Material Technology


Integrating European Infrastructure to support science and development of Hydrogen- and Fuel Cell Technologies towards European Strategy for Sustainable, Competitive and Secure Energy (EU project no. 2845222)

Sørby, Magnus Helgerud

Senior Scientist


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 (H2FC) technology developers cannot be satisfied. Therefore this project is built 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 project will bring together, for the first time in Europe, the leading European R&D institutions of the H2 community 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.
The three pillars of the project are : networking, transnational access and joint research activities.
All are strongly interrelated and oriented towards the resolution of identified bottlenecks.

The aim is to provide:
• A single integrated virtual infrastructure accommodating H2FC test and analysis facilities
•Transnational access for the H2FC R&D communities to advanced infrastructures
• Expert working groups to enhance work at the provided facilities and coordination in aspects of safety,
performance and durability
• Central databases and libraries for safety, performance and durability data and modelling codes
• Coordination of relevant education and training actions
• Integration, enhancement and improvement of the existing infrastructures
• Coordination with national / international bodies and industrial activities (incl.

IFE is contributing in 5 of the Working Packages in the project (among them specify the key scientific bottle necks for further development of H2F technologies and in cooperation with the other project partners organize 4 technical schools during the project)

Period: 2012 - 2015.
IFE will receive maximum 516 000 € of the total EU contribution of 8M€ to the the project. There are 20 partners in the project.

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