N.ERGHY, the European association of research organisations active in fuels cells (FC) and hydrogen (H2), has decided to change its name to Hydrogen Europe Research and to work hand-in-hand with Hydrogen Europe, its industry association counterpart.

Hydrogen Europe will now be the common banner at European level under which three pillars – 107 industrial companies, 68 research organisations, and 8 national associations – will together develop and promote FC and H2 technologies, as well as push for the right regulatory framework across EU Member States. Each pillar will keep its current organisation and maintain its daily operations.

Over the past 10 years the European Commission and the private sector have co-financed a total of €1.5bn ($1.7bn) for the development of the European FC and H2 ecosystem. Via the joint undertaking, the FCHJU allocates grants every year to demonstrations and research and innovation projects.

Today, for every Euro of public money spent, the private sector invests €3.5 (£4). European governments are also backing these efforts. As a result of the partnership, tangible benefits can be seen in the field of electrolysers, H2 refilling stations, H2 buses and H2 trains.

Raphaël Schoentgen, Chairman of Hydrogen Europe, said, “In January with the support of Hydrogen Europe, CEO’s of 13 Fortune 100 companies launched the Hydrogen Council at the World Economic Forum in Davos, where they stated that H2 will undoubtedly be part of the future of energy systems. In February, Japan expressed its ambition to become the world leader in the H2 economy, in a full page Financial Times article. Today, ahead of COP 23, utilising all players of the H2 and fuel cells ecosystem in Europe under one banner in order to encourage global partnerships and further promote this new energy vector as a way to decarbonise the planet is a natural and essential move.”

Laurent Antoni, President of N.ERGHY, commented, “Over the past 15 years, we have seen great developments across our European labs bringing new technology bricks that can make a difference both in terms of increasing the efficiency of our systems and also bringing the costs of production down. It is now essential that we accelerate the transfer of technological innovations from our labs into products that can be brought rapidly to the market by our industrials, as accelerated innovation is the ultimate solution to climate change.”