The European Commission, a branch of the European Union, is looking to support innovative alternative energy projects as part of its Implementation Plan of Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking initiative. The Commission has been interested in hydrogen fuel for several years now and has been looking for ways to expand the use of the energy throughout Europe. There are significant barriers preventing the mass adoption of the fuel, however, and the organization is now looking to back projects that could solve some of the inherent problems of hydrogen energy.
The European Commission has already highlighted hydrogen energy and fuel cells as a top priority for the EU’s energy goals. The problems holding back hydrogen acceptance are primarily concerning cost, efficiency, storage, infrastructure and energy neutrality. The Commission has issued a call for proposals from groups in the field of alternative energy and hopes to include these proposals in its Annual Implementation Plan. The overall goal is to hasten the deployment of fuel cell and hydrogen technologies throughout Europe.
There have been many breakthroughs in the world of hydrogen technology in recent years, but none have completely solved the problems still facing the energy today. Infrastructure is, perhaps, one of the most daunting challenges barring progress. Without a sufficient infrastructure, there would be no way to effectively distribute the energy generated by fuel cells or provide these fuel cells with the hydrogen they need to operate.