Hydrogen EU Projects

Europe takes part in European projects when they provide an added value for its members and for the hydrogen sector as a whole. We decided to take part in the below projects as they fit with the mission of Hydrogen Europe. Either by creating a new activity which is key for the whole sector or ensuring the communication of flagship projects with a collective deployment effort. 

The projects we are currently involved in are: 

FC4HD

- Funded by: Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG)
- Duration: 1/2021 – 12/2023 (36months)
- Full project title: Heavy-duty fuel cell road demonstrator

Project description: The FC4HD project aims to develop and demonstrate a fully-fledged 40t zero-emission fuel cell truck (semitrailer tractor; 5-LH) for the first time worldwide. The FC4HD zero-emission truck and in particular its fuel cell system will fulfil the requirements of commercial vehicles regarding power, efficiency, reliability, and lifetime. The FC4HD fuel cell truck will be demonstrated for 6 months including a real-world operation in a logistic environment and will be validated not only in terms of technical performance at test tracks and on public roads, but also in economic and ecological terms, ultimately preparing for international market introduction. In order to do all this and develop a vehicle that is optimally suited for the future market, the FC4HD consortium includes not only major partners from the automotive sector (including a start-up and a European SME) and universities, but also from the logistics as well as green hydrogen production and refuelling sectors. With its worldwide unique fully-fledged heavy-duty zero-emission fuel cell truck, FC4HD pursues a comprehensive systemic approach that makes Austrian zero-emission technology internationally visible, significantly strengthens Austrian companies in international competition and, in particular, opens up long-term growth prospects in the field of fuel cell-powered (heavy-duty) vehicles.

ESCALATE

- Funded by: Horizon (CL5-2022-D5-01-08)
- Duration: 42 months (accepted, not started)
- Full project title: Powering EU Net Zero Future by Escalating Zero Emissions HDVs and Logistic Intelligence

In line with the European 2050 goals ESCALATE aims to demonstrate high efficiency zHDV powertrains (up to 10% increase) for long-haul applications that will provide a range of 800 km without refueling/recharging and cover at least 500 km average daily operation (6+ months) in real conditions. ESCALATE will achieve this by following modularity and scalability approach starting from the β-level of hardware and software innovations and aiming to reach the γ-level in the first sprint and eventually the δ-level at the project end through its 2 sprint-V-cycle.

Fuel Cells & Hydrogen Observatory (FCHO)

The FCHO provides data (statistics, facts and analysis) and up to date information about the entire hydrogen sector. The FCHO focuses on technology and market statistics, socio-economic indicators, policy and regulation, and financial support. Funded by the FCH JU, the observatory is created for the use of policy makers, industry stakeholders and the general public equally.

H2Haul

H2Haul (Hydrogen Fuel Cell Trucks for Heavy Duty Zero Emissions Logistics – 826236) is a project co-financed by the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU). It aims to develop and deploy 16 zero-emission fuel cell trucks at four sites. In addition, new high-capacity hydrogen refuelling stations will be installed to provide reliable, low carbon hydrogen supplies to the trucks. The project began in 2019 and will run for five years.

H2Share

The goal of this Interreg North-Western Europe funded project is to facilitate wider implementation of transnational low-carbon transport solutions. By activating this market, NWE will become a leader in Europe for zero-emission heavy-duty transport. Concrete targets include: a 5% market share by 2030 (10.000 heavy-duty vehicles), the creation of 1.000 jobs, CO2 reduction of 1 million tons/year and stimulate (truck) production in NWE based industry.

H2SHIPS

H2SHIPS is an EU Project funded by Interreg North-West Europe and will develop an infrastructure for shipping using hydrogen propulsion that can drastically reduce pollution and improve our air and water quality.

HyLAW

HyLaw stands for Hydrogen Law and removal of legal barriers to the deployment of fuel cells and hydrogen applications. It is a flagship project aimed at boosting the market uptake of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies providing market developers with a clear view of the applicable regulations whilst calling the attention of policy makers on legal barriers to be removed. The project, funded by the FCH JU, brought together 23 partners from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Portugal, the Netherlands and United Kingdom and is coordinated by Hydrogen Europe.

JIVE

The JIVE (Joint Initiative for hydrogen Vehicles across Europe) project seeks to deploy 139 new zero emission fuel cell buses and associated refuelling infrastructure across five countries. JIVE will run for six years from January 2017 and is co-funded by a 32 million euro grant from the FCH JU under the European Union Horizon 2020 framework programme for research and innovation. The project consortium comprises 22 partners from seven countries.

JIVE2

The JIVE 2 (Joint Initiative for hydrogen Vehicles across Europe) project seeks to deploy 152 new zero emission fuel cell buses and associated refuelling infrastructure across 14 European cities throughout France, Germany, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands and the UK. JIVE 2 will run for six years from January 2018 and is co-funded by a 25 million euro grant from the FCH JU (Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking) under the European Union Horizon 2020 framework programme for research and innovation. The project consortium comprises 23 partners from nine countries.

MultHyFuel

The goal of MultHyFuel is to contribute to the effective deployment of hydrogen as an alternative fuel by developing a common strategy for implementing Hydrogen Refuelling Stations (HRS) in multi-fuel contexts, contributing to the harmonization of existing laws and standards based on practical, theoretical and experimental data as well as on the active and continuous engagement of key stakeholders.