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AEGPL - European LPG Association

AEGPL - European LPG Association


AEGPL is the sole representative of the LPG industry at European level, representing national LPG Associations as well as distributors and equipment manufacturers from across Europe.

Our mission is to engage with EU decision-makers and the wider policy community in order to optimise the contribution that LPG - as a clean and immediately available energy source - can make to meeting Europe's energy and environmental challenges.



ExxonMobil is the world’s largest publicly traded integrated petroleum and natural gas company. We operate facilities and market products globally, explore for oil and gas on six continents, and employ around 80,000 people, including 16,500 engineers and scientists. For more than 125 years, ExxonMobil has been a leader in the development of energy sources and technology. We are committed to helping meet the world’s energy needs while addressing the challenge of sustainability – balancing economic growth, social development, and environmental protection. 


Around the world, more people are seeking access to energy and the economic and social progress it enables. Providing energy to meet growing demand while protecting the environment requires an integrated set of solutions – emphasising the power of technology to increase energy efficiency, help address climate change risks, and develop all economical energy sources to meet the needs of today  and future generations. ExxonMobil uses innovation and technology to deliver energy to meet the world’s growing demand. Our extensive research programmes support operations, enable continuous improvement in each of our business lines, and explore new and emerging energy sources and technologies. Globally, we have invested more than $4 billion in research and development over the past five years.


The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking

The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking



The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) was launched in 2008 as a public-private partnership (PPP) between the European Commission, European industry and research organisations. It is the first illustrative example of a PPP instrument under the European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan). Its aim is to accelerate the market introduction of these technologies, realising their potential as an instrument in achieving a carbon-lean energy system.


Why Fuel Cells and Hydrogen?


A fuel cell is an efficient and silent energy conversion technology, and hydrogen is a clean, carbon free, energy carrier; together they have a great potential to reduce emissions, to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and to contribute to industrial and economic growth. It is the specific objective of the FCH JU to bring the benefits of fuel cells and hydrogen to European customer through a coordinated and concentrated effort from its 3 members. In this respect, some 150 projects and over 430 industries and research organisations have won financial support from the FCH JU to further develop and demonstrate the technology. 

Concrete commercial perspectives are already identified in the transport sector (fuel cells for cars, buses, motorbikes, fork lift trucks, tow trucks, etc.) but also exist for stationary fuel cell applications: fuel cells can be used to produce at the same time electricity and heat in, for example, isolated or remote areas which are not connected to the electricity and gas grid, provided that through electrolysis, hydrogen can be made and stored from renewable energy sources such as wind, solar or hydro power. 


A new endorsement for FCH JU by the European Commission 


On July 10th, the European Commission proposed to renew and to strengthen the FCH JU’s mandate under the new multi annual financial framework, called Horizon 2020. As part of the Innovation and Investment Package to be devoted in innovation for sectors that deliver high quality jobs, this strengthening plan, built upon the success of the first generation of the programme from 2008-2013, aims to boost even more the competitiveness of EU industry.  The proposed budget is €1.4 billion.

The EU expected contribution will be up to €700 million from the Horizon 2020 programme budget. The private contribution of €700 million will consist of both in-kind contributions in calls for proposals activities and of complementary actions implemented in addition to the calls, contributing to the objectives of the initiative. 

Specific objectives include: reducing costs of fuel cells system for transport applications by a factor of 10; increasing electrical efficiency of fuel cells for power production by 10%; and demonstrate the viability of large scale hydrogen production from electricity generated from renewable energy sources. 


What results and benefits do we expect?


The FCH JU supports long-term and breakthrough-orientated research, research and technological development, demonstration, support actions (including pre-normative research) following open and competitive calls for project proposals.

Thanks to concentration of European fuel cells and hydrogen research and innovation under the umbrella of a Joint Undertaking, participants will benefit from: better use of Europe’s limited public research funds; a more stable and safer investment climate; and better knowledge sharing. In addition, this public private partnership will leverage private investments in the technologies up to at least the same amount as the public funds. European high-tech industries developing and producing FCH technologies, as well as those that incorporate them in their products (e.g. combined heat and power (CHP) units, backup power units, vehicles), will become more competitive, develop new markets and create new jobs. 


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