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Fuel Cell Amendment

Fission and radiation protection

Fuel Cell Amendment to EU-USA Implementing Agreement for Non-Nuclear Energy Scientific and Technological Co-operation signed.

The European Commission and the USA Department of Energy have agreed to strengthen their co-operation in the areas of fuel cells research.

The co-operation between the EC and US is based on the general Scientific and Technical (S&T) co-operation agreement signed on December 5, 1997, that was completed by an Implementing Agreement specific to non-nuclear energy signed on 14 May 2001. In this framework, the current specific focus on fuel cell work is an amendment to the Implementing Agreement.

Collaboration in Fuel Cell development

The areas of mutual interest and co-operation in fuel cell development are:

  • Transportation demonstrations, including fuelling infrastructure
  • Auxiliary Power Units (APUs)
  • Codes and standards including fuel infrastructure, vehicles, and Auxiliary Power Units
  • Fuel choice studies and socio-economic assessment of critical materials availability for low temperature fuel cells
  • Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC) and high temperature fuel cell hybrid systems
  • Support Studies, including socio-economic assessment of critical rare earth materials for high temperature fuel cells
  • Direct methanol and Polymer Electrolyte Membrane (PEM) fuel cells for transportation and stationary applications

The general conditions of participation for EU research organisations in US research programmes and US research organisations in EU research programmes are ruled by the S&T agreement under its participation and share of results clauses.

US research organisations are welcome to participate in the EU 6th Framework Programme (FP6) via joint proposals with research organisations from EU Member and Associated States. The benefits and costs of the research carried out in common will be shared among project participants according to FP6 rules and intellectual property clauses.

The amendment is effective immediately and will last for the duration of the overal scientific and technical agreement.

Agreement details

Implementing arrangement covering scientific and technological co-operation in the field of non-nuclear energy

The European Commission and the USA

Signed by:
EU Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin and
US Secretary of Energy Abraham Spencer

16 June 2003

Brussels, Belgium

Available Documents:
Fuel Cell Amendment available in English PDF icon [9.84 Kb], French PDF icon [10.4 Kb], German PDF icon [10.6 Kb].

For more information, please contact:

Jérôme Poussielgue
European Commission
Directorate General Research
Energy Directorate
Policy and strategies Unit