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Fuel Cells and Hydrogen public-private partnership devotes €180 million to research and demonstration

Brussels, 2 August 2010

The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking has increased its support for research with its third annual call of nearly €180 million. European Commission is providing funding of €89.1 million, which will be matched by in-kind contributions from industry.

Fuel cells,  an efficient conversion technology, and hydrogen,  a clean energy carrier, have commercial potential for various end uses. These range from transport and stationary installations to portable equipment. The EU-wide collaborative public-private partnership has a total budget of around €1 billion to be invested by 2014.

The current call lists 25 different project topics and aims to foster the market breakthrough of fuel cells and hydrogen, whether  for the next generation of cars, for urban public transport or for power plants. Research to support the development of hydrogen production, notably from renewable energy sources, its storage as well as its appropriate distribution, would also be eligible. Projects aiming to deploy a wide range of fuel-cell-based products ready for commercialisation, such as back-up power installations, material handling vehicles, educational, recreational, and medical portable equipment, are also being encouraged. Non-technical barriers to the development of these technologies will also be addressed.

The deadline to apply is 13 October 2010. Evaluation of proposals is expected to be carried out in November 2010. Negotiations for the short-listed proposals are likely to be open by February/March 2011. From the last call in 2009, 27 proposals are currently under negotiation out of 50 proposals received; grants should be decided by the end of this year. The 2008 call ended up with 16 grants out of 32 proposals initially received.

Background

The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen JTI was launched in 2008. Its membership consists of  the European Commission, 64 companies represented by the European Industry Grouping NEW IG and 54 universities and research institutes, represented by the Research Grouping N.ERGHY, employing more than 2000 researchers in the field of fuel cells and hydrogen. The Joint Undertaking is part of the European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan) for bringing new energy technologies to the market.

For more information

Contacts:
EC press officer: Florian Frank, florian.frank@ec.europa.eu, Tel.: +32 2 29 97934
Communication officer of Fuel Cells and Hydrogen JTI: Claire Castel, Claire.Castel@fch.europa.eu, Tel. +32 2 221 81 35