• February 2020

    INSPIRE newsletter #2 has been released - PDF

  • 21 November 2019, FCH JU Awards 2019, Brussels, Belgium - INSPIRE Best success story award
    -> FCH JU website
    -> FCH JU press release

    The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Undertaking (FCH JU) has announced the winners of the 2019 FCH Awards. The successful projects reduce fuel-cell technology production costs, speed up manufacturing, develop new materials to increase fuel-cell performance and demonstrate how people can rely on hydrogen energy. Overall, they pave the way for a world-class European fuel-cell industry that sustains clean energy. The Awards were presented at a ceremony at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts in Brussels on 20 November 2019, attended by about 300 industry, research and EU representatives.

    This year’s Best Success Story winner: ‘Driving forward fuel cell technologies’, involves 5 projects (VOLUMETRIQ, INSPIRE, CRESCENDO, GAIA and PEGASUS) which are making fuel cells more affordable and competitive.
    These projects are delivering results that enable Europe to be a leader in the fuel cell technology and have a strong impact on the clean energy transition. The aim is to pry open market potential, ensuring a greener future for the EU’s transport sectorsaid FCH JU’s Executive Director Bart Biebuyck.
    "Industry suppliers are involved in the projects, which is a huge strength. The components developed are compatible with end use." Silvain Buche, coordinator of INSPIRE and from global sustainable technologies leader Johnson Matthey, who also manufacture fuel cell components.
    "EU public support is speeding forward European hydrogen and fuel cells technology. All projects exchanged material and are using each other's outcomes (...) The stack will be competitive worldwide, strengthening European jobs and industry and increasing automotive performance" Deborah Jones, coordinator of VOLUMETRIQ, CRESCENDO and GAIA and research director at the French National Scientific Research Council (CNRS).
    "We are pushing industry into a new area in useful products. This technology will be a key business driver in the future”. Stefan Hornauer from stack manufacturer ElringKlinger AG, in VOLUMETRIQ
    "The best success story award proves the true value of a public private partnership in accelerating and initiating new areas of development for hydrogen technologies. Showcasing these projects highlights that Industry plays a crucial role alongside Research and the European Commission to ensure the achievement of the European climate goals while laying the foundation for a robust industrialization of these technologies. Our public private partnership impacts our ambition towards a decarbonized European society, said Valerie Bouillon-Delporte, President of Hydrogen Europe, and Chair of the FCH JU Governing Board, who presented the success story award.

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  • 15 November 2018, FCH JU Awards 2018, Autoworld Museum, Brussels, Belgium

    INSPIRE team attended the FCH JU awards 2018 held at the Autoworld Museum in Brussels. As 2018 marks the ten-year anniversary of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), it is inspiring to look back over the many accomplishments of the past decade. The projects nominated illustrate the approach of continuous learning exemplified by the FCH JU’s projects, from creating low-carbon and sustainable solutions, enabling market entry for new products, developing ‘next generation’ products based on previous research, to opening new markets for European expertise in fuel cell and hydrogen (FCH) technology.

  • September 2018 - Johnson Matthey joins the Hydrogen Council as steering member

    Johnson Matthey announced its affiliation with the Hydrogen Council, the largest industry-led effort seeking to develop the hydrogen economy. Joining a host of energy, transport and industry companies that share the same vision, we become one of 14 additional members to back the initiative. Eight of these members, including Johnson Matthey, join the group at steering member level.

  • May 2018

    New INSPIRE publication on: A comparison of rotating disc electrode, floating electrode technique and membrane electrode assembly measurements for catalyst testing, S. Martens, L. Asen, G. Ercolano, F. Dionigi, C. Zalitis, A. Hawkins, A. Martinez Bonastre, L. Seidl, A. C. Knoll, J. Sharman, P. Strasser, D. J. Jones, O. Schneider, Journal of Power Sources 392 (2018) 274–284 - DOI: 10.1016/j.jpowsour.2018.04.084 (Open Access)

  • May 2018

    INSPIRE 24M progress meeting hosted by VTT was held at Espoo, Finland

  • March 2018

    INSPIRE newsletter has been released - PDF

  • 31 January 2018

    INSPIRE Mid-Term Review Meeting, was held on Thursday 31st January 2018 at the Programme Office, FCH JU, Brussels

  • 7-8 November 2017

    INSPIRE 18M progress meeting hosted by DANA was held at Ulm, Germany

  • September 2017

    INSPIRE made a poster presentation on "Improving the Durability of Shape-controlled Octahedral Pt Alloy Nanoparticle Catalysts for use in fuel cell cathodes" during the 68th Annual International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE) Meeting, 27 August - 1 September 2017, Providence, Rhode Island, USA -
    Conference website:

  • August 2017

    INSPIRE brochure is now ready for download
    Access to the PDF file

  • 10-11 May 2017

    INSPIRE 12M progress meeting hosted by CNRS at La Grande Motte, France

  • March 2017

    INSPIRE will make an invited presentation during the European Fuel Cell Car Workshop (EFCW2017), March 1-3, 2017, Orléans, France, organised by the FCH JU SMARTCat Project -
    Conference website:

  • December 2016

    SGL press release on the INSPIRE project: or as a PDF file

  • 15-16 November 2016

    INSPIRE 6M progress  meeting held at SGL facilities at Meitingen, Germany

  • July 2016

    As part of the communication activities in the INSPIRE project, a team from Johnson Matthey Fuel Cells took part in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) week in the UK (Sonning Common Primary School). This provided an opportunity for over 400 children from primary and secondary schools to experience science and technology close up and see how important it is for our future well-being, particularly in the area of energy and fuel cells. It was also a chance to take JMFC’s fuel cell car around the community, allowing children and parents to experience fuel cells in action.
    Full description available on the "Outreach Activities" page

  • July 2016

    Fuel Cells Bulletin press release on the INSPIRE project: (p14-p15): PDF file

  • 07 July 2016

    First DANA press release on the INSPIRE project:

  • 30 June 2016

    FCH-JU press release on the INSPIRE project:

  • 16 June 2016

    First JMFC press release on the INSPIRE project:

  • 10-11 May 2016

    INSPIRE project kick-off meeting held at JM's Technology Centre at Sonning Common, UK