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’s Directorate General for Mobility and Transport (DG-MOVE) published a report on the prospects of developing infrastructure for alternative fuels. The document provides further input to the Commission’s preparatory work on an EU strategy for developing greener fuels, due to be published later this year.

The report contains a summary of responses to a consultation, conducted in November 2011, as well as figures on the number of existing and future refuelling stations and vehicles using alternative fuels across Europe.

It is noteworthy that 61.8% of respondents indicated hydrogen as the alternative fuel that EU should include in a long-term strategy.