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

At a high level video conference of Energy Ministers on April 29, 2020 EU Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson outlined her three energy priorities for the Green Deal:
1. boosting buildings renovation, this  September the ‘Renovation Wave’ initiative will be launched, a plan to stimulate building renovation in Europe with concrete actions.
2. accelerating renewables development
3  investing in innovative clean energy technologies.

Outlining these priorities she indicated:

“First a large-scale boost to renovation would deliver on several fronts: support the economy, create jobs, provide healthier and more efficient houses, cut energy bills and contribute to our climate goals. I see homes, hospitals, schools and SMEs as the first target areas for investment.”

” Second we need more renewable energy. On one hand, this means supporting the European renewable energy supply chains, on the other, promoting big infrastructure projects that will provide stimulus for the economy, while making our energy system greener. It will focus on:
– increase the role of renewable electricity via electrification,
use of green gases for hard-to-decarbonise sectors.
– upgrade our energy infrastructure.: strong Connecting Europe Facility and possibly from the new Recovery Fund could support this and trigger private investment.

Third, innovative clean technologies like batteries and electrolysers for hydrogen production. Europe will be an even stronger leader in renewables if green hydrogen becomes competitive and deployable in the next decade.

The same day at an informal video conference  Transport Ministers  it was stressed “that in all the efforts aimed at recovery of transport sector, we should have environment and digitalisation in mind, while maintaining a level playing field and offering necessary flexibility.

Photo: Dutch King Willem Alexander at opening hydrogen production facility at Dutch Gas Storage facility, HyStock