The Horizon Hydrogen Energy (H2E) innovation program, coordinated by the Air Liquide Group in the field of hydrogen and hydrogen fuel cells, received authorization for €67.6 million (US$91.5 million) funding granted at the end of 2007 by OSEO (French agency for innovation support). The authorization came from the European Commission under Community rules on State aid.
The H2E program, which represents an overall investment in research and technology of almost €200 million (US$270.8 million) over 7 years, aims at building sustainable and competitive hydrogen-energy solutions. The research and development will cover the full hydrogen energy value chain. In particular, it will investigate the development of innovative technologies for hydrogen production using renewable energy, hydrogen storage and industrialization of fuel cells. H2E will also contribute to the setting up of a suitable regulatory framework, and will include a program of demonstrations and educational measures to familiarize the wider public with this new, clean energy vector.
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