Fuel Cells & Hydrogen Joint Undertaking: 8 calls for proposals open until 29 April 2020

The public-private partnership Fuel Cells and Hydrogen (FCH-JU) supports R&D in the field of fuel cells and hydrogen. Under its transport pillar, 8 calls for projects are currently open until 29 April, amount to €41 million. There is therefore still time to seize these great opportunities and join a consortium and get in touch with Hydrogen Europe and the Transport NCPs.

The 8 calls under the Transport pillar aim to
  • Progress in the development and demonstration of new transport applications : coaches, trains and ships 
  • Improving embedded storage technologies
  • Expanding knowledge of liquid hydrogen
The new features of these calls are
  • The integration of coaches
  • Trains including new prototypes
  • Focus on advanced storage technologies

 

Calls table

Transport 

Type of action

Budget (million euros) 

FCH-01-1-2020 : Development of hydrogen tanks for electric vehicle architectures  

RIA 

2 ** 

FCH-01-2-2020 : Durability-Lifetime of stacks for Heavy Duty trucks  

RIA 

3,5** 

FCH-01-3-2020 : Liquid Hydrogen on-board storage tanks  

RIA 

FCH-01-4-2020 : Standard Sized FC module for Heavy Duty applications  

IA 

7,5* 

FCH-01-5-2020 : Demonstration of FC Coaches for regional passenger transport  

IA 

5* 

FCH-01-6-2020 : Demonstration of liquid hydrogen as a fuel for segments of the waterborne sector 

IA 

8* 

FCH-01-7-2020 : Extending the use cases for FC trans through innovative designs and streamlined administrative framework 

IA 

10*,** 

FCH-01-8-2020 : Scale-up and demonstration of innovative hydrogen compressor technology for full-scale hydrogen refuelling station 

IA 

3* 

 

* Eligibility criteria : maximum funding, ** Included in the remaining flexible budget
To increase your chances, you need to :
  • Describe the added value  of each member to the consortium, especially for non-EU members such as the UK
  • Rigorously evaluate the starting and finishing TRL of the project
  • Highlight the impact of the project in terms of market opportunities, competitiveness and impact on climate change.
  • Implement a powerful communication strategy
More details

To be found on the Participant Portal


FCH-1-1-2020: Development of hydrogen tanks for electric vehicle architectures  

New 70MPa tank system in a conformable shape that can be integrated in cars with flat architectures  

  • Must fit into a design space of 1800x1300x140 mm3 
  • At least 10 prototypes to be built 
  • Exhaustive tank testing expected 

FCH-1-2-2020: Durability-Lifetime of stacks for Heavy Duty trucks 

Study degradation mechanisms and enable increased durability for heavy-duty stacks  

  • Characterize and rank most critical degradation mechanisms for HD use  
  • Can be done with aged samples (& corresponding ageing data from field tests or actual trucks) or by performing ageing testes in labs on short stacks following realistic load profiles.  

FCH-1-3-2020: Liquid Hydrogen on-board storage tanks  

Feasibility of liquid H2 on-board storage for heavy-duty vehicles  

  • Evaluate feasibility through a design study and demonstration test bench 
  • Must be compatible with existing LH2 refuelling technology  
  • Target capacity: 40-100kg LH2; boil-off rates <5%/day and compatibility with fuelling rates of up to 10kg/min  

FCH-1-4-2020: Standard Sized FC module for Heavy Duty applications  

Develop and validate standard FC module for heavy-duty applications  

  • First 12 months: define standard module frame (size, connections, etc…); by min. 7 FC suppliers and 3 OEMs  
  • After 12 months, a minimum of 7 FC suppliers develop, build and commit their standard sized FC + BoP module 

FCH-1-5-2020: Demonstration of FC Coaches for regional passenger transport 

Demonstrate FC-powered coach buses  

  • Design of coach buses, optimizing efficiency and space utilization  
  • Demonstration of at least 6 FC Coaches in two coach segments (inter-city and long-distance) 
  • To be operated for min. 2 years and 80,000 km per coach per year with a minimum daily travel distance of 100km 

FCH-1-6-2020: Demonstration of liquid hydrogen as a fuel for segments of the waterborne sector 

Use of LH2 as on-board storage in ships  

  • Develop on-board storage of LH2; min 1,5 tons capacity  
  • Must include integration into a ship (min 2 MW power), bunkering and prove scalability up to 20MW 
  • Operational period >12 months (including both winter and summer season) & minimum 3,000 operational hours  

FCH-1-7-2020: Extending the use cases for FC trans through innovative designs and streamlined administrative framework 

Develop new FC-powered train designs  

  • Innovation prototype design to be tested (demonstrate TRL 7)  
  • Can address regional trains, shunting or main line locomotives  
  • Propose a normative framework for the placement on the market of trains using FCH propulsion 

FCH-1-8-2020: Scale-up and demonstration of innovative hydrogen compressor technology for full-scale hydrogen refuelling station 

Scale up and demonstrate new compressor technology  

  • Upscale and integrate innovative compressor in HRS  
  • Demonstration in HRS >200kg/d H2, can be 100% with innovation or in a combination with conventional technology