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Following are some descriptions and link to the detail page of associations, initiatives, research centers or simply active communities on the development of technologies for the use of hydrogen.
The list is not and cannot be exhaustive, but it’s offered as a first starting idea for visualising the state of the art of research on hydrogen in Europe.

European Hydrogen Association (EHA)
The European Hydrogen Association (EHA) was established based on the intention of five organisations active in the field of hydrogen. Since its inception, EHA has tried to act in promoting the use of hydrogen as energy vector in Europe. In 2004 the major European leaders in the development of technologies and fuel cells have joined the EHA, for the purpose of creating a market for fixed applications and for transports. Currently EHA represents 15 national organisations active in the field of hydrogen and fuel cells and the major European companies involved in the development of infrastructures for the hydrogen. The mission for the association is the following:
i) collect important data (scientific, economic and technical, laws and regulations, request for proposals, events, etc.) and circulate them among the members in order to promote exchanges and joint actions;
ii) publicise the actions undertaken on the subject of hydrogen existing in Europe (and not just limited to those involving the members of the association);
iii) promote participation to national and international projects on hydrogen;
iv) spread the Association point of view throughout Europe, through contacts with organisations in the European Union, with the European Parliament and European Commission.

Fuel Cell 2000 del Breakthrough Technologies Institute
Fuel Cells 2000 is one of the activities of the Breakthrough Technologies Institute (BTI, Washington, DC, Link to BTI: http://www.btionline.org/index.php), a not for profit educational organisation, which identifies and promotes environmental and energy technologies that can improve the conditions of life for the entire human kind. BTI was established in 1993 in order to guarantee for the emerging technologies a voice in the environment and energy policy debates. The current objectives of the organisation are air quality, climate changes, energy efficiency and energy dependency. The programmes backed by BTI have gained an international recognition and many awards.

H2 Mobility
It is an interesting site with a complete list of the types of hydrogen powered buses developed in the world with indications of the trials and tests made in this sector.

European Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology Platform
The European platform on the fuel cells is a public-private partnership sustaining research, technology development and demonstration (RTD) for the activities related to fuel cells and hydrogen energy technologies. Its purpose is to accelerate introduction on the European market of these technologies, enhancing all of their technological potentials as a tool for achieving a sustainable and low environmental impact energy system.

ManagEnergy is an initiative by the General Directorate for Energy and Transport of the European Commission, aimed at sustaining the work of subjects at local and regional level active in the sector of renewable sources of energy and management of the energy demand. The ManagEnergy initiative was started in March 2002 and is based on requests for improving communication and circulation of energy questions pertaining to the managing of energy at the local as well as regional level.
ManagEnergy supports the activities of local operators through the following actions:
• ManagEnergy think-tank, made-up by national associations of energy agencies and representatives from the General Directorate for Energy and Transport of the European Commission;
• information on EC policies and legislations pertaining to energy and transports;
• information on financings for projects and programmes as support to legislations on the matter;
• organisation of European events and seminars;
• collection and circulation of the best practices by the local agencies in order to learn and share the experiences and knowledge;
• a service of search for partners in order to facilitate establishments of transnational partnerships for participating in European programmes in the sector of energy saving and energy from renewable sources.

Hydrites Information Centre
This site supplies access to a complete whole of database on the chemical-physical properties of the metal-hydrogen systems, their applications and on sources of literatures.

National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL)
The NETL programme on hydrogen and clean fuels pertains to the research and development in technologies that can offer hydrogen from coal with near zero emissions in the environment at accessible costs (zero emissions).

Department of Energy (DOE) of US
The DOE mission is to insure the energy and economic development of the United States and their energy security. For that purpose the DOE backs also scientific and technological innovations as support to such mission, in order to insure the development of energy environmentally compatible and friendly. In details, DOE pursues five strategic objectives: energy security, nuclear security, scientific research and innovation, respect for the environment and excellence in managing energy.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) Hydrogen Implementing Agreement
The International Energy Agency (IEA) has developed a specific programme on hydrogen called Hydrogen Implementing Agreement (HIA), with the purpose of promoting researches on hydrogen and the exchange of information among the countries members of IEA. This site is rich with documentation on the subject of hydrogen.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
The hydrogen and fuel cells programme by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory contributes in a significant way to promote circulation of the technologies pertaining to research and development in these two sectors, in order to face the energy and environment challenges of the modern world. The NREL projects concentrate on the production and storage of hydrogen, on the fuel cells, on safety and fine tuning of legislations and procedures pertaining to safety and manufacturing of the components.

Italian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (H2IT)
H2IT is an independent association promoting progress of knowledge and study of disciplines pertaining to technologies and systems for the production and use of hydrogen. Established in 2003, H2IT has since pursued the objective of motivating the creation of infrastructures for the use of hydrogen, of being the spokesperson of the instances submitted by the players involved in the sector and guarantee for Italy a role of leadership on the global market. Currently H2IT numbers more than 100 members between Institutions, Universities, Research Centres, Companies and individual members.

The Hydrogen Energy Center (HEC)
The Hydrogen Energy Centre (HEC) is a not for profit organisation managed by volunteers who act and commit to a better energy future based on a widespread use of hydrogen as energy vector of the future.

The Italian Portal on Hydrogen and Fuel Cells
Established thanks to the support of the ”Acceleratore d’Impresa del Politecnico of Milano”, Hydro2Power is the first Italian company completely focusing on the spreading of hydrogen and fuel cells technologies and on the spreading of the related subjects through cross-activities of production, engineering and installation, training and information.


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