ARTICLE 1 – ORGANIZERS
The Hydrogen Trophies contest is being organized from July 10, 2018 to January 24, 2019 by LSCom-La Documentation Parlementaire, a limited liability company with a capital of €1000.00, RCS (France) registration number 49510853200021, headquartered at 2, rue Juliette Dodu 75010 Paris (hereafter referred to as “the Organizer”).
The Hydrogen Trophies Award Ceremony will be held between January 22 and 24, 2019, in Dunkirk, upon the occasion of the European Energy Transition Conference (the exact address of the ceremony’s location will be confirmed at a later date).
The Organizer is among others the editor of the magazines EUROPE Parlementaire and HYDROGENIUM and the websites www.documentationparlementaire.fr and www.hydrogenium.eu.
ARTICLE 2 – AIM OF THE CONTEST
The Hydrogen Trophies reward innovative projects or corporations that have conducted noteworthy projects in the following fields:
1. Creation of a decarbonized hydrogen industrial sector;
2. Development of renewable energy storage capabilities thanks to hydrogen;
3. Development of zero-emission solutions for road, rail, waterway or aeronautic transportation.
This contest is open to corporations and/or groups of corporations in the hydrogen energy sector.
ARTICLE 3 – PRIZE CATEGORIES
3.1 On the condition that there is a sufficient number of candidates, the Organizer will award 8 specific Prizes:
Decarbonized Industry Prize
This prize awards the creation of a decarbonized hydrogen production method prioritizing industrial uses. It is conferred on a project utilizing renewable energies or retrieving industrial hydrogen that is considered unused, for the installation of a hydrogen production unit. The year’s project will award the rollout of a prototype, a demonstration unit or a commercial tool that presents true innovation whether in terms of technologies, dimensions, power, constraints, integration, services …
Renewable Energy Storage and Valorization Prize
Awarded to a company that has successfully developed renewable energy storage capacities. The prize will pay tribute for example to an electrolyzer that can immediately provide services to electric grids and a new outlet for the development of renewable energies. The year’s project will award the rollout of a prototype, a demonstration unit or a commercial tool that reveals true innovation whether in terms of technologies, dimensions, power, constraints, integration, services …
Rail, Waterway and Aeronautic Transport Prize
This prize awards the development of zero-emission solutions for rail, waterway and aeronautic transportation. This strategy for reducing the carbon footprint can concern passenger or merchandise transportation services, materials for the maintenance of infrastructure or professional personnel transport, merchandise distribution logistics, or logistics concerning on-board restauration and/or maintenance of the cold chain thanks to hydrogen technologies. The prize will pay tribute to the establishment of a new organization or the use of new technologies offering true improvements in the deployment of local hydrogen transport ecosystems, particularly in respect to trains for everyday use, waterway fleets and aeronautic equipment.
Terrestrial Merchandise Transportation Prize
This prize awards the development of zero-emission solutions for the transportation of merchandise by road. This strategy for reducing the carbon footprint can concern forklifts, bicycles, tricycles, light commercial vehicles weighing less than 3.5 tons or heavy commercial vehicles weighing up to 44 tons for the transportation of merchandise over short, medium or long distances, road maintenance materials, innovative vehicles, or vehicles for the professional transport of urban logistics personnel for the distribution of merchandise and/or maintenance of the cold chain thanks to hydrogen technologies. The prize will pay tribute to the establishment of a new organization or the use of new technologies offering true improvements in the deployment of local hydrogen transport ecosystems, particularly in respect to professional vehicle fleets.
Passenger Transportation Services Prize
This prize awards the development of zero-emission solutions for the transportation of passengers by road. This strategy for reducing the carbon footprint can concern baggage maintenance materials, shared bicycles, tricycles, light or heavy vehicles measuring up to 18 meters for the transportation of passengers in urban or interurban zones, road or vehicle maintenance materials, or vehicles for the professional transport of personnel or passenger restauration and comfort services thanks to hydrogen technologies. The prize will pay tribute to the establishment of a new organization, a transport service or the use of new technologies offering true improvements in the deployment of community hydrogen transport ecosystems, particularly in respect to professional vehicle fleets.
Awareness, Education and Training Prize
Awarded to a project for technologiste innovation or an informational program that arouses the interest of a young public and raises the awareness of young citizens concerning climate and environmental issues as well as careers in hydrogen and sparks enthusiasm for job prospects in this sector, particularly thanks to entertaining or discovery activities or assistance for professional or vocational orientation.
International Cooperation and Export Prize
Awarded to a company that has particularly distinguished itself on one or more international markets and has succeeded in exporting its expertise, an innovative service or a state-of-the-art technology in the aim of creating new markets in the hydrogen field and positioning itself in a pioneering sector with consequences in terms of local jobs as well. The jury will appreciate projects that include a strategy of alliances with partners in other countries or that incite, encourage or support international cooperation. The jury will also be pleased if the company, through its actions, participates in promoting the image of France as an innovative country.
Communal Transition Prize
Presented to a community for its dynamism in implementing projects and inciting collaborations between local entities in the field of hydrogen. The prize will pay tribute to a structuring commitment and a role of initiator and catalyzer for the community by banking on the community’s renewable resources coupled with the possibilities of hydrogen. The jury will award the role that the community plays in mobilizing its companies, laboratories, local governments and NPOs through the establishment and promotion of a process, a roadmap or concerted efforts. The coherence of this process with the organization of the community and its planning, energy and environmental policies will be a key point.
3.2 A single project may be entered in a maximum of two specific prize categories. Candidates may enter several different projects. In this case they must fill out entry applications for each of the projects and each of the selected categories.
3.3 The candidates will select to enter the category they believe corresponds best to their project. However, the Organizer or the jury may enroll the candidate in a category other than that for which it has applied if it deems the project more suited for a different category.
3.4 The organizer reserves the right to maintain, eliminate or merge several Prizes according to the number of entries received and their quality.
ARTICLE 4 – APPLICATIONS
To enter and participate in the contest, the candidate must imperatively:
- Be a legal entity in the private sector whose headquarters or main premises are located in Europe, or a public or nonprofit organization whose headquarters are located on French territory, excluding any firms belonging to the Organizer and any firms or partner local governments contributing to the organization of the contest.
- The actual person acting in the name of or on behalf of the legal entity guarantees that she/he has the legal competence to financially and legally commit the legal entity for which it is acting and that the legal entity will be bound by the terms of these regulations.
- The project must have been launched after January 1, 2017, and the candidate must account for this.
- To be accepted, projects must imperatively have been launched (that is, financed and begun) by November 30, 2018.
- The entry application should be completed online at the following link: https://hydrogenium.eu/candidatez/
- The properly completed application must be validated by November 30, 2018 at the latest.
All entry applications that are filled in and validated after the indicated deadline and/or incomplete applications or applications exceeding the number of requisite additional items will be rejected.
The jury reserves the right to contact the representative of the candidate for ad hoc questions of understanding, clarifications, etc.
ARTICLE 5 – COMMITMENT OF THE CANDIDATES
5.1 Prior to sending their entry application, candidates are required to obtain all the necessary authorizations for the reproduction and representation of the elements in their application (particularly but not limited to: brands, drawings, photos, copyrights, videos, patents, industrial know-how, etc., including those of contractors that may have intervened in the relevant operation, etc.) at the time of the Awarding of the Prizes and in all media, regardless of type, liable to cover the 2019 Hydrogen Trophies for promotional or informational purposes, as well as for reproduction by the Organizer on promotional documents for future Hydrogen Trophies contests. These uses must be possible without any obligation whatsoever on the part of the organizing firm.
The candidate firms guarantee the Organizer they will not make any appeal in this matter, and the Organizer may not be held responsible in any case for disputes related to the intellectual or industrial property attached to one of the elements of the application for participation in the contest.
5.2 The Organizer commits to not divulging any information considered confidential by the candidate, who shall specifically indicate this in the entry application. This information shall only be made known to the persons in charge of organizing the contest (the Organizer’s employees, experts and contractors, jury) and for the sole purposes of organizing the contest, selecting the winners and providing communication concerning the contest.
ARTICLE 6 – PRESELECTION COMMITTEE / JURY / RESULTS / CEREMONY
6.1 Preselection Committee
All the applications will be examined by a preselection committee consisting of at least two members of the Hydrogenium editorial board, two administrators of the French Association of Hydrogen and Fuel Cells (Association française de l’Hydrogène et des piles à combustible – AFHYPAC) and two representatives of the French Environment & Energy Management Agency (Agence de l’Environnement et de la Maîtrise de l’Energie – ADEME). The committee will pre-select 2 entries from each category to be presented to the jury (hereafter referred to as the “Nominees”).
The committee will base the preselection in particular on the following criteria:
- Degree of maturity of the project;
- Range: the scope of the project in relation to the observed technical, economic, industrial and/or social or environmental repercussions;
- Efficiency: the originality of the innovative approach.
The Nominees will be informed of their preselection by e-mail sent to the addresses indicated in their application.
They pledge not to divulge any information concerning their nomination to third parties until the date of the award ceremony.
The Nominees must be present at the award ceremony to receive their prizes if they are designated the winner by the jury.
The Nominees will receive an invitation to Hydrogénies, the Hydrogen Trophies, organized by LSCom-La Documentation Parlementaire, which for the 2019 edition will take place between the January 22 and 24, 2019, in Dunkirk, on the occasion of the European Energy Transition Conference organized among others by the Dunkirk urban authority (the exact address of the ceremony’s location, its date (tentatively 22/01/2019) and time (tentatively 12:30) will be confirmed at a later date).
The contest winners will be designated from among the Nominees (maximum 2 nominees per category) by a jury consisting of a president and a session secretary selected from among the permanent members of the Jury, and members invited from among recognized figures in the energy transition field, to be selected by the Organizer after consultation with the representatives of the ADEME on the Jury.
The permanent members:
1. For the ADEME: Luc Bodineau and Loïc Antoine;
2. For the Ministry of Ecological and Solidary Transition: one representative, to be specified at a later date;
3. For the AFHYPAC: Olivier Savin, Philippe Boucly or any other member of the association’s bureau;
4. For the academic and research area: Olivier Joubert (CNRS Nantes);
5. For Hydrogenium magazine: André Asse and Leiko Sakurai.
The members to be invited to sit on the jury for the 2019 edition will be:
6. One or several representatives of industry selected by the Organizer after consultation with representatives of the ADEME, not to include representatives of the 2019 edition contest sponsors and companies entered in this edition.
Jury deliberations will be confidential, and the jury will not be obligated under any circumstances to justify its choices.
Members invited to sit on the jury will not be able to participate in voting for categories in which their company either has an entry or is involved, whether directly or indirectly.
The jury will designate the winners of the 8 specific prizes, with the understanding that the jury reserves the right to designate dual winners or no winners. In the case of ties, the jury president has the authority to decide.
The winner or winners will be designated based in particular on the following criteria:
1. The scope of the project in relation to the technical, economic, industrial and/or social or environmental repercussions;
2. The originality of the innovative approach;
3. The impact on the measures outlined in the Hydrogen Plan and on the deployment of decarbonized hydrogen in industry, the storage of renewable energy, transport and communities.
The results will be announced the day of the award ceremony, which will be held between January 22 and 24, 2019, at the time of the Hydrogénies, the Hydrogen Trophies ceremony organized by LSCom-La Documentation Parlementaire, an event dedicated to the development of hydrogen and whose 2019 edition will take place in Dunkirk upon the occasion of the European Energy Transition Conference (the exact address of the ceremony’s location, its date (tentatively 22/01/2019) and time (tentatively 12:30) will be confirmed at a later date).
6.4 Award ceremony
The president of the jury will present the trophies in person to the winners that will be designated at the official Hydrogénies, the Hydrogen Trophies ceremony.
The ceremony may be placed under the patronage of an institution. The Organizer will be the sole judge of this procedure.
When receiving the prize, the winners will be granted two minutes of speaking time to remind the audience, consisting of leading figures and players in the hydrogen and energy transition sectors, of their project, their innovation, their vision of the stakes and the solutions proposed by the company or organization they represent.
A dedicated communication campaign will relay the information on the winners to partners and to both the specialized and general press.
ARTICLE 7 – USE OF THE NAME “HYDROGEN TROPHIES”
Only the prize winners are authorized to use the “Hydrogenies, the Hydrogen Trophies 2019” name and logo in the forms and under the conditions notified by the Organizer on institutional, commercial and promotional documents concerning the company and/or the winning program(s). This authorization is granted for a period limited to one year from the date the prize was awarded.
ARTICLE 8 – PERSONAL DATA
In accordance with European regulations concerning the protection of data, information of a personal nature collected within the scope of participation in the contest will be collected and processed by the Organizer. This data, which is necessary to manage the participation of the candidates in the contest, will be integrated in the Organizer’s database as well as that of any other company belonging to LSCom-La Documentation Parlementaire. It will be retained the time required for the organization of the contest in a computer file that LSCom-La Documentation Parlementaire or any other company belonging to LSCom-La Documentation Parlementaire may use to send propositions for similar products or services.
In accordance with the French Data Protection Act of January 6, 1978, modified by the act of August 6, 2004, candidates have the right to access, rectify, modify and delete all data concerning them by addressing an e-mail to Mr. André Asse at the following address:
The collected personal information may be used by the Organizer to propose similar products or services.
ARTICLE 9 – REGULATIONS – LITIGATION
The act of enrolling in the contest implies the acceptance without reservation and the respect of the provisions of these regulations, which are accessible at any time during the duration of the contest on the following internet site:
or on demand to the Organizer during the duration of the contest by postal or electronic mail to the following address:
LSCom-La Documentation parlementaire
2, rue Juliette Dodu
ARTICLE 10 - MISCELLANEOUS
10.1 - Any entry application that contains irregularities, that is not completely filled in, that has not been sent within the regulation time or has not been validated by the candidate will be considered null and will not be taken into consideration for the contest.
10.2 - The Organizer reserves the right, particularly in cases of force majeure, to shorten, extend, suspend, modify or cancel the contest.
10.3 – The candidates, nominees and winners authorize the Organizer, in advance with without financial compensation, the use of their name, logo, image and the first and last names of their representatives as well as the elements of their awarded entry application for promotional, publicity or informational purposes (in particular for the Organizer’s events and paper and/or web publications), and this faculty shall not be the source of any obligation whatsoever with regard to the Organizer. They guarantee the Organizer against any recourses in this regard.
10.4 The Organizer shall not be held responsible for any dysfunctions of the postal service (delivery delays or losses) or for the total or partial destruction of the entry applications for any other unforeseen reasons. In the same way, the Organizer shall not be held responsible for any dysfunctions of the Internet network over which it has no control that might prevent the electronic validation of the entries.
10.5 The entry applications will not be returned.
10.6 These regulations are subject to French law. The Organizer shall rule without appeal on any difficulties that may arise in the interpretation and/or application of these regulations.