IEA AFC: Technology Collaboration Programme on Advanced Fuel Cells (2014-2019)

The main goal of the IEA Advanced Fuel Cells programme is to enhance the technology development of key components and systems of fuel cells; furthermore to prepare the market implementation of fuel cells by analysis/development of the necessary policy frame work (incl. necessary instruments) and the elimination of existing barriers.

Short Description

The main goal of this Technology Collaboration Programme is the accelerated development of technology for key components and -systems of fuel cells, as well as, support for market implementation through the analysis/development of the necessary framework conditions/instruments and the reduction of existing implementation barriers.

At national and international level, analyses and reports are prepared and the corresponding media work is carried out. The results and progress of the program are made available to the IEA headquarter in Paris, national and international decision-makers, implementation-oriented enterprises/institutions and the public.

The planned activities include:

  • Implementing and monitoring R&D activities (including analysing the cost of cells, stacks and systems)
  • Monitoring of world-wide demonstration projects
  • System and market analyses (including technological, economic and environmental aspects)
  • Analysis of market and implementation barriers
  • Increased dissemination activities (including newsletters, annual reports, workshops, specific reports on current topics, etc.)

The program is structured into three application-oriented annexes (annexes 33 to 35), two technology-oriented annexes (annexes 31 and 32), one annex in which system-analytical work is carried out (annex 36) and one annex which deals with the modelling work (annex 37). Due to technological resemblances Annex 30 deals with hydrogen electrolysis. The annexes are named as follows:

In this Technology Collaboration Programme various activities are pre-defined in a program and processed "task-shared". In form of periodic meetings, the results of the research activities are presented/shared and further research work is defined.

Ongoing tasks/Participation (Austria):

Austria is taking part in four of these annexes. In addition to the Austrian Energy Agency (taking part in Annex 33), the Austrian Association for Advanced Propulsion Systems (A3PS) is active in Annex 34 and the Institute for Chemical Process Engineering and Environmental Technology of the TU Graz is working in Annexes 31 and 35.

As mentioned above, the increased dissemination activities are a focal point of the AFC TCP. On the Austrian side, two workshops were successfully carried out within Annex 33 in the years 2015 and 2016. In addition, TU Graz organised a workshop in connection with annex 31 and 37 in 2017.

Furthermore, a dedicated project website was created on the Austrian Energy Agency-Website to disseminate the content of the programme. On the page you will find links to the workshops and seminars organized by the AEA. In addition, the latest annual reports, final reports, publications, strategy papers, etc. are available as downloads - free of charge - on the AEA-Website.


The following reports are available:

  • Annual Report 2009
  • Annual Report 2010
  • Annual Report 2011
  • Annual Report 2012
  • Annual Report 2013
  • Annual Report 2014
  • Final reports of Austrian participation from 2010, 2011 and 2014.

The listed and other publications can be found at the website of the Austrian Energy Agency.

  • The New Fuel Chain: From Renewables to Fuel Cells
  • Newsletter No. 8 - 2016
  • National Strategies and Plans for Fuel Cells and Infrastructure

All available on:

Project Partners

Exco representative

Österreichische Energieagentur
DI. Dr. Günter Simader
Mariahilfer Straße 136
A-1150 Wien
Tel.: +43 (1) 586 1524 124


Österreichische Energieagentur
DI Stefan Reuter, BSc
Mariahilfer Straße 136
A-1150 Wien
Tel.: +43 (1) 586 1524 175

Contact Address

DI Dr. Günter R. Simader
Österreichische Energieagentur - Austrian Energy Agency
Mariahilferstraße 136, A-1150 Wien
Telefon: 43-1-5861524-24

Assoc.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn. Viktor Hacker
Institut für Chemische Verfahrenstechnik und Umwelttechnik
Labor für Brennstoffzellensysteme
Technische Universität Graz
Steyrergasse 21, 8010 Graz