Hydrogen is becoming a reality… with a little help from European programmes


Does the time-to-market of hydrogen solutions and applications seem like a distant horizon? European programmes still are already accompanying the momentum gained by the energy vector. Research & development, pilot projects and demonstrations, cooperation between regional players and full-scale deployments: the entire innovation chain experiences a number of initiatives that are currently swarming across Europe.

Horizon 2020

This programme for collaborative research is supporting close to 500 research & development projects in the hydrogen sector, through a variety of actions that spans from fundamental research to pre-commercial deployments and researcher exchanges. The projects are gathering large consortia among which, on hydrogen topics, research centres are predominant, and with roughly a quarter of private companies.

The largest chunk of cooperation initiatives occurs with the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), a dedicated public-private partnership. It applies the collaborative approach of Horizon 2020: the network graph below is a snapshot of enterprise cooperation (in yellow) in the
framework of FCH JU projects (in blue).

Connecting Europe Facility

The Connecting Europe Facility programme fosters the development of infrastructure of European interest in the areas of transport, energy and telecommunications. It notably supports the deployment of alternative fuels, including some hydrogen mobility projects which to date are exclusively on road (HRS and bus) transport.


The European Regional Development Fund co-finances well-known French hydrogen projects for applications in the energy, transport and – to a lesser extent – industry sectors.


As a set of cooperation programmes between European regions, INTERREG supports over a hundred partners and around fifteen projects, mainly concentrated on the Atlantic side of Europe and with a very strong presence of waterborne transport. Among them are recurring partners on hydrogen topics.


Lastly, the LIFE ‘N GRAB HY! project, within the LIFE programme on climate and the environment, is deploying 26t-fuel cell garbage trucks in ten European cities in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain and Italy.

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