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Hydrogen Europe Research

Hydrogen Europe Research is the research grouping of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, a unique public private partnership supporting research, technological development and demonstration (RTD) activities in fuel cell and hydrogen energy technologies in Europe. Gathering over 70 research institutions (universities and research centres), we support and promote research interests in the FCH JU and create a framework for cooperation of science and industry in Europe.

On May 6th 2014, the Council of the European Union formally agreed to continue the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Technology Initiative under the EU Horizon 2020 Framework Program. The programme (2014-20) has a total budget of €1.33 billion provided on a matched basis between the EU represented by the European Commission, the European Industry and Research.

Our Mission

Our mission is to promote, support and accelerate the deployment of hydrogen and fuel cell technology by aligning the European R&D community and providing a stronghold for cooperation with industry increasing the impact of research in the sustainable shift to the clean technologies.

What we do

The Association pursues its objective inter alia by conducting the following activities in the field:

  • providing expertise and advice to the stakeholders, e.g. industrial companies, the European Community and its Member States, including the European Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Stakeholder Forum, about the results and needs of European research, and how this research can contribute to the acceleration of the deployment of hydrogen and fuel cell technology;
  • actively participating as a member in the decision process of the Joint Undertaking, in particular through Governing Board, its highest decision making organ, or any other committees by electing from among its members representatives for such purpose and defining positions of the research community;
  • reaching a better gathering of the above-mentioned research community by mapping existing research competences, facilities and expertise and maintaining a respective knowledge base for its Members and third parties;
  • formulating joint views on existing and future needs on research infrastructures and programmes; special attention is drawn to the interrelation and cooperation along upstream, basic and applied research, with the support of national and European programmes;
  • issuing any other coordinated positions of the research community and representation of the interests of its Members as research organisations and the research community in general towards third parties.

 

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Governance

The structure and bodies of Hydrogen Europe RESEARCH are the following:

  • The General Assembly
  • The members of the Executive Board
  • The members of the Coordination Group
  • The Secretariat

The General Assembly is the highest organ of Association with the supreme power. It is composed of representatives of all Members, each of which has one vote, and is hereof a voice of European fuel cells research community. The decisions of the General Assembly are taken by voting. The General Assembly decides on delegation of power to the Executive Board and the Secretariat.

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Executive Board

The board members are elected among the representatives of the members of the Association for the period of two years. Hydrogen Europe Research aims to achieve high level of sector representativeness in terms of research institution size, geography, areas of expertise and representatives´ gender.

The members of the Executive Board are duly authorized executives of their  research organizations and highly committed persons  prepared to dedicate appropriate amount of effort, time and presence to the activities of Association.

 

Laurent Antoni

Laurent Antoni

CEA

President

Christian Sattler

Christian Sattler

DLR

Vice President

Marta Maroño

Marta Maroño

Ciemat

Chair for External Affairs

Steffen Møller-Holst

Steffen Møller-Holst

SINTEF

Chair for Transport Pillar

Iñaki Azkarate

Iñaki Azkarate

TECNALIA

Chair for Energy Pillar

 

Olaf Jedicke

Olaf Jedicke

KIT

Chair for Cross-Cutting Activities

The Executive Board has the following responsibilities:

  • Propose membership procedures for adoption of the General Assembly i.e. acceptance, suspension and access to documentation;
  • Propose membership fee rules for the adoption of the General Assembly, i.e. fee inducements and value increase initiatives
  • Propose project contribution procedures for the adoption of the General Assembly, i.e. applicable percentage, differentiation of contribution levels and collection mechanism;
  • Organize, participate and plan FCH JU and other FCH Sector-related events to the benefits of Members;
  • Decide on terms and conditions of the Secretariat’s powers of representation;
  • Propose annual strategic communication plans and decide on the implementation modalities of any decision in respect thereof;
  • Decide on the establishment of new communication platforms with other fuel cells and hydrogen sector players;
  • Proposes the modification and updating of the internal rules
  • Develop strategic vision for the longer term development and positioning of Association

Coordination Group

In establishing connection between individual working groups’ activities, the Vice-Chair works jointly with the respective Executive Board member (Transport Chair, Energy Chair, Cross-Cutting Research Activities Chair). The respective Board Member and his attributed/ assigned Vice-Chair cannot be members of the same organization.

The Executive Board and the Vice-chairs meet in person with possible use of electronic communications on the regular basis during the year.

Fernando Palacín

Fernando Palacín

Aragon Hydrogen Foundation

Vice-Chair for External Affairs

Cesare Pianese

Cesare Pianese

University of Salerno

Vice-Chair for Energy to Fuel Cells

Luigi Crema

Luigi Crema

FBK (Fondazione Bruno Kessler)

Vice-Chair for Energy to Hydrogen

Thierry Priem

Thierry Priem

CEA

Vice-Chair for Transport

Javier Dufour

Javier Dufour

IMDEA

Vice-Chair for Cross-Cutting Research Activities

 


The key responsibilities of Vice-Chairs include:

  • Coordinate members´ input in FCH JU
  • To advocate the interests of Association at all levels in related activities
  • Coordinate definition and amendments of the Multi-Annual Working Plan 2014-2020 (MAWP) and Annual Working Plans (AWPs)
  • Support the respective Chair in any other external tasks, such as links with other relevant platforms and technologies
  • Report regularly to the Executive Board on the progress of the work

 

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Join us

The members of Hydrogen Europe Research participate in the preparation of the FCH JU multi-annual and annual priorities and have the unique possibility to shape the focus of the programme and cooperate with Industry in this task. The members of the research and industry community draft the Annual Work Plans which translate into the Call texts. This is a great opportunity for any entity in the sector willing to have an impact on the FCH development across Europe. Additionally, Hydrogen Europe Research works to secure regulatory and funding support for FCH technologies in Europe. Every year we provide a networking platform for our members by organizing events related to the FCH JU Programme and offering a priviliged access to first-hand information.
The procedure of obtaining Hydrogen Europe Research membership starts with the submission of the formal application per e-mail (the original can follow). The application will be processed by the Executive Board of Hydrogen Europe Research and after that the next coming General Assembly will vote on accepting the application. At the General Assembly, before the voting, the candidates normally deliver a short presentation of their organization in person.

The benefits received by the organization upon entering Hydrogen Europe Research are listed in detail in the Article 5 of the Internal Rules:

“Members of the Association will benefit in particular from:

  • Fulfilment of the eligibility criteria of Membership in the FCH JU Calls for proposals
  • Participation in the FCH JU working groups, e.g on Multi-Annual Working Program 2014-2020 (hereinafter MAWP), Annual Working Programs (hereinafter AWPs)
  • Early (to the extent possible) access to information about the planning of priorities of the FCH JU Programme, including more specific annual call topics details
  • Organisational and coordination support for joint events, workshops and conferences in the FCH sector
  • Use of Association´s information channels, especially Website and mailing lists for information dissemination
  • Use of information services provided by the Secretariat
  • Platform for networking with other research organizations as well as industrial partners with priority access to FCH JU events or those sponsored by it.”

The current yearly membership fee is €4.500. Hydrogen Europe Research is a non-profit association; financial contributions of members are used for maintaining the Secretariat, organizing Executive Boards Meetings, General Assemblies and Brokerage events, as well as paying regular fees to the Program Office).

Please note: if you have already contributed to the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) in previous years and paid the Project Contribution (PC), we will be able to account it towards your first annual Hydrogen Europe Research membership fee.

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Secretariat

Secretariat

Katrin Johansson-Ricketts

k.ricketts@hydrogeneuroperesearch.eu

Tel: 0032 (0)2 513 05 77

 

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Transport innovation

In regular exchange with members, the Working Group for the Transport Pillar deals with the following topics:

  • Road vehicles propulsion (passenger cars, buses, vans, two wheelers)
  • Non-road vehicles propulsion (material handling/off-road machinery, ships, trains, airplanes)
  • Hydrogen refuelling infrastructure
  • Auxiliary Power Units in various applications (road vehicles, ships, trains, airplanes)

First Coordinator and Point of Contact
Steffen Møller-Holst
steffen.moller-holst@sintef.no

Second Coordinator
Thierry Priem
thierry.priem@cea.fr

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