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

A study by consultancy McKinsey and Company (see link below) launched November 8 found that installing a dedicated hydrogen infrastructure is “justified and doable”, with an initial infrastructure investment which is “relatively low”.

The report looked into a range of different vehicle powertrains.

It found that both fuel cell electric vehicles and battery electric vehicles could be cost-competitive with internal combustion engines vhielces by 2020.

The study found that costs for a hydrogen infrastructure are comparable to installing a charging infrastructure for battery-electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

Fuel cell electric vehicles received “high marks” in all three categories analysed in the report: performance, economics and environment.

The study said higher risk investments by first-movers can be greatly reduced when several companies invest, coordinated by governments, and supported by dedicated funding and legislation.

The study was sponsored by BMW AG, Daimler AG, Ford, General Motors LLC, Honda R&D, Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, Nissan, Renault, Toyota Motor Corporation, Volkswagen, ENI, Galp, OMV, Shell Downstream, Total, EnBW Baden-Wuerttemberg AG, Vattenfall, Air Liquide, Air Products, The Linde Group, Intelligent Energy Holdings plc, Powertech, Nordex (a wind power company), ELT Elektrolyse Technik, Hydrogenics, Hydrogen Technologies, Proton Energy Systems the Europe Climate Foundation and European Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking.

Source: The Hydrogen Journal

For Report See: Link