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 governors of California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont signed a MoU to take specific actions to put 3.3 million zero emission vehicles on the roads in their states by 2025, along with the refueling infrastructure required to support those vehicles. These targets mirror the ambitions of the German National Implementation Plan for 2025 of the NOW National Organisation Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology that was published recently. With  USA – EU trade talks gaining new momentum could alignment of ambitions and standards of new industrial developments be part of this New Deal as well?  The German strategy paper identifies the following targets for the respective markets by the year 2025:

– Emission-free mobility with fuel cells for electric vehicle drives and a comprehensive hydrogen infrastructure:

– more than 500 public hydrogen refuelling stations nationwide,

– over a half a million fuel cell passenger cars on the road and

– 2,000 fuel cell buses operating in scheduled services of the public transport system.

Hydrogen generation from renewable energies and integration into the energy system as a link between sustainable mobility and energy supply:

– 1,500 MW capacity electrolysers for the generation of hydrogen from renewable energies

– definition and implementation of successful business models for power to gas

– development of hydrogen storage systems, in order to store renewable power

Fuel cells for stationary energy supply using decentralised cogeneration in house and building supply, industry and a secure power supply such as for public safety radio systems and telecommunications:

– more than a half a million fuel cell heating appliances in operation

– more than 1,000 MW fuel cell CHP installations in operation

– more than 25,000 secure power supply installations in place.

The overall resources needed for the further development of the NIP for the period of 2014 to 2023 amounts to around 3.9 bln €. From this, industry will incur 2.3 bln €. By 2023, a self-sustaining market can emerge in this way according to NOW (source DWV mirror, picture Daimler F-CELL at Detroit motor show) )