The call will also continue to help stimulating the deployment of ‘hydrogen valleys’, complex projects across Europe that cover the entire hydrogen value chain in a specific region, scaling-up hydrogen deployment and creating interconnected hydrogen ecosystems across Europe.
A novelty is that it foresees several ‘flagship projects’, which are expected to have a significant impact in accelerating the transition to a hydrogen economy. The applications to be successfully demonstrated by these flagship projects could further enter the market deployment stage and be replicated at scale (or on a commercial basis). It will also support a ‘strategic research challenge’, which will employ a multidisciplinary approach to address the sustainability and criticality of electrolyser and fuel cell materials.
Bart Biebuyck, Executive Director of the Clean Hydrogen Partnership, said: “This momentous investment is essential to ensure the development of a dynamic hydrogen economy of diverse innovators, manufacturers, producers and end users across the EU for a sustainable and prosperous hydrogen-based future.”
Over 40 topics
A total of 41 topics will be part of the call for proposals, including 10 for renewable hydrogen production, 11 for hydrogen storage and distribution, 8 for transport and 4 for heat and power. In addition, 5 projects will support cross-cutting issues. This call will also support 2 hydrogen valleys and 1 strategic research challenge.
The call for proposals will have two deadlines, with the budget allocated as follows:
The Clean Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (JU) is a unique public-private partnership co-funded by the European Union, which supports research and innovation activities in hydrogen technologies in Europe.