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On 15.09.2020, the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Observatory (FCHO) online launch event took place with around 1000 participants from European and national institutions, industry and associations from around the world. The Fuel Cell Hydrogen Observatory (FCHO) provides data and up to date information about the entire hydrogen sector. It focuses on technology and market statistics, socio-economic indicators, policy and regulation, as well as financial support. Fuel cells and hydrogen... Read more
Following the evaluation of the proposals received in the 2020 Call,  the FCH JU Programme Office invited the coordinators of the successful projects on 10 September 2020, for an online day of presentations covering all the details on the preparation and signature of a grant agreement. The number of proposals that can finally be funded depends on the available budget and the formal approval of grant agreements by the FCH JU. It is expected that the first grant agreements will be signed... Read more
A new study commissioned by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH 2 JU) in consultation with the European Commission – DG Energy focuses on the Opportunities for Hydrogen Energy Technologies Considering the National Energy & Climate Plans. The study analyses the role of hydrogen in the National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) and identifies and highlights opportunities for hydrogen technologies to contribute to effective and efficient achievement of the 2030 climate and energy... Read more
We are pleased to announce the launch of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Observatory (FCHO) on Tuesday, 15.09.2020 at 10:00 CEST. The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Observatory provides data (statistics, facts and analysis) and up to date information about the entire hydrogen sector. It focuses on technology and market statistics, socio-economic indicators, policy, regulations and financial support. Funded by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), the Observatory is created for the... Read more
On 6 July, European Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson visited REFHYNE, where the world’s largest PEM hydrogen electrolysis plant is under construction. Supported by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, REFHYNE will use renewable electricity to produce green hydrogen at Shell’s Rheinland Refinery in Wesseling, Germany. Clean hydrogen is expected to play a vital role in the transition to a climate neutral Europe, helping decarbonise sectors that are harder to electrify, such as... Read more
A new independent study, commissioned by Clean Sky 2 and Fuel Cells & Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertakings on hydrogen’s potential for use in aviation, was presented at an online event on 22 June which featured Adina-Ioana Vălean, the European Commissioner for Transport, and Patrick Child, Deputy Director-General of the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation at the European Commission, as keynote speakers, in addition to leading industry representatives Stéphane Cueille (CTO, Safran),... Read more
Hydrogen and fuel cells are moving up on the Sustainable Energy Agenda – the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) will be hosting a high-level EUSEW session on hydrogen’s potential to support the green recovery of European islands. The session is scheduled on Wednesday 24 June, 09.00 - 10.30 CET. What will be discussed Islands’ economy is often largely based on tourism and related activities, which not only results in unbalanced seasonal energy demand, but is a sector which... Read more
Following the call for Expressions of Interest to receive funded Project Development Assistance (PDA) that closed on 12 March, 11 regional hydrogen projects have been selected. These projects are located in Asturias, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, Gdynia, Limburg, Mariestad, Médio Tejo, Mocenok, Ruse, Sofia, Texel and Zagreb, as shown on the map. The selected regions will be included in the PDA Observers’ Network and will receive support to develop their hydrogen project concepts over the next year... Read more
Interested in the future of Hydrogen-powered aviation?  The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking and Clean Sky Joint Undertaking are launching a fact-based, independent study on the technological and economic aspects of H2-powered aviation, its feasibility and impact on the climate. The report assesses the potential of hydrogen (H2) propulsion to reduce aviation’s climate impact and points out among others the research, development, and investment needs... Read more
The European Commission announced today its proposal for a major EU economic recovery plan, with the Green Deal at its core. According to the Communication on "Europe's moment: Repair and Prepare for the Next Generation", the Commission will focus on unlocking investment in clean technologies and value chains, notably through the additional funding for Horizon Europe. The €750bn economic recovery package is focused around the European Green Deal, and highlights “the rolling out... Read more
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