FAST, PRESLHY, PRHYDE, THyGA
To build consumer confidence and ensure commercialisation of hydrogen technology, clear standards, rules and regulations on issues including safety and quality control are needed. The FCH JU is working with the JRC and European standardisation bodies and supporting research projects to develop and update hydrogen-sector standards.
Communities enjoy carbon-free living in hydrogen valleys
Project: H2TERRITORY, HYDROGEN VALLEYS, BIGHIT
Integrated hydrogen-based power systems for entire communities can ensure energy self-sufficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. FCH JU-funded demo projects are showing how ‘hydrogen valleys’ can be replicated and contribute to economic growth.
Best Outreach Award
The FCH JU Best Outreach Award celebrates public engagement of our projects and aims to encourage researchers to communicate better about their activity and the scientific progress achieved. We value creativity, but also thoroughly planned communication strategies. The winner of the Best Outreach Award is chosen by the FCH JU Programme Office.
Day 2 will focus on the strategic European scientific priorities for the hydrogen economy. All sectors, including the wider scientific community, will have the opportunity to discuss ways to bridge the gaps between ready-to-market technology and large-scale uptake, while continuing the efforts to improve and diversify the technological options.
Topis will range from the importance of specialised skill acquisition to the creation of a Hydrogen Knowledge Hub and how the EU can scale up the cost-efficient production, distribution, storage, and consumption of renewable hydrogen.
With a massive macro-economic stimulus for the economy to find our way out of the Covid-19 crisis, Europe is facilitating unique opportunities to make industry greener and more resilient.
Europe is a leader in the development of many clean hydrogen technologies and recognises the potential of hydrogen to decarbonise hard-to-abate sectors, particularly in industry and heavy-transport.
The third day of the EHW 2021 will address how the EU is planning to reach the GW electrolysers by 2024, with the objective to scale up to 40 GW by 2030 or to implement the ambitious plans on Alternative Fuels Infrastructure. Other topics of the day will include alternatives to overcome key technological barriers in the production, distribution and storage of hydrogen and will analyse the challenges on regulations and standards for a hydrogen economy.
This two-days event will kick-close the whole week and, following the tradition of the past 11 years, will provide an excellent visibility platform for more than 60 projects currently on-going under FCH JU.
Join us on 2 and 3 December to hear Europe's leading hydrogen projects and discover updates about the technology!
More than 53 selected projects and initiatives will have the opportunity to present their progress, obtain feedback, exchange ideas and best practices on the latest technological developments in the sector. Throughout the entire event we will also make available for download scientific posters for all FCH JU funded projects.
1. Sessions PNR for Standards and safety, Education and Training, Tools for market development, Hydrogen applications in the defence sector: research and project opportunities and Future funding for research on H2 Closing Panel Discussion can be watched live on our YouTube channel using this link.
2. Sessions Stationary Applications: Gas to Power and Heat, Fuel Cell Technology for Stationary Applications, Early Research on alternative routes for Hydrogen production can be watched live on our YouTube channel using this link.
1a. Electrolysers for Industrial Application (part 1)
1b. Transport Applications and Refuelling Infrastructure
2a. Electrolysers for Industrial Application (part 2)
2b. Heavy Duty Transport Applications
3a. Next Generation Electrolysers
3b. Building Blocks for Heavy Duty Transportation (Tanks/Compressors/FC)
4a. H2 Distribution and Storage/Carriers
4b. (European) H2 Valleys
5a. PNR for Standards & safety
5b. Stationary Applications: Gas to Power and Heating
6a. Education and Training
6b. Fuel Cell Technology for Stationary Applications
7a. Tools for market development
7b. Early Research on alternative routes for Hydrogen production
During the entire event, we will be live broadcasting from our studio set up in the premises of The Hotel Brussels.
Information regarding broadcasting and instructions on how to watch our sessions live will follow soon on this page.