Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU)

The Joint Technology Initiative (JTI) Fuel Cells and Hydrogen – better known as FCH Joint Undertaking (JU) – is a public-private partnership between the European Commission, Europe’s fuel cell and hydrogen industry and research organisations. The FCH JU finances R&D and demonstrations projects on hydrogen and fuel cells and aims to accelerate the commercial deployment of hydrogen-based-energy and transport solutions across Europe. The initiative led by the industry receives funding from Horizon 2020 (Transport and Energy) and has launched in January 2020 a budget of approximately € 93 million.

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For whom is FCH JU?

Participation is possible for every kind of organisation (industry, SMEs, universities, research institutes) performing scientific research or focusing on technical development and innovation. Co-financing from the industry is a prerequisite for EU funding. FCH JU actively stimulates participation of SMEs.

Goals and topics within Fuel Cells and Hydrogen (FCH)

The goal of FCH JU is to develop by 2020 to the point of market readiness a portfolio of clean, efficient and affordable solutions. These solutions must fully demonstrate the potential of hydrogen as an energy carrier and fuel cells as energy convertors, as part of an energy system that integrates sustainable solutions and energy supplies with low carbon stationary and transport technologies. The FCH JU aims to achieve this goal by funding projects which demonstrate on a large scale the market readiness of FCH technology. It has four pillars:

  • Transport (e.g. vehicles and refuelling infrastructure);
  • Energy (e.g. hydrogen production and distribution, energy storage and stationary power generation, power-to-x);
  • Overarching activities (e.g. building up of local value chains, integrated use of FCH technologies);
  • Cross-cutting (e.g. harmonisation, training, safety).

Scope and budget FCH JU 2020

The FCH JU published the calls for 2020 with an indicative budget of € 93 million. The submission deadline for proposals is April 21, 2020. The main scopes and objectives are:

  1. Reduce the production cost of fuel cell systems to be used in transport applications, while increasing their lifetime to levels which can compete with conventional technologies.
  2. Increase the electrical efficiency and the durability of the different fuel cells used for power production to levels which can compete with conventional technologies, while reducing costs.
  3. Increase the energy efficiency of production of hydrogen mainly from water electrolysis and renewable sources while reducing operating and capital costs, so that the combined system of the hydrogen production and the conversion using fuel cell system can compete with the alternatives for electricity production available on the market.
  4. Demonstrate on a large scale the feasibility of using hydrogen to support integration of renewable energy sources into the energy systems, including through its use as a competitive energy storage medium for electricity produced from renewable energy sources.
  5. Reduce the use of the EU defined ‘Critical raw materials”, for instance through low-platinum or platinum-free resources and through recycling or reducing or avoiding the use of rare earth elements.

Extensive experience with FCH JU

Hezelburcht has extensive experience in supporting European grants, including proposals in the FCH JU programme. This includes setting up grant projects, representation, feasibility studies, building consortia and writing and submitting the final applications. Because of their high-quality backgrounds in relevant fields such as Transport, Energy, Chemistry, Physics and (Chemical) Engineering, our grant experts are able to support applications for all calls within the FCH JU programme.

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