100% renewable targets will require power storage to manage flows on the net
Electrolysers utilise these intermittent power flows to produce H2 gas from water
H2 gas can be stored in large quantities underground and transported via existing gas pipelines
H2 vehicles recharge faster and are more durable than battery powered transport
Growing H2 demand in industrial processes will reduce costs and increase supply
Introduction

The EHA concluded 2010 making the rounds in the Commission to pick up policy vibes that could further enhance hydrogen’s market landscape this decade. The EHA visited the cabinet of  Energy Commissioner Oettinger in December to sollecit support in engaging energy and transmission companies to include hydrogen in their future energy storage  and grid reinforcement development plans. Efforts to include hydrogen in EU’s energy and transport infrastructure plans resulted in hydrogen appearing in the last Communications of the Commission on energy infrastructure priorities and its Energy Strategy 2020.  As the infoday on Energy Storage on December 10, 2010 demostrated much is needed to engage energy and transmission companies in integrating hydrogen in future investments in this field. The EHA also discussed the Commission’s Trans European Netowork for Transport (TEN T)  plans and its potential role in hydrogen infrastructure planning. The EHA is currently considering facilitating a proposal for a study under the next TEN T Call on hydrogen refuelling  deployment.
The EHA is therefore greeting 2011 with High anticipation and is looking forward to step up its involvement in strategic planning and in facilitating opportunties for its members to particpate in EU funded projects also outside the FCH JU to leverage funding and accelerate commercial developments. The kick-off of five FCH JU projects in 2011, for which the EHA is facilitating the dissemination, will further offer exciting opportunities for EHA national associations to engage new stakeholders. Wishing you a successful 2011!

Fundametals & Developments of Fuel Cells (FDFC)
4 January, 2011The international conference is aimed at (i) presenting scientific and technical results on fuel cell materials, fuel cell stacks and systems and their applications, and (ii) initiating international scientific exchanges between laboratories, fuel cells suppliers, component manufacturers and industrial end-users.
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TEN T Workshop February 15 and 16, 2011 Brussels
30 December, 2010The Trans-European Transport Network, TEN-T, programme consists of hundreds of projects – defined as studies or works – whose ultimate purpose is to ensure the cohesion, interconnection ..read on»
New EU Seveso II Directive keeps onsite H2 storage at 5 tons
22 December, 2010The European Commission just before Christmas presented draft legislation of the Seveso II Directive that will align legislation to changes in EU chemicals law and will clarify and update other provisions. This includes introducing stricter inspection standards and improving the level and quality of information available to the public in the event of an accident. The new Directive should apply from 1 June 2015. In view of the expected roll-out of hydrogen refuelling stations in the coming years the EHA, in collaboration with the European Industrial Gas Association, EIGA, has submitted a strong suggestion to double the treshold for onsite hydrogen storage form 5 to 10 tons. In the end this request has not been taken into account in the final Commission’s proposal as the number of larger hydrogen refuelling stations is considered still limited in the coming years.
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Electro Power Systems SpA Launches Self Recharging Fuel Cell in India
14 December, 2010Electro Power Systems SpA is launching its self-recharging fuel cell system, Electroself, in India for the first time ..read on»
The European Clean Vehicle Portal Launched
10 December, 2010The European Commission has launched an easy-to-use website to help public authorities and anyone who cares about the environment choose the cleanest ..read on»
Coventry University Fuels Hydrogen Cars
9 December, 2010On 1 December, Coventry University unveiled its award-winning Series 100 hydrogen fuelling station from leading provider Air Products. The station will be used predominantly to fuel ..read on»
Air Products’ Hydrogen Technology Fueling Boeing’s Unmanned Phantom Eye
8 December, 2010Air Products is providing the hydrogen and fueling infrastructure for The Boeing Company’s Phantom Eye, a newly unveiled hydrogen-powered and unmanned airborne system demonstrator that ..read on»
HYFACTS, Identification, Preparation and Dissemination of Hydrogen Safety Facts to Regulators and Public Safety Officials
6 December, 2010HyFacts is a “Coordination and Support Action (CSA)” and aims to develop and initiate dissemination of training material for Regulators and Public Safety Officials, which are responsible persons and work for entities, having to position themselves in the increasing number of upcoming installation of hydrogen-related technologies in public areas, companies, universities, research centers, fairgrounds, harbor sites and other places where fuel cell and hydrogen (FCH) installations and mobile applications shall be installed and operated in the near future.
EHA in collaboration with FAST, will assist in identifying target audience and facilitate the understanding of the needs of requirements of training material.
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HyPROFESSIONALS, Development of educational programmes and training initiatives related to hydrogen technologies and fuel cells in Europe
6 December, 2010The project is focused on the development of educational programmes and training initiatives for technical professionals to secure the required mid- and long-term availability of human resources capable to properly operate the technologies safely.
This will be done for various educational levels, including several countries with different experiences on the matter. Cooperation with other educational programs like Leonardo will be sought to launch new initiatives and projects which allow getting enough well-trained work force related to hydrogen technologies in a near future.
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