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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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....
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....
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. (...)
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.
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....
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.
FCH JU: the success story of European Commission working in partnership with the industry on Research and Innovation
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 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.
EN EN EUROPEAN COMMISSION Brussels, 8.7.2020 COM(2020) 301 final COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, THE COUNCIL, THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMITTEE AND THE COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS A hydrogen strategy for a climate-neutral Europe 1 1.
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
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....
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....
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.
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.
“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. (...)
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....
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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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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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....
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.
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.
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.
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,....
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.
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....
22/09/2020 World Hydrogen Congress. Working Towards a Zero Emission World
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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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