The European Commission has made €195m ($211m) of grant funding available for H2 research and innovation projects in what it describes as “an unprecedented drive to support the creation of cutting-edge hydrogen technologies”.

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The call for proposals — under the auspices of the Clean Hydrogen Partnership — was unveiled yesterday afternoon, with the money from the EU’s Horizon Europe fund divided into seven categories:

  • Renewable Hydrogen Production (€49m)
  • Hydrogen Storage and Distribution (€46m)
  • Hydrogen Valleys (€38m)
  • Transport (€25.5m)
  • Heat and Power (€19m)
  • “Strategic Research Challenges” — including non-PGM (platinum group metals) catalysts, hydrogen carriers and electrolyser durability (€20m)
  • “Cross-cutting” — including safety, regulations and education (€7.5m)

Within these categories are 26 “topics” — separate programmes which each require separate funding applications.

These are (including maximum contribution that may be requested per application):

  • Valorisation of [ie, creating value from] by-product oxygen and/or heat from electrolysis (€10m)
  • Large-scale demonstration of underground hydrogen storage (€20m)
  • Demonstration of liquefied hydrogen refuelling stations for heavy duty applications (€5m)
  • Waste-to-hydrogen demonstration plant (€10m)
  • Demonstration of high-pressure (500-700 bar) supply chain (€5m)
  • Large-scale Hydrogen Valley (ie, production and industrial usage hubs) (€20m)
  • Small-scale Hydrogen Valley (€9m)
  • Advances in alkaline electrolysis technology (€2.5m*)
  • Innovative solid oxide electrolysis cells for intermediate temperature hydrogen production (€3m*)
  • Increasing the lifetime of electrolyser stacks (€10m)
  • Innovative electrolysis cells for hydrogen production (€3m*)
  • Photoelectrochemical or photocatalytic production of hydrogen [ie, directly from sunshine in a single step] (€2.5m*)
  • Novel insulation concepts for liquefied hydrogen storage tanks (€2m*)
  • Advanced materials for hydrogen storage tanks (€10m)
  • Hydrogen for heat production for hard-to-abate industries (eg, retrofitted burners, furnaces) (€6m)
  • Hydrogen use by an industrial cluster via a local pipeline network (€15m)
  • Research on fundamental combustion physics, flame velocity and structure, pathways of emissions formation for hydrogen and variable blends of hydrogen, including ammonia (€3m*)
  • Retrofitting of existing industrial sector natural gas turbomachinery cogeneration systems for hydrogen combustion (€6m)
  • Ultra-low NOx combustion system for aviation (€8m*)
  • Real environment demonstration of Non-Road Mobile Machinery (€5m)
  • Development of a large fuel cell stack for maritime applications (€7.5m*)
  • European Hydrogen Academy [education and training] (€3m*)
  • Pre-Normative Research (ie, prior to standardisation) about the compatibility of transmission gas grid steels with hydrogen and development of mitigation techniques (€4m*)
  • Pre-Normative Research on the determination of hydrogen releases from the hydrogen value chain (€3m*)
  • Development and validation of high power and impurity tolerant fuel cell systems ready to run on industrial quality dry hydrogen (€4m)
  • Product environmental footprint pilot for a set of fuel cell and hydrogen product categories (€1.5m*)

Applications for the funding can be submitted from 31 January until 18 April.

* Those figures marked with asterisks are described as estimated EU contributions that “would allow these outcomes to be addressed properly”, rather than maximum contributions that can be requested.