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Wesseling, Germany – Europe’s largest Polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) water electrolyser today began operations at Shell’s Energy and Chemicals Park in Rhineland near Cologne, producing green hydrogen. As part of the REFHYNE European consortium and with EU funding through the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), the fully operational plant is the first to use this technology at such a large scale in a refinery. The Rhineland electrolyser will use renewable electricity to... Read more
“The world is moving ahead on the need to decarbonise and the need to commit to climate neutrality — so in that context the importance of hydrogen increases on almost a daily basis,” said Frans Timmermans, the European Commission’s Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal, at the opening session of the 2020 European Hydrogen Forum, jointly organised by the European Commission and the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), in partnership with Hydrogen Europe and Hydrogen... Read more
“We are currently living through exceptionally challenging times … We now have a unique opportunity to build back better, create an economy that is fit for future challenges, is more competitive, inclusive, smarter and, of course, sustainable. Hydrogen is a key part of this journey,” said Henrik Hololei, Director-General for Mobility and Transport, European Commission, in his opening remarks at the PrioritHy one-day event on 25 November 2020. Part of the European Hydrogen Week, the online... Read more
The REVIVE (Refuse Vehicle Innovation and Validation in Europe) project, co-financed by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), is pleased to announce the start of operation of a fuel cell refuse truck in Breda, The Netherlands, supported by an Interreg-funded refuelling station as part of Hydrogen Region 2.0. In a key milestone for the development of heavy-duty fuel cell technology in Europe, the first REVIVE truck today starts operation in real-world urban waste collection... Read more
Madrid, 19 October 2020 The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) of the European Commission has selected the project Green Hysland in the Balearic Islands to start negotiations for an EU grant agreement valued at 10 million EUR what would constitute the second largest grant by this European Commission body to a green hydrogen project and the largest grant ever offered to a Mediterranean country. In line with the new EU Hydrogen Strategy, Green Hysland will be the first... Read more
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
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
Online, 22 June 2020 Hydrogen as an energy source will play a key role in transforming aviation into a zero-carbon / climate-neutral system over the next few decades. Novel and disruptive aircraft, aero-engine and systems innovations in combination with hydrogen technologies can help to reduce the global warming effect of flying by 50 to 90%. Moreover, these innovations can help to meet the drastic reduction targets for aviation emissions set out in the EU Green Deal. A new independent... Read more
European policy makers are increasingly acknowledging the important role that hydrogen will play in existing gas networks, to meet targets for decarbonisation with minimum consumer disruption. The existing gas infrastructure is a vital asset for energy delivery and security of supply, capable of long-term and high capacity storage of energy. Blending hydrogen with natural gas will take advantage of this asset. To ensure the safety and determine the performance of a system with an increasing... Read more
ShipFC consortium project gets €10m fund injection to deliver world’s first high-power fuel-cell to be powered by green ammonia. A maritime innovation project looking to install the world’s first ammonia-powered fuel cell on a vessel has been awarded €10m funding from the European Union. The ShipFC project is being run by a consortium of 14 European companies and institutions, co-ordinated by the Norwegian cluster organisation NCE Maritime CleanTech, and has been awarded backing from the... Read more

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