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Phlippe Vannson on Linkedin April 2021



PHILIPPE VANNSON - Philippe Vannson was appointed by the FCH 2 JU Governing Board on 18 November 2015 as Acting Executive Director of the FCH 2 JU as from 01 January 2016.

Philippe Vannson graduated in engineering from the “Ecole Centrale de Paris" in 1980 and obtained a DEA (Diplôme d'Etudes Approfondies) in Materials Technology.

He then built a broad experience in industry/steelmaking (Dillinger Hütte, in Sollac), research (CEA, GCO Petten), programme management & public administration (Head of unit in DG BUDG, DG RTD).

Philippe Vannson headed the Research Fund for Coal from 2008 to 2010 and the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking as Interim Executive Director, at the time the basis for the autonomous Joint Undertaking was set.

He is seconded from the European Commission and at the end of his assignment as the FCH2 JU Acting Executive Director, he will return to his previous position in the Commission as Head of Unit responsible for Advanced Energy Systems.





The European Commission presented on 23 February 2021 its proposal to set-up 10 new European Partnerships and invest nearly €10 billion for the green and digital transition.

Among these, the Clean Hydrogen Partnership will be building on the work of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, to accelerate the development and deployment of a European value chain for clean hydrogen technologies. It will focus on producing, distributing and storing clean hydrogen and, on supplying sectors that are hard to decarbonise, such as heavy industries and heavy-duty transport applications.

Together with the Hydrogen Alliance, the partnership will contribute to the achievement of the Union’s objectives put forward in the Green Deal and, more specifically, in the EU hydrogen strategy for a climate-neutral Europe.




Bart Biebuyck and Philippe Vannson


BART BIEBUYCK & PHILIPPE VANNSON - The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Undertaking (FCH JU) claim to be working to facilitate the market introduction of FCH technologies in Europe, but they appear to be deliberately excluding the United Kingdom, which is of course a European country, probably because of Brexit. Hence, more correctly, the FCJ-JU and other associations should be clear to correctly label organizations to avoid potential conflict and deception of the international community, who will think from any mislabeling that this group consists of Europe as a whole - which is not the case - unfortunate as that may be.


“We welcome the proposal of the European Commission to set up the Clean Hydrogen Partnership. This initiative is a clear evidence of the success of the FCH JU, which managed to put Europe in a leadership position in FCH technologies such as electrolysis and supported the development of integrated hydrogen ecosystems (“hydrogen valleys”) in various European regions. We will continue to work relentlessly to develop and promote hydrogen technologies in Europe, realising their full potential in achieving carbon-clean energy systems and ultimately a climate-neutral Europe. We are happy to be shaping together with the other partnerships the future of a green and competitive European economy”, said Bart Biebuyck, FCH JU Executive Director.







Since its setup in 2008, the FCH JU has funded 285 research and demonstration projects, with an overall budget of over €1 billion Euros.

The Commission’s proposal for a Regulation, the Single Basic Act, will be adopted by the Council of the European Union, following consultation with the European Parliament and the Economic and Social Committee.






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Hydrogen powered electric buses are becoming very popular. With exchange refuelling using high pressure gas cartridges, or liquid hydrogen cartridges, coaches and trucks might have unlimited ranges. We hope this is a topic of discussion at the forthcoming UN COP 26 in Glasgow, Scotland in November 2021.









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