Production H2 hydrogen CEP Clean Energy Partnership Fuel Cell Technology



Hydrogen (H2) is the most abundant element in the universe and practically infinitely available – but almost exclusively in a chemically bonded state. So producing hydrogen first requires energy.

One aim of the CEP is to produce hydrogen in a sustainable manner. CO2 emissions should be minimised even before the hydrogen is used to fuel the vehicle. Already, at least half of the hydrogen at CEP filling stations is produced using renewable energy.


Hydrogen has been used in industrial processes for over a hundred years. It can be produced in many ways. The production processes vary by their potential for reducing CO2 emissions, and by actual production costs.

Since the beginning of the final phase of the project in 2011, the CEP has focused more on CO2-neutral hydrogen production through water electrolysis using energy from renewable sources, and on the production of hydrogen from biomass. But even hydrogen from natural gas can reduce carbon dioxide emissions: When used in fuel cell vehicles, CO2 emissions are up to 30 percent lower than those produced by modern diesel vehicles.


The Clean Energy Partnership is one of the most important international projects to test hydrogen as a fuel. It revolves around the development of technical standards – from production to swift, safe fuelling to the operation of hydrogen-powered vehicles.

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