EU H2FC Project

Feb 04, 2014 The H2FC project, "Integrating European Infrastructure to support science and development of Hydrogen- and Fuel Cell Technologies towards European Strategy for Sustainable, Competitive and Secure Energy" (H2FC) is funded within the call FP7-INFRASTRUCTURES-2011-1. Officially launched  on November 1, 2011, the project is coordinated by Karlsruher Institut fuer Technologie (KIT), the four year project boasts a partnership between 18 research centers and universities from all over Europe: Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique at aux Energies Alternatives (CEA), University of Ulster, Institutt for Energiteknikk, Health and Safety Executive, JRC (Joint Research Centre European Commission), Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Paul Scherrer Institut, National Center for Scientific Research “Demokritos”, University of Perugia, ENEA (the Italian National agency for new technologies, Energies and sustainable economic development), Bundesanstalt fuer Materialforschung und –Pruefung, Fundacion Tecnalia Research & Innovation, University of Pisa, Pro-Science-Gesellschaft fur Wissenschaftliche und Technische Dienstleistungen Mbh, NPL Management Limited, Stiftelsen SINTEF, Teknologian Tutkimuskeskus VTT, Eidgenoessische Materialpruefungs-und Forschungsanstalt (EMPA). The main goal of H2FC is to integrate the European R&D community around rare and/or unique infrastructural elements that will facilitate and significantly enhance the R&D outcome. The ESFRI recognizes in its roadmap for Research Infrastructures that "in the near future, hydrogen, as an energy carrier derived from a number of other fuels, and fuel cells, as energy transformers, are expected to play a major role, for mobile and stationary applications." However, with the current fragmentation of the European R&D infrastructures and the uncoordinated approaches adopted, the demand for effective support of the Hydrogen and Fuel Cells technology developers cannot be actually satisfied. In this light, H2FC brings together, for the first time in Europe, the leading European R&D institutions of the H2 community together with those of the fuel cell community, covering the entire life-cycle of H2FC, i.e. hydrogen production, storage, distribution, and final use in fuel cells in safe manner. The project offers plenty of opportunities to anyone involved within hydrogen and fuel cells.  Including:
  • Free access to more than 50 EU laboratories and facilities regarding fuel cells, hydrogen production and storage, safety issues;
  • European Technical School on Hydrogen and Fuel Cells, 23-27 June 2014, Crete, Greece;
  • Thematic workshops;
  • Mapping of European Activities in Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Technologies.
Details on the project, its objectives and opportunities are available at www.h2fc.eu. Main Contact:Olaf Jedicke:   olaf.jedicke@kit.edu

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