HYACINTH project held a progress meeting at Aberdeen

The latest HYACINTH progress meeting was held at Aberdeen (UK) in October 5th, 2016. During the meeting, each Work Package Leader summarized the results obtained, deliverables and milestones achieved.

The meeting started with completed Work Packages (Context Analysis, Methodological Design and Data collection). Later on, work packages in progress (Data Analysis and interpretations, Development of Management toolbox and finally, Dissemination) were reviewed. The results of the stakeholder survey and general findings on public acceptance were discussed. Additionally, a brief pilot demo on the Stakeholder Acceptance Management Tool was made by WP6 leader. Finally, the coordinator explained the foreseen dissemination activities, workshops and conferences where the results will be presented.

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The meeting was hosted by the Aberdeen City Council, a relevant partner of the consortium and with hydrogen demo projects in development. The project Consortium had the chance to visit the Hydrogen Production and Refuelling Facilities developed in the context of the Aberdeen Hydrogen Bus Project. This initiative comprises the High V.LO-City and HyTransit projects. The HyTransit project has delivered the hydrogen station as well as 6 fuel cell buses, while the High V.LO-City project has added another 4 buses to the fleet.

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You can also find more about the available deliverables at http://hyacinthproject.eu/results/publications/

hyacinth_4The HYACINTH project has received funding from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH-JU) under Grant Agreement Nº621228.

Progress of HYACINTH Project in summer 2016

HYACINTH Project is gaining knowledge on social acceptance of Fuel Cell and Hydrogen (FCH) applications among general public and key stakeholders across Europe. Within the last months, the main focus has been on data collection via questionnaires and interviews in the targeted countries (Belgium, Norway, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Slovenia and Spain). These data are being used to examine awareness, familiarity, perception of benefits and costs, global attitude and acceptance of FCH technologies.

In order to engage stakeholders and gain visibility for the future dissemination of results, the project has been presented in several national and international events. The presentations are available in the results area of HYACINTH Project’s website.

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Next October 28th-29th, Hyacinth will be present at the Energy and Environment Knowledge Week Congress (E2KW) that will be held in Paris and which is designed to be a multidisciplinary event where it can be discussed cutting-edge research in energy and environment in all possible fields of study.

HYACINTH Project’s next results coming soon

Together with the main findings out of the survey, a Social Acceptance Information Tool Box (SAMT) that supports acceptance on future FCH systems and projects will be presented in a series of Experimental Toolbox sessions organized by HYACINTH.

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hyacinth_3The HYACINTH project has received funding from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH-JU) under Grant Agreement Nº621228.

The second HYACINTH project meeting and the Mid-Term Review were held in Brussels on 12-13 April 2016

Partners of the HYACINTH project (Hydrogen Acceptance in the Transition Phase) met at the FCH-JU premises in Brussels to review the work done during the first project period. During the project meeting each Work Package (WP) leader presented the current status and results of their activities and the integration with subsequent project WPs was discussed. In the Mid-Term review, the risks and areas of improvement were discussed together with the Project Officer and external experts.

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HYACINTH project is aimed at studying the social acceptance, by the general public and the key stakeholders, of Fuel Cell and Hydrogen (FCH) applications across Europe. Within this period, the main work has been focused on a context analysis of FCH projects in the targeted countries (Germany, France, United Kingdom, Slovenia and Spain) and a review of the acceptance assessment methodologies applied in former FCH technologies oriented studies. A systematic research design has also been developed to study public and stakeholder acceptance of FCH technologies. The project ongoing activities are dealing with the data collection via questionnaires and interviews.

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The HYACINTH project will present at the WHEC 2016

Next June 13th-16th, Zaragoza (Spain) will hold the 11th World Hydrogen Energy Conference. This event is the world’s most well-known conference in the field of hydrogen energy and fuel cells of the IAHE (International Association for Hydrogen Energy) and is organized by the Spanish Hydrogen Association (AeH2). In this forum, Hyacinth Project first results will be showed to stakeholders and members of the research and industry community.

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HYACINTH (HYdrogen ACceptance IN the Transition pHase)

The project HYACINTH of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking was launched last September. The project is coordinated by CENTRO NACIONAL DE EXPERIMENTACIONDE TECNOLOGIAS DE HIDROGENO Y PILAS DE COMBUSTIBLE. Other partners are I PLUS F FRANCE SARL, CENTRO DE INVESTIGACIONES ENERGETICAS, MEDIOAMBIENTALES Y TECNOLOGICAS-CIEMAT, RAZVOJNI CENTER ZA VODIKOVE TEHNOLOGIJE, ODC Services GMBH, ABERDEEN CITY COUNCIL. CIDAUT will also be involved as WP leader in order to determine the context influence over the stakeholders and to design the methodology to carry out the Social acceptance study.

The social acceptance by the general public, the stakeholders and the potential customers of Fuel Cell and Hydrogen (FCH) projects and applications across Europe is widely recognized as a key dimension in the sustainable implementation of FCH technologies. The document Fuel Cell and Hydrogen technologies in Europe: Financial and technology outlook on the European sector ambition 2014- 2020 by The New Energy World Industry Grouping (NEW-IG) considers the development of a good understanding of the conditions of societal acceptance as an essential element to support the establishment of these conditions in Europe. If hydrogen and fuel cell technologies are to play a significant role in Europe’s new energy and transport systems, a careful consideration of social acceptance issues is needed.

There is increasing realisation amongst policy makers and industry that public acceptance is a key consideration for any attempts to deploy and extend hydrogen technologies and infrastructures in Europe (EC, 2006). The development of hydrogen technologies in Europe will involve small-scale applications as well as large-scale infrastructures that may be influenced by the acceptance of the general public, stakeholders groups, the local community and the potential customers and users. Previous research on social acceptance has investigated the general levels of public understanding of FCH technologies in specific countries, but there is limited systematic evidence on the social acceptance of FCH technologies throughout Europe. The overall purpose of HYACINTH is to gain a deeper understanding of the social acceptance of hydrogen technologies across Europe as well as to develop a communication and management toolbox to be used in ongoing and future activities aiming at introducing hydrogen into mobility, stationary and energy or backup power supply systems.

Social acceptance of FCH technologies will be investigated via survey research with representative panels across Europe (up to 10.000 European citizens) and semi-structured interviews with 650 selected stakeholders in 10 countries. The design of the data gathering instruments will build upon the methodological and conceptual developments in the research of social acceptance of new technologies. The toolbox will provide the necessary background information and understanding of the current state of awareness and acceptance of FCH technologies by the general public and by stakeholder groups (industry, municipalities, researchers, fleet operators …). It will further provide the necessary tools to understand and manage expectations of future FCH projects and products in the transition phase, to identify regional challenges to the projects and to determine effective policy support measures.

Together the results from the research on the social acceptance of FCH technologies across Europe and the toolbox will support future projects to considerate the acceptance processes influenced by their activities; i.e. identifying regions of supportive acceptance, bottlenecks and challenges to be tackled, communication strategies and other means to actively manage the acceptance process FCH technologies.