JRC to play key role in Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Technology Initiative (JTI)
A cooperation agreement between the JRC and the European Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Technology Initiative (JTI), a public-private venture aimed at delivering commercially viable hydrogen energy and fuel cell technologies, has been approved by the JTI Governing Board.
The JRC will contribute to the JTI work programme through pre-normative research aimed at assessing the performance of fuel cell and hydrogen technologies in terms of their safety, reliability, efficiency and emissions. The JRC will also provide the services of reference laboratories, notably its hydrogen storage and fuel cell performance labs at the JRC Institute for Energy (IE), in Petten, the Netherlands.
At the same time, the JRC will seek to support the JTI's strategy formulation and implementation, helping to ensure that the European Commission plays a significant role in the research, development and demonstration of fuel cells and hydrogen projects in Europe.
The agreement will be officially signed by both bodies in the coming weeks.
JTIs are public-private partnerships and have been identified as a new strategy for the implementation of the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7). JTIs should serve to support large scale initiatives that could not be implemented efficiently using other R&D funding mechanisms. They address market failures by focusing on a specific industrial area with a clearly defined objective and funded by a combination of private and public investment.
The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Technology Initiative should ensure that the jointly defined research programme will better match industry's needs and expectations, accelerating hydrogen and fuel cell technology acquisition and deployment.
Download the JRC info sheets:
- "Putting Fuel Cells to the test" - Fuel Cell Power Chain Integration
- "Hydrogen energy for tomorrow" - Hydrogen Safety in Storage and Transport