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

After the Joint Undertaking for fuel cells and hydrogen announced another round of funding the beginning of summer, publishing the third Call for proposals of 89 million euro’s of fuel cell and hydrogen funding, the Commission published on July 20 the FP 7 Energy 2011 – and 2011-2  calls for proposals that include funding for the other European Industrial Initiatives of the EU Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET Plan) that are being inaugurated this year. The JTI for fuel cells and hydrogen, as the first EII,  could contribute to the activitities of all the other intiatives  and  enhance the use of all energy technologies.
The FP 7 Energy Call Energy 2011 – 2 for example,   includes € 30 mln funding for the topic ENERGY.2011.7.3-2: Storage and balancing variable electricity supply and demand. The EHA encourages the Commision, European  industries and research entities participating in all EII’s,  to actively explore concrete areas of collaboration  to fully leverage the potential of hydrogen as a clean energy carrier and accelerate the uptake of all clean energy technologies. As national funding will be crucial to the success of the SET Plan the EHA will engage actively with its national associations to facilitate joint projects at EU nationall and local level.

Formula Zero Hydrogen Racing Championship, August 19 2010 – The Hague, Netherlands
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Ballard Tests 1 MW PEM Power Plant
29 July, 2010Ballard Power Systems has announced the successful completion of factory testing of a utility-scale distributed generation system using the company’s proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel ..read on»
France presents national strategy for sustainable development
28 July, 2010The French Environment Minister Jean-Louis Borloo on Jul y 27, presented a national strategy for sustainable development, for the period 2010-2013 ..read on»
Fuel Cell Powers Lighting at Latitude Festival – Suffulk, United Kingdom
26 July, 2010Arcola Theatre launched seven of its new HyLight fuel cell-powered lighting systems at this year’s Latitude Festival, held last week in Suffolk, providing lighting for ..read on»
Portable Hydrogen Power
23 July, 2010Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies recently intoduced a palm-size universal portable power charger and power extender for ANY electronic device requiring up to 2W of power. Devices compatible with the MiniPak include cellphones,smartphones,GPS handhelds, and MP3 players. New opportunities also exist to disconnect hundreds of practical USB powered “apps” from PCs and laptops and bring them with you in off-grid settings. These include a number of creative USB lighting devices, USB fans, USB speaker systems for MP3 players or smartphones, and many more. The MiniPAK device integrates a passive air-breathing fuel cell and a metal hydride storage unit, where hydrogen is stored as part of the metal alloy. The MiniPak DC power output is 2W (5V, 400mA), delivered through standard micro-USB port and a multi-choice cable. The device is supplied with 2 refillable and ready to use solid state hydrogen cartridges.While a cartridge replacement and filling infrastructure develops, Horizon took the extra step to develop a home refueling system called “HydroFILL” – sold as a separate accessory for added convenience. The MiniPAK is positioned to address gaps in providing energy “on the go” to power-hungry device users, as well as a low cost energy storage option for emergency and long duration off-grid.
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European Energy Regulators’ Public Consultation
16 July, 2010 At the heart of the 3rd Legislative Package is the development of EU-wide network codes on topic areas for the integration of EU electricity ..read on»
EU posts consultation on Raw Materials Initiative
15 July, 2010The  European Commission published a consultation on the EU Raw Materials Initiative, that was launched in 2008, to facilitate the preparation of a new Communication which will not only report on progress made with the implementation of this initiative, but also indicate the way forward.The goal of this consultation is to gain an understanding of stakeholders’ views on both the implementation of the Initiative as well as gather opinions and suggestions on the potential avenues the Commission should explore in order to further progress and strengthen the Initiative. Ther consultation closes on September 19, 2010.
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European Commission puts ETS cap at 1.927 allowances for 2013
10 July, 2010The European Commission announced on 9th July that the total amount of allowances under the EU Emission Trading Scheme will be capped at just under 1.927 billion allowances for 2013. The Commission said, however, that it would revise the cap this September to take into account the extension of the scheme’s scope post-2012. At present, it does not account for new sectors such as aluminium or gases like nitrous oxide, for instance. Further adjustments will be made later if new entrants join the market or if emissions-reduction projects planned under the Kyoto Protocol fail to produce credits for companies to offset their emissions with, according to the Commission. “Final figures for the 2013 cap may thus not be available before 2013,” the EU executive said.
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H2Moves kicks-off in Oslo
10 July, 2010A large demonstration project for fuel cell electric vehicles, known as H2MOVES, has been announced in Oslo July 6, 2010. The project, based in Scandinavia, will bring seventeen of the latest state‐of‐the‐art electric vehicles with fuel cells from Daimler and FIAT to Oslo including the establishment of a large scale hydrogen refuelling station in the city by H2 Logic. The aim is to advance the commercialisation of hydrogen for transport in Scandinavia as well as connecting the region with the strong German initiatives within the area. The project has a budget of €19,5 million financed by company contributions as well as European and national funding from Norway and Denmark. Ten Mercedes‐Benz B‐class F‐CELL cars from Daimler (Germany), two Alfa Romeo MiTo fuel cell vehicles from Centro Ricerche FIAT (Italy) and five electric city cars with fuel cell range extension from H2 Logic (Denmark) will in 2011 be provided for daily operation in Oslo and on specific tours in southern Norway and the whole Scandinavian region. Thanks to its long range of around 400 kilometres and short refuelling times, the Mercedes‐Benz B‐Class F‐CELL combines local zero‐emission mobility with long‐distance comfort and compelling performance. More information on EHA’s Swedisch national member site, Hydrogen Sweden.
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