Europe: a €1 billion call for projects for alternative fuels including hydrogen

Europe alternative fuels hydrogen call for projects
Europe: a €1 billion call for projects for alternative fuels including hydrogen

Under the umbrella of the CEF* mechanism for European interconnection, a call for projects has been launched to install recharging stations along the European corridors.

Not to be confused with the AFIR directive, which sets the framework for future alternative energy stations, this call for projects is called AFIF (Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Facility). And it goes beyond roads, as it also aims to meet the objectives set by other initiatives such as Refuel Aviation and FuelEU Maritime.

In concrete terms, Europe is mobilising €1 billion to facilitate the setting up of recharging stations that will help to decarbonise transport. The call for projects covers mega-chargers for trucks, access to electricity and hydrogen at airports, as well as access to electricity at ports and the storage of hydrogen derivatives such as ammonia and methanol.

The projects will be assessed by the CINEA (European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency) based in Brussels. Applications can now be submitted before one of the three closing dates: 24 September 2024, 11 June and 17 December 2025.

In phase 1 of AFIF, which ran from 2021 to 2024, 131 projects were selected for €1.3 billion in aid.

*Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) for Transport Programme

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Article written by Laurent Meillaud and translated by Mariem Ben Tili

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Laurent Meillaud

Laurent Meillaud

Freelance automotive journalist and consultant, author as well, focused on technologies and new trends for more than 30 years, convinced that hydrogen is one of the energies for the future.

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