EU, Japan and U.S. bodies to collaborate on fuel cell development

June 24, 2019 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
EU, Japan and U.S. bodies to collaborate on fuel cell development
Electromobility is not limited to batteries as energy sources; hydrogen fuel cells could also play a major role. On the sidelines of the G20 Ministerial Meeting on Energy Transitions and Global Environment for Sustainable Growth, representatives of the EU, Japan und USA have now agreed to cooperate more closely in the development of this technology and to develop the necessary standards.

The EU’s Directorate-General of Energy ( ENER) Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry ( METI), and the US Department of Energy ( DOE) expessed their strong interest in hydrogen and fuel cell technologies which could bring significant benefits to the energy sector, the economy and to the environment. They regard hydrogen and fuel cells as part of a broad and sustainable energy portfolio which could be a “key to opening up opportunities and value in all sectors, from transportation to industry, as well as enabling reliable, clean and affordable electricity.” 

The organizations intend to strengthen their unity to accelerate the development of sustainable hydrogen and fuel cell technologies in the world. In addition, they said they recognize the importance of reducing the cost of hydrogen for its affordability as well as reliability. Their envisaged cooperation can lead to expansion of international collaboration and contribute to scale-up hydrogen in the global economy. While continuing to work with many countries through other international partnerships and collaborations, the organizations believe that they have much to gain from working together.

To this end, the organizations intend to explore how to best initiate and implement an effective framework for cooperation on hydrogen, possibly through developing a memorandum of cooperation (MOC) in preparation for the 2nd Hydrogen Energy Ministerial Meeting planned for September 25th, 2019. The organizations would plan to work together to accelerate progress in hydrogen technologies globally. The envisaged MOC would facilitate the development of concrete actions through cooperation in the following possible areas which are listed in the “Tokyo Statement” that was released as a Chair’s summary at the Hydrogen Energy Ministerial Meeting, held in Tokyo on October 23rd, 2018.   

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