With summer vacation knocking at the door, I would like to thank you for continuing to join us in our clean hydrogen journey. As usual, the past couple of weeks have been packed again with events and news supporting the hydrogen sector.
Launched today, the “Fit for 55” legislative package will overhaul the EU’s climate policy architecture. It is the opportunity we have been waiting for to consolidate the foundations of a clean hydrogen economy and accelerate EU’s progress towards its target of a 55% net emissions' reduction by 2030.
Earlier in June we witnessed the launch of the Global Hydrogen Ports Coalition within the Clean Energy Ministerial - Hydrogen Initiative – a new global network established to bring forward the use of hydrogen at shipping ports, accelerating their clean energy transitions. During the same event, the Mission Innovation 2.0 was launched and the European Commission has taken again the lead of the Mission Hydrogen together with Australia, Chile, the UK and the US, and committed jointly to a 100 H₂ Valleys by 2030.
On 2 July we were all watching with excitement the launch of REFHYNE – Europe’s largest electrolyser set to multiply capacity tenfold by 2024. Alongside research into innovative renewable energy storage solutions, the FCH JU is keeping Europe into pole position in electrolyser technologies.
In addition and to ensure Europe keeps pushing the technology beyond current performance and costs, the FCH JU hosted recently a technical webinar – showcasing the most recent improvements reported by our projects working on the development of Anion Exchange Membrane Electrolysers (AEMEL) prototypes. Thank you for tuning in! We have made all presentations available on our website.
Enjoy the read. Stay safe and enjoy the summer break!
Projects to create a full hydrogen value chain combining production, infrastructure and use all in one region are sprouting up across Europe, but more needs to be done to accelerate their development, according to supporters. and a further two in the UK, many of which are located around ports,....
Having established hydrogen valleys across the continent, Europe is at the forefront of the development of integrated hydrogen technologies and supply chains. Globally, other countries have followed suit, with new projects coming on stream on a regular basis. Furthermore, many more mature projects continue to expand in size and complexity.
The European Union (EU) is committed to achieving a more sustainable economy and reaching carbon neutrality by 2050. If these ambitious goals are to be reached, clean and green hydrogen technologies and applications will have a key role to play. Much work is ongoing to lay the groundwork for a hydrogen-powered future.
A new global coalition to support the clean hydrogen economy was launched on 2 June, on the occasion of the 6th Mission Innovation Ministerial meeting in Chile. The members of the coalition are the European Commission and Australia, Austria, Canada, Chile, China, Germany, India, Italy, Morocco,....
Tuesday, 6 July - the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) hosted the webinar on Anion Exchange Membrane Electrolysers (AEMEL) . This online technical conference focused on the most recent improvements reported by the FCH JU-funded projects working on the development of AEMEL....
GrInHy2.0: EU Funding Body Visits the World’s Largest High-Temperature Electrolyser of Salzgitter Flachstahl GmbH
On June 14, 2021, Bart Biebuyck, Executive Director of the EU funding body “Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking” (FCH JU), visited the Salzgitter Flachstahl iron- and steelworks to learn more about the GrInHy2.0 electrolyzer installation on-site and to get informed about the project status.
Experts from the European aeronautic and hydrogen research communities came together on 6 May to share their views on future research and innovation cooperation, at a workshop organised by the Clean Sky and FCH Joint Undertakings. The participants discussed the preparation of a European....
Wesseling, Germany – Europe’s largest Polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) water electrolyser today began operations at Shell’s Energy and Chemicals Park in Rhineland near Cologne, producing green hydrogen. As part of the REFHYNE European consortium and with EU funding through the Fuel Cells and....
Spotted: Back in 2018, the Flagships project began a project that would see two hydrogen vessels deployed in France and Norway, after they won €5 million from the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme, under the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU).
One of the successes of THyGA is based on its capacity to communicate and disseminate about the acquired knowledge and potential exploitation of the results now and in the years to come. (...) As detailed in this newsletter, Work Package 2 published 3 additional reports on the specificities of the different segments of appliances available in Eu-rope, their main characteristics and expected beha-viour when provided with H2NG admixture.
REVIVE: "The hydrogen truck makes it better for everyone!"
Who? Driver Nathalie Leenders. What: A first! – The first hydrogen truck for Suez (now ‘PreZero Nederland‘) and its partner Blink, and the first female driver in Europe that drives it. Why? It’s quieter and better for the environment. Where? Helmond and surrounding municipalities.
Electrolysers generate renewable hydrogen through a process whereby renewable electricity splits water into hydrogen and oxygen, to the benefit of the environment and fighting climate change through the indirect electrification of hard to abate sectors.
Hydrogen-powered commercial aircraft could come into service in just 15 years. The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) has started the ball rolling with three research projects that will help reach this milestone. Modern aircraft, powered by polluting kerosene, emit more than 900....
Scotland’s Orkney Islands are a test case for a low-carbon future. A Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) project is converting excess electricity from renewables in the remote archipelago into clean hydrogen to power vehicles, buildings and ships, demonstrating a realistic alternative....
PRETZEL – Game-changing high pressure PEM electrolyser
The European Union is committed to achieving a more sustainable economy and reaching carbon neutrality by 2050. If these ambitious goals are to be reached, clean and green hydrogen technologies – such as electrolysers, will play a key role in achieving a carbon-free future. Proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolysis is the favoured technology to implement renewable energy as a cross-sectional connection between the energy sector, industry and mobility.
Many applications however, such as Hydrogen Refuelling Stations, require highly pressurised hydrogen, which in turn demands large amounts of energy for its compression. Project PRETZEL (Novel modular stack design for high PREssure PEM water elecTrolyZer tEchnoLogy with wide operation change and reduced cost)is attempting to resolve this issue by producing hydrogen in pressurised form at 100 bar thereby improving the efficiency of the overall process integration.
PRETZEL was launched in 2018 to develop an innovative polymer electrolyte membrane electrolyser (PEMEL) that provides significant improvements in efficiency and operability hydrogen pressure, to further reach the emerging market requirements.
Reaching its final stages, the project has reported encouraging achievements:
Developed a 25kW PEM electrolyser system based on a hydraulic cell concept capable of reaching an unprecedented cell efficiency of 77%
The patented innovative cell concept reached 100 bar pressure, allowing operations up to 6A cm^(-2) at 90°C
Increased the durability of the cell components. The hydraulic medium compressing everywhere with constant force is additionally cooling the cell from outside, thus preventing the overheating of cell elements
Reduced the capital cost of stack components by using low-cost coatings
Apart the impressive results, PRETZEL project will have managed to consolidate R&D cooperation relations among consortium partners from different EU states: Germany, France, Spain, Greece and Romania.
The FCH JU, together with the European Commission and the European Industry and Research communities, are supporting the development of the next generation of electrolysers. The main beneficiaries of the ongoing research on new materials, components and systems are the electrolyser OEMs, contributing to the market leadership that the EU is currently enjoying at global level.
The FCH JU’s portfolio currently counts numerous projects that will develop and validate a prototype game changer electrolyser with the potential to surpass the KPIs in terms of cost, efficiency, lifetime and operability. The development of game changing electrolysis will focus on:
High pressure operation: Hydrogen delivery at 100 bar – thus allowing hydrogen injection in the Natural Gas transmission network without additional compression
Increased energy density: going from the state of the art 2-3 A/cm2 to 4 (nominal) and 6-8 (high) A/cm2
Reduced critical raw material, development of new materials and components capable to perform at the higher pressures and temperatures (up to 140oC); Membrane Electrode Assemblies with new catalysts and membranes, manufactured within NEPTUNE and PRETZEL projects, have been assembled in 25kW stacks and are about to go into 2,000-4,000 hours tests of the complete electrolyser system
Similar to the PEM electrolyser projects, the FCH JU is supporting the development of Anion Exchange Membrane (AEM) electrolysers - a type of system able to combine the advantages of both PEM and alkaline electrolysers. Projects ANIONE, CHANNEL and NEWELY are aiming to develop materials and components for testing in 2kW stacks.
Speech pronounced at the occasion of the Hydrogen Alliance Forum on the 17th of June, 2021. We are at a turning point for hydrogen. Just look at the impressive pipeline of projects gathered this spring under the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance: more than one thousand projects! It is almost....
The Directorate-General for Energy is organising, together with the EC Representations in EU countries, a series of on-line stakeholder dialogues to discuss around the European Green Deal , and more specifically on how energy policy can contribute to achieving a climate-neutral Europe by 2050 .
The Commission’s Joint Research Centre published today a policy brief showing that delivery of large amounts of renewable hydrogen over long distances could be cost-effective. This finding is important because access to sufficient amounts of renewable hydrogen at low cost is essential for achieving a climate neutral Europe by 2050.
Across the globe, nearly 800 million people live without any access to electricity – about 600 million of them in sub-Saharan Africa. In a world of deepening inequalities between the haves and have-nots, this is a glaring injustice. With cheap renewables and green investments following the pandemic,....
Wednesday, 28 April, the European Commission hosted a webinar for H2020 beneficiaries. The objective was to inform and provide clear guidelines on how to avoid errors in declaring personnel costs in Horizon 2020 grants. Avoiding financial errors in financial statements is crucial.
Position paper – Heavy‐duty vehicles: Charging and refuelling infrastructure requirements
(...)a target of around 300 truck‐suitable hydrogen refuelling stations by 2025, and at least 1,000 no later than 2030 should be set. Moreover, one hydrogen refuelling site should be available every 200 km on the TEN‐T core network by 2030. A hydrogen refuelling station for trucks should have a minimum daily capacity of at least six tonnes of H2 with at least two dispensers per stations.
Hydrogen, hydrogen-based fuels (such as ammonia) and hydrogen technologies offer tremendous potential for the maritime sector and, if properly harnessed, can significantly contribute to the decarbonisation and also mitigate the air pollution of the worldwide fleet.
To address this problem, Europe is looking at three possible technologies — hydrogen, electrified roadways, and a new high-speed charging capability for larger batteries. Very little of the necessary infrastructure has been built for any of the three, and all will require substantial capital investment to get off the ground.
Austrian energy solutions expert Fronius is installing the first H2 customer system in Austria. The Fronius Solhub is a system solution for the local production, storage, and use of green hydrogen (...)
The iconic Eiffel Tower in Paris, France was last month illuminated using hydrogen for the first time ever as part of a powerful image to showcase the capabilities of renewable hydrogen power. However, the spectacle was part of a larger project. “It was a strong signal to light up the Eiffel Tower....
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