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HYACINTH - Hydrogen Acceptance in the Transition Phase

Dr Paul Upham was invited to join the HYACINTH project on public acceptance of hydrogen, funded by the FP7 Fuel cell Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU). The FCH JU is a public private partnership supporting research, technological development and demonstration activities in fuel cell and hydrogen energy technologies in Europe. Its aim is to accelerate the market introduction of these technologies, realising their potential as an instrument in achieving a carbon-lean energy system.

The overall purpose of the HYACINTH project 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 and interviews with stakeholders in seven countries. Project partners are state agencies, universities and companies from several European countries. The social science specialists are at CIER in Leeds, CIEMAT in Barcelona and Fraunhofer ISI in Karlsruhe.