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Newsletter18 November 2020

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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,

Next week we will organise the European Hydrogen Week, building further on our traditional yearly Stakeholder Forum and Program Review Days.

European Commission ambition on hydrogen is extremely high, as a key priority to achieve the European Green Deal and Europe’s clean energy transition. New initiatives as Clean Hydrogen Alliance and its European Hydrogen Forum are asking that all actors, public and private, at European, national and regional level, must work together, across the entire value chain, to build a dynamic hydrogen ecosystem in Europe.

All these will be for the first time reflected during the first European Hydrogen Week (23-27 November 2020). If you are not yet registered, please do so now to join us in this endeavor and hear the latest news and announcements.

The response for the event is overwhelming thanks to the many high level speakers. The Hydrogen Week will benefit from intervention of Ministers from EU and outside Europe, five EU Commissioners, five Director Generals, many leading figures of the EU industry and top researchers will speak and debate the best way to implement the European Hydrogen strategy.

In addition, following the past years tradition, we will give awards to projects with the Best Innovation, the Best Success Story and the Best Outreach.

In the fact of the month below, we talk also about recently released 2019 Program Review Report. The report shows how the hydrogen technologies have progressed against the technical KPI’s as established by the FCH-JU program. This review is performed independently by our colleagues from the JRC and is a very important work to identify the strengths but also potential improvements, which can serve as an input to future strategic programming.

Enjoy the read,

Bart Biebuyck, FCH JU Executive Director


FCH JU Programme and Projects Updates



European Hydrogen Week: Registration and voting are now open!

Fuel Cells and Hydrogen, 05.11.2020 [fr][de]


Image: November already? We are in the countdown to the European Hydrogen Week - 23 to 27 November. While the format of the event will look different this year, as we will tune in from all around the world, we are pleased to inform you that we have opened the registration page.

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Programme Review Report 2019

Fuel Cells and Hydrogen, 13.11.2020 [fr][de]

The 2019 Programme Review Report presents the findings of a review into activities supported by the FCH 2 JU under the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme and Horizon 2020 by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC ). It pays particular attention to the added value, effectiveness and....

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2020 Success Stories

Fuel Cells and Hydrogen, 09.11.2020 [fr][de]

The 2020 edition of the FCH JU Success Stories has been published. The brochure will help you to understand the impact of our projects and see how the FCH JU is making fuel cells and hydrogen an everyday reality in Europe. From hydrogen-powered cars and heavy-duty trucks to maritime applications,....

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REVIVE: Hydrogen refuse truck from European REVIVE project starts operation in Breda using a Hydrogen Region 2.0 refuelling station

Fuel Cells and Hydrogen, 30.10.2020 [fr][de]

Release date: 30 Oct 2020 The REVIVE (Refuse Vehicle Innovation and Validation in Europe) project, co-financed by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), is pleased to announce the start of operation of a fuel cell refuse truck in Breda, The Netherlands, supported by an....

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JIVE: Aberdeen Hydrogen Hub Gets Green Light from Council

FuelCellsWorks, 31.10.2020 [fr][de]

A Hydrogen Hub in Aberdeen to capitalise on the city’s expertise was agreed upon at committee. The Hydrogen Hub is intended to lay the foundations for substantial growth and future investment, unlocking the potential of the region to weave a strong, sustainable hydrogen-based thread into the long-term energy transition now being embarked on.

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JIVE2: TMB-CaetanoBus, the hydrogen bus contract has been signed. 8 vehicles headed to Barcelona

sustainable-bus, 05.11.2020 [fr][de]

TMB Barcelona and CaetanoBus yesterday signed a contract for the supply of eight hydrogen-powered buses, with which allow Barcelona to position itself as a benchmark in the application of this zero-emission technology in the regular passenger transport of an urban network in Spain.

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H2PORTS: Spanish Government Shows Valenciaport’s H2PORTS Project as a Model for the “Hydrogen Road Map”

FuelCellsWorks, 28.10.2020 [fr][de]

H2PORTS, coordinated by Fundación Valenciaport, incorporates hydrogen into port logistics operations with the aim of reducing their environmental impact. Valencia –The application of hydrogen in the transport and logistics sector is one of the fundamental axes of the “Hydrogen Road Map: a commitment to renewable hydrogen”.

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Demosofc: produce energy high efficiency and zero emissions through the use of fuel cell (DEMOSOFC: produrre energia ad alta efficienza e zero emissioni attraverso l’uso di fuel cell)

Rinnovabili, 30.10.2020 [fr][de]

The first is DEMOSOFC impianto size that industry in EUrope, taking advantage of Fuel Cell technology to Solid Oxide (Solid Oxide Fuel Cell –EUr SOFC) alimentate biogas generated by the sludge purification of water, is capable of generating electricity and heat.

Original text: DEMOSOFC è il primo impianto di taglia industriale in Europa che, sfruttando la tecnologia delle celle a combustibile ad ossidi solidi (Solid Oxide Fuel Cell – SOFC), alimentate dal biogas generato dai fanghi del processo di depurazione delle acque, è in grado di ottenere energia elettrica e termica....

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Green hydrogen project in Mallorca in line for EUR-10m EU grant

Renewables naw, 20.10.2020 [fr][de]

October 20 (Renewables Now) - A Spain-led international consortium stands to receive a EUR-10-million (USD 11.8m) grant from the European Commission (EC) to implement a green hydrogen project on the island of Mallorca in 2021-2025. The so-called Green Hysland project was selected by the Fuel Cells....

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HyCoRA: Mapping of Hydrogen Fuel Quality in Europe

frontiersin [CH], 10.11.2020

As part of FCH-JU funded HyCoRA project running from 2014 to 2017, 28 gaseous and 13 particulate samples were collected from hydrogen refueling stations in Europe. Samples were collected with commercial sampling instruments and analysis performed in compliance with prevailing fuel quality standards. Sampling was conducted with focus on diversity in feedstock as well as commissioning date of the HRS. Results indicate that the strategy for sampling was good.

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Pillars of Progress: Power – Demanding a supply

H2View, 26.10.2020 [fr][de]

Solid oxide technology presents one of the most promising routes to a low-carbon economy. By funding the development of increasingly marketable, cost effective and efficient...

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Pillars of Progress: Technology – Safety first for hydrogen fuel cell technology

H2View, 12.10.2020 [fr][de]

Hydrogen fuel cell technology must be safe if it is to be used at scale. From improving safety standards and training technicians to raising public...

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Pillars of Progress: Mobility – Hydrogen driving shifts into gear

H2View, 09.11.2020 [fr][de]

Not long ago, the idea that hydrogen-powered vehicles would someday cruise along European roads was mainly ‘hot air’. However, the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint...

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Hydrogen fuel cell train to be developed with EU funding

Railway Gazette, 04.11.2020 [fr][de]

EUROPE: The FCH2RAIL consortium’s €14m project to design, develop and test a prototype hydrogen fuelled train has been awarded a €10m grant from the European Commission’s Fuel Cells & Hydrogen Joint Undertaking as part of the Horizon 2020 Programme

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Ods16. Enagás gets results in line... (ODS16. Enagás obtiene unos resultados en línea...)

corresponsables, 22.10.2020 [fr][de]

The company achieved a profit after tax of 348,9 million and continues to maintain its firm commitment to employment and since the beginning of the pandemic has strengthened the workforce with new recruits. Enagás has obtained in the first nine months of 2020 a profit after....

Original text: La compañía alcanza un beneficio después de impuestos de 348,9 millones de euros y sigue manteniendo su firme compromiso con el empleo y desde el inicio de la pandemia ha reforzado la plantilla con nuevas contrataciones.

Enagás ha obtenido en los nueve primeros meses de 2020 un beneficio después de....

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REFHYNE: EIT InnoEnergy looks for to spearhead creation of Europe's environment-friendly hydrogen field with brand-new initiative

List solar, 04.11.2020 [fr][de]

Power development group EIT InnoEnergy has launched a new effort targeted at boosting the advancement of a green hydrogen economic climate in Europe that could be worth as much as EUR100 billion a year by 2025.

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Fact of the Month



Throwback PRD and Stakeholder Forum 2019

fch, 07.10.2020


Programme Review Days (PRD) and Stakeholder Forum aim to give each year an overview on the progress of the FCH JU funded projects and to bring together the European Fuel Cell and Hydrogen community facilitating open discussion on the impact, achievements and strategic direction of the FCH JU programme, as well as on the latest developments in the sector.

The 2019 edition of the Programme Review Days and Stakeholder Forum recorded impressive figures:

  • more than 600 attendees over the three days of the event
  • participants coming from 36 countries and from different backgrounds: research, industry, regional as well as European institutions, SME, NGO etc.
  • more than 207 Web streaming viewers
  • 27 projects presented
  • 3 studies' results disclosed
  • a total of 7 sessions (TRANSPORT a.Next Generation of Poducts, b.Trials and Deployment; ENERGY a.Next Generation of Products, b.Trials and Deployment; SECTORAL INTEGRATION a.Research, b.Trials and Deployment; SUPPORT FOR MARKET UPTAKE)
  • 3 Award categories: Best Innovation, Best Success Story, Best Outreach

In 2020, the PRD is part of the European Hydrogen Week (23-27 November) and will feature more than 45 projects and initiatives, 12 parallel sessions, 5 studies, 4 Award categories and many more you can discover by joining us online.
Registration here.

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Industry and Policy Headlines



Keynote Speech Budapest Climate Summit

European Commission, 29.10.2020 [fr][de]


Let’s take for instance hydrogen. It has so far been the missing piece in the puzzle to a fully decarbonised economy. And all Member States, not just Hungary, and now waking up to the potential of this alternative sustainable fuel and storage facility. Making clean hydrogen commercially available will be crucial, when it comes to decarbonising heavy-duty road transport, difficult to abate sectors, indeed also aviation and maritime sectors.....

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NESOI launches first open call: over 3 million euros available to support Islands with their energy transition ambitions

nesoi [BE], 12.10.2020

The first open call from the European Island Facility NESOI offers grants of up to € 60k per proposal as well as up to € 60K worth of Technical Assistance to help local European islands reach their energy transition ambitions.

A key challenge for local authorities and legal private entities on islands is to transform their overall long-term ambitions into a credible set of plans and project outlines as many do not have the expertise to concretely launch investments, access finance and kick-start their projects.

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First Innovation Fund call for large-scale projects: 311 applications for the EUR 1 billion EU funding for clean tech projects

European Commission - The policies, 05.11.2020 [fr][de]

In response to the first call for large-scale projects of the Innovation Fund, the European Commission received 311 applications for innovative clean tech projects in renewable energy, energy-intensive industries, energy storage, and carbon capture, use and storage.

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North Rhine-Westphalia reveals H2 roadmap

electrive, 10.11.2020 [fr][de]

The roadmap from North Rhine-Westphalia follows after the German Federal government released its National Hydrogen Strategy in June this year. According to Peter Altmaier (CDU), Minister of Economic Affairs, the now-adopted national strategy should contribute to “making Germany the number one in the world for hydrogen technologies”.

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Gas denied ‘transition’ fuel status in draft EU green finance rules

Euractiv (English), 11.11.2020 [fr][de]

Power plants fuelled by natural gas will not be classed as “sustainable” or “transition” investments in Europe unless they meet emission limits which are so low that none are currently able to comply, according to draft EU rules seen by EURACTIV.

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Northern Netherlands Hydrogen Investment Plan

Hydrogen, 02.11.2020 [fr][de]

On 30th October, businesses and government bodies in the Northern Netherlands have published the Northern Netherlands Hydrogen Investment Plan. The plan includes investments totaling up to 9 billion euros and could secure some 66,000 existing jobs in areas like gas infrastructure and mobility and....

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Iberdrola launches €75 billion investment plan to 2025

Wind Energy and the Electric Vehicle, 05.11.2020 [fr][de]

Renewables capacity to double. Renewables capacity will reach 60 GW in 2025, compared to 32 GW in 2019. At the end of the period, the clean energy portfolio will be divided between onshore wind energy (26 GW), offshore wind power (4 GW), solar (16 GW) and hydro (14 GW). Green hydrogen, a strategic vector for industry.

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A ship hydrogen-driven to serve the gulf islands Morbihan in 2023 (Un navire à hydrogène pour desservir les îles du Golfe du Morbihan en 2023)

Le Télégramme, 03.11.2020 [de]

A vessel to hydrogen propulsion électro - could serve the island to monks (56) and the island of Arz (56) dès 2023. Good news for the gulf Morbihan, this engine is generating or pollution, or emission effects nor sonores, surface-worked or under the sea! A vessel.

Original text: Un navire à propulsion électro- hydrogène pourrait desservir l’île aux Moines (56) et l’île d’Arz (56) dès 2023. Une bonne nouvelle pour le Golfe du Morbihan, cette motorisation ne générant ni pollution, ni émission ni effets sonores, en surface ou sous la mer ! Un navire à propulsion....

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Consortium to explore hydrogen refuelling solutions for Hungary

H2View, 02.11.2020 [fr][de]

Hy-Hybrid Energy, GOLDI Mobility and Purification Equipment Research Institute of CSIC, China (PERIC) have joined forces to explore hydrogen refuelling solutions for Hungary.

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Russia to the storming hydrogen (La Russie à l’assaut de l’hydrogène)

Courrier International, 31.10.2020 [de]

Hydrogen is already used in the chemical industry and will eventually replace the natural gas in the thermal power stations. This will offset fluctuations of renewable energies, in the first place of wind power park. Indeed, following the periods (when the winds are strong and....

Original text: L’hydrogène est déjà utilisé dans l’industrie chimique et devra à terme remplacer le gaz naturel dans les centrales thermiques. Cela permettra de compenser les fluctuations des énergies renouvelables, en premier lieu du parc éolien. En effet, suivant les périodes (lorsque les vents sont forts et....

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European Clean Hydrogen Alliance - call for roundtable applications

Hydrogen, 25.10.2020 [fr][de]

European Clean Hydrogen Alliance - call for roundtable applications.

The work of the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance is entering a new phase. We are now launching a call for six thematic round tables, open until midnight, 13 November 2020 (CET). This call is open only to the organisations who have....

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Press release - Hydrogen Europe proposes to commit in the European Pact for Skills

Hydrogen, 17.11.2020 [fr][de]

Hydrogen Europe welcomes the organisation of the European Vocational Skills Week and the launch of the European Pact for Skills last week by Commissioner Breton (Internal Market) and Commissioner Schmit (Jobs and Social Rights), together with the German Presidency, to present a shared engagement....

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Ballard signs definitive agreements with Audi to expand usage of fuel cell stack

H2View, 30.10.2020 [fr][de]

Ballard Power Systems’ recently announced fuel cell stack development partnership with Audi moved forward on Thursday with the signing of definitive agreements.

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Nel reports Q3 2020 results

H2View, 05.11.2020 [fr][de]

Nel ASA has reported its third quarter (Q3) 2020 results, highlighting revenues of NOK 147.7m (€13.5m).

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Hyundai to supply 4,000 fuel cell trucks to China

electrive, 04.11.2020 [fr][de]

Hyundai has signed two letters of intent with Chinese companies to supply a total of 4,000 fuel cell trucks to China by 2025. This is the second major order in connection with Hyundai’s H2 truck XCIENT, following the order for 1,600 units from Switzerland. Reports in the Korean media refer to an official statement by Hyundai.

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It's Time For Elon Musk To Admit The Significance Of Hydrogen Fuel Cells

Forbes, 02.11.2020 [fr][de]

Co-founder and CEO of HyPoint , the company developing zero-carbon emission hydrogen fuel cell systems for aviation and urban air mobility. getty. "Fuel cells = fool sells," Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted on June 10. "Staggeringly dumb," he . As CNBC noted , Musk has previously "dismissed hydrogen fuel cells as 'mind-bogglingly stupid.

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There’s never been a more crucial time to be a CLIMATE CH2AMPION

Hydrogen Council, 27.10.2020 [fr][de]

This article was first published in H2 View. By Hydrogen Council members Sam French (Johnson Matthey) and Jin Cha (Hyundai Motor) Back in 1874, science fiction writer Jules Verne had an inspiring vision that hydrogen would one day be used as a power source.

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Upcoming Events




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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10 December: FCH JU participation: Storage of compressed H2: improvements in view of an emerging market

Fuel Cells and Hydrogen, 03.11.2020 [fr][de]

While automakers have demonstrated progress with prototypes and commercial vehicles traveling more than 500 km on a single fill, this driving range must be achievable across different vehicle makes and models and without compromising customer expectations of space, performance, safety, or cost.

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10-12 November: EIT Urban Mobility 2020 PhD Innovation Excellence in Clean Energy Transportation

Fuel Cells and Hydrogen, 26.10.2020 [fr][de]

Clean and efficient transportation is becoming both crucial and practical with every year passing. Electric vehicles are a primary direction to realize that, and powering them can be done using the new generation, (alkaline) anion-exchange membrane fuel cells.

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19 November: 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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18 November 2020