The eGHOST and SH2E projects coordinated by IMDEA Energía have been awarded in the ‘Best Success Story’ category of the Hydrogen Week Awards, organised by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) in the framework of the European Hydrogen Week held from 29 November to 3 December.
The award recognises how collaboration between research, industry and policy makers enhances innovation capacity and accelerates society’s transition to a greener world through sustainable solutions and opens up new markets in fuel cell and hydrogen (FCH) technology.
The pioneering eGHOST is based on defining eco-design guidelines and criteria for two reference products: solid oxide electrolysers for hydrogen production, and proton exchange membrane fuel cells for hydrogen power generation. These products are attracting increasing interest due to their versatility and multiple applications, such as hydrogen cars. As members of the Consortium in this project, we lead the work packages dedicated to the Exploitation and Dissemination and Communication of the project, putting into practice all the experience acquired in previous projects. In addition, we contribute to the definition and prioritisation of FCH product systems and to the definition of eco-design concepts and guidelines. These guidelines will be established on the basis of FHa’s experience in specific topics such as LCA (Life Cycle Assessment), LCC (Life Cycle Cost), CRMs (Critical Raw Materials) or the end of life of products.
For its part, the SH2E project is working on a novel methodological framework that establishes the requirements and provides the necessary guidelines to carry out an analysis of the sustainability of the life cycle of hydrogen systems, integrating for the first time a triple perspective: environmental, economic and social. In addition, open access software tools are being developed to facilitate the widespread use of these guidelines. In this project, we are also part of the Consortium, we are in charge of: developing the communication and dissemination plan; contributing to the reformulation of the Life Cycle guidelines; consultancy actions, testing, benchmarking research and validation of results and implementation of an indicator on the “criticality” of the material.
On the other hand, HyTechCycling project, which we concluded last year, has also been awarded. The project sought to anticipate the implementation of the technology and facilitate the development of future real implementation actions and advances in legislation on the recycling and decommissioning of hydrogen technologies, including both hydrogen production systems by electrolysis from renewable energies and their use in fuel cells integrated in the different applications where they have a place.
We would like to thank you all for your votes of support. It is undoubtedly a boost for the whole team that makes these projects possible.