Through our activities, we want to achieve European ambitions to reduce global emission of greenhouse gas by 80% before 2050, emissions of the transport and the energy sectors will need to decrease drastically. Additionally, Europe is seeking energy independence and more trade balance while looking for new industrial and technological growth.
Fuel cells and hydrogen technologies can help to address those challenges. However, as it occurs with innovative and disruptive technologies competing with incumbent ones, large scale deployment runs into financing and regulatory bottlenecks. The underlying problems for the sector are:
- Market failure for first movers
- Deficient leveraging of available funding
- Fragmentation of legislation across the EU
- Lack of critical mass
No single enterprise can tackle these barriers alone despite the eventual commercial and environmental gains. The development of fuel cells and hydrogen needs to be supported throughout key European policies as key enabling technologies. The establishment of a regulatory and financial framework favourable for creating a strong and robust market for fuel cells and hydrogen will ultimately determine if the technology makes it through the “valley of death” and helps to support the ambitious EU goals in terms of sustainability, energy security and green growth.
Hydrogen Europe in EU-Projects
Hydrogen Europe can participate in grant-funded projects when it is beneficial for the hydrogen sector and when it fits with its missions.
Accordingly, Hydrogen Europe can contribute by
- Techno-economic assessment: Preparing a techno-economic model for the application demonstrated in the project. Beside the techno-economic assessment of the specific demonstrator, our added value is to be interested in generalising the results (by comparing them with other projects and studies) and to communicate them.
- Innovation roadmap and link with hydrogen supply chain: integrate the results of a project in a broader innovation roadmap exercise and assessment of the value chain.
- Regulatory (barriers) analysis: the application of hydrogen technologies in new applications is conditioned by a proliferation of technical regulations and standards. It is a core mission of Hydrogen Europe to review these regulations and standards and identify legal and administrative barriers that need to be overcome.
- Policy analysis and recommendation: Linking the latest technology developments in H2 sectors and policy is the core business of Hydrogen Europe. It can assess the impact of existing or envisaged polices. It also benchmarks national policies.
- Dissemination and communication in flagship projects. By flagship project, we mean a large demonstration project that gathers all or most of the key stakeholders in an H2 application.
When evaluating participation in projects, we also avoid competing with our members.
Participation can be as project partner or occasionally in lighter participation into an advisory board.