European Fuel Cell Conference 2017

The 7th European Fuel Cell Technology & Applications Piero Lunghi Conference - EFC17, took place in Naples, Italy, from 12 to 15 December 2017.

Held bi-annually, the EFC brings together academia, research world, industry and public sector to exchange and share their experience and research results on all aspects of Hydrogen and Fuel Cells technologies and clean energy. It also provides a  platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to discuss the most recent innovations as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of Hydrogen and Fuel Cells technologies and clean energy.

The FCH JU participated in the 2017 edition with presentations on the status of its regional initiative given by Carlos Navas and on the achievements and  future outlooks of the programme given by Executive Director Bart Biebuyck.

Latest developments of FCH JU bus projects 3EMOTION and High V.LO-City were also presented in this context, highlighting the deployment plans occurring in Europe.

On the occasion of this conference, an ambitious trip took place demonstrating once more the significant advantages of fuel cells and hydrogen transportation. The event organisers travelled from Brussels to Naples driving two fuel cell cars: a Toyota Mirai and a Hyundai ix35. Because of the long-range capability of these vehicles, around 1500 km were covered without any harmful emissions or even noise. The trip ended in Naples under the cheering of a large audience and press. This was a great occasion to raise awareness on the benefits of our technology.


Watch the Brussels-Naples fuel cell travel highlights here

While cars covered most of the distance on their own, the scarcity of refueling stations required to ship the cars for a small part of the journey. Efforts are still needed and the FCH JU will continue its work to boost necessary actions and collaborations in order to accelerate market entry of FCH technologies to decarbonise our transport and energy systems as soon as possible.