CEA-Liten President of Hydrogen Europe Research
President of Hydrogen Europe Research
Recent European advances in electrolyzer and fuel cell technologies
In this new era of energy transition, Europe expects profound changes to achieve a climate-neutral Europe by 2050. In addition to the support and development of renewable energies in Europe over the last decades, hydrogen is now recognised as a new player at the service of the environment and the economy. Over the past decades, owing to a continuous European support to research, development and innovation, hydrogen technologies have transitioned from highly specialized applications to commercially available products. This could not have been achieved without a strong commitment from industry, research and the public sector in Europe, in particular within the two FCH and FCH 2 Joint Undertakings. These private-public partnerships have been ensuring coordinated activities based on a common understanding and vision of the European industry represented by Hydrogen Europe (250+ members and 25 national associations), the European research represented by Hydrogen Europe Research (90+ members) and the European Commission with clear, quantified and focused objectives. As a result, Europe is currently leading in several hydrogen technologies as e.g. in electrolysis, and European companies and research institutions can be instrumental in advancing technological developments and industrial scale-up, contributing to cost-competitive renewable and low-carbon hydrogen. Nevertheless, significant additional research and innovation efforts with several research and innovation challenges need to be addressed in the short and medium term by the European research community.
Dr. Laurent Antoni is Public Affairs manager for hydrogen technologies at CEA Liten.
Since 2016, Laurent Antoni is also the President of Hydrogen Europe Research, the European research association on hydrogen and fuel cells gathering more than 90 universities and research institutes, member of the Governing Board of the European Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH 2 JU).
He is also President of the Technical Committee of Fuel Cells at the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC/TC105) and a national representative in different working groups of international organizations (IEA Advanced Fuel Cells, International Partnership for Hydrogen and fuels cells in the Economy – IPHE).
He contributes to several peer reviewed books and publications.