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

Overview

Due to its low volumetric density, hydrogen presents major challenges for transportation and distribution. Currently, compressed hydrogen transport faces limitations (mainly the delivery of small quantities of compressed hydrogen at low pressure) which inhibits its potential to become a widespread energy carrier. Moreover, the improvement and scale-up of transport and distribution technologies are needed for hydrogen to be transported efficiently, in high volumes, across large geographical areas. This topic aims to improve the efficiency of compressed hydrogen transport in order to achieve the optimum efficiency, taking into account the physical limitations.

The existing solutions operating at 500 bar have not yet reached the physical optimal efficiency and the optimum cost. Research and innovation should address this problem of increasing the mass of hydrogen transported during a transport. This objective can be reached by a significant increase in the operating pressure of the tubes employed in the transport while ensuring the safety of people and goods.

The amount of hydrogen transported with each trip defines the efficiency of compressed hydrogen transport. Increasing the amount transported by increasing volumetric capacity and/or pressure, therefore, has an impact on several parts of the logistic chain. Project results are expected to contribute to all of the following expected outcomes:

  • Reduce the cost and the environmental footprint of transporting compressed hydrogen;
  • Decreases the number of transport rotations between the site of production and the delivery site;
  • Decreases the compressor size at the hydrogen refuelling station (HRS).

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

  • For the GH2 logistic: improve the cost and quantities transported;
  • For the HRS capability: improve the delivered capacities and reduce the cost of the molecule at the nozzle by increasing the quantities available.

The efficiency of the solutions proposed should be evaluated with respect to the KPIs indicated below and taking into account the proposed short-term (2024) and long-term (2030) objectives proposed in the SRIA of the Clean Hydrogen JU.

  • From a 350kg SoA @ 200 bar to some cases 850kg H2 @ 300b to 1300kg @ high Pressure in 2030;
  • CAPEX/kg H2 payload should evolve from 600-650 in 2021 to 450 €/kg H2 in 2024 and ultimately to >350 in 2030 with the high pressure;
  • The goal by the end of the project would be to show a tube trailer with a payload of payload of 1.2 tonne and a capex of 400 €/kg H2.

Other KPIs to be reached by the end of the project are:

  • Operating pressure: above 500 bar;
  • Tubes gravimetric capacity 5-5.3%;
  • Minimum cylinder/tube retest period 5 year.

Scope

As mentioned above, the improvement of compressed hydrogen transport requires a technical improvement that also takes into account financial, regulatory and normative aspects. Commercial solution starts to exist on the market in particular for pressure at 500 bar. The challenge is to go to higher pressure at a very significant lower cost.

The scope of this topic is to develop and validate a solution with a minimum payload of 1.2 tonne of compressed hydrogen above 500 bar by end of the project. The solution should be cost competitive compared to existing solutions reaching at least a cost of 600-650 €/kg of hydrogen.

Proposals should investigate the following aspects:

Technical aspects

There are several parameters to take into account. The increase in the transport efficiency is directly linked to the increase in the operating pressure and the decrease of the tube weight, which will allow a significant improvement in the mass per unit of compressed hydrogen transported. Existing transport solutions use an operating pressure (service pressure) of 200 bar. Solutions with higher pressure start to be available. The final objective is to reach an operating pressure of 700 bar by 2030.

At constant volume, the increase in operating pressure increases the mass of hydrogen contained in each gas tube. But, with no improvements in the tubes design and materials efficiency, increasing the pressure will significantly increase the weight of the tubes containing hydrogen. This will increase the lorry fuel consumption and the transport cost and environmental footprint. In addition, in compliance with EU regulation, the authorised transport weight in a trailer is limited. Therefore, new solutions, based on new competitive materials or concepts, are needed to achieve the target of 1,500 kg H2 tube trailer payload at operating pressure 700 bar by 2030, such as but not limited to:

  • New lighter tubes manufactured with/without liners of improved performance materials (high strength alloyed steel, stainless steel or polymeric material) in combination with improved reinforcement (composite), in order to increase the pressure conditions, reducing the weight of the tube and assuring the requested safety levels and durability, with affordable manufacturing costs. Considerations for resistance to corrosion to be considered as necessary;
  • The deployment of a new design of high-pressure cylinder based on regulatory / normative documents (as per example EN 17339 that allows composite tubes with reduced safety factor);
  • Large diameter composite tubes;
  • More efficient filament winding and components such as valves, etc.

Applicants should propose new solutions to decrease the specific weight (e.g. per unit of hydrogen transported) of the package.

All proposed solutions should take into account the safety of the peoples and goods. The proposal should describe the method that the applicant will apply to take into account the safety aspects for the transportation system (trailer, container, bundle), tube, frames, pressure relief system (e.g. risk assessment), etc.

Financial aspect

The proposed solutions should be innovative in terms of capital expenditure. That aspect may be addressed by using, innovative design, cost-effective materials, competitive manufacturing techniques, innovative organisation, etc.

The proposals may should also address the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).

Regulatory and normative aspect

In order to protect the people and goods, the design, manufacturing and use of compressed gas solutions are heavily regulated by international (e.g. RID/ADR), EU (e.g. TPED) regulations and ISO (International Standard Organisation) and CEN (European Committee for standardisation) standards. Technical innovative solutions may not be covered by existing standards and regulations.

The applicant should identify if the proposed solutions are covered by existing standards and/or regulations. A maximal hazard potential and its likelihood should be taken into account. If gaps are identified, the proposal should list these gaps and indicate the relevant activities that should be performed to fill these gaps.

The applicant should include actions to monitor regulatory developments and as necessary and relevant, participate in working groups working on this topic.

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.

General Conditions

  1. Admissibility conditions: described in Annex 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 in Annex 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

 

 

  1. 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 the chapter 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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