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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
Following a highly competitive public call for applications, launched by the FCH JU earlier this year, 11 European regions were selected (out of 35 ) to benefit from direct assistance for developing high quality, integrated hydrogen projects. A first meeting with these regions is planned to take place in the beginning of June.  The wide geographic spread and the diverse portfolio of the end-use applications in the regions selected can create a great blueprint for the other regions.... Read more
A total of 71 proposals were submitted in response to the FCH JU Call 2020, by the deadline of 29 April. This is the second highest number of proposals received by the FCH JU in the framework of Horizon 2020 programme, corresponding to an increase of 65% when compared with last year’s call. 621 entities (organisations) are participating in the call, covering 26 EU Member States, 6 Associated Countries and 6 other countries. Proposals’ distribution per topic shows a high and equal... Read more
The Hydrogen Valley Platform (www.h2v.eu) is a Global Information Sharing Platform, developed by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking to support the Mission Innovation IC8 Member States. Its objective is to promote the emergence and implementation of hydrogen flagship projects (“hydrogen valleys”) and raise awareness among policy makers, thus advancing the clean energy transition. The platform will offer up to date information regarding existing hydrogen valley projects, while... Read more
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