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Newsletter8 October 2020

FCH News Report


FCH News Report




  1. FCH JU Programme and Projects Updates
  2. Fact of the Month
  3. Industry and Policy Headlines
  4. Upcoming Events

Dear reader,

Today, on 8 October, we celebrate Hydrogen Day, I wish all of you a fantastic day and for those interested, there is a 24hrs online hydrogen conference ongoing with key speakers of the sector.

As Europe’s ambition for hydrogen is huge, we organise for the first time ever The European Hydrogen Week from 23 to 27 November 2020, make sure to block these dates and join us in a week packed with exciting battlefield talks, panel discussions and virtual cocktails.

On the 26th, the European Hydrogen Forum jointly organised with DG GROW will have leading figures of the industry and European policy makers debating on how to realise the European hydrogen strategy. In addition, we will reveal cutting-edge research results and give awards to fantastic achievements.

Last month’s newsletter showed how we moved from kW to MW scale in electrolysers. On 29 October we organise a webinar with the Dutch ISPT on moving to GW scale with interventions of the European Commission, the US DOE, Australia government and the German NOW. Be there!

In the fact of the month we talk about hydrogen in maritime applications. We have supported several projects in the past but next year we will step up our action in this field and announce new demonstration projects as well as projects in the area of regulation codes and standards for maritime, which are desperately needed.

Enjoy the read,

Bart Biebuyck, FCH JU Executive Director


FCH JU Programme and Projects Updates




Fuel Cells and Hydrogen, 02.10.2020 [fr][de]


Image: We are pleased to announce the first edition of the European Hydrogen Week taking place from 23 to 27 November 2020! This year we are going completely digital! Highlights include: The European Hydrogen Forum, 26-27 November 2020 jointly organised by the European Commission (DG GROW) and the....

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Hydrogen, 05.10.2020 [fr][de]

The Joint Initiative for Hydrogen Vehicles across Europe project (JIVE & JIVE 2), co-financed by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), has today announced that over 200 hydrogen fuel cell buses have been ordered through the initiative.

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JIVE: Hydrogen bus order in Barcelona awarded to CaetanoBus. With a surprise among the bidders…

sustainable-bus, 23.09.2020 [fr][de]

CaetanoBus landed its largest hydrogen bus order so far in Barcelona. A contract for eight fuel cell buses Caetano H2.City Gold has been officially awarded today, 23 September 2020, from the municipal public transport operator TMB Barcelona. The information is reported on the platform for public contracts of Generalitat de Catalunya.

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Fuel Cells and Hydrogen, 06.10.2020 [fr][de]

Image: Under the Mission Innovation – Innovation Challenge Hydrogen and on behalf of the European Commission, the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) is pleased to invite you to a webinar organised together with the Institute for Sustainable Process Technology (ISPT) on the challenge....

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FCH Observatory: the go-to source for up-to-date information about the hydrogen and fuel cells sector is now live!

Fuel Cells and Hydrogen, 15.09.2020 [fr][de]

Image: On 15.09.2020, the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Observatory (FCHO) online launch event took place with around 1000 participants from European and national institutions, industry and associations from around the world. The Fuel Cell Hydrogen Observatory (FCHO) provides data and up to date information about the entire hydrogen sector.

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Launch of the Hydrogen Territories Platform

shfca, 24.09.2020 [fr][de]

The new Hydrogen Territories Platform was launched on 23 September 2020. The HTP will help to identify local replication opportunities for the development, deployment, and exploitation of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies for integrated local energy systems.

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GrInHy2.0: Sunfire delivers the world's largest High-Temperature Electrolyzer to Salzgitter Flachstahl

marketscreener, 14.09.2020 [fr][de]

Sunfire has successfully delivered the world's most powerful High-Temperature Electrolyzer (HTE) for highly energy-efficient hydrogen production to Salzgitter Flachstahl GmbH. Within the GrInHy2.0 project, Sunfire's HTE system with a rated electrical output of 720 kilowatts will be deployed in an industrial environment for the first time.

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CertifHy - Designing the first EU-wide Green Hydrogen Guarantee of Origin for a new hydrogen market

fch, 07.10.2020

As mentioned in the European Hydrogen Strategy recently launched, hydrogen as an energy carrier offers an important solution to decarbonise industrial processes and economic sectors where reducing carbon emissions is both urgent and hard to achieve.

However, hydrogen may be produced through a variety of pathways, each one with its own range of emissions depending on the technology and energy source used. It is therefore indispensable to have a robust and reliable instrument in place to guarantee the environmental characteristics of the hydrogen product.

Currently the EU is leading the way in hydrogen certification through an FCH JU project CertifHy that started back in 2014. The project succeeded at delivering a design for a Guarantees of Origin Scheme for Hydrogen and developed a roadmap for its establishment. The FCH2 JU continued to support this initiative for a second phase where the Guarantees of Origin Scheme was tested in a pilot operation, while tackling the complexities and challenges in the full chain from auditing the plants to verification of hydrogen production batches and handling GHG allocation issues.

Now the FCH2 JU is ready to proceed with the third phase of this initiative, where it will support the harmonisation efforts in the establishment of Guarantees of Origin Schemes for Hydrogen across Member States. In an even more ambitious move, the FCH2 JU will try to facilitate the harmonization of hydrogen certification at an international level, ensuring that we have a common agreement worldwide on how to characterize renewable and low-carbon hydrogen products.

For further information about the CertifHy initiative, please visit the dedicated webpage.

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Fact of the Month



Hydrogen for maritime use

fch, 07.10.2020


Cargo vessels, cruise ships and ferries are all important parts of the global economy. For example, around 90% of all freight goods are transported at sea. But most ships burn fossil fuels for power, emitting CO2 and other pollutants. Ocean freight shipping alone releases about 3% of global greenhouse gases, a figure that is predicted to grow as the maritime sector continues to expand.

Four FCH JU-funded projects are researching the use of hydrogen and fuel cells to replace fossil fuels to power ships:

  • MARANDA project, aims to develop a 165-kW PEM fuel-cell powertrain able to provide power to a research vessel’s electrical equipment and its dynamic positioning while in research mode, in the extreme cold of the Arctic
  • FLAGSHIPS project is demonstrating that two commercial vessels, a push boat for river navigation and a car ferry could operate on fuel cells, with total 1 MW of PEM fuel cell power installed
  • ShipFC will install 2 MW of SOFC fuel cell power running on green ammonia on the platform support vessel “Viking Energy”
  • H2PORTS project will demonstrate at the Port of Valencia in real port operations, 2 dedicated equipment, specifically a reach stacker for container handling and a yard tractor for truck trailer handling, as well as a mobile HRS

Following the FCH2 JU’s 2020 call for proposals, two additional projects should start in 2021 and will focus on:

  • Demonstration of liquid hydrogen as a fuel for segments of the waterborne sector
  • Pre-Normative Research on hydrogen-based fuels solutions for passenger ships
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Industry and Policy Headlines



Economic Affairs Minister Altmaier about today's Hydrogen Conference: “Green hydrogen is the energy source of the future”

europa nu, 06.10.2020 [fr][de]


Today, German Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier is hosting a virtual conference on hydrogen as an energy source. Numerous international experts are taking part. German Economic Affairs Minister Peter Altmaier will chair a High-Level Conference on Hydrogen today within the framework of Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the


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Danish PM responds to climate demands with $1.6 billion green fund

Reuters (Italy), 06.10.2020 [fr][de]

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen delivers her opening speech during the official opening of the Danish Parliament in Copenhagen, Denmark, October 6, 2020. Liselotte Sabroe/Ritzau Scanpix/via REUTERS.

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Denmark’s prime minister on Tuesday pledged to spend $1.

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Spain approves hydrogen strategy to spur low-carbon economy

Euractiv (English), 07.10.2020 [fr][de]

Spain approved on Tuesday (6 October) a plan to boost clean hydrogen production, aiming to build enough infrastructure to give it a major role in Europe's market for a fuel seen as key to meeting international carbon emissions targets.

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Iberdrola to create new business unit to develop green hydrogen

The World News Monitor, 22.09.2020 [fr][de]

Spanish utility Iberdrola said on Monday (21 September) it would create a new business unit aimed at developing green hydrogen to supply industry and heavy transport. In July, the European Commission mapped out a plan to expand the production and use of green hydrogen.

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13:42 Portugal and Netherlands shall seal alliance for green hydrogen (13:42 Portugal e Holanda selam aliança para o hidrogénio verde)

ECONOMÍA ONLINE, 23.09.2020 [fr][de]

As the ECO/Capital green had already advanced, Portugal and the Netherlands have signed this Wednesday, 23 September, a memorandum of understanding for green hydrogen which strengthens the oficializa bilateral cooperation and the intention of the two countries link their production plans of this gas....

Original text: Tal como o ECO/Capital Verde já tinha avançado, Portugal e os Países Baixos assinaram esta quarta-feira, 23 de setembro, um memorando de entendimento para o hidrogénio verde que reforça a cooperação bilateral e oficializa a intenção dos dois países em ligar os seus planos de produção deste gás....

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Green Ammonia for Fertilizer Planned by Giant Wind Farm Builder

Bloomberg Business News, 05.10.2020 [fr][de]

the Green Daily daily newsletter and follow us , the world’s biggest developer of offshore wind farms, plans to use its latest Dutch installation to make green ammonia for use in fertilizer.

The Danish utility will work with the fertilizer giant Yara International ASA to use wind power to create hydrogen and turn it into ammonia.

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EERA JP FCH and Hydrogen Europe Research publish a joint effort on Research KPIs for hydrogen technologies

Hydrogen, 18.09.2020 [fr][de]

EERA JP FCH and Hydrogen Europe Research publish a joint effort on Research KPIs for hydrogen technologies.

The Research community represented by the members of Hydrogen Europe Research and EERA Joint Programme Fuel Cells and Hydrogen have jointly developed a document including novel KPIs for....

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Airbus reveals plans for zero-emission aircraft fuelled by hydrogen

The capital news, 24.09.2020 [fr][de]

“The concepts we unveil today offer the world a glimpse of our ambition to drive a bold vision for the future of zero-emission flight. I strongly believe that the use of hydrogen – both in synthetic fuels and as a primary power source for commercial aircraft – has the potential to significantly reduce aviation’s climate impact,” he said.

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ZeroAvia completes maidenflight with hydrogen aircraft

electrive, 30.09.2020 [fr][de]

ZeroAvia that specialises in zero-emission aircraft propulsion has now completed the maiden flight of a six-seater fuel-cell-electric aircraft at Cranfield Airport as part of the HyFlyer project supported by the British government. The launch of the hydrogen passenger plane follows a similar test ZeroAvia managed only in June earlier this year .

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Hydrogen-powered trains get the green light as Siemens Energy and Mobility sign joint agreement

CNBC, 06.10.2020 [fr][de]

The newly-listed Siemens Energy has signed a memorandum of understanding with Siemens Mobility to "jointly develop and offer hydrogen systems for trains." Announced on Monday, the partnership is the latest example of companies attempting to ramp up and expand the use of hydrogen fuel-cell technology.

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The UK’s Department of Transport runs its first hydrogen-powered train

ertico network, 05.10.2020 [fr][de]

Oct 5, 2020 From Our Partners The Department of Transport in the UK has run its first-ever hydrogen-powered train, going some way towards meeting its net-zero targets. The trials of the train were run on Wednesday 30 September 2020 in the United Kingdom.

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The First Hydrogen Tractor in the Netherlands

FuelCellsWorks, 04.10.2020 [fr][de]

On October 2nd Jos Scholman and New Holland unveiled and launched the first hydrogen tractors in the Netherlands. The tractor developed by New Holland along with Blue Fuel Solutions uses a combination of hydrogen and diesel, which results in a CO2 reduction of about fifty percent.

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Enel Green Power, together with AME, announces plans for first pilot project for green hydrogen production in Chile

Wind Energy and Wind Power Industry Portal: News and more | windfair, 05.10.2020 [fr][de]

Renewable, or green hydrogen is expected to be produced for the first time in Chile by means of an electrolyzer fueled by wind energy / The pilot project, which would be one of the largest of its kind in Latin America, is expected to be located in the Magallanes Region.

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The US and Netherlands form hydrogen technology collaboration

H2View, 06.10.2020 [fr][de]

As part of a new agreement, the US and the Netherlands will collaborate on collecting, analysing and sharing information on hydrogen production and infrastructure technologies. Today, the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and the Dutch Ministry....

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What Does “Green” Hydrogen Mean, And What Can We Use It For?

Forbes, 05.10.2020 [fr][de]

getty. Hydrogen often comes up in conversations about clean energy, and a range of colors is sometimes used to describe a completely colorless clean-burning chemical that can be used as a substitute for coal, oil or gas in a wide variety of applications.

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H2View, 01.10.2020 [fr][de]

At a time when the hydrogen movement is arguably bigger and carrying more momentum than ever before, the challenge is on to change public perception of hydrogen and raise awareness to its fundamental role in the critical cause that is the clean energies transition. Enter, the CLIMATE CH2AMPION campaign from the Hydrogen Council.

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f-cell: Hydrogen and fuel cell technology taking off in all areas

H2View, 29.09.2020 [fr][de]

“In a time of change and uncertainties, we have to focus on how to overcome big challenges. The Green Deal announced by the European Commission is one important answer,” Sibylle Hepting-Hug, Head of Department in the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Environment, Climate and Energy Industry, told a....

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Upcoming Events



13/10/2020 FCH JU Participation: European Zero Emission Bus. Zebinar II: Transforming Infrastructure: HYDROGEN

Fuel Cells and Hydrogen, 08.10.2020 [fr][de]


Keep up to date with what’s happening in the zero emission buses sector! Throughout the autumn of 2020, Element Energy and Hydrogen Europe will host a series of free webinars in the lead up to the ZEB2021 Paris Conference next March. Date: 13 Oct 2020 Link: Registration

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14/10/2020 FCH JU Participation: 5th International Conference on Maritime Hydrogen and Marine Energy

Fuel Cells and Hydrogen, 08.10.2020 [fr][de]

The conference brings together world-leading players in the fields of maritime hydrogen technology and marine renewable energy. To ensure further development and future value creation, it is crucial to gather representatives from all corners of the industry: business, R&D, academia, finance and public enterprises.

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21/10/2020 FCH JU Event: Virtual session: Clean hydrogen mobility for regions

Fuel Cells and Hydrogen, 19.08.2020 [fr][de]

The Clean hydrogen mobility for regions workshop, hosted within the European Week of Regions, is dedicated to regions and cities interested in clean hydrogen mobility solutions to tackle climate change and air pollution. - The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) will provide....

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29/10/2020 FCH JU Event: Save the Date! Moving electrolysers into the gigawatt scale

Fuel Cells and Hydrogen, 28.09.2020 [fr][de]

Image: 29 October, 2020 | 13.30 - 16.30 CET | Online event Under the Mission Innovation – Innovation Challenge Hydrogen and on behalf of the European Commission, the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) is pleased to invite you to a webinar organised together with the Institute for....

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10/11/2020 FCH JU Participation: European Zero Emission Bus. Transforming Infrastructure: BATTERY

Fuel Cells and Hydrogen, 08.10.2020 [fr][de]

Keep up to date with what’s happening in the zero emission buses sector! Throughout the autumn of 2020, Element Energy and Hydrogen Europe will host a series of free webinars in the lead up to the ZEB2021 Paris Conference next March. Date: 10 Nov 2020 Link: Registration

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Fuel Cells and Hydrogen, 02.10.2020 [fr][de]

Image: We are pleased to announce the first edition of the European Hydrogen Week taking place from 23 to 27 November 2020! This year we are going completely digital! Highlights include: The European Hydrogen Forum, 26-27 November 2020 jointly organised by the European Commission (DG GROW) and the....

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23/10/2020 Power2Gas Conference

Fuel Cells and Hydrogen, 09.06.2020 [fr][de]

Europe has set goals for sustainable future. One of them is creating an efficient clean energy system that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and stop the global warming. The supply of energy from renewable sources is intermittent and requires a solution to meet demand in particular stages. The solutions is Power to Gas technology.

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3/11/2020 Chile 2020. Green Hydrogen Summit

Fuel Cells and Hydrogen, 23.09.2020 [fr][de]

The Green Hydrogen Summit - Chile 2020 International Conference is the largest hydrogen event to be held in Latin America and one of the main open access digital conferences on the subject. This two days virtual event will bring together authorities and company representatives to analyze the....

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19/11/2020 Hydrogen Technology Conference & Expo

Fuel Cells and Hydrogen, 11.06.2020 [fr][de]

Hydrogen Technology Conference & Expo is a conference and exhibition dedicated exclusively to discussing advanced technologies for the hydrogen and fuel cell industry. The event will bring together the entire hydrogen value chain to focus on developing solutions and innovations for low-carbon....

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Publication date
8 October 2020