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
US government publishes Annual H2 and FC Merit Review Proceedings

The proceedings from the Department of Energy (DOE) Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program and Vehicle Technologies Program Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Meeting on May 14–18 in Arlington, Virginia showed encouraging progress and even recognition from the DOE secretary that his perception of the role of hydrogen has not been based on the latest developments

Principal investigators presented the status and results of their hydrogen and fuel cell projects at the 2012 Annual Merit Review meeting: links to their presentations and posters are provided below. Presentations and posters are grouped by topic and subtopic where applicable and appear in the order in which they were presented within those categories. The proceedings can be downloaded at the DOE website.

Fully Charged 2012 International EV Summit
30 April, 2012Fully Charged 2012 is a one-day satellite event of the prestigious EuroScience Open Forum 2012 and both are highlight events in the 2012 calendar as Dublin plays host to the City of Science.
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Zero Rally 2012 for Hydrogen Vehicles
3 April, 2012A rally for battery electric, plug in hybrid, bio-powered and hydrogen vehicles will take place on 14-16 June 2012.  The Zero Rally will run along the Green Highway between Sweden and Trondheim in Norway.
The collaboration between Zero Rally and Green Highway will demonstrate that practical transportation is possible without fossil fuels. Einar Håndlykken, CEO of the environmental organisation ZERO which organises the rally, says it is a unique opportunity for climate-friendly car enthusiasts to show their own skills and the performance of their vehicles in a challenging competition with professional rally drivers.
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3 April, 2012March saw the launch of a new European fuel cell bus demonstration project, High VLO-City in San Remo in Italy. Fifteen fuel cell hybride buses of Belgian bus manufacturer Van Hool will be put in daily services this year in Liguria, Flanders and Scotland. Hydrogen supply in two locations will be sourced as a waste product from local chemical industries providing a relatively cheap source of hydrogen. In Liguria hydrogen production will be linked to solar energy. Fuel cell hybride bus demonstration projects  are rapidly becoming one of the major vehicles demonstration activities co-funded by the EU Fuel Cell Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU).  A coalition of the major bus manufactures in Europe are currently involved in the FCH JU bus study coordinated by McKinsey to identify the market potential of different powertrains. Hamburg recently successfully completed the testing of of the last generation Evobus fuel cell hybride buses.  The prominent role of European bus manufacturers in fuel cell bus development inspired the EHA to co-organize a session at the next World Hydrogen Energy Conference in Toronto on June 3-6 2012 on business opportunities in emerging economies,  featuring representatives of bus interests in Brazil, India and South Africa. The upcoming […]
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More fuel cell buses in Hamburg
3 April, 2012The new generation of fuel cell buses with hydrogen fuel which was delivered to Hamburg last summer has passed the test phase and is now ..read on»
Switzerland’s Hydrogen powered Street Sweeper
3 April, 2012For the past two years Switzerland’s CityCat Hydrogen Street Sweeper has been busy cleaning Basel’s streets. 
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Germany to investigate the potential of converting wind power to hydrogen as an energy source
2 April, 2012Germany is investigating the potential of converting wind power to hydrogen as an energy source in the wake of the country’s decision to move away from nuclear power.
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Volvo contests EC predictions on electric cars
30 March, 2012The European Commission’s forecast of a 3-4% market share for electric cars by 2020 is unrealistic, chief executive of Volvo Cars Stefan Jacoby told an industry seminar in Brussels on Tuesday. 
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TÜV SÜD ensures safety of new hydrogen refuelling station
26 March, 2012On 2 March 2012, Fraunhofer ISE opened a solar hydrogen refuelling station in Freiburg. 
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EU Ministers agree on a €31.7 bln plan for more cohesive transport network
23 March, 2012The new TEN T Guidelines also include important  references to the need for infrastructure for alternative fuels.
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