Research & Innovation - Participant Portal

TOPIC : Improvement of compressed storage systems and related manufacturing processes in the perspective of automotive mass production

Topic identifier: FCH-01-7-2016
Publication date: 19 January 2016

Types of action: FCH2-RIA Research and Innovation action
Opening date:
19 January 2016
Deadline: 03 May 2016 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
  Horizon 2020
Topic Description
Specific Challenge:

Hydrogen tanks for automotive applications are already available but they do not yet fulfill all carmakers’ expectations in the view of a mass production of hydrogen powered vehicles.

Four key challenges have been identified:

  1. Achievement of the automotive cost targets for a broader market introduction. This is mainly due to carbon fiber costs, conventional manufacturing processes not developed for high productivity and architecture concepts that are not compatible with mass production. To tackle this challenge, significant advances with respect to mechanical reinforcement, architectural optimization and compressed overwrapped pressure vessel (COPV) manufacturing are required.
  2. Vessel and ancillary component (tank valve, pressure regulator) integration in the vehicle in order to ease assembling procedures and maximize customer available volume.
  3. Hydrogen refuelling times truly comparable to those of conventional fuels require an extended temperature range of the COPV. Likewise being able to extract the maximum hydrogen mass flow independent of the state of charge (SOC) calls for the ability of the COPV and the complete fueling system to operate at lower temperatures.
  4. Increase the acceptance of COPVs for hydrogen storage in automobile applications by means of a higher safety level. It is necessary to ensure, that COPVs can be transferred into safe mode during thermal incidents.
  • Development of new and/or optimized tank geometries having the same storage performances and providing an enhanced integration in the car space at comparable price.
  • Define standardized interfaces and objects in order to gain from the economy of scales.
  • Improve filling and venting tolerance of COPV (e.g. enhanced liner materials and multi-material assembling materials and techniques to increase mechanical and temperature tolerance (e.g. real -40°C H2 filling, - 60°C cold filling, +100°C).
  • Development and assessment of COPV innovative and flexible manufacturing processes for very large production capacity (objective to decrease the manufacturing time by a factor of 3)
  • Development of a cost-reduction strategy (increased materials efficiency, weight and volume reduction, manufacturing optimization, cost-efficient storage geometries/designs)
  • Miniaturization and integration of tank components, e.g. on-tank valve, pressure regulator
  • Development and validation of numerical tools (probabilistic models) to optimize COPV performance and durability and reduce cost and manufacturing discrepancies
  • Provide input to revised regulation codes and standards for storage tanks for compressed hydrogen.
  • For the protection against the worst-case scenario of the failure of the TPRD, a leak-before-burst vessel design should be developed. In this connection the failure mechanism of the vessel has to be studied. Furthermore, systems for detecting local fires and efficient fire protection systems as additional security measures are to be evaluated.

TRL at start: 4

TRL at end: 6

The consortium should include at least one vessel supplier, one pressure component developer and an OEM. The consortium should build on experience from past projects in the field (at national or European level) in order to push the most promising materials and technologies to higher TRL/MRL.

The FCH 2 JU considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of EUR 3 million would allow the specific challenges to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Expected duration: 3-4 years

A maximum of 1 project may be funded under this topic.

Expected Impact:
  • Coherent strategy defining the ultimate weight/cost savings achievable with conventional COPV and/or novel geometries and/or novel architecture strategies providing the best trade-off.
  • Development of new automated and flexible manufacturing processes, equipment and tools in coherence with mass manufacturing with a significant impact on:
    • COPV manufacturing yield (target: Increase productivity by a factor of 3)
    • Reduced performance scattering (Standard deviation of burst pressure reduced by 30%)
  • Improved filling/venting tolerance of storage systems (temperature range: -60°C to +100°C) to sustain fast-filling and unrestricted extraction.
  • Provide technical and performance validation of prototypes with respect to EU standards (e.g. EC79)
  • Produce whitepapers for RCS and/or maintenance guidance
  • Demonstrate leak-before-burst vessel designs and fire detection and protection concepts.

The following KPIs are expected to be reached at the tank system level in compliance with the MAWP:

  • Volumetric capacity: 0.023Kg/l (2020)
  • Gravimetric capacity: 5%
Topic conditions and documents

Please read carefully all provisions below before the preparation of your application.

  1. List of countries and applicable rules for funding: described in part A of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.
    Note also that a number of non-EU/non-Associated Countries that are not automatically eligible for funding have made specific provisions for making funding available for their participants in Horizon 2020 projects (follow the links to China, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Taiwan).

  2. Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in part B and C of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme. The following exceptions apply (see 'chapter 3.3. Call management rules' from the AWP2016 and specific topic description):  'For some, well-identified topics it is therefore duly justified to require as an additional condition for participation that at least one constituent entity of the Industry Grouping or Research Grouping is among the participants in the consortium.'

    Proposal page limits and layout: Please refer to Part B of the FCH2 JU proposal template.
  3. Evaluation

    3.1  Evaluation criteria and procedure, scoring and threshold: described in part H of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme. As part of the Panel Review, hearings will be organised for Innovation Actions (IA) proposals. 

    3.2 Submission and evaluation process: Guide to the submission and evaluation process

  4. Indicative timetable for evaluation and grant agreement:

    Information on the outcome of evaluation: maximum 5 months from the deadline for submission.
    Signature of grant agreements: maximum 8 months from the deadline for submission.
  5. Provisions, proposal templates and evaluation forms for the type(s) of action(s) under this topic:

    FCH2 JU Research and Innovation Action (FCH2-RIA):

    Specific provisions and funding rates
    Proposal templates are available after entering the submission tool below.
    Standard evaluation form
    FCH2 JU Model Grant Agreement
    Annotated Grant Agreement

  6. Additional provisions:

    Horizon 2020 budget flexibility
    Classified information
    Technology readiness levels (TRL) – where a topic description refers to TRL, these definitions apply.
    Financial support to Third Parties – where a topic description foresees financial support to Third Parties, these provisions apply.

  7. Open access must be granted to all scientific publications resulting from Horizon 2020 actions, and proposals must refer to measures envisaged. Where relevant, proposals should also provide information on how the participants will manage the research data generated and/or collected during the project, such as details on what types of data the project will generate, whether and how this data will be exploited or made accessible for verification and re-use, and how it will be curated and preserved.

  8. Additional documents:

    FCH2 JU 2016 Work Plan
    FCH2 JU Multi Annual Work Plan
    FCH2 JU – Regulation of establishment
    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: General Annexes
    Legal basis: Horizon 2020 - Regulation of Establishment
    Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Rules for Participation

Submission Service

No submission system is open for this topic.

Get support

H2020 Online Manual your online guide on the procedures from proposal submission to managing your grant.

Participant Portal FAQ – Submission of proposals.

National Contact Points (NCP) - 
contact your NCP for further assistance.

Research Enquiry Service
– ask questions about any aspect of European research in general and the EU Research Framework Programmes in particular.

Enterprise Europe Network
– contact your EEN national contact for advice to businesses with special focus on SMEs. The support includes guidance on the EU research funding.

IT Helpdesk
- contact the Participant Portal IT helpdesk for questions such as forgotten passwords, access rights and roles, technical aspects of submission of proposals, etc.


FCH2 JU members:

Industry Grouping, Hydrogen Europe

Research Grouping, N.ERGHY

FCH2 JU Programme Office, Helpdesk: 


Ethics – for compliance with ethical issues, see the Participant Portal and Science and Society Portal

European IPR Helpdesk
assists you on intellectual property issues

and CENELEC, the European Standards Organisations, advise you how to tackle standardisation in your project proposal. Contact CEN-CENELEC Research Helpdesk at

The European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for their recruitment

Partner Search Services
help you find a partner organisation for your proposal