HYdrogen ACceptance IN the Transition pHase (HYACINTH)

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Hydrogen fuel cell technologies like micro CHP, hydrogen-based emergency/back-up or prime power supply systems and hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles are alternative low-carbon technologies that can generate heat and electricity or replace fossil fuel-based drive systems. This is why the government is supporting the commercialization of these technologies. However, it is becoming increasingly clear that the success of such innovative energy technologies not only depends on their technical characteristics but is equally dependent on the acceptance and support in their social, political and economic environment. So far, there are no comprehensive cross-national comparisons available on this topic for hydrogen fuel cell technologies. Given this background, the project studies their acceptance in the population and society in seven European countries. The results also lead to the development of a tool box for practitioners.

The results of the research and data surveys on the social acceptance of hydrogen fuel cell technologies in Europe and the tool box can help future projects to manage the acceptance process of technologies more pro-actively.

The data collected on social acceptance include questionnaires based on representative population panels in Europe (up to 7000 European citizens from seven countries) as well as surveys and semi-structured interviews with around 500 selected experts from five countries.


July 2015 - February 2017


  • European Commission


  • Aberdeen city council - UK
  • Centro de Investigaciones Energeticas, Medioambientales Y Tecnologicas-Ciemat (CIEMAT) - Spain
  • Centro Nacional De ExpermentaicioiIonde Tecnoologias De Hidrogeno Y Pilasde Combustible Consorcio (CNH2) - Spain
  • Fundacdión Cidaut (CIDAUT) - Spain
  • Hydrogen, Fuel Cells and Electro-Mobility in European Regions (HYER)
  • Razvojni Center Za Vodikove Tehnologije (RCVT) - Slovenia
  • University of Sunderland - UK