[Source: Research & Innovation] Addressing European decarbonisation targets requires technologies that reduce energy consumption and emissions whilst fully harnessing the potential of renewable energies. In this context, Fuel Cells and Hydrogen technologies constitute a significant opportunity to substitute fossil fuels in transport, energy and industrial sectors. They also have great potential to diversify Europe’s energy supplies whilst making better use of sustainable domestic resources. As these technologies are now entering the market, a concerted effort from public and private partners is necessary to trigger large-scale deployment. On23 November 2016, the 9th edition of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) Stakeholder Forum will explore how fostering partnerships at different levels can impact and propel existing deployment strategies and/or give rise to new business cases and markets. How can government better support innovative technologies to facilitate first-phase deployment? How can synergies between public and private partners at regional, national and European level be increased? What incentives are needed to shift users’ habits towards more sustainable ones in order to spur commercialisation? Which additional financing mechanisms are available and how can they work together?
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