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Successor programme


Programme funding

EUR 15,33 million

Official Journal Reference

L 200 of 1977-08-08

Legislative Reference

77/488/CEE, Euratom of 1977-07-18
To investigate the thermochemical production of hydrogen and to assess its performance relative to water electrolysis.


The programme was drawn up in accordance with the Council Resolution of 17 December 1970 concerning the procedures for adopting research and training programmes (Official Journal No L 16 of 20.1.1971). Initially adopted for a period of four years (1977-1980), the programme was replaced by a new four-year programme as of 1 January 1980 and unused funds were allocated to the new programme.

The importance of hydrogen lies in its potential as an adaptable synthetic fuel and means of storage and transport of energy. The programme built on the research results of the previous programme which had selected the most promising thermo-chemical processes for further research, i.e. the so-called Mark 11 (sulphur) cycle, the Mark 16 (iodine) cycle and the Mark 13 (sulphur) cycle.

The JRC played the role of "Lead Organization" in relation to the collaborative research organized within the International Energy Agency.


Two projects:

- Thermo-chemical processes for the decomposition of water;

- Heat source coupling.


The Commission, assisted by the board of governors of the Joint Research Centre (JRC), was responsible for the implementation of the programme by means of the services of the JRC.

The dissemination of the information resulting from the implementation of the non-nuclear parts of the programme was carried out in accordance with Council Regulation (EEC) No 2380/74 of 17 September 1974 (Official Journal No L 255 of 20.9.1974) which adopts provisions for the dissemination of information relating to research programmes for the European Community.
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