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 o en 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.
Our Association aims at tackling all the core issues at stake and has therefore established Technical Committees and the Advocacy Taskforce in order to coordinate activities with our members and to streamline the necessary actions needed. Moreover, we are actively involved in several reference projects that seek to facilitate the understanding of the sector, create incentives, raise awareness and develop the hydrogen economy.
Hydrogen Europe in EU-Projects
Moreover, and for the first time in its history, Hydrogen Europe has taken the strategic decision to get involved in two key European projects: HyLAW and JIVE.
Hydrogen Europe takes part in European projects when they provide an added value for its members and for the sector as a whole, in its natural role of leading the promotion of an application which is very close to commercialisation (buses, with the participation in JIVE). In the case of HyLAW, the outputs of the project will provide a strong input in the advocacy activities of the association, and offer a long lasting tool for the sector with the set-up of the database.
We decided to take part in these projects as they fit with the mission of Hydrogen Europe:
Either by creating a new activity which is key for the whole sector: HyLAW is a notable first; this is the first time that the hydrogen industry will be looking at the legal barriers to the uptake of hydrogen technologies across 18 countries. HyLAW database compiling legal and administrative processes applicable to hydrogen and fuel cell technologies will provide a long lasting input and will be integrated in Hydrogen Europe website and updated by the team. HyLAW pursues a second key objective for our sector: with the set-up of a strong network of national hydrogen associations.
Or ensuring the communication of flagship projects with a collective deployment effort. Fuel cell bus is a technology with clear societal benefits and a high visibility. Large deployment projects have the potential to trigger a real commercialisation. It is also essential to use this project to raise awareness of clients and public authorities that Fuel cell bus and the refueling infrastructure are ready. This is a clear mission for Hydrogen Europe. In line with its mission, Hydrogen Europe can also participate in projects with policy and regulatory aspects.