Flagship area “Recharge and Refuel”

Submitted by Veronika Muller on 23 November 2020

Summary of the European Alliance Against Coronavirus Webinar on 23 October 2020

In order to benefit from the Recovery and Resilience Facility, the main instrument for the European economic recovery, Member States should submit their draft recovery and resilience plans outlining national investment and reform agendas that are in line with the EU policy criteria. The Commission strongly encourages Member States to include in their plans investment and reforms in seven flagship areas: Power up, Renovate, Recharge and Refuel, Connect, Modernise, Scale-up, and Reskill & Upskill.

The flagship area “Recharge and Refuel” is defined in the Annual Growth Strategy 2021:

Promoting future-proof clean technologies to accelerate the use of sustainable, accessible and smart transport, charging and refuelling stations and extension of public transport will make European cities and regions cleaner, accelerate the industrial transition and contribute to reaching the Paris climate objectives. ​By 2025, the flagship will aim to build one out of the three million charging points needed in 2030 and half of the 1000 hydrogen stations needed.​

Christian Zweiger, ACstyria Mobilitätscluster, presented the R&D project HyMethShip, which investigates solutions for emission-free ships, and Austria´s first Stationary Hydrogen Refuelling System for Buses as project examples that could be funded under this flagship. In the discussion it becomes clear that there is a need to optimise the production of hydrogen, as is consumes a lot of electricity. Furthermore, we should not forget about risk management in Europe when it comes to these new technologies.

Guidance from the European Commission for the RRF: https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/IP_20_1658

A recording of the session is available here.

This is the presentation shown during the meeting:

23Okt_ECA - HyCentA, HyMethShip (1).pdf

Find information and recordings of previous meetings on the Role of Clusters in Accelerating the European Recovery (since September 2020) here. For European Alliance Against Coronavirus webinar summaries of March - July 2020, please follow this link.

Finally, please find information on the upcoming agenda here.

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