The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH 2 JU) aims to facilitate the market introduction of FCH technologies in Europe and realise their potential in a carbon-clean energy system. Since the start of FCH JU, 287 projects have been funded, with a total budget of EUR 1.08 billion complemented by almost the same amount from other sources (e.g. regional, national, private). In 2020 FCH JU launched its last call for proposals. Despite the pandemic, most projects are on track to achieve their objectives.
Programme Review Reports
The 2019 Programme Review Report presents the findings of a review into activities supported by the FCH 2 JU under the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme and Horizon 2020 by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC ). It pays particular attention to the added value, effectiveness and techno-economic efficiency of FCH 2 JU projects, assigned to six review panels under two main pillars:
The purpose of the periodic Programme Review is to ensure that the FCH JU programme is aligned with the strategy and objectives set out in the founding Regulation 4 and in the multi-annual programme and annual work programmes. The consecutive Programme Reviews have included all projects that were operational for all or part of the period June-October of the preceding year.
The Fuel Cell and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking (FCH 2 JU) organised the sixth edition of its Programme Review Days (PRD). 100 projects allocated in 6 panels covering cross-cutting, energy and transport in research and demonstration activities have been the basis of the FCH JU's annual review of its research and innovation programme.
The 2015 Programme Review Report refers to the fifth review of the FCH JU project portfolio and covers 100 projects funded through annual calls for proposals from 2009 to 2013.
The reviews began in 2011, following a recommendation arising from the interim evaluation of the FCH JU which identified the need to ensure that the overall project portfolio fulfilled the objectives of the FCH JU Multi-Annual Implementation and Work Plans.
The 2014 Review is the fourth review of the FCH JU project portfolio. The reviews began in 2011, following a recommendation arising from the interim evaluation of the FCH JU which identified the need to ensure that the FCH JU project portfolio as a whole fulfilled the objectives of the Multi-Annual Implementation or Work Plan.
“The 2013 Programme Review is the third annual review of the FCH JU portfolio of projects. This edition covers over 100 projects, funded through annual calls for proposals from 2008 to 2012.
The Programme Review serves to evaluate the achievements of the portfolio of FCH JU-funded projects against FCH JU strategic objectives in terms of advancing technological progress, addressing horizontal activities, and promoting cooperation with other projects both within the FCH JU portfolio as well as externally.
Initiated in 2011, the 2012 programme review edition covered 71‘live’ projects from the 2008, 2009 and 2010 calls for proposals,together with some projects from the 2011 call. Total fundingfor these projects stands at close to € 450 million, 50% of which comes from FCH JU financial contributions and 50% of which
comes from industry and research in-kind contributions.
The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) has the ambitious objective to place Europe at the forefront of the development, commercialization and deployment of fuel cells and hydrogen technologies, as of 2015. About €470 million, over a six year period, have been granted by the European Union to achieve this, and private funds are being attracted to support the same ambition, as part of the global European effort embedded in the multi-annual implementation plan MAIP (2008-2013).