The FCH JU programme is divided into two pillars – Energy and Transport and Cross-Cutting Research Activities.
Working Groups of Hydrogen Europe Research have a consultative, supporting and contributing role towards the Executive Board and the Coordination Group of Vice-chairs. They are the main tool for Members´ exchange and feedback collection concerning the content of the FCH JU programme. The Executive Board takes into account Working Groups´ views and proposals when developing its decisions. The working groups are chaired by the Coordination Group of Vice-Chairs. The following permanent Working Groups are established in the Association:
- Working Group on Energy Innovation Pillar: Energy to Power
- Working Group on Energy Innovation Pillar: Fuel Cells to Energy
- Working Group on Transport Innovation Pillar
- Working Group on Cross-Cutting Research Activities
Other working groups (permanent or temporary) may further be established along with arising tasks. Members usually may have up to one representative per each group. One person may be a representative of his/her organization in more than one group.
The tasks of working groups include:
- Provide a structured regular exchange between members
- Submit views and proposals to the Executive Board
- Prepare statements/documents for specific FCH relevant tasks
- Develop and submit on an annual basis input for the FCH JU AWP and if required, amendments to the MAWP
- Consider and address issues which span the scope and operation of several or all of the Working Groups
- Report to the General Assembly on the progress made in the Working Group activities and submit a brief description thereof for inclusion in the Executive Board´s annual report.
Although a working group may not take strategic decisions on its own, it can report to the Executive Board on the results and interests in respective fields and make recommendations. The action points to be proposed by the working group should be internally agreed, preferably as a matter of consensus.