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Newsletter9 July 202019 min read

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FCH News Report



Dear reader,

The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking welcomes the European Commission Hydrogen Strategy. We are proud that our achievements of the past 12 years are fully recognised and made an impact.

The Clean Hydrogen Alliance is now ready to scale up our project results and deliver jobs and growth for EU citizens.

We are committed to continue developing the technology and strengthen the existing European leadership.

This short video briefly presents the FCH JU success story working in partnership with the European Commission and the industry on Research and Innovation:

Enjoy the read,

Bart Biebuyck, FCH JU Executive Director



FCH JU Programme and Projects Updates



New study released: Hydrogen-powered aviation. Preparing for take-off

Fuel Cells and Hydrogen, 22.06.2020 [fr] [de]


On Monday 22 June 2020 a webinar presenting hydrogen’s potential for use in aviation was held. It launched the findings of a joint study between the FCH JU and Clean Sky JU published the same day. Download the study here.

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Fuel Cells and Hydrogen, 07.07.2020 [fr] [de]

Image: 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.

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Dutch pin hopes on ‘hydrogen valley’ to revive declining gas region

Euractiv (English), 02.07.2020 [fr] [de]

Near-silent buses shift around in a residential neighbourhood just a few kilometres away from Groningen, one of the greenest industrial areas in the world. We’re in 2026 and the Netherlands gives the world a preview of what a “hydrogen economy” could look like.

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«It’s time for large deployment of H2 buses in Europe». Interview with Bart Biebuyck (FCH JU)

sustainable-bus, 24.06.2020 [fr] [de]

We discussed the topic with Bart Biebuyck , Executive director of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) and previously Technical Senior Manager at the Fuel Cell department of Toyota Motor Europe. FCH JU is public-private partnership supporting research, development and demonstration in the field of hydrogen technologies in Europe.

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From hydrogen islands to hydrogen valleys

Euractiv (English), 17.06.2020 [fr] [de]

Small communities are becoming energy self-sufficient with clean-burning hydrogen gas generated from wind power. The question now for Europe is whether it can be replicated on a larger scale. In 2013, the Orkney Islands became a victim of their own success.

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Bart Biebuyck: Europe drives ahead with hydrogen-powered vehicles

H2 international, 15.06.2020 [fr] [de]

Europe is leading the way in developing the breakthrough technologies needed to realise hydrogen’s energy potential. With hydrogen-powered buses and taxis being used across major cities, we have demonstrated that the technology can be used on a large scale.

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Solutions to a hydrogen economy, from 'valleys' to islands

Fuel Cells and Hydrogen, 19.06.2020 [fr] [de]

"Technological breakthroughs have put hydrogen firmly at the heart of the European Green Deal. What is sometimes missing is the big picture of its place in a smart low-carbon economy built on smart energy integration. Hydrogen valleys address this lack, offering insights into how the puzzle might fit together and meet communities’ needs.

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European Sustainable Energy Week Awards 2020: REMOTE is the one!

remote eu project, 24.06.2020 [fr] [de]

And the winner is, REMOTE, awarded as the best renewable energy project within the European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) 2020 Awards in the Innovation section. Enjoy the video from EUSEW 2020

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Pillars of Progress: Power – Expanding fuel cell applications for greener industries

H2View, 22.06.2020 [fr] [de]

Fuel cell hydrogen technology can play an important role in greening the service and industry sectors in support of a circular economy. Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) projects are developing innovative solutions for waste-to-energy conversion and to help the transition to a carbon neutral future.

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Pillars of Progress: Laying the groundwork for a new hydrogen market

H2View, 06.07.2020 [fr] [de]

The lack of harmonised regulations, codes and standards (RCS) is considered one of the major barriers for the commercialisation of fuel cell and hydrogen (FCH) technologies. By providing the knowledge needed to develop a suitable regulatory framework for the new hydrogen market, the Fuel Cells and....

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Press release July 01, 2020 Air Liquide will build the first high-pressure hydrogen refueling station for long-haul trucks in Europe

airliquide, 02.07.2020 [fr] [de]

The project HyAMMED ( Hydrogène à Aix-Marseille pour une Mobilité Écologique et Durable ) was also selected by ADEME ( Agence de la Transition Écologique) in January 2020 as part of the Hydrogen Deployment Plan for Energy Transition across France. The HyAMMED project, part of H2Haul (Hydrogen fuel....

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WaterstofNet to support 2 regions in the Benelux from the FCH JU’s Project Development Assistance Initiative

Waterstofnet, 15.06.2020 [fr] [de]

WaterstofNet has been selected to provide project development assistance to hydrogen and fuel cell projects in Texel and Flemish Limburg. These two regions are among the 11 EU regions and cities that have successfully applied to the Expression of Interest for project development assistance launched by the FCH JU earlier this year.

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Buses of TEC Charleroi will run at hydrogen (JIVE: Des bus du TEC Charleroi vont rouler à l’hydrogène)

7sur7, 01.07.2020 [de]

The city of Charleroi clearly has the ambition to become increasingly green. Under the impetus of its local councillor of the Transition ecological, Xavier Desgain (green), many projects are ongoing. The latest is the creation of a central local mobility on the entire territory of Charleroi metropolis.

Original text: La Ville de Charleroi a clairement l’ambition de devenir de plus en plus verte. Sous l’impulsion de son Échevin de la Transition Écologique, Xavier Desgain (Écolo), de nombreux projets sont en cours. Le dernier en date est celui de la création d’une Centrale locale de Mobilité sur l’ensemble du territoire de Charleroi Métropole.

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JIVE2: Barcelona releases tender for 8 hydrogen buses

electrive, 17.06.2020 [fr] [de]

Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB) is also relying on hydrogen as part of the conversion of its bus fleet. After TMB had ordered a total of 23 articulated battery buses from Solaris and Irizar in February, a tender for the purchase of the first hydrogen buses has now been launched.

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Hycare-hydrogen CArrier for Renewable Energy Storage (HyCARE-Hydrogen CArrier for Renewable Energy Storage)

h2it, 23.06.2020 [fr] [de]

The project is aimed at developing a HyCARE hydrogen storage tank in solid form on a large scale. The reservoir will be based on an innovative concept, which links the storage of hydrogen and accumulation of heat to improve energy efficiency and reduce the footprint of the whole system.

Original text: Il progetto HyCARE mira a sviluppare un serbatoio di stoccaggio dell’idrogeno in forma solida su larga scala. Il serbatoio si baserà su un concetto innovativo, che collega lo stoccaggio di idrogeno e l’accumulo di calore per migliorare l’efficienza energetica e ridurre l’impronta dell’intero sistema.

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H2ME-2: Hydrogen to play a key role in Iceland’s energy transition

H2View, 25.06.2020 [fr] [de]

Icelandic New Energy has now established a vision describing the role of hydrogen in Iceland’s energy transition – a vision until 2030. It is viewed as a living document where new technological developments can be incorporated. It is also the first building block towards a full-scale Roadmap of hydrogen in Iceland until 2050.

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Quiet and green: Why hydrogen planes could be the future of aviation By 2050, 40% of Europe’s aeroplanes could be powered by hydrogen.

Horizon - The EU Research & Innovation Magazine, 08.07.2020 [fr] [de]

‘By 2035 it should be possible for a short-range flight plane,’ said Dr Bart Biebuyck, executive director of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, a European public-private partnership to accelerate the market introduction of these technologies, which jointly commissioned the report. ‘That means on European soil, you could connect all the big cities in Europe using hydrogen-powered planes. (...)

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Futuristic ports: pilot schemes explore use of 5G and hydrogen fuel to develop ports of tomorrow

Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide, 25.06.2020 [fr] [de]

The ports of tomorrow could be connected through 5G networks and fuelled by hydrogen if two new pilot schemes in Europe fulfil their promise. Research into the potential uses of 5G for connecting ports with transport and logistics industries is underway in Antwerp.

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The port of Valencia receive a mobile station of hydrogen supply to principles of 2021 (H2PORTS: El puerto de Valencia recibirá una estación móvil de suministro de hidrógeno a principios de 2021)

Valencia Plaza - Noticias, información y opinión sobre la sociedad, economía, cultura y deportes de la Comunitat Valenciana - Valencia Plaza, 19.06.2020 [fr] [de]

València. (EFE) the mobile station of hydrogen supply, designed in the framework of the EUropean project H2PORTS and which will ensure the supply to two equipment powered by fuel cells, principles of 2021 at the port of Valencia. This pilot project, developed by the centre....

Original text: VALÈNCIA. (EFE) La estación móvil de suministro de hidrógeno, diseñada en el marco del proyecto europeo H2PORTS y que garantizará el abastecimiento a dos equipos propulsados por pilas de combustible, llegará principios de 2021 al Puerto de Valencia. Este proyecto piloto, desarrollado por el Centro....

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Global collaboration platform created for most advanced hydrogen projects

mission-innovation [BE], 19.06.2020

Mission Innovation IC8, in cooperation with the European Commission and its Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), Roland Berger, and Inycom, is building a global collaboration and information sharing platform for flagship hydrogen projects to enable global learning and push the development of integrated, large scale hydrogen initiatives forward. By promoting the emergence and implementation of hydrogen projects, as well as raising awareness among policy makers, the platform aims to ultimately facilitate the clean energy transition.

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Fact of the Month



FCH JU: the success story of European Commission working in partnership with the industry on Research and Innovation

fch, 04.05.2020


FCH JU was created in 2008 as an Institutionalised Public-Private partnership and since then has delivered clear impact on implementing optimal research and innovation activities on hydrogen, to the point of market readiness:

  • 262 R&I projects for an EU funding of approx. 978 million EURO
  • 969 beneficiaries from 40 countries, including 269 SMEs
  • over 92 European Regions and Cities committed to hydrogen solutions
  • 11 European Regions benefiting from Project Development Assistance
  • two Hydrogen territories: Orkney Island, Scotland and Hydrogen Valley in the Northern-Netherlands

Electrolysers technology field-validation:

  • 20 MW alkaline in Groeningen, the Netherlands (chemical industry)
  • 6 MW PEM at Voestalpine Linz steel plant in Austria
  • 10 MW PEM at Shell refinery in Cologne, Germany
  • 6 MW Solide-Oxide in a renewable biofuel refinery in Rotterdam

Cars and buses large-scale demonstration:

  • over 2,000 light-vehicles under deployment (more than 840 in operation in 2019)
  • over 300 buses under deployment in 10 European cities (more than 54 in operation in 2019)
  • overall more than 18 million Km driven already with an accumulated over 500 tonnes of H2

Hydrogen Refuelling Infrastructure (HRS):

  • 101 HRS under deployment in 10 European countries (64 already deployed)
  • 3 tonnes of H2 in 18 600 refuelling operations (HRS availability of 96%)
  • HRS availability system[1] contains 141 hydrogen-refuelling stations connected and sending live data

Heat and Power applications:

  • over 2,000 fuel cell m-CHPs installed and more than 700 units in physical commissioning at the end of 2019
  • CAPEX of <10,000 €/kW of new generation of products and average lifetime of 12.3 years at efficiencies of up to 60% el and 40 % th
  • 120 kWe SOFC at waste-water treatment plant in Torino
  • 1 MW PEMFC system of CLEARgenDemo in Martinique
  • 2 MW PEMFC system of DEMCOPEM in China

Pre-normative Research for standards:

  • 3 European laboratories setup to perform analysis on H2 purity according to international standards and fully capable of performing H2 fuel quality measurements.

FCH JU: the success story of European Commission working in partnership with the industry on Research and Innovation also available on YouTube.


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Industry and Policy Headlines



EU Strategy on Hydrogen

European Commission, 08.07.2020 [fr] [de]



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A Historic Day for the Hydrogen Sector and the Beginning of a New Industrial Era

hydrogeneurope [BE], 08.07.2020

With great enthusiasm, Hydrogen Europe welcomes today’s publication of “Powering a climate-neutral economy: An EU Strategy for Energy System Integration” and the accompanying communication “A hydrogen strategy for a climate-neutral Europe”. The fact that the European Commission has decided to present a dedicated communication on a hydrogen strategy is testament to the commitment for a systemic change out of fossil into electricity and hydrogen in order to achieve the EU’s 2030 and 2050 climate targets.

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We need an ambitious EU hydrogen strategy for a climate-neutral Europe

European Union - Committee of the Regions - Press Releases, 25.06.2020 [fr] [de]

In this interview, Birgit Honé (DE/PES), Minister for Federal and European Affairs and Regional Development of Lower Saxony, answers five questions on clean hydrogen, a key energy source to achieve climate neutrality in the EU. Minister Birgit Honé is the rapporteur of the opinion

, which is due to....

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Speech by Commissioner Simson at the Global Hydrogen Forum 2020

European Commission, 18.06.2020 [fr] [de]

Ladies and gentlemen, good afternoon. It’s a pleasure to be speaking with you today. Let me start by saying that never before in Europe have we seen such a level of interest about hydrogen as we have today. The reason is twofold: we need hydrogen to achieve climate-neutrality and we should use this....

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Press release - MEPs want to boost energy storage in the EU to help spur decarbonisation

DG Comm - EU Institutions Press Releases (English), 29.06.2020 [fr] [de]

In a report adopted on Monday, MEPs in the Industry, Research and Energy Committee outline their strategy for energy storage, which plays a crucial role in reaching the goals of the Paris Agreement on Climate change. Lead MEP Claudia Gamon (Renew Europe, AT) said: “Energy storage will be essential....

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Securing a global leadership role on hydrogen technologies: German National Hydrogen Strategy

bmwi - Aktuelles: Technologie und Innovation - english version, 10.06.2020 [fr] [de]

Today, the Federal Government adopted a National Hydrogen Strategy for Germany. Hydrogen is key for decarbonising key German sectors such as the steel and chemical industries and the transport sector. Furthermore, hydrogen technologies have the potential to become a key field of business for German exporters.

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Hydrogen in the EU's Economic Recovery Plans

Hydrogen, 26.06.2020 [fr] [de]

Following the Commission's publication on 27.05.2020 of a recovery plan for Europe to counter the crisis caused by COVID-19 and to restart the economy, Hydrogen Europe has prepared an overview of the announced support instruments and has analysed how it will impact the hydrogen and fuel cell industry.

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The EU has opportunity to accelerate shift to cleaner and more resilient energy future as it rebuilds from Covid-19, says new IEA policy review Press release 25 June 2020

International Energy Agency, 25.06.2020 [fr] [de]

“The European Green Deal represents an opportunity to strengthen economies across the continent by pooling investments in energy technologies that are likely to play a crucial role in the future,” Dr Birol said. “Hydrogen electrolysers and lithium-ion batteries could potentially be game-changers both for the EU and globally. (...)

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Flagship report Clean Energy Innovation

International Energy Agency, 02.07.2020 [fr] [de]

Without a major acceleration in clean energy innovation, net-zero emissions targets will not be achievable. The world has seen a proliferating number of pledges by numerous governments and companies to reach net-zero carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the coming decades as part of global efforts to....

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Sustainable & Smart Mobility Strategy - take part in the consultation

European Commission, 01.07.2020 [fr] [de]

The European Commission is currently working on a comprehensive Strategy for a Sustainable and Smart Mobility and has launched today a to allow stakeholders and citizens to comment and identify their priorities. The consultation will be open until 23 September.

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Industry Coalition Letter to VP Timmermans on Hydrogen Strategy

marketscreener, 25.06.2020 [fr] [de]

To Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans. Also sent to Commission President von der Leyen, Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis, Executive Vice-President Vestager, Commissioner Simson, Commissioner Breton, Commissioner Vălean, Director -General Juul Jørgensen, Director-General Petriccione,....

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Ville-Lumière seeks an alliance with germany in hydrogen, declares the mayor (Paris vise une alliance avec l'Allemagne dans l'hydrogène, déclare Le Maire)

Challenges, 30.06.2020 [de]

The recovery plan of the french economy will include elements of development in hydrogen in the framework of a partnership with germany, said Tuesday Bruno Le Maire, the minister of economics and finance./Photo taken on 4 June 2020/REUTERS/Benoit Tessier. Your address we used to send the newsletters that interest you.

Original text: Le plan de relance de l'économie française inclura des éléments de développement dans l'hydrogène dans le cadre d'un partenariat avec l'Allemagne, a déclaré mardi Bruno Le Maire, le ministre de l'Economie et des Finances. /Photo prise le 4 juin 2020/REUTERS/Benoit Tessier.

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Michelin and Symbio, New Major MISSIONH24 Partners Alongside TOTAL to Promote Hydrogen in Motor Racing

FuelCellsWorks, 24.06.2020 [fr] [de]

In addition to Total, the MissionH24 programme now has two very important additional backers: Michelin and Symbio. Competition is a laboratory for research and an accelerator of hydrogen solutions for Michelin and Symbio. In 2020, MissionH24 is pursuing its deployment backed henceforth by three....

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Jaguar Land Rover Working On Hydrogen SUV

motor1, 28.06.2020 [fr] [de]

While many manufacturers have dabbled in hydrogen before, JLR's newest endeavor has extensive backing from the private and government sector. Dubbed as Project Zeus, the development of a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle is part of a £73.5-million ($90-million) government-funded program into the automotive sector to help reduce carbon emissions.

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Hydrogen fuel bubbles up the agenda as investments rocket

The Guardian UK, 28.06.2020 [fr] [de]

More than 50 years ago hydrogen fuel cells helped put Neil Armstrong on the moon, but mainstream usage of the technology has remained elusivesince. Now there are signs that may be changing, with a spate of new investments even amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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Upcoming Events



24/07/2020 FCH JU participation: Webinar: Hydrogen: Driven, not diminished – Maintaining Momentum in the Hydrogen Society

Fuel Cells and Hydrogen, 24.06.2020 [fr] [de]


The series – titled Hydrogen: Driven, not diminished – Maintaining Momentum in the Hydrogen Society – will look at the role of hydrogen in the clean energies transition and its importance in being a core part of the post-Covid economic recoveries around the world.

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22-24/09/2020 FCH JU Participation: Virtual event: European Research & Innovation Days

Fuel Cells and Hydrogen, 30.06.2020 [fr] [de]

European Research and Innovation Days is the European Commission’s annual flagship event, bringing together policymakers, researchers, entrepreneurs and citizens to debate and shape the future of research and innovation in Europe and beyond. This year's format will provide an opportunity to connect,....

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14/07/2020 Hannover Messe Digital days

Fuel Cells and Hydrogen, 15.06.2020 [fr] [de]

For the first time in its 73-year history, Hannover Messe will hold a two-day digital event based around the key theme of industrial transformation. The lead theme describes the effects that the megatrends of individualization, climate protection and − more particularly − digitization are having on industry.

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07/09/2020 Joint European Summer School on Fuel Cell, Electrolyser, and Battery Technologies – JESS 2020

Fuel Cells and Hydrogen, 30.05.2020 [fr] [de]

The Joint European Summer School (JESS) was first organised in 2004 in Greece. By now, the Summer School has taken place 16 times with a total of over 700 students. Participants can select from seven individual course modules run in the two weeks: Week 1 offers three comprehensive introductions....

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22/09/2020 World Hydrogen Congress. Working Towards a Zero Emission World

fch [BE], 14.02.2020

The World Hydrogen Congress is the leading annual meeting place for senior executives working in the field of hydrogen production, transportation, distribution, storage, policy and end use applications.

The global energy markets are in transition led by the technological disruption of renewable energy power, digital technologies and the need to decarbonize the power generation, mobility and heat energy markets in the face of the rapidly evolving climate reality. Hydrogen is a rapidly growing solution to decarbonizing power generation, energy storage, cost efficient drivetrains and industrial heat markets.

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Publication date
9 July 2020