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Fuel Cell and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking (FCH 2 JU)

 

 

The second generation of the FHC JU aims to accelerate the commercial deployment of hydrogen-based energy and transport solutions across Europe through a total investment of €93 million euro (subject to availability of funding; the final total budget is expected to be increased). The projects under FCH 2 should improve performance and reduce the cost of products as well as demonstrate on a large scale the readiness of the technology to enter the market in the fields of transport and energy.

The call 2014 currently open is organised around 22 topics within three main types of actions: Research and Innovation actions (RIA-14 topics), Innovation actions (IA – 6 topics) and Coordination and Support actions (CSA – 2 topics).

The second generation of the FHC JU aims to accelerate the commercial deployment of hydrogen-based energy and transport solution across Europe through a total investment of €93 million. The projects under FCH 2 should improve performance and reduce the cost of products as well as demonstrate on a large scale the readiness of the technology to enter the market in the fields of transport and energy.

The FCH 2 JU shall have the following objectives:

  1. reduce the production cost, while increasing their lifetime, of fuel cell systems;
  2. increase the electrical efficiency and the durability of the different fuel cells used for power production;
  3. increase the energy efficiency of production of hydrogen mainly from water electrolysis and renewable sources while reducing operating and capital costs;
  4. demonstrate on a large scale the feasibility of using hydrogen to support integration of renewable energy sources into the energy systems;
  5. reduce the use of the EU defined "Critical raw materials", for instance via low or platinum free resources and through recycling or reducing or avoiding the use of rare earth elements.
The main pillars supported by the program are:
  • Transportation;
  • Energy;
  • Overarching projects – coordinate and combine national or regional projects on the “whole integrated energy chain”;
  • Cross-Cutting Activities – support and facilitate the transition to market for fuel cell and hydrogen technologies (projects should cover education, safety, public acceptance and awareness).

The current call is organised around 22 topics within three main types of actions: Research and Innovation actions (RIA-14 topics), Innovation actions (IA – 6 topics) and Coordination and Support actions (CSA – 2 topics).

At least one call for proposals will be published each year, based on the annual work plan. Proposals may be called for using a single stage process i.e. a single application, assessment and evaluation and award of grant; however, for more strategic actions, a two stage process i.e. outline proposals might be chosen in first stage, with successful ones invited to submit a full proposal at a later stage.

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