The Port Authority of Valencia received on 12 March the 2019 GREEN4SEA Port Award for becoming the first port in Europe to use hydrogen energy to reduce the environmental impact of its operations, thanks to the FCH JU funded H2PORTS project.
The Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission has developed, with the support of the FCH JU, a tailored-made version of TIM (Tools for Innovation Monitoring) to monitor, gather and analyse different aspects of fuel cells and hydrogen innovation and technological development.
Hydrogen is an essential element in the energy transition and can account for 24% of final energy demand and 5.4m jobs by 2050, says the new study by the FCH JU, “Hydrogen Roadmap Europe: A sustainable pathway for the European Energy Transition“. Developed with input from 17 leading European industrial actors, the study lays out a pathway for the large-scale deployment of hydrogen and fuel cells until 2050 and quantifies the associated socio-economic impacts.
The project will test and validate hydrogen technologies for port machinery in order to achieve solutions that produce zero local emissions, without affecting the performance and safety of port operations. H2PORTS will allow these new prototypes to be demonstrated at the Grimaldi and MSC terminals in the Port of Valencia, which will become the first European port to incorporate hydrogen energy to reduce the environmental impact of its operations.
The Call for Proposals 2019 is expected to be published on 15 January 2019. On this occasion, the FCH JU will hold its annual Info Day on Friday 29 January 2019.
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.