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closed    Opened: 30 March 2022   |   Closes: 31 May 2022

Overview

No validated test methods for measuring devices used in the distribution and transmission of hydrogen-enriched natural gas currently exist. Therefore, a scientific approach to identify the hydrogen limits in NG mixtures and tolerances for the currently implemented measuring devices in the existing networks such as, for example, but not limited to, gas meters, volume conversion devices, pressure transmitters and transducers, quality analysers, is not possible. To date, type approval for measuring devices is carried out based on dedicated EN standards while the test gases composition is commonly in accordance with EN 437:2018, Test gases - Test pressures - Appliance categories (which limits the percentage of hydrogen in the test gases to 23%) or EN ISO 6145 method for quality analyser. However, there is no confirmation that the requirements and the procedure of the existing standards allow a validated assessment of the performances of measuring devices in the case of different and unsteady hydrogen and NG mixtures (considering hydrogen concentration in the range between 0% to 100% vol.), and especially for pure hydrogen. Since larger quantities of hydrogen are expected to be injected into the European gas networks in the future, the existing situation represents a barrier to the decarbonisation of the existing NG networks.

Results of the work will facilitate the development of revisions and updates of the European standards concerning measuring devices which are installed on the gas transport and distribution infrastructure, subject to the requirements of the MID 2014/32/EU, OIML (OIML R137, OIML R140, etc.) and other relevant metrological rules.

Project results are expected to contribute to all the following expected outcomes:

  • Identifying hydrogen content limits for currently installed measuring devices (e.g. gas meters, volume conversion devices, pressure transmitters and transducers, quality analysers) on the gas networks in terms of technical and metrological performances at different levels of hydrogen rate under dynamic network conditions;
  • Supporting the manufacturing industry of gas measuring devices to have a clear vision of the problems connected to the presence of hydrogen blending with natural gas, helping them define their industrial plans concerning, for example, but not limited to, innovations aiming to ensure accurate measurement and billing;
  • Supporting the natural gas TSOs (Transmission System Operators) and DSOs (Distribution System Operators) in the identification of the efforts required to convert existing natural gas networks to allow the safe transportation and distribution of different amounts of hydrogen and to ensure the most accurate billing to the final end-users;
  • A boost in the entry into the market of hydrogen production technologies, thanks to the identification of potential barriers and technical solutions about the performances of measuring devices in order to accommodate variable volumes of hydrogen in the gas grid.

Project results are expected to contribute to all of the following objectives of the Clean Hydrogen JU SRIA (especially for Pillar 2, Hydrogen Storage and Distribution –Sub Pillar: Hydrogen in the Natural Gas Grid, and for Cross-cutting issues - Area: Safety, Pre-Normative Research and Regulations, Codes and Standards):

  • Development of technologies and materials to explore and support the transportation of hydrogen via the natural gas grid;
  • Enable through research and demonstration activities the transportation of hydrogen through the natural gas grid either by blending or via repurposing to 100% hydrogen;
  • Support the development of RCS for hydrogen technologies and applications, with the focus on standards.
  • Contribute to the SRIA KPIs for Safety, PNR & RCS, providing inputs for developing Standards, Technical Specifications, or Technical Reports at the international level (Targets: 2024 = 0.9 No/ project, 2030 = 1 No/ project).

Scope

Building on existing results from previous and ongoing projects such as, for example, NewGasMet[1] or Decarb[2], or the technical documents by EURAMET, experimental data from lab tests is necessary to validate technical and metrological requirements for measuring devices.

Proposals should develop validated test methods and requirements on existing measuring devices used in the gas distribution and transmission networks, that will result, among others, in the definition of hydrogen limits and tolerances for currently used measuring devices. The measuring devices to be considered should include, at least, but not limited to gas meters, volume conversion devices, pressure transmitters and transducers, and quality analysers.

Proposals should:

  • Define the test condition range for the measuring devices that will be tested: temperature, pressure, total gas mixture flowrate, etc. based on the expected in-field conditions (transportation and/or distribution networks). Hydrogen percentages should cover the range between 0% to 100% vol;
  • Select the characteristics of the tested measuring devices. Particularly, the project should define specific criteria for the selection of: 
    • Flow measuring devices that will be tested such as the type of gas meters and related size (maximum flowrate);
    • Quality analysers, including but not limiting to gas chromatographs;
    • Pressure transmitters and transducers;
    • Any other measuring devices included in the project.

The requirements for accuracy and metrological traceability of reference measuring equipment should be identified to test the measuring devices addressed in the project;

  • Define a coherent methodology and proper tests programs (i.e. protocols) with the aim of identifying hydrogen limits and tolerances for the measuring devices indicated in the project. Particularly, the tests should consider different hydrogen percentages in the Natural Gas mixture in both stationary (fixed hydrogen concentration) and dynamics (variable in time hydrogen concentration) conditions;
  • Perform testing activities based on the protocols designed. Testing of measuring devices should be performed in at least two laboratories and/or test centres to ensure the requirements of the developed procedures;
  • Evaluate the impacts on the measuring devices in order to provide indication for further technical requirement, for example, but not limited to, the evaluation of the impact of hydrogen on the current recognised algorithms used for calculation of compressibility factor Z (EN ISO 12213, part 1 to 3) and their suitability for metrological purposes;
  • Provide recommendations and dissemination for updating and/or development of new standards at international level. Recommendations should be provided on the following points, at least to European and National gases and metrology associations: 
    • Development and validation of technical and metrological requirements:

In consideration of test results from the previous activities, development, validation and conformity assessment of technical and metrological requirements for measuring devices is needed to assure compliance of the currently used systems according to the requirements defined by standards or law for safety and process control in hydrogen technologies (as MID, OIML and other applicable metrological rules).

    • Definition of limits and tolerances for measuring devices:

Experimental definition of hydrogen limits and tolerances for currently used measuring devices both in terms of components’ failure and degradation (i.e. safety) and metrological performances.

The project should identify and target the relevant standard(s) at the scope and activities should envisage links and synergies with current research projects concerning the measure of NG/H2 mixtures, such as those of the European Metrology Programme for Innovation and Research (EMPIR[3]) and European Partnership on Metrology of EURAMET. Collaboration with the activities of the Selected Research Topics SRT-v09 “Metrology for the hydrogen supply chain (Met4H2)” [4], which is expected to start in 2022, should also be foreseen. Proposals are encouraged to include a formal standardisation body within the consortium.

Proposals are expected to contribute towards the activities of Mission Innovation 2.0 - Clean Hydrogen Mission. Cooperation with entities from Clean Hydrogen Mission member countries, which are neither EU Member States nor Horizon Europe Associated countries, is encouraged (see section 2.2.6.8 International Cooperation).

Activities are expected to achieve TRL 4 by the end of the project. TRL of 4 is to be meant as readiness level of the test methods and requirements rather than technology

The conditions related to this topic are provided in the chapter 2.2.3.2 of the Clean Hydrogen JU 2022 Annual Work Plan and in the General Annexes to the Horizon Europe Work Programme 2021–2022 which apply mutatis mutandis.

[1]https://newgasmet.eu/

[2]https://www.euramet.org/research-innovation/search-research-projects/details/project/metrology-for-decarbonising-the-gas-grid/?tx_eurametctcp_project%5Baction%5D=show&tx_eurametctcp_project%5Bcontroller%5D=Project&L=0&cHash=68727f268894f4b2afd6c2cd62e69051

[3]https://www.euramet.org/research-innovation/research-empir/about-empir/

[4]https://msu.euramet.org/current_calls/greendeal_2021/index.html

General Conditions

  1. Admissibility conditions:described inAnnex A and Annex E of the Horizon Europe Work Programme General Annexes

 Proposal page limits and layout: described in Part B of the Application Form available in the Submission System

 Additional condition: For all Innovation Actions the page limit of the applications are 70 pages.

  1. Eligible countries:described inAnnex B of the Work Programme General Annexes

A number of non-EU/non-Associated Countries that are not automatically eligible for funding have made specific provisions for making funding available for their participants in Horizon Europe projects. See the information in the Horizon Europe Programme Guide.

 

  1.  Other eligibility conditions:described in Annex B of the Work Programme General Annexes

Additional eligibility condition: Maximum contribution per topic

For some topics, in line with the Clean Hydrogen JU SRIA, an additional eligibility criterion has been introduced to limit the Clean Hydrogen JU requested contribution mostly for actions performed at high TRL level, including demonstration in real operation environment and with important involvement from industrial stakeholders and/or end users such as public authorities. Such actions are expected to leverage co-funding as commitment from stakeholders. It is of added value that such leverage is shown through the private investment in these specific topics. Therefore, proposals requesting contributions above the amounts specified per each topic below will not be evaluated:

- HORIZON-JTI-CLEANH2-2022-01-07 - The maximum Clean Hydrogen JU contribution that may be requested is EUR 9.00 million

- HORIZON-JTI-CLEANH2-2022-03-03 - The maximum Clean Hydrogen JU contribution that may be requested is EUR 30.00 million

- HORIZON-JTI-CLEANH2-2022-03-05 - The maximum Clean Hydrogen JU contribution that may be requested is EUR 15.00 million

- HORIZON-JTI-CLEANH2-2022-04-01 - The maximum Clean Hydrogen JU contribution that may be requested is EUR 7.00 million

- HORIZON-JTI-CLEANH2-2022-06-01 - The maximum Clean Hydrogen JU contribution that may be requested is EUR 25.00 million

- HORIZON-JTI-CLEANH2-2022-06-02 - The maximum Clean Hydrogen JU contribution that may be requested is EUR 8.00 million

 Additional eligibility condition: Membership to Hydrogen Europe/Hydrogen Europe Research

For some topics, in line with the Clean Hydrogen JU SRIA, an additional eligibility criterion has been introduced to ensure that one partner in the consortium is a member of either Hydrogen Europe or Hydrogen Europe Research. This concerns topics targeting actions for large-scale demonstrations, flagship projects and strategic research actions, where the industrial and research partners of the Clean Hydrogen JU are considered to play a key role in accelerating the commercialisation of hydrogen technologies by being closely linked to the Clean Hydrogen JU constituency, which could further ensure full alignment with the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda of the Industry and the SRIA188 of the JU. This approach shall also ensure the continuity of the work performed within projects funded through the H2020 and FP7, by building up on their experience and consolidating the EU value-chain. This applies to the following topics: 

- HORIZON-JTI-CLEANH2-2022 -01-07

- HORIZON-JTI-CLEANH2-2022 -01-08

- HORIZON-JTI-CLEANH2-2022 -01-10

- HORIZON-JTI-CLEANH2-2022 -02-08

- HORIZON-JTI-CLEANH2-2022 -03-03

- HORIZON-JTI-CLEANH2-2022 -03-05

- HORIZON-JTI-CLEANH2-2022 -04-01

- HORIZON-JTI-CLEANH2-2022 -06-01

- HORIZON-JTI-CLEANH2-2022 -06-02

 - HORIZON-JTI-CLEANH2-2022 -07-01

 Additional eligibility condition: Participation of African countries

For one topic the following additional eligibility criteria have been introduced to allow African countries to i) participate in proposal, ii) be eligible for funding and iii) ensure a sufficient geographical coverage of the African continent. This concerns the following topic: 

- HORIZON-JTI-CLEANH2-2022 -05-5

Manufacturing Readiness Assessment

For some topics a definition of Manufacturing Readiness Level has been introduced in the Annexes of the Annual Work Programme. This is necessary to evaluate the status of the overall manufacturing activities included in the following topics:

- HORIZON-JTI-CLEANH2-2022 -01-04

- HORIZON-JTI-CLEANH2-2022 -04-01

  1. Financial and operational capacity and exclusion:described in Annex C of the Work Programme General Annexes
  2. Evaluation and award:
  • Award criteria, scoring and thresholds are described in Annex D of the Work Programme General Annexes
  • Submission and evaluation processes are described in Annex F of the Work Programme General Annexes and the Online Manua

Exemption to evaluation procedure: complementarity of projects

For some topics in order to ensure a balanced portfolio covering complementary approaches, grants will be awarded to applications not only in order of ranking but at least also to one additional project that is / are complementary, provided that the applications attain all thresholds

- HORIZON-JTI-CLEANH2-2022 -01-03

- HORIZON-JTI-CLEANH2-2022 -01-04

- HORIZON-JTI-CLEANH2-2022 -01-09

- HORIZON-JTI-CLEANH2-2022 -02-10

- HORIZON-JTI-CLEANH2-2022 -03-01

- HORIZON-JTI-CLEANH2-2022 -03-02

- HORIZON-JTI-CLEANH2-2022 -03-04

- HORIZON-JTI-CLEANH2-2022 -04-04

Seal of Excellence

For two topics the ‘Seal of Excellence’ will be awarded to applications exceeding all of the evaluation thresholds set out in this Annual Work Programme but cannot be funded due to lack of budget available to the call. This will further improve the chances of good proposals, otherwise not selected, to find alternative funding in other Union programmes, including those managed by national or regional Managing Authorities. With prior authorisation from the applicant, the Clean Hydrogen JU may share information concerning the proposal and the evaluation with interested financing authorities, subject to the conclusion of confidentiality agreements. In this Annual Work Programme ‘Seal of Excellence’ will be piloted for topics:

- HORIZON-JTI-CLEANH2-2022 -06-01

- HORIZON-JTI-CLEANH2-2022 -06-02

  • Indicative timeline for evaluation and grant agreement: described in Annex F of the Work Programme General Annexes
  1. Legal and financial set-up of the grants: described in Annex G of the Work Programme General Annexes

In addition to the standard provisions, the following specific provisions in the model grant agreement will apply:

Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), background and results, access rights and rights of use (article 16 and Annex 5 of the Model Grant Agreement (MGA)).

  • An additional information obligation has been introduced for topics including standardisation activities: ‘Beneficiaries must, up to 4 years after the end of the action, inform the granting authority if the results could reasonably be expected to contribute to European or international standards’. These concerns the topics below:

Additional information obligation for topics including standardisation activities

- HORIZON-JTI-CLEANH2-2022 -02-09

- HORIZON-JTI-CLEANH2-2022 -03-04

- HORIZON-JTI-CLEANH2-2022 -05-02

- HORIZON-JTI-CLEANH2-2022 -05-03

- HORIZON-JTI-CLEANH2-2022 -05-04

  • For all topics in this Work Programme Clean Hydrogen JU shall have the right to object to transfers of ownership of results, or to grants of an exclusive licence regarding results, if: (a) the beneficiaries which generated the results have received Union funding; (b) the transfer or licensing is to a legal entity established in a non-associated third country; and (c) the transfer or licensing is not in line with Union interests. The grant agreement shall contain a provision in this respect.

Full capitalised costs for purchases of equipment, infrastructure or other assets purchased specifically for the action

For some topics, in line with the Clean Hydrogen JU SRIA, mostly large-scale demonstrators or flagship projects specific equipment, infrastructure or other assets purchased specifically for the action (or developed as part of the action tasks) can exceptionally be declared as full capitalised costs. This concerns the topics below:

- HORIZON-JTI-CLEANH2-2022 -01-07: electrolyser and other hydrogen related equipment essential for implementation of the project, (e.g. compression of hydrogen, storage and any essential end-use technology)

- HORIZON-JTI-CLEANH2-2022 -01-08: electrolyser, its BoP and any other hydrogen related equipment essential for the implementation of the project (e.g. hydrogen storage)

- HORIZON-JTI-CLEANH2-2022 -01-10: electrolyser, its BOP and any other hydrogen related equipment essential for implementation of the project (e.g. offshore infrastructure, renewable electricity supply infrastructure, storages, pipelines and other auxiliaries required to convey and utilise the hydrogen)

- HORIZON-JTI-CLEANH2-2022 -02-08: compression prototype/s and related components

- HORIZON-JTI-CLEANH2-2022 -03-03: trucks, fuel cell system, on-board hydrogen storage and other components needed in a hydrogen truck

- HORIZON-JTI-CLEANH2-2022 -03-05: vessels, fuel cell system, on-board hydrogen storage and other components needed in a hydrogen fuel cell hydrogen vessel

- HORIZON-JTI-CLEANH2-2022 -04-01: manufacturing equipment and tooling

- HORIZON-JTI-CLEANH2-2022 -06-01: hydrogen production plant, distribution and storage infrastructure and hydrogen end-uses

- HORIZON-JTI-CLEANH2-2022 -06-02: hydrogen production plant, distribution and storage infrastructure and hydrogen end-uses

Specific conditions

  1. Specific conditions:described in thechapter 2.2.3.2 of the Clean Hydrogen JU 2022 Annual Work Plan

Documents

Call documents:

Application form — As well available in the Submission System from March 31st 2022

Application form - Part B (HE CleanH2 RIA, IA)

Application form - Part B (HE CleanH2 CSA)

 Evaluation forms

Evaluation form (HE RIA, IA)

Evaluation form (HE CSA)

 Model Grant Agreement (MGA)

HE General MGA v1.0  

 Clean Hydrogen JU - Annual Work Programme 2022 (AWP 2022)

AWP 2022

 Clean Hydrogen JU - Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) 

SRIA - Clean Hydrogen JU 

Additional documents:

HE Main Work Programme 2021–2022 – 1. General Introduction

HE Main Work Programme 2021–2022 – 13. General Annexes

HE Programme Guide

HE Framework Programme and Rules for Participation Regulation 2021/695

HE Specific Programme Decision 2021/764

EU Financial Regulation

Rules for Legal Entity Validation, LEAR Appointment and Financial Capacity Assessment

EU Grants AGA — Annotated Model Grant Agreement

Funding & Tenders Portal Online Manual

Funding & Tenders Portal Terms and Conditions

Funding & Tenders Portal Privacy Statement

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