Public consultation: Next EU Research & Innovation programme


On 10 January 2018, the European Commission launched a series of public consultations clustered by key policy areas, in preparation for the EU's next long-term budget post-2020 (MFF). Citizens, organisations and businesses can give their views online until 8 March 2018.

The consultation on EU funds in the area of investment, research & innovation, SMEs and single market can be found here. 

Call 2018 Info day practical information


The FCH JU will hold its next Info Day & Brokerage Event in Brussels on the Friday 26 January 2018. The 2018 edition will follow last year’s format: the morning will be dedicated to an information session and presentations to the Call for proposals 2018, followed by a brokerage session in the afternoon. The brokerage event aims to foster networking opportunities and provide a platform to meet potential project partners.

Launch of Refhyne, world's largest electrolysis plant in Rhineland refinery


FCH JU brand new project Refhyne was launched on 18 January 2018 with an event held in Cologne. The consortium will build a new hydrogen electrolysis plant, the largest of its kind in the world, at the Rheinland refinery in Germany. With a capacity of 10 megawatts, the hydrogen will be used primarily for the processing and upgrading of products at the refinery’s Wesseling site.

Launch of new project REVIVE - for clean and silent waste collection


On 17 January 2018, a new FCH JU project was launched and held its kick-off in Brussels. Project REVIVE will look at advancing the state of development of fuel cell trucks for waste transportation and will deploy garbage trucks throughout eight sites in EUrope, including the town of Antwerp, Belgium. The project will also demonstrate how hydrogen refueling stations with large daily demands can be commercially viable. 

FCH JU Call 2018 open for submission


On Tuesday 16 January 2018, the new FCH JU call for proposals opened, featuring 20 topics in view of developing research and demonstration in fuel cells and hydrogen, with a budget of €73.2 million available. The financial support will be divided between activities from different areas of research and innovation for each of the transport and energy pillars, as well as overarching and cross-cutting activities.

Project achievements: SUSANA develops a new model evaluation protocol


The FCH JU covers a wide range of cross-cutting activities that support both energy and transport developments. Removing regulatory barriers and increasing public awareness and trust in the technology can facilitate its entry into the market. Safety issues are among the priorities of the portfolio.

One of the FCH JU flagship cross-cutting projects SUSANA achieved great results in the field of safety engineering design and assessment of fuel cells and hydrogen infrastructure.

Project achievements: Soctesqa - Improving and standardising test procedures for solid oxide stacks


A fuel cell generates electricity at high efficiencies and without any harmful emissions. In order to exploit its full potential, it is essential to continue improving the technology by putting in place test procedures and validation systems. Adopting such test protocols will play an important role in boosting market introduction of fuel cell technologies, as they provide customers with a reliable basis for comparison of performance.