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 :Storing Clean Energy in Future Urban Networks

As July rained by in Brussels, strays of hydrogen appearances in EU dossiers  pointed to increasing expectations on the development of clean hydrogen production and distribution networks that offer solutions for Europe’s increasing energy storage and emission reduction challenges . The Smart Cities and Communities (SCC) Communication that was presented on July 2012 in Brussels, is dedicated “to demonstrating commercial-scale solutions in a small number flocations, thus supporting European cities and communities to meet their commitments in the fields of energy, transport, air quality or climate change mitigation.”

Hydrogen is mentioned under one of the Cross Cutting themes , “Sustainable Urban mobility: “Using hydrogen as an energy carrier for storing energy and balancing demand at city  level for energy and stationary power – controlled by ICT using forecasts for demand patterns based on weather forecasts, event planning, vehicle route patterns, etc. “.

The EHA understands that an internal paper of the Commission on energy storage lists hydrogen as a cost effective solution in the longer term.

New Heathrow Refueling Station
3 August, 2012Air Products announced the opening of its newest hydrogen filling station at Heathrow Airport, London yesterday (2 August 2012). The station will be used for the refuelling of the hydrogen fuel cell taxis provided by the HyTEC  project to transport VIPs during the London Olympics. Driver training was also conducted at the Heathrow opening, with representatives of Air Products, Heathrow, Intelligent Energy and the taxi drivers themselves all present. This station fulfils a requirement as part of the HyTEC project for a publicly accessible hydrogen station. There is no requirement for an appointment to use the station once the required training has been completed.
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5th Stakeholders General Assembly of the Fuel Cell Hydrogen and Joint Undertaking
2 August, 2012The 5th General Assembly of the Fuel Cell Hydrogen  Joint Undertaking will this year take place in Paris, France on 12 October 2012 
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German Government announces support for 50 urban hydrogen refuelling stations
2 August, 2012Federal Transport Minister Peter Ramsauer together with industry partners Daimler, Linde, Air Products, Air Liquide and Total on June 20, 2012 
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Austrian call for proposals on Interoperable Cross-border Electric Mobility announced
2 August, 2012Austria’s Climate and Energy Fund will continue its successful “Austrian Electric Mobility Flagship Projects” programme for 2012.
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McPhy Energy and Hydrogenics in MW FP7 energy storage project in Italy
23 July, 2012EHA Members McPhy Energy and Hydrogenics France SA, as part of a consortium of 7 partners have today successfully kicked off the INGRID project
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HyProfessionals at TAE Symposium on Electromobility
19 July, 2012On June 20, 2012 the Technical Academy Esslingen (TAE), in cooperation with the journal Mobility 2.0 and e-mobil BW GmbH – State Agency for Electromobility and Fuel Cell Technology, presented the symposium “Electromobility”
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EC Initiative links Hydrogen to Energy Storage
18 July, 2012On 10 July 2012, the European Commission launched a Smart Cities and Communities European Innovation Partnership (SCC) aiming to boost the development of smart technologies in cities
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Last FP 7 Call is out: Knowledge is the Currency of the Global Economy
10 July, 2012European Commission announced the final set of calls for proposals for research and innovation under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).
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HyER Annual General Assembly,16-17 October 2012
6 July, 2012The HyER General Assembly is now scheduled for October 16 and 17, 2012 in Brussels where details on the increasing scope of the HyER activities will be presented
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