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

The European Parliament’s committee on Transport and Tourism discussed in a meeting on September 8th 2011 the consideration of a draft report presented by Parliamentarian Mathieu Grosch. The report was presented with the inclusion of hydrogen powered vehicles as an option that shall be decided by the member states along with other available options.

The report explains “European Parliament should be technology-neutral, as each source of alternative energy has specific characteristics and bears certain advantages and disadvantages. Whether electric or hydrogen-powered vehicles, biofuels, synthetic fuels, LPG or biogas are used or can be used depends on the form of transport and Member States themselves. In my opinion, only a mix of energy sources can provide realistic and sustainable solutions.”

Mr. Grosch proposes targets to cut CO2 emissions by 20% in road transport and 30% in air transport and shipping by 2020. He also wants energy consumption and noise in the rail sector to fall by 20%.

Source: European Commission Press Release

For more information see: Draft Report