For the first time in its history, Hydrogen Europe has taken the strategic decision to get involved in two key European projects: HyLAW and JIVE.
Hydrogen Europe takes part in European projects when they provide an added value for its members and for the sector as a whole, in its natural role of leading the promotion of an application which is very close to commercialisation (buses, with the participation in JIVE). In the case of HyLAW, the outputs of the project will provide a strong input in the advocacy activities of the association, and offer a long lasting tool for the sector with the set-up of the database.
We decided to take part in these projects as they fit with the mission of Hydrogen Europe:
Either by creating a new activity which is key for the whole sector: HyLAW is a notable first; this is the first time that the hydrogen industry will be looking at the legal barriers to the uptake of hydrogen technologies across 18 countries. HyLAW database compiling legal and administrative processes applicable to hydrogen and fuel cell technologies will provide a long lasting input and will be integrated in Hydrogen Europe website and updated by the team. HyLAW pursues a second key objective for our sector: with the set-up of a strong network of national hydrogen associations.
Or ensuring the communication of flagship projects with a collective deployment effort. Fuel cell bus is a technology with clear societal benefits and a high visibility. Large deployment projects have the potential to trigger a real commercialisation. It is also essential to use this project to raise awareness of clients and public authorities that Fuel cell bus and the refueling infrastructure are ready. This is a clear mission for Hydrogen Europe. In line with its mission, Hydrogen Europe can also participate in projects with policy and regulatory aspects.