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

Overview

The growing attention on methane emissions is also triggering a debate around the safety of hydrogen. Although different in nature, the two issues are frequently associated with each other in the public debate. During a recent event organised by the US-based Environmental Defence Fund, the topic of hydrogen leakage and related GHG emissions took up a prominent place in the discussion with members of the European Parliament and Commission officials. According to the participants, the discussion and the lessons learned about methane emission can be applied to the subject of hydrogen leakage. Even though hydrogen in itself is not a GHG, by depleting hydroxyl radicals (OH), thus increasing the atmospheric lifetime of methane as well as by influencing tropospheric ozone formation, the total GWP of hydrogen over 100 years can be estimated at 5.8[1]. As hydrogen leakage, during storage and transportation, is potentially the largest source of anthropogenic hydrogen emissions, minimising hydrogen leakage rates is therefore key to ensure climate sustainability of the developing hydrogen economy. Furthermore, as around 60% of hydrogen’s global warming potential results from changes in methane concentration, tackling hydrogen leakage would be complementary to the EU Methane Strategy[2] and the Proposal for a Regulation to reduce Methane emissions of December 2021[3] as well as to the recent Global Methane Pledge[4]. As hydrogen has a very broad flammability range - a 4 percent to 74 percent concentration in air – leakage detection and prevention is also crucial from safety point of view, especially inside confined spaces.

Safety requirements of natural gas (NG), mixed NG/H2 and pure hydrogen transport require robust yet innovative solutions for sensor-based leak detection monitoring throughout Europe. In addition, leaks at HRS level became one the main concerns to operate safely and economically the retail business.

The sensor technology development in this field should address the development, testing and validation of new detection techniques and tools for measurement by continuous monitoring of pure hydrogen and mixed methane-hydrogen emissions.

This will enable safer storage, transport (in NG Grid or trailers) and distribution of gaseous hydrogen. The approach to solve these safety issues may vary due to different demands at different sites, both enclosed and open air, and will depend on variable configuration of the network / distribution, different gas pressure ranges and hydrogen concentration, and possible interference from other components like the NG/H2 mixture.

Current technologies for continuous leak detection monitoring are not satisfactory and should meet the industry & public area requirements.

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

  • The development of leak detection system that can classify leak types and leak sources according to risk, location, impact, consideration of severity, probability and predictability arising from sensors for leak detection and system integrity including predictive maintenance, odorised molecules and airborne technologies which will detect hydrogen leakage remotely (such as Raman LiDAR for hydrogen pipelines).
  • To ensure safe operation of hydrogen infrastructure (e.g. HRS, filling centres, gas grids, compressor housings)
  • Improvement of Leak detection time/rate and detection accuracy of the system
  • Improvement in the productivity and cost effectiveness of the sensor device. While some leak categories may require continuous monitoring, for other leaks periodic measurements by mobile sensors or multiplexed arrangements may be more cost-effective. Continuous monitoring solutions can detect and report leaks in real-time and trigger early warning systems which helps to reduce risk for both humans and materials, especially in densely populated areas or densely built industry parks and refineries.

Project results are expected to contribute to all of the following objectives of the JU as reflected in the SRIA of the Clean Hydrogen JU:

  • Increase the level of safety of hydrogen technologies and applications
  • Enable through research and demonstration activities the transportation of hydrogen through the natural gas grid either by blending or via repurposing to 100% hydrogen.

The project is also expected to achieve the following technical KPIs:

  • Concentration measurement accuracy for safe operation in terms of explosion limit, 1% lower explosive limit (LEL). This means that the sensor should be able to detect 0.04% of H2 in air;
  • A minimum detection sensitivity of ± 0.18% by volume of hydrogen in air (a good practice is to set the detectors to alarm at 0.4% hydrogen by volume in air, which is 10% of the lower flammability limit (LFL);
  • A maximum. response time of 1 sec at a concentration of 0.4% by volume (more than 10% LFL), while keeping in mind that sensor performance can vary from one application to another, this is extremely important for system designed to monitor hydrogen concentrations in rooms or areas (e.g. turbomachinery package enclosure) with high temperature environments in presence of hot surfaces with temperatures above auto-ignition (AIT).

Scope

The proposed research is expected to focus on developing and validating reliable leak sensing services and leak detection sensor technologies for hydrogen and NG/H2 mixtures. The proposed research work should start at TRL 3 and end at TRL 5 or higher.

New and optimised leak detection sensors and tools should be developed in order to enable safer storage, transport and distribution of hydrogen. Leak detection technologies may include the development of new or optimisation of existing portable and fixed sensors (ideally with remote access) with various technical approaches (e.g. acoustic, laser scanning, optical fibre sensors, infrared if NG/H2 mix considered, odorised molecules, strain gauge). Optimisation of existing hydrogen emission detection systems in terms of measuring range, tolerance, temperature measuring range, pressure range, response and recovery time[5], and to lower the costs for investments, compression/operations and maintenance should also be considered.

Besides the technical KPIs that were already mentioned in the expected outcome section other key elements for leak detection monitoring are outlined below:

  • Leak detection devices should identify the origin or the leak (e.g acoustic detection) to allow the commissioning & operating team to fix the issue;
  • The leak detection system should warn personnel with visual and audible warnings when the environment is becoming unsafe; remote notification should be preferred.

The proposed technology should be suitable for continuous leak detection monitoring or/and periodic maintenance. Certain leak categories may be addressed by periodic measurement while other leak detection solutions may require interconnected mobile sensors or multiplexed arrangements.

Technologies related to hydrogen detection are based on the effects induced by the interaction of hydrogen with a selected sensing material. For example these effects can span catalytic, thermal conductivity, electrical and electrochemical, mechanical optical and acoustic properties. The scope of the topic is completely open to any kind of sensing technology.

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 start at TRL 3 and achieve TRL 5 by the end of the project.

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://www.geos.ed.ac.uk/~dstevens/publications/derwent_cc01.pdf

[2]https://ec.europa.eu/energy/sites/default/files/eu_methane_strategy.pdf

[3]https://eur-lex.europa.eu/resource.html?uri=cellar:06d0c90a-5d91-11ec-9c6c-01aa75ed71a1.0001.02/DOC_1&format=PDF

[4]https://www.globalmethanepledge.org/

[5]Understood as time between two measurements.

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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