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

Air Liquide has started production at its €350m ($392m) (SAR1.47bn) hydrogen plant site in Yanbu Industrial City, Saudi Arabia.

The firm will supply hydrogen to the new YASREF refinery, a joint venture between Saudi Aramco and Sinopec. It is hoped that Yanbu will become one of the main industrial areas of the country and a high growth area for refining and petrochemicals.

YASREF is the largest refinery in the region, and will process 400,000 barrels of heavy crude oil per day (bpd). Hydrogen will allow the sulphur content of the fuels produced to be reduced, in order to meet environmental standards for cleaner transportation fuels.

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