• Clean Hydrogen Partnership Awards 2022, Brussels, 26 October 2022 - GAIA Best Success Story: advancing membrane technology: Clean Hydrogen website

The GAIA project won the Best Success Story with 523 votes (47 %) of the 1 122 total votes cast by the public. GAIA developed and tested advanced electric vehicle fuel cell components that meet stringent durability and performance requirements, taking the technology another step closer to commercial deployment and helping to decarbonise the transport sector.
Project coordinator Deborah Jones: “This is recognition of the dedication and commitment of an excellent project team. The target almost seemed aspirational at the beginning,” she said. “Without the funding of the Clean Hydrogen Partnership, this would not have happened. It was a truly outstanding collaboration between researchers.”
The project’s automotive membrane electrode assemblies reached the final 1.8 W/cm2 at 0.6 V performance target while also making excellent progress towards durability, in full-size cell short-stacks. The techno-economic evaluation of the technology developed by the team shows that the final GAIA MEA approaches the ambitious EUR 6/kW cost target, once platinum and ionomer recycling are included.

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GAIA Coordinator D. Jones accepted the award   Finalists for the best innovation awards


      • Release of the GAIA 2nd video on Ionomer, Reinforcement and Membrane Design - Direct access on YouTube

This video is a collaborative work describing the GAIA Ionomer, Reinforcement and Membrane Design:

        • Step 1. PBI blend development and feasibility study - CNRS
        • Step 2. High volume PBI web production - Elmarco
        • Step 3. PBI reinforced membrane manufacturing - JMHT & 3M


              • GAIA final generation MEAs have again reached 1.8 W/cm2 at 0.6 V.

          Using materials developed and upscaled in the project, GAIA final generation MEAs have again reached 1.8 W/cm2 at 0.6 V in a short stack, and show lower degradation rates than previous MEA generations in an automotive drive cycle including at the high temperature (105 °C) operating point.


              • Cost analysis.

          The cost analysis of WP2 reached two important conclusions: firstly, that recycling (catalyst and ionomer) has the potential to significantly reduce MEA cost, and that, with this, the cost per kW of the final GAIA MEA approaches the 6 €/kW target of the FCH JU 2019 annual working plan. <


          The GAIA consortium has succeeded in reaching the 1.8 W/cm2 @ 0.6 V power density target set by the FCH 2 JU 2018 Call for Proposals. This leading accomplishment, which hits the FCH 2 JU Multi-Annual Work Plan target for light-duty vehicles for 2024, was achieved with high performance membrane electrode assemblies (MEAs) that integrate new materials and designs developed in the project in a full-size-cell (300 cm2) 4-cell stack, providing a Pt specific power density of 0.25 g Pt/kW.
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            Three the innovations developed in the GAIA project has been analysed by the European Commission's Innovation Radar.

                  • New PEM fuel cell components to achieve a power density of 1.8 W/cm2 -> Innovation details
                  • Thin PBI-reinforced PFSA membranes for PEM fuel cell applications -> Innovation details
                  • Carbon blacks serving as a substrate for Pt nanoparticles for PEM fuel cell applications -> Innovation details

            The Innovation Radar is a European Commission initiative to identify high potential innovations and innovators in EU-funded research and innovation projects and to allow every citizen, public official, professional and business person to discover the outputs of EU innovation funding and give them a chance to seek out innovators.

            More information about the Innovation Radar platform:


            Elmarco, as a member of GAIA project, contributes to effort to improve fuel cells performance through nanofiber materials. The FCH JU project GAIA has been developing high performance automotive membrane electrode assemblies (MEA) that integrate new materials and designs to reach the cost target (6€/kW) and providing high power density at high current density (1.8W/cm2 @0.6V – operational targets set by the call). The progress made in the first half of the project fill us with confidence that GAIA will reach its goals by the project end ...


                • 12M progress meeting, 15-16 January 2020, Freudenberg, Weinheim, Germany

            The GAIA 12M progress meeting was held on 15-16 January 2020 hosted by Freudenberg in Weinheim, Germany.


            The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Undertaking (FCH JU) has announced the winners of the 2019 FCH Awards. The successful projects reduce fuel-cell technology production costs, speed up manufacturing, develop new materials to increase fuel-cell performance and demonstrate how people can rely on hydrogen energy. Overall, they pave the way for a world-class European fuel-cell industry that sustains clean energy. The Awards were presented at a ceremony at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts in Brussels on 20 November 2019, attended by about 300 industry, research and EU representatives.

            This year’s Best Success Story winner: ‘Driving forward fuel cell technologies’, involves 5 projects (VOLUMETRIQ, INSPIRE, CRESCENDO, GAIA and PEGASUS) which are making fuel cells more affordable and competitive.

            These projects are delivering results that enable Europe to be a leader in the fuel cell technology and have a strong impact on the clean energy transition. The aim is to pry open market potential, ensuring a greener future for the EU’s transport sector” said FCH JU’s Executive Director Bart Biebuyck.
            EU public support is speeding forward European hydrogen and fuel cells technology. All projects exchanged material and are using each other's outcomes (...) The stack will be competitive worldwide, strengthening European jobs and industry and increasing automotive performance”. Deborah Jones, coordinator of VOLUMETRIQ, CRESCENDO and GAIA and research director at the French National Scientific Research Council (CNRS).
            "We are pushing industry into a new area in useful products. This technology will be a key business driver in the future”. Stefan Hornauer from stack manufacturer ElringKlinger AG, in VOLUMETRIQ
            “Industry suppliers are involved in the projects, which is a huge strength. The components developed are compatible with end use. Silvain Buche, coordinator of INSPIRE and from global sustainable technologies leader Johnson Matthey, who also manufacture fuel cell components.
            The best success story award proves the true value of a public private partnership in accelerating and initiating new areas of development for hydrogen technologies. Showcasing these projects highlights that Industry plays a crucial role alongside Research and the European Commission to ensure the achievement of the European climate goals while laying the foundation for a robust industrialization of these technologies. Our public private partnership impacts our ambition towards a decarbonized European society”, said Valerie Bouillon-Delporte, President of Hydrogen Europe, and Chair of the FCH JU Governing Board, who presented the success story award.

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                • 6M progress meeting, 26-27 June 2019, JMTC, Sonning Common, UK

            The GAIA 6M progress meeting was held on 26-27th of June 2019 at JMTC in Sonning Common, UK.

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                • Kick-off meeting, 14 January 2019, Brussels, Belgium

            The GAIA project was kicked-off on 14th of January 2019 at the FCH2 JU Programme Office in Brussels.

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