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Technology Collaboration Programme on Advanced Fuel Cells

Welcome to the website of the Technology Collaboration Programme of Research, Development and Demonstration on Advanced Fuel Cells (The Technology Collaboration Programme on Advanced Fuel Cells (AFC TCP)).

Created in 1990, the activities of the AFC TCP are coordinated by the IEA's Working Party on Energy End-Use Technologies (EUWP). The AFC TCP currently has 14 member countries: Austria, China, Croatia, Denmark,  France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico,  Sweden, Switzerland, and USA as well as 2 organizational members (sponsors): VTT Technical Research Center of Finland and CNH2 Hydrogen National Center Spain. Our aim is to advance the state of understanding of all members in the field of advanced fuel cells.

The focus of our work is the eight active Annexes (groups): members of which meet regularly to share technology and policy developments in their countries, companies and research institutions, for the benefit of everyone involved:

 

IEA Energy Technology Network

  • Fuel Cells for Transportation
  • Fuel Cells for Stationary Applications
  • Fuel Cells for Portable Applications
  • Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells
  • Solid Oxide Fuel Cells
  • Systems Analysis
  • Modelling of Fuel Cell Systems
  • Electrolysis

The Technology Collaboration Programme on Advanced Fuel Cells is overseen by the Executive Committee, who meet twice a year to oversee the collaboration, to share the results generated within the Annexes, as well as to share and learn about developments in all member countries and companies.

 

Closer look at the deployment of fuel cell electric vehicles by the end of 2017

The AFC TCP started a survey in 2017 to receive a representative number of worldwide deployed fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) as well as hydrogen refueling stations (HRS) by the end of 2017. It shows, that the Toyota Mirai is the most sold FCEV in the world with more than 6.000 units deployed by 2017 from a total of 7.186 FCEV. Key regions like Japan, Europe, California, and China have set major targets for the number of FCEV and HRS until 2020 and beyond, e.g. Japan is planning to have 40.000 FCEV by 2020 and 200.000 by 2025. 330 HRS have been in operation by the end of 2017 and the targets imply that in 2020 the number of HRS will be more than doubled.

Furthermore, the survey includes the number of buses in North America, Europe and China as well as the status of policies as of end of 2017. Part of the information was used in the IEA Global Electric Vehicles Outlook (GEVO) 2018.
Link to survey.
Link to GEVO 2018

 

Key Contacts

 

Role Chairman Vice Chair Vice Chair Secretariat
Name Prof. Dr. Detlef Stolten Dr. Nancy Garland Dr. Jonghee Han Michael Rex
Telephone No. +49-2461-61-3076 +1-202-586-5673 +82-2-958-5277 +49-211-86642284
Email Detlef Stolten Nancy Garland
Jonghee Han
Michael Rex

Who we are

Our active work programme focuses on Transport, Stationary and Portable applications, and the technologies  Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells (PEFC), Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC) and Electrolysis.

To date, 14 Member Countries and two sponsors are participating in the Technology Collaboration Programme on Advanced Fuel Cells giving an international  framework to the programme, and including the leading nations working to drive this area forward.

Our Main Activities

The Technology Collaboration Programme on Advanced Fuel Cells has eight active Annexes.

Technologies

Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells

To reduce the cost and improve the performance of PEFCs, DMFCs and corresponding fuel cell systems.

Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

To assist, through international co-operation, the development of SOFC technologies.

Electrolysis

To share information and learning on electrolyser technologies and their applications.

Applications

Fuel Cells for Stationary Applications

To understand better how stationary fuel cell systems may be deployed in energy systems.

Fuel Cells for Transportation

To understand better how fuel cells may be deployed in transportation applications.

Fuel Cells for Portable Applications

To assist, through international co-operation, the development and commercialisation of portable fuel cells.

Systems Analysis

To assist the development of fuel cells through analysis work to enable a better interpretation of the current status, and the future potential, of the technology. This work will provide a competent and factual information base for technical and economic studies.

Modelling of Fuel Cell Systems

To further develop the open source modelling approaches and knowledge base to facilitate the development of fuel cell technology.

 

Technology Collaboration Programme on Advanced Fuel Cells Map

The map provides details of members and institutions that contribute to the Technology Collaboration on Advanced Fuel Cells.

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