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.
The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) with the support of a number of experts has compiled a document titled “EU Harmonised Polarisation Curve Test Method for Low Temperature Water Electrolysis.” Comments can be given before the end of April 2018.
Next to environmental advantages, fuel cells and hydrogen sector can bring significant economic benefits to Europe. These include green growth, generating revenue for European countries and creating highly skilled jobs in a knowledge-based sector.
The Gordon Research Conference on Fuel Cells 2018 Energizing the Future by Innovation in Fuel Cell Materials, Methods, Modeling, and Manufacture, will be held at Bryant University, RI, USA, 29th July-3rd August 2018. At this GRC, an international group of scientists and engineers from industry, academia, research institutes and national laboratories will present talks and posters that focus on cutting edge developments in fuel cell research pertinent to low-temperature fuel cells.
The FCH JU will hold its next Info Day & Brokerage Event in Brussels on the Friday 26 January 2018. The 2018 edition will follow last year’s format: the morning will be dedicated to an information session and presentations to the Call for proposals 2018, followed by a brokerage session in the afternoon. The brokerage event aims to foster networking opportunities and provide a platform to meet potential project partners.
The Regions and Cities initiative is conducting workshops in its second project phase. The first round of workshops will take place in various European cities in February and March. The workshops aim at promoting knowledge exchange on best practices in FCH project development and to discuss the way forward for European cities and regions to implement FCH projects.
FCH JU brand new project Refhyne was launched today the 18 January 2018 with an event held in Cologne. The consortium will build a new hydrogen electrolysis plant, the largest of its kind in the world, at the Rheinland refinery in Germany. With a capacity of 10 megawatts, the hydrogen will be used primarily for the processing and upgrading of products at the refinery’s Wesseling site. This project will assist in testing the polymer electrolyte membrane technology on a large industrial scale, making it feasible for introduction in other industry plants, as well as potentially being a step towards the future of refining.
On 17 January 2018, a new FCH JU project was launched and held its kick-off in Brussels. Project REVIVE will look at advancing the state of development of fuel cell trucks for waste transportation and will deploy garbage trucks throughout seven European sites, including the town of Antwerp, Belgium. The project will also demonstrate how hydrogen refueling stations with large daily demands can be commercially viable.
On 7 December 2017, a brand new station was opened at Paris-Orly airport, thanks to the support of the FCH JU. Air Liquide and Groupe ADP inaugurated this new station which is launching a new clean mobility option in the Greater Paris Area.