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 Commission has launched a Public Consultation on the development of the Energy Union Integrated Research, Innovation and Competitiveness Strategy (EURICS) aimed at facilitating the European Union’s transition to a sustainable, competitive, energy-efficient and low-carbon economy. The objective of this public consultation is to collect the opinions of stakeholders and interested parties, including EU citizens and private and public organisations, with regard to the development of a comprehensive research, innovation and competitiveness strategy for the Energy Union, as the fifth pillar of the Energy Union.

As hydrogen and fuel cells have not been that visible in the Energy Unnion packages so far and the consultation offers a possibility to submit innovative ideas of speeding up the integration of hydrogen in energy and transport before the first European mass-produced FCEV will hit the roads after 2019 (?)

Although the EU ‘s objective is to drastically reduce EU’s emissions and use of energy, while at the same time maintaining the competitiveness of economic sectors including energy and transport but also industry, agriculture/bioeconomy and construction, and providing modern, user-friendly, safe, sustainable and secure solutions to EU citizens and businesses, critical steps in H2 deployment will need to happen now in order to prepare for larger roll-outs in the coming decades.

The consultation will also offer an opportunity to enhance the EU perspective to the Paris Agreement achieved on last 12 December 2015 as the outcome of Conference of Parties (COP21) under the United Nations Framework Climate Change Convention (http://unfccc.int/resource/docs/2015/cop21/eng/l09r01.pdf 505 KB).

The Commission is now inviting all stakeholders and interested parties, including EU citizens, private and public organisations to share their views on how to achieve the EU’s energy and climate targets, as well as sector-specific research, development and innovation priorities needed for the transformation.

To this end, the Public Consultation is available on-line and will be accessible until 31/05/2016.

Photo: courtesy: EC energy dependency.