Country:European Union
Policy status:In Force
Date Effective:2003
Policy Type:Policy Support
Policy Target:
Agency:European Commission, DG Research
Description:The European Commission has facilitated the establishment of a European Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology Platform aimed at accelerating the development and deployment of these key technologies in Europe. The platform should assist in the efficient co-ordination of European, national, regional and local research, development and deployment programmes and initiatives and ensure a balanced and active participation of the major stakeholders (i.e. industry, scientific community, public authorities, users, civil society). It should help to develop awareness of fuel cell and hydrogen market opportunities and energy scenarios and foster future co-operation, both within the EU and at global scale. The technology platform will be instrumental in structuring socio-economic and technical research on hydrogen and fuel cells at the European level, as well as for stimulating increased public and private investment in research and development. The platform will also help to identify and to promote deployment opportunities both for energy infrastructure and services. The platform will be built up from ongoing and new projects, clusters and networks in the Commissions Framework Programme and in Member States, and will also include a number of specific steering panels and initiative groups as may be necessary to optimise its functioning and realise the platforms overall goals. These activities will be complemented by new initiatives for public-private partnerships and linked to industry projects, when appropriate. Participants in the technology platform represent a balance of expert knowledge and stakeholder interests and include: - Research community - public and private; technical and socio-economic; - Industry (incl. SMEs) - embracing the whole production and supply chain; - Public authorities - European, national, regional, local; - Financial community - banks, venture capital, insurance, ...; - Users and consumers - to ensure markets for products; - Civil society - to enhance public awareness.

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