About us

About us

The Fuel Cells & Hydrogen Observatory (FCHO) is a FCHJU initiative to provide relevant information for interested stakeholders in the sector. The partners involved in developing and maintaining the FCHO are highlighted below.


Technology and Market Statistics & Socio-Economic Indicators (FCH Supply chain and Jobs)

E4tech is an international strategic consultancy focused on sustainable energy. Since 1997 its team has worked with companies, governments, and investors to help them understand the global opportunities in clean energy. Sound technical knowledge, thorough and insightful analysis and years of experience allow them to give objective and strategic business and policy advice. Their clients call on them for support in taking decisions under uncertain conditions, shortening development times, identifying markets, finding investors and managing risk.



Policy and Regulation

Hydrogen Europe is the European association representing the interest of the hydrogen and fuel cell industry and its stakeholders. We promote hydrogen as the enabler of a zero-emission society. With more than 110 companies, 70 research organisations and 16 national associations as members, our association encompasses the entire value chain of the European hydrogen and fuel cell ecosystem collaborating in the Fuel Cell Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU). We are a Brussels-based association fostering knowledge and pushing for fact-based policy making ensuring that the European regulatory framework enables the role of Hydrogen in our society.



The German Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (DWV) is the umbrella organization of hydrogen and fuel cell technology in Germany. The DWV stands for the technological development and market introduction of hydrogen technologies for over 2 decades and represents over 100 industry companies and research organization with more than 1.5 million employees nationwide.



Patents & Publications

HGF offers the dynamic intellectual property service that every innovative and competitive organisation requires, wherever they are and whenever they need it. Our approach, from the inception of ideas to the enforcement of IP rights is truly collaborative. Our unique and successful client relationships come from our strategic teams that fit around each client’s requirements.



Codes and Standards

Founded in 1916 as the 'Main Commission for the Standardization of the Netherlands', NEN has grown into an organization with approximately 280 employees, over 500 standards committees and more than 5,000 active committee members. NEN acts as a facilitator for standardization and it does this by bringing together stakeholders on a particular subject and providing it's expertise on standardization. The result is a widely accepted standard that can be implemented within the particular branche. Well known standards are ISO 9001, NEN 1010 and ISO 26000. It also publishes the national and international standards to make them as widely accepted as possible. Finally NEN also provides training courses and gives advise on implementing the standards.



Higher Education and Training

Hydrogen Europe Research is the research grouping of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, a unique public private partnership supporting research, technological development and demonstration (RTD) activities in fuel cell and hydrogen energy technologies in Europe. Gathering over 70 research institutions (universities and research centres), we support and promote research interests in the FCH JU and create a framework for cooperation of science and industry in Europe.



Programmes & Funding (national and EU)

The Innovation Loop provides a unique combination of European experts and a powerful artificial intelligence. It is the first application to detect, diagnose and design innovative European projects. Detection: detect the best topics for your project; diagnostic: assess the chances of success of your project before developing it; and design: design a truly innovative and coherent project to make a difference during the evaluation.



Technical Partner

Inycom is a Spanish technology company headquartered in Zaragoza. Founded in 1982, Inycom has a long recognized experience thanks to its success based on business excellence guiding principles. Inycom´s core business consists in providing high quality technology solutions and services in different fields including Information and Communications Technologies, Energy, Digital Businesses, Laboratory and Healthcare, Biotechnology, and turnkey Engineering projects, which make of Inycom the largest innovative company in the region of Aragon.



Concepto GDI Sàrl is a Swiss software development company. Since 1995, Concepto has been involved in European projects for NGOs, government institutions and private companies, in the field of Information Technology, with specialism in web applications, websites and desktop software.



The FCHO would like to thank the following organisations and individuals for supporting the Observatory and providing valuable input and information.

HRS Availability system

Provision of Hydrogen Refuelling station data

Fuel Cells & Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCHJU)

Provision of Hydrogen Refuelling station data

European Alternative Fuels Observatory

Provision of data on Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle registrations

Joint Research Council/ FCHJU

Provision of data on Publications on Fuel Cells & Hydrogen

National Contributors

The following individuals have provided important contribution in providing country specific policy and related data

  • Austria
    Austrian Energy Agency Peter Traupmann, Andreas Indinger, Stefan Reuter, and Christoph Link
  • Belgium
    WaterstofNet vzw Adwin Martens and Isabel Francois
  • Bulgaria
    Bulgarian Hydrogen, Fuel Cell and Energy Storage Association Daria Vladikova
  • Czech Republic
    HYTEP Alex Doucek
  • Croatia
    University of Split prof.dr.sc. Frano Barbir
  • Denmark
    BrintBranchen Tejs Laustsen Jensen and Sofie Ulrik Neergaard
  • Estonia
    Estonian Hydrogen Association Ain Laidoja
  • Finland
    VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland LTD Olli Himanen
  • France
    AFHYPAC Stéphanie Paysant, Christelle Werquin and Maxime Sagot
  • Germany
    German Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (DWV) Diwald Werner and Dennitsa Nozharova
  • Greece
    National Centre for Scientific Research “Demokritos” Ioannis Moraitis
  • Hungary
    Hungarian Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Association Mayer Zoltan and Andras Tompos
  • Italy
    Italian National Agency for new tecnologies, energy and sustainable economic development and Hydrogen Italy (H2IT) Viviana Cigolotti and Cristina Maggi
  • Ireland
    Hydrogen Irealand / Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland James Carton
  • Luxembourg
    Ministry of Economy Georges Reding
  • Latvia
    Latvian Hydrogen Association Aivars Starikovs and Dainis Bošs
  • Lithuania
    Lithuanian Hydrogen Association Dr. Sarunas Varagiris
  • Netherlands
    NEN Francoise Dejong and Remco Perotti
  • Poland
    Institute of Power Engineering Prof Tomasz Galka, Marcin Blesznowski and Jakub Kupecki
  • Portugal
    Aragon Hydrogen Foundation Dr Fernando Palacin, Guillermo Figueruelo; Mercedes Sanz Millán and Alfonso Bernad
  • Romania
    Romanian Association for Hydrogen Energy Ioan Iordache
  • Spain
    Aragon Hydrogen Foundation Dr Fernando Palacin, Guillermo Figueruelo; Mercedes Sanz Millán and Alfonso Bernad
  • Slovenia
    Energy Agency of Savinjska, Šaleška and Koroška region Boštjan Krajnc and Natek Niko
  • Slovakia
    Slovak Hydrogen Association and Ministry of Economy Ján Weiterschütz and Peter Bubeník
  • Sweden
    Hydrogen Sweden Bjorn Aronsson and Erik Wiberg
  • United Kingdom
    UK Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association Dennis Hayter and Celia Greaves
  • Norway
    Norwegian Hydrogen Forum Jan Carsten Gjerløw
  • Switzerland
    Swiss Federal Office of Energy Stefan Oberholzer
  • Japan
    New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organisation Eiji Ohira
  • United States of America
    California Hydrogen Business Council Cory Shumaker
  • Canada
    CHFCA-Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association Mark Kirby
  • South Korea
    H2Korea Yeabin Lee(Giovanni Lee)
  • Australia
    Hydrogen Mobility Australia and the Government of Western Australia Fiona Simon and Joseph Doleschal-Ridnell
  • Chile
    H2 Chile Hans Kulenkampff
  • Morocco
    H2 Morocco Adil Gaoui
  • China
    China Hack Heyward