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ITM Power joins Californian Hydrogen Business Council Hydrogen Energy Storage (HES) Program; power-to-gas

UK-based ITM Power has joined the California Hydrogen Business Council (CHBC) and its participation as a founding member in the CHBC Hydrogen Energy Storage (HES) Program.

Geoffrey Budd, ITM Power’s Representative in the USA, has been appointed to the HES Program Committee. The other founding members of the HES Program are Southern California Gas Company and Hydrogenics Corporation.

The decision to create a Hydrogen Energy Storage Program was taken by The CHBC Board of Directors decided to create the HES Program in April and implemented it on 17 June. The HES Program is to assist the market adoption of hydrogen energy storage in California by providing a greater understanding of the role of power-to-gas energy storage and the energy storage role played by hydrogen used as a transport fuel.

ITM Power proposes that hydrogen energy storage for the grid has the potential to become an attractive business opportunity in California, as the state moves to an ever increasing use of renewable energy, with a target of 33% renewable electricity by 2020. In 2010 the California Assembly Bill 2514 was passed, the first state law calling for grid-scale energy storage. The bill requires the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to conclude targets for viable and cost-effective energy storage systems by 1 October 2013. On 10 June 2013, the CPUC released a proposal that calls for the State’s three main utilities to procure 1.3 gigawatts of energy storage by 2020.


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