Dr. Diego Iribarren (Systems Analysis Unit, IMDEA Energy) has been announced to be the winner of the Hydrogen Europe Research Young Scientist Award for the cross-cutting pillar. His research activity in the field of sustainability assessment of hydrogen energy systems has been highly appreciated by the selection committee.
The Hydrogen Europe Research association represents the interests of European universities and research institutes in the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU, a unique public private partnership supporting research, technological development and demonstration activities in fuel cells and hydrogen energy technologies in Europe). The Hydrogen Europe Research annual awards are aimed at outstanding scientists under 36 years old contributing to the three pillars of the European FCH JU. In particular, Diego Iribarren has been awarded the prize in the area of ‘FCH technologies cross-cutting activities’. He has received this recognition thanks to both his research career in sustainability assessment of hydrogen energy systems and his active participation in the FCH JU project “HyTechCycling” (Grant Agreement No. 700190) on the delivery of reference documentation and studies about end-of-life technologies and strategies for FCH products, thus paving the way for future demonstration actions and advances in roadmaps and regulations. The research activity of the award winner faces key challenges in the field of hydrogen energy systems analysis, mainly aiming to develop and apply a robust methodological framework for sustainability assessment which involves a complete set of life-cycle economic, environmental and social indicators. The award ceremony was held in Brussels on 15 November 2018.