Hydrogen is an essential energy medium in the transition to a low-carbon society. Various research, development, and demonstration projects are being conducted globally. As the hydrogen and fuel cell technologies are numerous and new ones are also emerging, comprehensive assessment methodologies are required to support these activities as well as build strategies for a wide variety of sectors. This methodology should include the sustainability aspects such as environment, economy, and society. The assessment should also be carried out from a lifecycle perspective. In the EU-funded SH2E project, the consortium will develop specific guidelines of sustainability assessment of hydrogen energy systems that include environmental, life cycle cost, and social life cycle assessment analyses.
IAE will contribute to the SH2E project through the development of life cycle costing methodologies of hydrogen and fuel cells products.


This project has received funding from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking (JU), under grant agreement No 101007163. This Joint Undertaking receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and Hydrogen Europe and Hydrogen Europe Research.


  • IMDEA Energy (Spain) 
  • GreenDelta (Germany)
  • Forschungszentrum Jülich (Germany),
  • CEA (France)
  • The Aragon Hydrogen Foundation (Spain)
  • SYMBIO (France)
  • The Institute of Applied Energy (Japan).

Project name Sustainability Assessment of Harmonised Hydrogen Energy Systems for Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment and Prospective Benchmarking
Project period 1 January 2021 ~ 30 June 2024
Project website https://sh2e.eu/
CORDIS database https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/101007163