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

With windforces around 10 Bft, Europe’s windparks at peak production and the Dutch Transmission System Operator running in overdrive to integrate all this green electricity, the TSO2020 Action, funded by the EU CEF program, was launched on September 13, 2017  in the Ae church in Groningen.

Hydrogen responsible officer in the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, Dirk Schaap,  pointed to the need for synergies in financing the link between increasing renewable capacities and fuelling clean transprot corridors; EU, national nad private investment is needed to roll out the Dutch Fuel Vision.

TenneT CEO Mel Kroon, partner in the Action  told the audience that you do not need to be a H2 believer anymore as hydrogen is a key enabler to integrate increasing renewable power into electricity nets. Together with TSO2020 coordinator and Gasunie CEO Ulco Vermeulen, he announced the NorthSea Wind Power Hub, that will connect the electricity grid with the gas network through an electricity conversion and hydrogen production facility near the Doggersbank offshore.

EnergyStock a full subsidiary of Gasunie will be installing a 1 MW electrolyser with am annual production potential of  8500hrs and  @17kg/hr totalling  145 ton H2. Storage facilities up tp 240.000MWh, at 80 – 130 bar in the salt caverns on the premises of EnergyStock will allow large H2 storage possibilities in the future. Gasunie total of 100 mln m3 of gas storage space would match 22 mln Tesla Power Walls.

Karl Zaechmeister of the Austrian Rail Cargo presented the results of the BulkH2Rail project that analysed of technical and economic feasibility. Liquid hydrogen costs could come down to 50 €cst per ton per km  on distances between 300 – 1200 km.