“Hydrogen (H2) is a key technology for achieving Europe’s climate and energy goals. Its potential benefits for the environment, consumers and European economy can power the transition of Europe’s energy sector towards a green future.”

Those were the words spoken by Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the European Commission for Energy Union, as he addressed the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) Stakeholder Forum last week in Brussels, Belgium.

The FCH JU is a public-private partnership which boosts European industry and SME collaboration, driving research, development, deployment and market introduction of fuel cells and H2 technologies.

Since its inception in 2008, the annual Stakeholder Forum has brought together the European fuel cell and H2 community. More than 10 years later, it continues to create a unique environment for making new connections, or strengthening old ones, and serves as a platform to discuss the role of fuel cells and H2 in the energy and transport sectors and beyond.

Last week, 400 participants, including climate experts from industry, research, EU institutions, NGOs and local and regional authorities, gathered at the Charlemagne Building, European Commission, to discuss the latest achievements of the sectors while addressing the challenges of building the H2 infrastructure across the EU.

Using H2 for renewables integration and sector coupling and the economic potential of H2 in the global context were among the main topics discussed.

Šefčovič underlined the need to combine different technological solutions to reach Europe’s ambitious goals, emphasizing, “We know that no single technology can solve our energy and climate challenges.”

Bart Biebuyck, FCH JU Executive Director, said Europe is now ready to accelerate the deployment of H2 and fuel cells technology and build on its strong leadership position in this field. “Our industry led partnership is delivering innovative solutions, while creating 1000s of H2-relate jobs.”

Chair of the FCH JU Board, Valerie Bouillon-Delporte, added, “As H2 becomes increasingly important in the energy transition, the European industry is committed to investing in green H2 technologies and keeping its worldwide leadership.”

Stakeholders agreed that the partnership is delivering and must continue its work, building on the successes of the past ten years.