Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission’s science and knowledge service. It aims to provide evidence-based scientific support to the European policymaking process. JRC undertakes high quality research in the field of fuel cells and hydrogen that is of considerable relevance to the implementation of the Clean Hydrogen JU activities. Clean Hydrogen JU's collaborative priorities have always included a close working relationship with the Joint Research Centre (JRC).
During both the FP7 and H2020 periods, cooperation between the JRC and FCH JU was structured around a Framework Contract Agreement (FWC) that covered support activities where JRC provided in-kind contribution to FCH JU. The first FWC under FP7 also foresaw possible funding of JRC participation to FCH JU projects, when the second FWC did not make possible the JRC participation in FCH 2 JU funded projects according to Horizon 2020 Rules. The H2020 FWC will last until the end of 2022. A new FWC is then expected to be agreed with JRC covering the Horizon Europe period.
The joint research work coordinated by JRC and FCH JU is focusing on priority areas, at policy and technology level, where coordinated and collaborative international activities are of interest. These areas include:
- support to formulation and implementation of RCS strategy, as well as direct contribution to it
- contribution to programme monitoring and assessment
- contribution to assessment of sustainability of hydrogen and fuel cells
- contribution to safety dimension and safety awareness
The joint research work coordinated by JRC and FCH JU is focusing on priority areas, at policy and technology level, where coordinated and collaborative international activities are of interest.
JRC also co-operates with the Clean Hydrogen JU in other activities which are not part of the FWC. They consist of activities within international collaborations as well as in support of programme definition and implementation.
Most notably, Clean Hydrogen JU supports JRC by contributing to the JRC activities for the International Energy Agency (IEA) Hydrogen Technology Collaboration Programme (HTCP) executive committee, by following the tasks on Renewable H2 production, Underground Hydrogen Storage and Hydrogen Export Value Chains, in addition to ongoing IEA HIA Task 41 on Analysis and Modelling of Hydrogen Technologies.