EU to invest €300 million in hydrogen and fuel cell technology development

The Clean Hydrogen Partnership has launched its first call for proposals through which it will support projects that boost renewable hydrogen production, reduce its costs, develop storage and distribution solutions, and stimulate the use of low-carbon hydrogen in hard-to-abate sectors.

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.

Flagship projects

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:

More information about the submission process and the call topics is available here.

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.

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