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

As the pavements of Brussels are once again filled with the hustle and bustle of employees returning after the summer holidays, the EU Institutions too are back at full speed paving the way for high-performing, sustainable and efficiently interconnected trans-European networks in the fields of transport, energy and digital services. This will only be achieved with the support of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) a 50 billon growth package under the Multi Annual Financial Framework (2014-2020). 

The EHA together with HyER has been meeting with EU Parliament members to find a way to ensure that hydrogen and recharging infrastructure is included in the CEF. Adina Ioana Valean MEP, rapporteur on Connecting Europe Facility referred to the need to  simplify programs, and implement project bonds to leverage funds.  She included an extra paragraph on synergies between transport and energy projects that could support H2 infrastructure needs

During a high level CEF conference on Tuesday (2 October) EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barosso vigorously defended the CEF plan during negotiations as he said, for him, it is one of the most prominent features for growth in the proposed MFF 2014-2020. The conference concluded with overall strong support by business leaders and policy-makers for an ambitious Connecting Europe Facility, able to trigger significant additional investment for Europe’s strategic infrastructure.

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Commissioner Oettinger opens the first electricity link between Ireland and UK
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H2 Moves Road Tour stop at Klimamobility in Bolzano
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California Hydrogen Fuel Cell Group lay out H2 vehicle road map
4 October, 2012The California Fuel Cell Partnership has published “A California Roadmap: Bringing Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles to the Golden State” 
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HyER Annual General Assembley, 16,17 October 2012
3 October, 2012On 16 October 2012, HyER will hold a public Conference at the Palais des Académies, in Brussels. .
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5th Iberian Symposium on Hydrogen, Fuel Cells and Advanced Batteries
3 October, 2012On 26-28 June 2013, the IV Iberian Symposium on Hydrogen, Fuel Cells and Advanced Batteries will take place in Estoril, Portugal.
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7th International Renewable Energy Storage Conference and Exhibition (IRES 2012)
3 October, 2012Because of the huge success EUROSOLAR and the World Council for Renewable Energy (WCRE) are continuing the IRES series in 2012.
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