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

Among all the markets for hydrogen energy that of fuel-cell powered forklift trucks is today the fastest growing one. The creation of a joint venture between Plug Power and Air Liquide will rely on the GenDrive® fuel cell solution from Plug Power, world leader in fuel cells for forklift trucks, for developing, manufacturing and marketing a range of fuel cells for forklift trucks in Europe. The potential development of this market in Europe could be around 10,000 units by 2015.

An overall package that is totally clean, composed of the GenDrive fuel cell associated with hydrogen supplied by Air Liquide filling stations, would be offered to the European market. Used in a fuel cell, hydrogen combines with oxygen from the air to produce electricity, discharging only water. In the context of the Group’s Blue Hydrogen approach, this hydrogen will be gradually produced without discharge of CO2.

Source: Air Liquide