Introduction

This month important EU programs for the commercialization of Hydrogen and Fuel Cell applications gathered in Brussels and Antwerp. The Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking celebrated its mid-term Stakeholder General Assembly highlighting the contribution of several projects to its commercialization objective. EHA participates as dissemination partner in 5 projects that were included: HyFACTSFC-HyGuideSHELHyLIFT-DEMOHyPROFESSIONALS.

In the keynote on the following day the need to leverage more public funding at all levels to support a smooth market roll out was one of the key messages. Following the events, the EHA interviewed FCH JU president of the Governing Board Pierre Etienne Franc and asked him how he views the role of national associations as well as the EHA.

The EU Trans European Network for Transport invited the president of HyER , the renamed HyRaMP Partnership for Hydrogen Fuels Cells and Electro-Mobility in European Regions, to its info days on the new TEN-T Guidelines in Antwerp to present his views on how hydrogen and fuel cell technologies could best be integrated in the TEN-T network in the coming 20 years. The EHA and HyER are currently exploring the preparation of proposal under the upcoming TEN-T Call.

Report on Financial and technology outlook on FCH in Europe 2014 – 2020
01 Dec, 2011 The “Fuel Cell and Hydrogen technologies in Europe; Financial and technology outlook on the European sector ambition 2014 – 2020” was made public this November 2011 during the FCH JU stakeholder assembly which took place in Brussels. The Report summarizes the sector’s financial ambition to reach Europe’s objectives in 2020 More info >>
Hydrogenics Awarded Swiss Hydrogen Station Order
30 Nov, 2011 Hydrogenics was awarded to deliver one HySTAT(TM)60 electrolyser, capable to produce 130kg a day of pure hydrogen More info >>
Hera Group to open a Laboratory for Hydrogen Energy (HLab) in Forly, Italy
20 Nov, 2011 The HLab will be one of the few labs in Italy that receives energy from renewable sources (photovoltaic) and uses a fuel cell cogeneration system. All new technologies will be carefully studied to identify the most efficient and more attractive for industrial production. The laboratory is expected to become fully operational in 2012 and will focus on research on renewable and alternative energy sources. More info >>
FCH JU 4th Stakeholder’s General Assembly
24 Nov, 2011 The European Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) hosted the 4th Stakeholder’s General Assembly on November 22-23 2011 in Brussels More info >>
Horizon 2020: Commission proposes €80 billion investment 2014-2020
20 Nov, 2011 The European Commission has presented an €80 billion package for research and innovation funding, as part of the drive to create sustainable growth and new jobs in Europe More info >>
TEN-T Info Day to be held on January 31, 2012
31 January, 2012 The Trans-European Transport Network Executive Agency (TEN-T EA) will organize its annual TEN-T Info Day on Tuesday 31 January 2012 at the Borschette Conference Centre in Brussels, Belgium The aim of the Info Day is to allow prospective applicants for TEN-T 2012 Call to gather all the available information which they will be able to use in the preparation of their proposal. More info >>

“Backing Hydrogen deployment” Politically and Financially – Interview with Pierre Etienne Franc

This year’s edition of the FCH JU stakeholder’s meeting brought to light inspiring developments of the past year, while increased participation of European level decision makers flagged that the sector is receiving more national and European political support. EHA took the opportunity to discuss the event and impressions with Mr. Pierre Etienne Franc, current Chairman of the Governing Board of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), the European industry-led private-public partnership working towards acceleration of market deployment of fuel cells and hydrogen technologies. Mr. Franc has more than 15 years of experience from the Air Liquide Group, most recently heading its Technologies of the Future department. He takes up the lead of the Joint Undertaking at a crucial stage of the debate regarding the future of European energy and transport systems as well as the financial framework for the application of new technologies.

EHA: During the Stakeholder’s Assembly this month we heard numerous times from the European Commission representatives that Europe has changed its perspective in the last year(s) and has accepted Hydrogen as an energy vector. What is your impression?

Mr. Franc: What is very important to take from the event is that for the first time we had a very good support of severalDirectorates of the European Commission.  Research was always well behind us, because this is our “home” in some ways, but representatives from DG MOVE, DG Energy, DG Climate Action and Commissioner Cabinets members are now increasingly present and active; which means hydrogen has moved much further from research. We believe by 2020 the various applications of hydrogen and Fuel Cells will be market ready, this is why we need extensive investments in the field.

EU project development course in Hungary
7 Feb - 10 Feb, 2012 The FP7 Winter Academy offers a three-day February 7th-10th winter course covering all stages of an EU project development More info >>
Après-midi H2 conference Midi Pyrénées
19 December, 2011 The Après-midi H2 conference will take place December 19th 2011 at the Luxembourg Palace Paris, France. The event is organized by the pHyrenees, a local hydrogen organization representing the French region of Midi Pyrénées More info >>