Grant information


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

Overview

Commercial trucks are responsible for a quarter of road transport CO2 emissions. For the decarbonisation of lighter and heavier commercial trucks in local transport batteries and pressure storage technologies for hydrogen are suitable. On the other hand, these energy storage systems are less suitable for heavy and long-distance transport due to their low volumetric energy density and the limited space constraints according to regulations in Europe.

Onboard LH2 tanks could be an enabler for zero emission mobility in heavy and long-distance road transport. In comparison to the state-of-the-art 350 bar or 700 bar storage, LH2 can enable much higher volumetric energy system density (up to double as compared to 700 bar) and simpler refuelling station design; advantages that are of utmost importance for the space, mass, time, and fuel cost constraint application. However, the actual performances of onboard LH2 tanks are not known precisely since not enough prototype development nor testing has been performed. Critical issues such as boil-off sensitivity, achievable capacity (for a given volume) and refuelling interface need to be addressed.

This topic will provide sufficient information on the critical issues related to onboard LH2 tanks for heavy-duty vehicles road application, so that a well-informed decision can be made by stakeholders on key technical bottlenecks to be solved or possible showstoppers for the technology.

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

  • Onboard truck demonstration of a high-density hydrogen system by 2025;
  • Deployment of cost-effective, long range zero emission solutions for trucks by 2030;
  • Drastically improved understanding of onboard cryogenic hydrogen storage systems challenges;
  • European leadership in onboard cryogenic hydrogen storage.

By reducing the storage cost and enabling long-range truck transportation, this project will greatly contribute to the transport end-uses objectives as detailed in the SRIA of the Clean Hydrogen JU.

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

  • Onboard tank 
    • Storage tank CAPEX: 320 Euros/kgH2
    • Gravimetric Capacity: 10 wt%_H2
    • Volumetric capacity: 40 gH2/L system
    • Dormancy[1]: 48 hours
    • Venting rate[2]: <2%/day
  • Refuelling solution 
    • Filling rate: 8 kg/min
    • Coupling mass: < 3 kg
    • Installation time (before flowing LH2): 30 s
    • Removal time: 30 s
    • Energy consumption:<0.5 kWh/kgH2
    • Station boil-off: < 2%/day

Scope

The scope of the topic is the full-scale analysis of existing concepts to store LH2 to develop and integrate an improved LH2 vessel in at least 2 road long distance heavy-duty vehicles, with over 800km range without refuelling, to evaluate the feasibility of the technology. Capacities and refuelling speeds should be in the 40-100 kg LH2 in one or more vehicle storages depending on the vehicle design and 7-10 kg/min range, respectively. Cost estimates for the storage system should be provided.

The analysis shall contain materials (including resistance to corrosion as necessary), piping and instrumentation, controls, safety designs but also refuelling procedures, interfaces, and balances of plant equipment to propose modification or creation of relevant norms. Key parameters for heavy-duty road vehicles shall be the focus of the project, including easy handling and connection at the refuelling without specialised personal, effect of dormancy and boil-off, space limitation, limited volume compared to larger storages, long lasting safety equipment.

The analysis shall be done to provide improvements and optimisation on different aspects, physical parameters of the LH2 to density, tanks composition and peripherics regarding volumetric efficiency and potential losses of hydrogen in the overall efficiency.

Proposals should focus on defining, building and understanding of a full scale LH2 tank system for heavy-duty road application and its refuelling, with at least a complete test bench fulfilling the technical readiness level. This can be completed by a refuelling solution with dispenser and/or an onboard vehicle demonstration.

Proposals should include an investigation from the end-user perspective, by simulating real-life utilisation (hydrogen extraction, driving, parking, refuelling) and making sure that the state-of-charge, the actual boil-off, and the refuelling are compatible with the expectations. Pressure in the LH2 storage tank should be compatible with the pressure at which the fuel cell typically operates, and obviously with the boil-off target. Alternatively, mitigation strategies should be proposed. The mechanical design should be compatible with all requirements typical of the trucking industry in terms of durability, exposure to harsh environments, vibrations, accelerations, safeties, and exceptional loads e.g. fire. The validation of concepts shall occur through an experimental program backed up by simulation activities, that will allow to expend the concept to wider range of constraints.

All the activities and results should consider the current European Commission Implementing Regulation EU 2021/535[3] (liquid hydrogen storage systems) and other relevant standards. The results of the project should be used to support the development of new or revised legal requirements or standards, especially extending the scope addressed by GTR13 and its type approval part the R134. The consortium should establish links with ongoing projects[4] dedicated to relevant applications such as H2HAUL and PRHYDE/project funded under Call 2018 “Topic FCH-04-2-2019: Refuelling Protocols for Medium and Heavy-Duty Vehicles”. The consortium should take into account current activities concerning LH2 storage, such as the subcooled LH2 fuelling method developed within an open working group at the Clean Energy Partnership[5].

The following activities are considered to be out of scope for this topic: liquefaction technologies, well-to-wheels costs, liquid hydrogen supply chain.

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]dormancy/thermal autonomy is defined here as the time the vehicle should be parked without releasing any H2, irrespective of its tank’s capacity or pressure, and demonstrated using real life duty cycle simulations with test bench measured insulation performance

[2]venting rate is defined as the rate of H2 that is released when the system is parked at its venting pressure

[3]https://eur-lex.europa.eu/eli/reg_impl/2021/535/oj

[4]https://www.clean-hydrogen.europa.eu/projects-repository_en

[5]https://cleanenergypartnership.de/en/home-engl

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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