The aim of CNH2 is to carry out scientific and technological research in all the aspects of the hydrogen and fuel cells technologies, and being at the service of the scientific and technological community and open to national and international collaboration.
Hydrogen and fuel cells involve many sectors and technologies. In addition, there are different processes for its production, storage and transformation into energy with a wide variety of research and development activities, with different degrees of development that make it very difficult to cover all these technologies, processes and related applications.
The tendency, therefore, is to seek a specialization in basic research and guide the development of technology to specific and defined applications. Final applications are marking, largely, the objectives because, mainly Europe, has set a very ambitious energy target by 2020 and all technologies related to energy have to prove, as far as possible, its actual implementation.
For the development of its R&D, the CNH 2 is supported in its scientific and technological units: (the Research Unit, which develops the most basic research and the scaling up of its research, the Development and System Validation _Unit and the Simulation and Control Unit), supported by the cross units supporting R&D (the Project Coordination Unit, the Consulting and Environmental Unit and the External Relations Unit). In addition, the Master Plan for R&D, which is renewed in its drafting every four years, with the support of the Scientific Technical Advisory Committee marking the strategic lines of the Centre as far as R&D is concerned.
Finally, for the development of its R&D, the CNH 2 has different laboratories, both already launched and being updated as new, coming online throughout 2015. All these spaces, dedicated to research and development in all the activity areas of CNH2, are provided with equipment and infrastructure, many of them unique at a national and international level, enabling the Center to offer external researchers and companies possibilities to carry out scientific research and technological development not currently available in any other national center.