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

On February 27, 2017 EU energy minister’s came together to support the third version of the so called Winterpackage:  a one meter stack of energy dossiers proposed by the EU Commission on November 30, 2016 While the package received unanimous support, the difficulty will lie in the different capabilities at national and regional levels.

Current head of the Maltese presidency, Konrad Mizzi, stated at the press conference: “We are speeding up our work on the Gas Security of Supply legislation, which will ensure gas availability for all Member Atates, as well as energy efficiency labelling legislation, which will enable consumers to make informed choices when buying a product,”

Miguel Arias Cañete, Commissioner for Climate Action & Energy, suggested a market-based approach to renewables, meaning that the needs of the consumers should be adequately taken into account.

The Council of the European Union said it would work with the Commission to arrange three-way institutional talks designed at brokering an agreement on the draft EU legislation. See EHA’s review of the package here. the EHA is also following developments in the  EU Parliament closely as the rapporteurs of the main dossiers have been approved.

Photo: Current (green) and planned Power to gas plants (orange) in Europe.