The 23rd edition of the EFCF will take place on 2-5 July 2019. The Forum has evolved since 2013 to the largest international event and leading meeting place in Europe dedicated to Hydrogen FC. It is an excellent platform for scientists, engineers and manufactures to present recent technical progress, industrial achievements and inventions from Europe and beyond. New contacts are established in the unique networking events, which allow a fruitful exchange on technology and business.
30 November 2018 marks the official launch of the Sanremo site of the High V.LO-City project by the Mayor of Sanremo, Alberto Biancheri. Three fuel cell electric buses and their hydrogen refuelling infrastructure have been deployed in the city.
Hydrogen fuel cell technology is ready and set to power Europe’s sustainable development, it was revealed on 15 November at a high-profile Awards Ceremony in Brussels, as the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) rewarded its top projects for innovation excellence.
“Hydrogen is a key technology for achieving Europe’s climate and energy goals. Its potential benefits for the environment, consumers and European economy can power the transition of Europe’s energy sector towards a green future.” said Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the European Commission for Energy Union.
As 2018 marks the ten-year anniversary of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), it is inspiring to look back over the many accomplishments of the past decade and see the enormous progress that fuel cell and hydrogen technology has made. The stories described in the new brochure illustrate the approach of continuous learning exemplified by the FCH JU’s projects, from creating low-carbon and sustainable solutions, enabling market entry for new products, developing ‘next generation’ products based on previous research, to opening new markets for European expertise in fuel cell and hydrogen (FCH) technology.
The 50th hydrogen refueling station was inaugurated on Friday, 7 September, in Postdam, by the partners H2 MOBILITY, Linde and TOTAL and represents an important milestone in the expansion of the infrastructure enabling hydrogen-based mobility in Germany.
‘Hydrogen is the missing link in the global energy system transition by 2050, as required by the targets in the Paris Agreement’ according to the report launched on 6 September 2018 in Bonn by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).
The HyBalance project inaugurated on Monday, 3 September 2018, an advanced facility for the production of renewable hydrogen in Hobro, Denmark. The hydrogen is produced from water electrolysis, enabling the storage of renewable electricity from wind turbines and at the same time balancing the electricity grid.
The study revealed that there is a strong and growing demand for fuel cell buses in cities across Europe, and that some bus manufacturers and hydrogen suppliers have a desire to push the market into a commercial phase. Evidence from several European bus manufacturers suggests that significant further cost reductions are possible at a scale of production of several hundred fuel cell buses per manufacturer per year.
At this year’s EU Sustainable Energy Week, the flagship conference for the sustainable energy community across Europe, the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) and FCH JU projects featured in more than half a dozen events. It’s clear that fuel cell and hydrogen technology is set to play a big part in Europe’s transition to a low carbon economy.
The FCH JU is organising a session “Hydrogen and fuel cells greening European industry” at the EUSEW 2018. The session will take place on 7 June 2018 at 11:00 in the Charlemagne Building of the European Commission in Brussels. The session focuses on the potential of green hydrogen to decarbonise large industries, such as steel making, refineries, ammonia/ fertilizer plants and food industry. Large industries are traditionally dependent on imported energy and raw materials and emit up to 40% of total CO2 emissions worldwide.
Today the official opening of the FCH JU- funded BIG HIT project took place in Kirkwall, the Orkney Islands, bringing together communities, industry, and politicians who are all working together to deploy one of Europe’s leading energy systems. This will enable more renewable energy to be produced and used locally in the Orkney Islands of Scotland and also support similar deployments more widely.
Hannover Messe, Europe’s largest hydrogen, fuel cells and battery exhibition, is taking place on 23- 27 April 2018 in Hannover, Germany. This year’s edition features 60 exhibitors from 20 countries and an outside Ride + Drive area where visitors can test, among other, the newest models of fuel cell electric vehicles.
Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking is organising Hydrogen Summit in Sofia, Bulgaria on 28 May 2018. Organised on the occasion of the FCH JU 10th anniversary, the Hydrogen Summit will offer the participants the opportunity to discover more about advantages of fuel cell and hydrogen technology and the FCH JU, as well as provide insight to the status of the FCH sector in Central and Eastern Europe.
The Zero Emission Bus conference is an opportunity to connect with experts in the industry and an open invitation to regional policy makers and stakeholders to participate in the next wave of global public transport innovation.
To enable a larger introduction of fuel cell technologies within the railway market, a deeper analysis is needed. Following a first joint initiative (Hydrogen Train Workshop” organised between FCH 2 JU and S2R JU on 15 May 2017), the FCH 2 JU is teaming-up once more with the Shift2Rail JU, this time for launching a joint call for tender in view of conducting a study around this proposal.The purpose of this new study will be to address the needed market analysis and assess the potential of fuel cell and hydrogen technologies for the rail sector.
The European Hydrogen Energy Conference (EHEC) is the Europe’s conference of reference in the field of hydrogen energy. EHEC provides an excellent framework for updates on hydrogen and fuel cell technologies and represents the best setting to show the latest advances in research, projects and products.