New technologies and strategies for fuel cells and hydrogen technologies in the phase of recycling and dismantling
May 2016 - April 2019


Due to the fact that they act as energy carriers, hydrogen technologies will play a vital role in the future European energy scenario based on renewable energy (the management of which will be a crucial factor). It will be possible to generate large quantities of “green” hydrogen from the excess energy from renewable sources for subsequent use in transport (fuel cells to power vehicles), in energy applications (re-electrification, powering stationary fuel cells in cogeneration systems, back-up systems, and the injection of hydrogen into gas systems) and industrial applications (generation of hydrogen mainly for the chemical industry).

In this context, the European HYTECHCYCLING project, seeks to anticipate the implementation of the technology and facilitate the development of real future initiatives for the drafting and amendment of legislation on the recycling and dismantling of hydrogen technologies, including hydrogen production systems based on electrolysis using renewable energy and hydrogen technologies in fuel cells for different potential applications.

During the project, the critical materials and components in hydrogen technology products will be identified. At the same time, a mapping of existing and new recycling technologies applicable will be carried out so as to afterwards, focus on the development of new strategies and a roadmap for the implementation of recycling and dismantling of the critical materials and components. Evaluation of the needs of the different existing actors and creation of a business model to facilitate widespread implementation.


The Foundation for the Development of New Hydrogen Technologies in Aragon is the coordinator of the project. Moreover, it is in charge of the activities related to the dissemination and awareness and the analysis and development of the business model and the roadmap that will path the way of these technologies.

Funding entities

This project has received funding from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking under grant agreement No 700190. This Joint Undertaking receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and Hydrogen Europe and N.ERGHY.