Research co-Ordination, Assessment, Deployment and Support to HyCOM
The European Commission continuously updates its Framework Programme 7 (2007-2013). Hydrogen and fuel cell technologies form a vital element of the agendas for the future, thereby helping protect the climate and promoting independence of energy supply. However, much work is still needed to meet the goals of the envisaged “hydrogen energy economy”. Innovative approaches will have to solve problems of hydrogen production and distribution, lifetimes of applications, efficiencies etc. in the forthcoming years
In order to fund the “right” projects, robust and objective information is needed on how to bridge the gap between what is there at the moment and what is desired for the future.
Roads2HyCom was a research project to assess and monitor these options, focussing on hydrogen and fuel cell technologies for stationary and mobile applications. It supported the European Commission and stakeholders in planning future research activities. This was achieved by considering the state-of-the-art of these technologies, relative to competitive technical benchmarks, current and future hydrogen infrastructures and energy resources, and the needs of communities that may be early adopters of the technology.
Roads2HyCom achieved this goal by three key elements of work:
- Mapping of researchers, technology advances, infrastructures, energy resources, and potential early adopting (“hydrogen communities”)
- Analysis of the state-of-the-art technologies, likely evolutionary development scenarios, capacity of future energy sources, and generic classifications of technology adopters
- Engagement of stakeholders, ranging from the European Commission, the Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Technology Platform and national/regional governments, to researchers and existing or potential communities of early-adopters, via dialogue, workshops, dissemination and training.
The European Commission also supported the Coordination Action “HyLights”. The two projects were complementary and worked in close coordination. HyLights focused on the preparation of the large scale demonstration for transport applications, while Roads2HyCom concentrated on identifying opportunities for research activities relative to the needs of industrial stakeholders and communities that could contribute to the early adoption of hydrogen as a universal energy vector.