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The European Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology Platform

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Objective

To facilitate and accelerate the development and deployment of cost–competitive, world class European hydrogen and fuel cell based energy systems and component technologies for applications in transport, stationary and portable power.

Overview of the HFP technology platform

The European Commission has facilitated the establishment of a European Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology Platform aimed at accelerating the development and deployment of these key technologies in Europe. The platform should assist in the efficient co-ordination of European, national, regional and local research, development and deployment programmes and initiatives and ensure a balanced and active participation of the major stakeholders (i.e. industry, scientific community, public authorities, users, civil society). It should help to develop awareness of fuel cell and hydrogen market opportunities and energy scenarios and foster future co-operation, both within the EU and at global scale.

Official Site of the European Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology Platform: http://www.HFPeurope.org  

The technology platform will be instrumental in structuring socio-economic and technical research on hydrogen and fuel cells at European level, as well as for stimulating increased public and private investment in R&D. The platform will also help to identify and to promote deployment opportunities both for energy infrastructure and services. The platform will be built up from ongoing and new projects, clusters and networks in the Commission’s Framework Programme and in Member States, and will also include a number of specific steering panels and initiative groups as may be necessary to optimise its functioning and realise the platform’s overall goals. These activities will be complemented by new initiatives for public-private partnerships and linked to industry projects, when appropriate.

The results of activities, including research and demonstration projects, undertaken under the auspices of the platform will be widely disseminated and communicated to the appropriate policy making bodies. These bodies themselves will be represented in the platform governance structure and play a crucial role in target setting and assessment. Regular annual or bi-annual meetings of platform participants will ensure shared ownership and a common vision.

The technology platform and all its activities should contribute to an integrated strategy to accelerate the realisation of a sustainable hydrogen economy in Europe, a concept endorsed by the European Commission on 10 September 2003.

Participants in the TP represent a balance of expert knowledge and stakeholder interests and include:

  • Research community - public and private; technical and socio-economic;
  • Industry (incl. SMEs) - embracing the whole production and supply chain;
  • Public authorities - European, national, regional, local;
  • Financial community - banks, venture capital, insurance, ...;
  • Users and consumers - to ensure markets for products;
  • Civil society - to enhance public awareness.

The technology platform is steered by an Advisory Council, whose mission is to take forward and consolidate the “vision” of the former high level group and to facilitate the smooth and efficient running of the platform, ensuring its strategic relevance within a global context and that its direction is consistent with European Union policy.
Further information and all documents relating to the technology platform and the advisory council can be found at the Technology Platform Document Library (Circa).

Information about the former high level group on hydrogen and fuel cells and the major European conference  held in June 2003 to discuss and validate the group’s vision report are also available on this site.

Further information about European research in this area can be found at the following pages:
– Hydrogen
– Fuel Cells.


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