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 HLab will be one of the few labs in Italy that receives energy from renewable sources (photovoltaic) and uses a fuel cell cogeneration system. All new technologies will be carefully studied to identify the most efficient and more attractive for industrial production. The laboratory is expected to become fully operational in 2012 and will focus on research on renewable and alternative energy sources.

The HLab activities will concentrate on:

  • measuring energy efficiency of different systems installed
  • monitoring how systems evolve over time
  • identifying systems’ shortcomings
  • assessing actual costs;

The lab will have two sections: the one dedicated to photovoltaic and the other dedicated to hydrogen.

The HLab project is developed by the R&D Unit of Hera Group. Its staff will be actively involved in the lab’s research projects supported by Department of Mechanical, Nuclear, Aviation and Metallurgical Engineering of Bologna University.

Source: Italian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Organisation