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10/10/2017    S194

Belgium-Brussels: Call for expressions of interest to set up a list of independent experts to assist the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking for tasks in relation to the European hydrogen safety panel

2017/S 194-397361

Call for expressions of interest


Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s):

Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking, attention: Alberto Garcia Hombrados, TO 56–60, 1049 Brussels, BELGIUM. Tel. +32 2 221 81 34. E-mail: EHSP@fch.europa.eu

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: http://www.fch.europa.eu/

Electronic access to information: http://www.fch.europa.eu/page/european-hydrogen-safety-panel

Electronic submission of applications: EHSP@fch.europa.eu

Further information can be obtained from:

The abovementioned contact point(s).

Specifications and additional documents can be obtained from:

The abovementioned contact point(s).

Applications must be sent to:

The abovementioned contact point(s).

I.2)Type of the contracting authority:
European institution/agency or international organisation.
I.3)Main activity:
General public services.
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities:
The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no.


Section II: Object of the call for expressions of interest

II.1)Title attributed to the call for expressions of interest:
Call for expressions of interest to set up a list of independent experts to assist the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking for tasks in relation to the European hydrogen safety panel.
II.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance:
Services.
Service category No: 27 Other services.
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: Brussels.
NUTS code: BE1.
II.3)Description of the field or fields covered by the call for expressions of interest:
8.1. Context and background information:
The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) is a unique public private partnership between the European Commission, European industry and European research organisations aiming at supporting research, technological development and demonstration (RTD) activities in FCH technologies in Europe. Established by a Council Regulation (EC) No 521/2008 of 30.5.2008 as a catalyst for innovation and commercialisation, the FCH JU was succeeded by the current second phase (FCH 2 Joint Undertaking) with a renewed mandate in 2014 under the framework of the Horizon 2020, the European Union’s research and innovation programme.
For H2020 and for the FCH 2 Joint Undertaking, international cooperation is essential for fundamental research in order to capture the benefits from emerging science and technology opportunities (COM(2011) 808). With regards to standards development and safety, the proposal for Horizon 2020 noted that activities in support of standardisation and interoperability, safety and pre-regulatory activities will be promoted (COM(2011) 809).
Moreover, the impact assessment accompanying the ‘Proposal for a Council Regulation on the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking’ explicitly includes regulations, codes and standards, including safety standards and norms under the cross-cutting activities (SWD(2013)260).
8.2. European hydrogen safety panel:
Further to the abovementioned considerations, and as stated in the FCH 2 Joint Undertaking annual work plan 2017, section ‘List of actions’, part D — ‘H2 safety panel’ (page 91), the FCH 2 Joint Undertaking has decided to set up a hydrogen safety panel, referred to here as the ‘European hydrogen safety panel’.
The mission of the envisaged European hydrogen safety panel is to assist the FCH 2 Joint Undertaking both at programme and at project level in assuring that hydrogen safety is adequately managed, and to promote and disseminate H2 safety culture within and outside of the FCH 2 Joint Undertaking programme. The European hydrogen safety panel will provide to the FCH 2 Joint Undertaking Programme Office a unique, practical and direct access to an objective: state-of-the-art expert judgment for all issues regarding hydrogen safety.
The European hydrogen safety panel will be composed of a multidisciplinary pool of experts (15–20 approx.) that will be grouped in small ad hoc working groups (task forces) according to the tasks to be performed and to expertise. The experts will be contracted on an ad hoc basis according to number of days needed per task (based on a previous estimation), including travel costs if needed.
The scope of the activities of the European hydrogen safety panel is preliminarily structured around 4 main areas:
— support at project level,
— support at programme level,
— data collection, and
— public outreach.
The potential activities within the scope of the European hydrogen safety panel are more detailed here below:
I. at project level, the European hydrogen safety panel will coordinate a package of measures to avoid any accident by integrating safety learnings, expertise and planning into FCH 2 Joint Undertaking funded projects, by ensuring that all projects address and incorporate the state of the art in hydrogen safety appropriately;
II. at program level, the European hydrogen safety panel activities under this category may include:
— answering urgent questions related to hydrogen safety in an independent, coordinated and consolidated way, via hotline support or even via physical presence of safety representative at PO (on a rotational basis),
— offer of short introductions to hydrogen safety (educate officers),
— provision of specific guidelines for the handling, storage and use of hydrogen in the public domain. Projects already conducted in the public area (such as pilot and demonstration projects) could provide input for suitable guidelines and mitigation measures in the public domain, but more structured extraction of valuable information and wider outreach activities are needed to make this happen;
III. concerning data collection, the FCH 2 Joint Undertaking has decided to make use of the European hydrogen safety reference database HIAD (Hydrogen incidents and accidents database) operated by JRC (Joint Research Centre of the European Commission). As part of the activities included in the framework contract signed on 2015 between FCH 2 Joint Undertaking and JRC, JRC IET will continue the operation and maintenance of HIAD. In this regard, the European HSP tasks may include:
— analysis of existing events already introduced in the European hydrogen safety reference database (HIAD) and of new information from relevant mishaps, incidents or accidents,
— derive lessons learned and provide further general recommendations to all stakeholders, based on these data together with the involved parties,
— collaboration with similar activities of the US DoE and EIGA in terms of entry of new events as well as with the quality control performed by JRC-IET to ensure that only relevant and high-quality data is further processed;
IV. regarding public outreach, and framed within the context of the intended broad information exchange, the European hydrogen safety panel tasks may include:
— newsletter and a regularly updated web page which will be hosted on the FCH 2 Joint Undertaking website, containing for example lessons learned and links to other important safety related information,
— contribution to the development of a comprehensive outreach, education and training programme for the safety component of FCH 2 Joint Undertaking projects to ensure complete and effective information dissemination from all FCH 2 Joint Undertaking demonstration projects.
Note: the list of possible tasks mentioned above is non-exhaustive. The list of concrete tasks for a specific year (year N) will be decided by the FCH 2 Joint Undertaking at the end of the previous year (year N-1), and this will be included together with the corresponding estimated budget in the FCH 2 Joint Undertaking annual work plan (FCH 2 Joint Undertaking AWP) of such year.
Starting with the year 2018, the FCH 2 Joint Undertaking will select in the last quarter of each year (year N) the experts assigned to the tasks to be performed during year N+1, in accordance with the rules set out in this call.
II.4)Information about lots:
This call for expressions of interest is divided into lots: no.
II.5)Information about subcontracting:
The subcontracting is accepted: no.
II.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV):
Main vocabulary:
Main object: 73000000.
Additional object(s): 80000000, 79300000, 09300000, 24000000.


Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information:

III.1)Legal form to be taken by the grouping of suppliers, contractors or service providers to whom a contract might be awarded::
None, the call is addressed to natural persons.
III.2)Economic and financial standing:
Not applicable.
III.3)Technical competence:
Selection criteria as stated in the notice of the call for expression of interest — Section 12.
III.4)Professional competence:
Selection criteria as stated in the notice of the call for expression of interest — Section 12.


Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure:
Restricted.
IV.2)Grounds for exclusion:
Applicants shall be excluded from participating in a contract if:
(a) they are bankrupt, being wound up or have suspended business activities, their affairs are being administered by the court, they have entered into an arrangement with creditors or similar measures or are the subject of any proceedings of that nature, or are in any analogous situation arising from a similar procedure provided for in national legislation or regulations;
(b) they have been convicted of an offence concerning their professional conduct by a judgment which is not open to appeal;
(c) they have been guilty of grave professional misconduct;
(d) they have not fulfilled obligations relating to the payment of social security contributions or taxes;
(e) they are guilty of serious misrepresentation in supplying the information required by the authorising department.
IV.3)Selection criteria:
As specified in Section 12 of the notice of call for expression of interest.
IV.4)Administrative information
IV.4.1)File reference number:
FCHJU/2017/01.
IV.4.2)Period of validity of the list resulting from this call for expressions of interest:
Expiry date of the list resulting from the call for expressions of interest: 26.9.2022.
IV.4.3)Time limit for the submission of applications:
26.6.2022.
IV.4.4)Language(s) in which applications may be submitted:
Any EU official language.


Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Presentation and submission of applications:

Expressions of interest should be submitted in one of the official languages of the European Union by electronic means at the following address: EHSP@fch.europa.eu

VI.2)Additional information:
Interested parties should provide:
— their full contact details as requested in the template registration form,
— a letter of interest stating the reasons for which you would like to participate as an expert to the activities of the European hydrogen safety panel (maximum 1 page)
— an up-to-date curriculum vitae submitted in the H2020 database of experts:

You can register as an expert via the participant portal at the following link: https://ec.europa.eu/info/node/14313/_en

If you are a registered expert, you can complete or update your profile at any time by logging in to your portal account (EU login) and accessing my expert area,
to the e-mail address indicated above.
VI.3)Date of dispatch of this notice:
28.9.2017.