Recently funding levels for clean technologies seem to increase  by an addtional three 0’s, the talk is billions: €6 billion for the EU Green Cars Initiative, an extra €8 bln for regional projects on energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in the EU Cohesion funds that will be  extended to all EU Member States,  €5 bln for CCS, wind and smart grid development. Hydrogen and fuel cell technologies have links to all of these topics, extending the range of electric transport applications and making the most efficient  use of primary energy, both conventional and renewable. Informing key decision makers of the important efforts of European industry and research  in developing  commercial hydrogen and fuel cell systems and the need for focussed EU policy support in the next coming years will be crucial to ensure that some if these stimulus zero’s will be spent in our sector.  The EHA, together with its industry and national association members and through its support of HyER (formerly HyRaMP),  the regional partnership for hydrogen and fuel cells, is committed to continue play an important role to influence this political process.

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