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 VSWB, the Flanders Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association organised a workshop in the presence of the Minister of Economy of Flanders to present a bilateral project to establish a Hydrogen Region (Waterstof Regio). A Masterplan has been developed that will involve local industry, research institutes and local government with a budget of € 16 mln for the period of 2008- 2012. The Masterplan highlights four areas of interest:

  • – Maritime sector: development of two vessels for touristic journeys in a natural reserve;
  • – Forklift trucks;
  • – Back up power for utility vehicles: a dentistry practice on wheels;
  • – Trains on hydrogen.