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HYCELL-TPS Report Summary

Project ID: 6272
Funded under: FP6-SUSTDEV
Country: Belgium

Final Report Summary - HYCELL-TPS (Development and implementation of the European Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology Platform Secretariat)

The HYCELL-TPS project aimed to develop and implement an integrated strategy to accelerate the realisation of a sustainable hydrogen economy in Europe. The European Commission endorsed the Technology Platform concept on 10 September 2003, which was initiated by the first general assembly on 20-21 January 2004. To address the multitude and complexity of issues at stake, one of the key elements of the Technology Platform was the secretariat support and facilitating role.

The Specific Support Action (SSA) aimed to:
- develop an efficient and effective coordination and governance mechanism for the Hydrogen and fuel cell Technology Platform (HFP) in cooperation with its advisory council, and in continuous consultation with the European Commission (EC);
- implement the coordination process and offer a complete administrative and organisational support to the different elements of the platform (advisory council, steering panels, initiative groups and general assembly and ad-hoc working groups);
- act as information and communication centre for the Technology Platform, mainly through electronic means;
- collect, analyse, validate and disseminate the Technology Platform's achievements to the stakeholders within and outside the Technology Platform, and raise awareness towards the general public on hydrogen and fuel cell related matters;
- assist with the longer term structuring of the European hydrogen and fuel cell public-private partnership.

Building on the excellent geographical and technical synergy, the project consortium was able to support the HFP and act as one integrated secretariat team.

The main project partners were the following: Kellen Europe S.A., Ludwig-Bölkow-Systemtechnik GmbH (LBST) and the Institute for Energy (IE).

For the HYCELL-TPS project, Kellen Europe mainly performed:
- the project coordination;
- the organisation of the HFP annual event and prototype exhibition;
- the active support to the advisory council, executive group, the initiative group business development and financing, and the initiative group education and training, the JTI working group;
- the coordination of internal and external communications;
- the representation of HFP vis-à-vis external audiences.

For the HYCELL-TPS project, LBST mainly performed:
- the definition, design and upgrading of HFP's internet platform (website and extranet);
- the editing and distribution of the HFP newsletter, HFP press releases and external communications;
- the active support to the SRA steering panel, the initiative group public awareness, and the initiative group regulations, codes and standards;
- the active support to the implementation panel and its working groups and the mirror group.

For the HYCELL-TPS project, the JRC mainly performed:
- the active support to the DS steering panel and IG RCS;
- the active support to the implementation plan and its working groups and the mirror group;
- the facilitation of interactions with the EC services and integration of other European hydrogen and fuel cell projects and initiatives;
- the collection, harmonisation, analysis and dissemination of HFP information extracted from the different bodies of the HFP and its operations.

The following work was delivered in the last 18 months of activity:
- the on-going efficient and effective managerial support to all the different groups of the HFP;
- upgrade and maintenance of an HFP master activity plan, consolidating all the activities of the different groups;
- improvement and updating of the HFP website and extranet, including document management features, automatic group emailing, groupware and a calendar of meetings;
- complete planning and organisation of one general assembly event in October 2006 gathering more than 600 representatives, including the participation of the EC, research centres, industry, SMEs, universities, representatives from various ministries and international speakers;
- planning and organisation in liaison with the EC of the second review days event in October 2007, gathering more than 250 representatives, including the participation of the EC, research centres, industry, SMEs, universities;
- assistance in drafting, handling comments, validating, editing and distributing key HFP reference documents;
- the development of an engagement plan and associated communication tools to support HFP stakeholders in their efforts to outreach to European, national and regional decision makers;
- on-going external communication through group emailing, circulation of regular press releases, publication of articles, dissemination of relevant documents, organisation of a variety of meetings and workshops, and pro-active public and media relations;
- the active support in maintaining the structure, governance and on-going work of the implementation panel body of the Technology Platform;
- the active support of the structuring of the joint technology initiative on hydrogen and fuel cells;
- the active support to the mirror group meetings of the Technology Platform, which was of key importance.
The follow-up of the co-funding activities of the Technology Platform, which included the follow-up of potential co-founders among industry HFP members and the final signature of the co-funding contract for the activities of the Technology Platform for the 18 months period starting from May 2006 till October 2007.

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