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

Overview

To decarbonise industries, but also as an energy vector, hydrogen can play a major role, but its production needs to be scaled up in the GW scale.

High Temperature Steam Electrolysis (HTSE) technology using Solid Oxide Electrolysis Cells (SOEL), thanks to its high efficiency, has the potential to become a game changer technology for the massive production of hydrogen at low cost. However, its maturity remains one step behind alkaline and Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) water electrolysis. Currently, the largest demonstration unit installed has a power of 720 kW (GrinHy 2.0 project), while there is a plan to install and operate in the frame of MULTIPLHY[1] project a unit of 2.4 MW by the end of 2022. In contrast, units of MWs or tens of MW are already installed or planned to operate shortly for the two other electrolysis technologies. In addition, the unit size of SOEL cells, stacks, and modules remains small, as compared to other electrolysis technologies, which might not be optimal from both a technical and economical point of view in order to address a massive hydrogen production market with multi-MW units. Indeed, small cells and stacks require the assembly and integration of a large number of stacks to reach the high power targeted, which makes system integration more complex.

For SOEL to reach this scale, increasing the size of the cell, stack and module size, as well as the current density and lifetime, can be undertaken to accelerate the accomplishment of the targeted footprint and CAPEX and possibly OPEX goals.

The expected outcome of the present topic is to move forward the maturity of the technology by:

  • Developing and validating upscaled cells, larger stacks, and their assembly into enlarged modules;
  • Designing the integration of these enlarged pieces into a multi-MW scale electrolysis unit;
  • Enabling hydrogen production costs of < 3 €/kg for such a multi-MW scale plant by 2030, jointly establishing relevant business models;
  • Paving the way for the deployment of large-scale hydrogen production units.

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

  • Contributions to at least two full scale demonstrators (MW) for SOEL technology by 2027;
  • Maintain European leadership on SOEL technologies that will be applicable for massive hydrogen production;
  • Solutions for enlarged cells, stacks and modules demonstrated and validated in relevant environments;
  • New business models for SOEL technology based on upscaled components;
  • Breakthrough and game changing technologies for SOEL upscaled components;
  • Foster the replication of the solutions developed in the project as demonstration units;
  • Strengthen the European value chain on cells, stacks, modules and systems by encouraging vertical partnerships;
  • New products addressing/targeting massive hydrogen production.

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

  • Reducing electrolyser CAPEX to 2,000 €/(kg/d) and OPEX to 130 €/(kg/d)/y by 2024;
  • Decreasing footprint to 150 m²/MW or less, this being considered as an average specific space requirement of a MW system comprising all auxiliary systems;
  • The performance and lifetime for enlarged cells and stack should present performance and lifetime not below that of the reference cells and stack. Current density should be at least 0.85 A/cm² and degradation at thermoneutral voltage at or below 1%/1,000 hours;
  • Reaching an electricity consumption at nominal capacity of 39 kWh/kg H2 produced;
  • Ensure circularity by design for materials and for production processes, minimising the life-cycle environmental footprint of electrolysers;

Scope

The proposal should focus on the scalability of cells, stacks and modules, namely in terms of design, cells and stack manufacture and their assembly into modules as well as on operation in environment suitable for the selected applications and business cases as follows:

  • Identify the optimal sizes for larger cells and stacks from both techno-economical and practical point of view. Pinpoint any technical limits that may restrict the achievable size and the extent of cost reductions when innovating larger cells and stacks;
  • Identify the optimal stack assembly layout into modules of > 250 kW capacity, as well as the assembly of such modules into multi-MW units;
  • Based on this work, perform a thorough techno-economic analysis considering economies of scale and scalability of manufacturing processes to show that project developments allow reaching the CAPEX and OPEX KPI targets included above in order to pave the way to reach a Levelised Cost of Hydrogen (LCOH) of 3 €/kg, or under, by 2030;
  • Operate successfully the cells of the optimal defined size or arrangement in the repeat unit as estimated by the action indicated above for high current density and low degradation as set out in the KPI targets included above, over 2,000 hours in relevant operating conditions;
  • Validate, in terms of performance and durability over 2000h, stacks or assemblies of stacks in series to increase the power at the optimal defined size;
  • Demonstrate appropriate production methods and supply chains for larger cells and stacks;
  • Build a downscaled module of at least 80 kW of power. Upstream and downstream BoP components in relation to the targeted use case(s) should be included to minimise energy losses and the overall cost of the electrolyser module;
  • Operate this 80-kW system in representative conditions to evaluate its efficiency (including stack and BoP components), as well as its durability for at least 2,000 h.

Proposals are expected to address sustainability and circularity aspects.

Activities developing test protocols and procedures for the performance and durability assessment of electrolysers and fuel cell components proposals should foresee a collaboration mechanism with JRC (see section 2.2.4.3 "Collaboration with JRC"), in order to support EU-wide harmonisation. Test activities should adopt the already published EU harmonised testing protocols[2] to benchmark performance and quantify progress at programme level.

Activities are expected to start at TRL 4 and achieve TRL 6 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.clean-hydrogen.europa.eu/projects-repository_en

[2]https://www.clean-hydrogen.europa.eu/knowledge-management/collaboration-jrc-0_en

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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