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Hydrogen Europe Industry

Hydrogen Europe Industry is the leading European association promoting hydrogen as the enabler of a zero emission society. With over 165 industry members, the association represents companies of all sizes.

Hydrogen Europe’s work is driven by the Board, the Technical Committees and the secretariat staff and falls into two key streams: innovation and advocacy.

In innovation, Hydrogen Europe partners with the European Commission and the research community in a public-private partnership, the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU). The FCH2JU drives a funding stream worth €1.3 billion to accelerate the market introduction of these clean technologies in energy and transport. The Technical Committees which are made up of Hydrogen Europe and Hydrogen Europe Research members are responsible for shaping the annual funding calls for proposals until 2020.

In advocacy, Hydrogen Europe serves as the industry’s reference point and the single voice of the hydrogen sector among EU decision-makers. This work is carried out by the association’s advocacy staff. Hydrogen Europe’s capacity in advocacy has been strengthened through the inclusion of national and regional associations which provide a two way communication between national and regional decision makers and the advocacy team’s engagement with EU policy makers.

Our Vision

Hydrogen, enabling a zero emission society.

Our Mission

We bring together diverse industry players, large companies and SMEs, who support the delivery of hydrogen and fuel cells technologies. We do this to enable the adoption of an abundant and reliable energy which efficiently fuels Europe’s low carbon economy.

What we do

  • We represent the views and aspirations of the hydrogen and fuel cells industry in Europe.
  • We seek to promote hydrogen and fuel cells as clean and efficient technologies.
  • We are a dedicated resource for stakeholders wanting more information on the benefits hydrogen and fuel cells could bring to society.
  • We develop, in coordination with our members, the necessary materials, documents and position papers to achieve our mission.
  • We help our members to develop their business activities in Europe.
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The Hydrogen Europe Industry Board

The association is led by the Board consisting of nine members with specific roles. Board members are elected directly by Hydrogen Europe members. As the executive body of the association, the Board is supported in its work by the association’s own staff and the Coordination Group (Committee Leaders).

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HyLAW stands for Hydrogen Law and focuses on the removal of legal barriers to the deployment of fuel cells and hydrogen applications. It is a flagship project aimed at boosting the market uptake of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies providing market developers with a clear view of the applicable regulations whilst calling the attention of policy makers on legal barriers to be removed.

The project brings together 23 partners across Europe and is coordinated by Hydrogen Europe. The HyLAW partners will first identify the legislation and regulations relevant to fuel cell and hydrogen applications and legal barriers to their commercialisation. They will then provide public authorities with country specific benchmarks and recommendations on how to remove these barriers. HyLAW main outputs will be:

  1. An online and publicly available database compiling legal and administrative processes applicable to hydrogen and fuel cell technologies in 18 countries across Europe
  2. National policy papers describing each legal and administrative process, highlighting best practices, legal barriers and providing policy recommendations
  3. A pan-European policy paper targeted towards European decision makers
  4. National and European workshops for dissemination of the findings and convincing public authorities to remove barriers

HyLAW started in January 2017 and will run until December 2018. The database will be maintained by Hydrogen Europe for minimum three years after the end of the project.

The HyLaw project has received funding from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking (FCH2 JU) under grant agreement No 737977 (HyLAW). This Joint Undertaking receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and Hydrogen Europe and N.ERGHY.

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The fuel cells and hydrogen (FCH) industry has made considerable progress toward market deployment. However existing legal framework and administrative processes (LAPs) – covering areas such as planning, safety, installation and operation – only reflect use of incumbent technologies. The limited awareness of FCH technologies in LAPs, the lack of informed national and local administrations and the uncertainty on the legislation applicable to FCH technologies elicit delays and extra-costs, when they do not deter investors or clients.

This project aims at tackling this major barrier to deployment as follows:

  • Systematically identifying and describing the LAPs applicable to FCH technologies in 18 national legal systems as well as in the EU proper legal system. Assessing and quantifying LAP impacts in time and/or resource terms and identify those LAP constituting a legal barrier to deployment.
  • Comparing the 18 countries to identify best and bad practice.
  • Raising awareness in the countries where a LAP creates a barrier to deployment.
    Advocating targeted improvements in each of 18 countries + EU level
  • It will make all this work widely available through:
    1. A unique online database allowing easy identification, description and assessment of LAPs by country and FCH application.
    2. Policy papers by applications and by country with identification of best practice and recommendations for adapting LAP.
    3. A series of national (18)
    4. and European workshops with public authorities and investors.

HyLAW sets up a National Association Alliance not just for the duration of the project, but for the long term consolidation of the sector under a single unified umbrella. By bringing together these national associations and all of Hydrogen Europe’s members, it’s the first time ever that the entire European FCH sector is brought together with a clear and common ambition.

Participants in the consortium

Coordinator Country
Hydrogen Europe Belgium
Participants Country
Osterreichische Energieagentur Austrian Energy Agency Austria
Waterstofnet Vzw Belgium
Bulgarian Academy Of Sciences Bulgaria
Partnerskab For Brint Og Braendsels Celler Denmark
Deutscher Wasserstoff- Und Brennstoffzellenverband Ev Germany
Magyar Tudomanyos Akademia Termeszettudomanyi Kutatokozpont Hungary
Agenzia Nazionale Per Le Nuove Tecnologie, L'energia E Lo Sviluppo Economico Sostenibile Italy
National Research And Development Institute For Cryogenics And Isotopic Technologies Icsi Rm Valcea Romania
The Scottish Hydrogen And Fuel Cell Association Ltd United Kingdom
Fundacion Para El Desarrollo De Las Nuevas Tecnologias Del Hidrogeno En Aragon Spain
Vatgas Sverige Ideell Forening Sweden
Greater London Authority United Kingdom
Teknologian Tutkimuskeskus Vtt Oy Finland
Commissariat A L Energie Atomique Et Aux Energies Alternatives France
Stichting Nederlands Normalisatie - Instituut Netherlands
Instytut Energetyki Poland
Sti - Sistemas E Tecnicas Industriais Lda Portugal
Stiftelsen Sintef Norway
Latvijas Udenraza Asociacija Latvia
Association Francaise Pour L'hydrogene Et Les Piles A Combustible France
Uk Hydrogen And Fuel Cell Association United Kingdom
Dansk Gasteknisk Center As Denmark


HyLAW website:

EU CORDIS project database:

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HE Industry Members


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Our Activities

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.

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Technical committees

The Innovation pillar of Hydrogen Europe is organised into five technical committees, gathering industry and research members. 

TC1 Fuel Cells for Vehicles
TC1 focuses on fuel cell and hydrogen tank technology (including diagnostics, stack, FC system, tank system, etc.) as well as demonstrations of passenger cars, buses, off-road vehicles and machinery, forklifts, APUs for road, maritime and aviation, trains, etc. The Application/Technology Areas span all transport modes. H2FC propulsion, range extenders and APU systems are relevant for road transport including passenger cars, buses, delivery vans and trucks, rail including tramways, regional trains, and shunt locomotives as well as maritime and aeronautical applications.
Industry Leader: Marcus Newborough, ITM Power
Research Leader: Luigi Crema, FBK

TC2 Transport Infrastructure
TC2 focuses on hydrogen refuelling stations (HRS) and components. HRSs serve fuel cell transport markets. The need for building up a sufficiently dense network of HRS is thus driven by the market introduction of fuel cell vehicles. HRS network build-up and FC vehicle roll-out need to be synchronized for economic effectiveness and efficiency. However, the build-up of a public HRS network supporting non-fleet vehicles needs to precede the broad market introduction of vehicles to a certain extent in order to provide certainty of hydrogen availability to the vehicle owners. The HRS may receive hydrogen by road, or they may include onsite hydrogen production, notably through electrolysis or methane reforming. In cases where hydrogen pipelines are in the vicinity a hook-up can be thought of. Thus, HRS have a number of different component technologies such as hydrogen compressors, hydrogen storage tanks, metering and dispensing units, potentially hydrogen generation technology, etc. As a consequence, both component technologies and integrated systems are of importance for this TC.
Industry Leader: Jean-Claude Joyeux, Air Liquide
Research Leader: Ekain Fernandez, Tecnalia

TC3 Energy to Hydrogen
TC3 focuses on the production of hydrogen from renewable electricity from grid balancing and on H2 Production with low CO2 footprint from other resources as well as H2 storage, handling and distribution. Hydrogen production from electricity includes low-temperature alkaline and PEM electrolyser technologies as well as high-temperature SOEC electrolysers. The latter are developed either as pure electrolysers, or as reversible electrolyser/fuel cell units allowing for hydrogen production or electricity production in the same unit. Alternatively, power-to-power (P2P) systems for electricity storage using hydrogen include an electrolyser and a fuel cell or a gas turbine operating on hydrogen or hydrogen mixtures. Other renewable H2 generation technologies include the direct production from sunlight, biogas reforming, reforming of renewable liquids or solar biomass gasification.
Industry Leader: Carsten Pohlmann. Fuel Cell Powertrain
Research Leader: Steffen Møller-Holst, Sintef

TC4 Fuel Cells for Power
TC4 focuses on the residential market (<5 kW), one on the commercial market (5-400 kW) and on the industrial market (up to the MW range). The Application/Technology Areas are grouped by application according to the segments indicated above. Within these segments, different fuel cell technologies (PEMFC, SOFC, PAFC, MCFC, etc.) may be relevant, and more specific applications are defined.  The residential market of small combined heat and power (CHP) appliances replacing conventional heating appliances includes PEMFC and SOFC technologies as well as monitoring, control and diagnostics components. In addition, more specific applications such as combinations with photovoltaics systems are envisioned. Monitoring, Control, Diagnostics, Prognostics (MCDP) for residential fuel cell applications has a support function to better understand the in-field behaviour of the systems, and to improve the performance on that basis. Commercial markets include CHP systems and pure power generation systems in grid-connected applications, but also in off-grid or micro-grid locations. Advanced technologies/next generation technologies are also included here.
Industry Leader: Olivier Bucheli, SolidPower
Research Leader: Cesare Pianese, Università degli Studi di Salerno

TC5 Cross-cutting
Cross-cutting issues include regulations, codes and standards (RCS), quality, safety, recycling and dismantling, education and training, as well as public awareness and acceptance.
Industry Leader: Marco Chiesa, SNAM
Research Leader: Olaf Jedicke, KIT

Currently Marcus Newborough is the Chair of the Coordination Group and Olivier Bucheli is the Deputy. 






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About us

In 2016, Hydrogen Europe welcomed the first eight national associations as members – the Belgian, Danish, French, German, Hungarian, Latvian, Romanian and Spanish. Today, we count 25 national associations as our members. One of the first joint efforts of this grouping iwas the HyLAW project. This project looked into the removal of legal barriers to commercialisation of FCH technologies.

Considering Member State specific needs for the future energy mix, Hydrogen Europe does not only inform national association members about EU policy updates, but its agenda is increasingly shaped by their input. Working with the national and regional associations will allow Hydrogen Europe to gain ever more insight into the implications of EU Policy on Member States. Hydrogen Europe works with the new national and regional association members to understand what key pieces of EU legislation, such as the Renewable Energy Directive, look like at transposition stage. Similarly, the national and regional associations inform the advocacy team of the challenges particular to their constituency, whether these are political, legal, technical or financial.

Hydrogen Europe is now better placed than ever to overcome hurdles on the road to commercialisation of hydrogen technologies. From the offset, it was clear that there is huge potential for collaboration between the hydrogen technology associations across Europe. Hydrogen Europe's association members not only benefit from resources shared by Hydrogen Europe, but the association is pleased to offer a platform for collaboration and ideas sharing. 

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Jive/Jive 2

JIVE project

The JIVE and JIVE2 projects, which started in January 2017 and January 2018, will deploy nearly 300 zero emission fuel cell buses and associated infrastructure (under the MEHRLIN project) in 20 cities across Europe by early 2020s – the largest deployment in Europe to date.

The buses will be deployed in cities in Denmark, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Norway, Sweden, The Netherlands and United Kingdom.

The Joint Initiative for Hydrogen Vehicles across Europe (JIVE) and The Second Joint Initiative for Hydrogen Vehicles across Europe (JIVE 2) are two exciting and ambitious sister projects that promise to facilitate and expedite the full commercial viability of hydrogen fuel cell buses in Europe. 20 cities and regions across 10 member states are grouping together in regional clusters to procure nearly 300 fuel cell hydrogen buses over seven years in a €212m project. The buses will be deployed in cities in Denmark, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Norway, Sweden, The Netherlands and United Kingdom.

Clustering and group procurement will allow partners to achieve 30% cost reductions versus state of the art fuel cell buses through economies of scale, with a requirement that buses cost no more than €650,000 and €625,000 each for JIVE and JIVE 2 respectively. Other targets include the operation of 50% of the vehicles for at least 36 months of the projects, Hydrogen Refuelling station (HRS) reliability near 100% and bus availability of 90%.

The increased demand for fuel cell buses generated by the two projects will help European bus manufacturers access the greater economies of scale required for full commercialisation. Further, sharing of best practice and data collection from buses and refuelling stations (HRSs) in JIVE will provide feedback to cities, bus operators and manufacturers such that process and cost improvements can be achieved for JIVE 2. The combined projects will serve to further demonstrate the technological and commercial readiness of hydrogen fuel cell buses in order to facilitate their further uptake.

The JIVE and JIVE2 projects have received funding from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking under grant agreement No 735582 and 779563. This Joint Undertaking receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, Hydrogen Europe and Hydrogen Europe Research.

The JIVE projects will run alongside the Models for Economic Hydrogen Refuelling Infrastructure (MEHRLIN) project, which will deploy seven HRSs. This is co-funded with €5.5m from the European Commission’s Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).

For further information, please also visit

EU Cordis project database:

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Energy to hydrogen

In permanent exchange with members, the Working Group on Energy Innovation Pillar Energy to Hydrogen deals with the following topics:

  • Hydrogen production from renewable electricity for energy storage and grid balancing
  • Hydrogen production with low carbon footprint from other resources and
  • Waste hydrogen recovery
  • Hydrogen storage, handling and distribution

First Coordinator and Point of Contact
Luigi Crema, Vice-Chair of Energy to Hydrogen

Supervisor and Advisor:
Iñaki Azkarate, Energy Pillar Chair

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H2-Share project

In March 2017, the Belgian organisation WaterstofNet received approval for the project ‘H2-Share’ from Interreg North-West Europe (NWE). Hydrogen Europe is proud to announce that it is joining in this partnership. The project aims to build and demonstrate a 27 ton rigid truck fuelled by hydrogen with a mobile H2 refueler.

'H2-Share' stands for 'Hydrogen Solutions for Heavy-duty transport Aimed at Reduction of Emissions in North West Europe'. The objective of 'H2-Share' is to facilitate the development of a market for low-carbon heavy-duty vehicles, run on hydrogen (H2), for logistic applications. It will develop practical experience in different regions in North-West Europe (NWE), creating a transnational living lab. This will form a basis for the development of a zero-emission heavy-duty vehicle industry in the area. The project will demonstrate the readiness of hydrogen technology for heavy-duty applications in real life conditions.

Key role to play
Evidence from the logistics sector shows a strong growing interest in zero-emission vehicles as a means of mitigating a negative environmental impact. This is particularly the case in the EU where the logistics sector contributes 25% of total transport sector CO2 emissions. While battery electric trucks can operate efficiently in urban areas, hydrogen technology has a key role to play in zero-emission logistics over longer distances. Heavy-duty vehicles with a fuel cell range extender - while not yet commercially available in het EU - have huge potential.

Join forces
'H2-Share' aims to unlock this potential and will join forces with four front-runner NWE regions in three member states (BE, NL, DE). The 27 ton rigid truck, run on hydrogen, will be built by VDL and the mobile H2 refueler will be built by Wystrach GmbH. The goal is to test the truck at six locations in Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium and France.

Joint roadmap
Based upon the demo’s and strong cooperation with sector-related associations, a joint roadmap for zero-emission heavy-duty trucks in NWE will be developed, along with cooperation from other EU regions. The project aims to realise knowledge sharing between regions and stimulate technology and market development in NWE.

The project will run until March 2020 and will be coordinated by WaterstofNet.

VDL ETS (The Netherlands), Wystrach (Germany), VDL Bus Chassis (The Netherlands), AutomotiveNL (The Netherlands), TNO (The Netherlands), Hydrogen Europe (Belgium), e-mobil BW (Germany) and WaterstofNet (Belgium).

Associated partners:
Deutsche Post DHL Group (Germany) & DHL International BV (The Netherlands), Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment (The Netherlands), BREYTNER BV (The Netherlands), CURE (The Netherlands) and Colruyt Group (Belgium).

Municipality of Helmond (The Netherlands) and VIL (Belgium).

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