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Fuel Cells and Hydrogen

Fuel cells convert the chemical energy stored in fuels into electricity and heat. They can be fed by fuels that are readily available as well as by waste-streams from industrial processes, thus reducing reliance on foreign oil and on an electricity grid that is ageing and increasingly pushed beyond capacity. As there is no combustion, fuel cells do not produce any emissions at their point of use, and because there are no moving parts, they are quiet and reliable. Due to their high efficiency, fuel cells are considered the most efficient means of converting any fuel to useful power, which they can provide at scales ranging from mW to multi-MW. They can be used in stationary applications such as generating electricity for industrial and residential applications where in many cases, the produced heat can also be used in transport, powering vehicles, buses and trains as well as off-road vehicles (e.g. forklift trucks) and in portable applications such as laptops, toys and cell phones.

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Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Stakeholders Forum 2014


The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking is organizing its first Stakeholder Forum under the new European Research and Innovation Program “Horizon 2020”.

The event will focus on understanding the steps which Europe needs to take to move the sector onto a genuinely commercial footing. It will stimulate debate about the future of the sector and the transition from a research and funding dominated landscape to one where commercial forces, and real market demand, can begin to drive progress.

2nd International Symposium on Energy Challenges and Mechanics (ECM2)

19/08/2014 to 21/08/2014

The ECM2 symposium will deal with energy challenges and cover multiple disciplines in technology, science, management and policymaking. The conference technical programme includes parallel sessions on various forms of renewable energy, from photovoltaics to geothermal energy. The discussions will also touch on issues related to energy efficiency, safety and the environment.


FCH JU Info-Day


The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), a public private partnership supporting research, technological development and demonstration activities in fuel cell and hydrogen energy technologies in Europe, is organising an information day on July 10, 2014.

The event will specifically provide information with regard to the new Call for Proposals 2014.

Consultation for new Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) research topics


Do you have a great idea for a new technology that is not possible yet? Could it become real if Europe's best minds were put on the task? Share your view and the European Commission can make it happen via the Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) programme.

The aim of the public consultation is to identify promising and potentially game-changing directions for future research in any technological domain.