Who we are


The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) is a unique public private partnership supporting research, technological development and demonstration (RTD) activities in fuel cell and hydrogen energy technologies in Europe. Its aim is to accelerate the market introduction of these technologies, realising their potential as an instrument in achieving a carbon-clean energy system.

Fuel cells, as an efficient conversion technology, and hydrogen, as a clean energy carrier, have a great potential to help fight carbon dioxide emissions, to reduce dependence on hydrocarbons and to contribute to economic growth. The objective of the FCH JU is to bring these benefits to Europeans through a concentrated effort from all sectors.

The three members of the FCH JU are the European Commission, fuel cell and hydrogen industries represented by Hydrogen Europe and the research community represented by Hydrogen Europe Research.


FCH JU Story

The story of FCH JU begins with the High Level Group on Hydrogen, when Romano Prodi and former European Commissioners Loyola de Palacio and Philippe Busquin laid the grounds for the creation of FCH JU. The High Level Group was an informal body with an advisory role. It involved 19 hydrogen-power stakeholders and included representatives of the research community, industry, public authorities and end-users. Together, they outlined the steps needed to enable a sustainable hydrogen-oriented economy.

FCH JU under the Framework Programme for Research (FP7)

The FCH JU operated its next phase under the EU FP7 research programme (with a budget of €940 mil.) within the European Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology Platform (HFP) (2004-2007), as recommended by the High Level Group. The platform brought together, for the first time, the European Commission, industry and other stakeholders from across the fuel cell and hydrogen energy supply chain – all committed to putting hydrogen on the clean energy map.

In the context of a new Energy Policy and complemented by the Strategic Research Agenda (1.6 MB), the Deployment Strategy (3.3 MB) and the Implementation Plan - Status 2006 (3.3 MB), the HFP emphasised the key role hydrogen and fuel cells have in Europe’s shift towards new and clean energy technologies. Based on this shared vision, the Council Regulation established on 30 May 2008 the FCH JU, as a public-private partnership (PPP) between the European Commission, European industry and research organisations.

FCH JU under Horizon 2020

The Council of the European Union formally agreed on the 6th May 2014 to continue the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Technology Initiative and to extend funding under the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme. This phase will run until 2020 and has a total matched budget of at least €1.33 bill. provided by the public-private trio – the European Commission, the industry grouping Hydrogen Europe and the research grouping Hydrogen Europe Research.

2020 Milestone

The vision sets to develop by 2020 a portfolio of clean, efficient and affordable solutions that exploit the potential of hydrogen as an energy carrier and fuel cells as energy converters, to the point of market readiness.


A concentrated effort to overcome barriers to deployment of fuel cells and hydrogen technologies Common platform for policymakers, industry and research

Stable framework that facilitates the strategic cooperation for fuel cell deployment on large scale


A public-private partnership