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

On 6 December 2012, the Fuel Cell Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) which supported a study on the alternative powertrain technologies available for buses in Europe in 2012-2030, officially presented the main outcomes. The study was conducted by McKinsey & Company and over 40 companies and government organisations participated.

With Europe’s commitment to reduce CO2 emissions by 80% by 2050, road transport can account for 95% in CO2 reduction.

The study considered available powertrain technologies including hydrogen and electric buses (opportunity and overnight electric buses) and the results were drawn based on environmental, performance and economic criteria.

The FCH JU will launch a next phase study to examine in further details the uptake of the hydrogen fuel cell technology in European public transport fleets and invites public authorities, transport operators and bus manufactures to participate.

HyER has also contributed to this study.

More information is available here.