Hydrogen fuel cell boost from international agreement

June 24, 2019 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Hydrogen fuel cell boost from international agreement
As part of the G20 Ministerial Meeting on Energy Transitions and Global Environment for Sustainable Growth, representatives from the EU, Japan and US have agreed to cooperate more closely in the development of this technology and to develop the necessary standards.

To boost development of hydrogen fuel cell technology, 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 fuel cell technology 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 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. The cooperation could lead to ean xpansion 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 fuel cell technology, possibly through developing a memorandum of cooperation (MOC) in preparation for the 2nd Hydrogen Energy Ministerial Meeting planned for September this year. The organizations would plan to work together to accelerate progress in hydrogen technologies globally. 

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