The GAIA 12M progress meeting was held on 15-16 January 2020 hosted by Freudenberg in Weinheim, Germany.
The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Undertaking (FCH JU) has announced the winners of the 2019 FCH Awards. The successful projects reduce fuel-cell technology production costs, speed up manufacturing, develop new materials to increase fuel-cell performance and demonstrate how people can rely on hydrogen energy. Overall, they pave the way for a world-class European fuel-cell industry that sustains clean energy. The Awards were presented at a ceremony at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts in Brussels on 20 November 2019, attended by about 300 industry, research and EU representatives.
This year’s Best Success Story winner: ‘Driving forward fuel cell technologies’, involves 5 projects (VOLUMETRIQ, INSPIRE, CRESCENDO, GAIA and PEGASUS) which are making fuel cells more affordable and competitive.
“These projects are delivering results that enable Europe to be a leader in the fuel cell technology and have a strong impact on the clean energy transition. The aim is to pry open market potential, ensuring a greener future for the EU’s transport sector” said FCH JU’s Executive Director Bart Biebuyck.
“EU public support is speeding forward European hydrogen and fuel cells technology. All projects exchanged material and are using each other's outcomes (...) The stack will be competitive worldwide, strengthening European jobs and industry and increasing automotive performance”. Deborah Jones, coordinator of VOLUMETRIQ, CRESCENDO and GAIA and research director at the French National Scientific Research Council (CNRS).
"We are pushing industry into a new area in useful products. This technology will be a key business driver in the future”. Stefan Hornauer from stack manufacturer ElringKlinger AG, in VOLUMETRIQ
“Industry suppliers are involved in the projects, which is a huge strength. The components developed are compatible with end use.” Silvain Buche, coordinator of INSPIRE and from global sustainable technologies leader Johnson Matthey, who also manufacture fuel cell components.
“The best success story award proves the true value of a public private partnership in accelerating and initiating new areas of development for hydrogen technologies. Showcasing these projects highlights that Industry plays a crucial role alongside Research and the European Commission to ensure the achievement of the European climate goals while laying the foundation for a robust industrialization of these technologies. Our public private partnership impacts our ambition towards a decarbonized European society”, said Valerie Bouillon-Delporte, President of Hydrogen Europe, and Chair of the FCH JU Governing Board, who presented the success story award.
The GAIA 6M progress meeting was held on 26-27th of June 2019 at JMTC in Sonning Common, UK.
The GAIA project was kicked-off on 14th of January 2019 at the FCH2 JU Programme Office in Brussels.