Main funding options in NRW for hydrogen and fuel cells are:
- Lighthouse project "NRW Hydrogen HyWay": Funding for R&D and demonstration
- NRW/EU.CHP-Investment grant: Program for market introduction of CHP, also with fuel cells
NRW Hydrogen HyWay
The lighthouse project NRW Hydrogen HyWay (2009-2011) will continue in a second phase. The Ministry of Climate Protection, Environment, Agriculture, Conservation and Consumer Protection of North Rhine-Westphalia prepares a call for hydrogen and fuel cell activitites in NRW.
A project call shall be published beginning of 2016. The Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Network NRW supports applicants in advance, especially in finding project partners with specific expertise. Main focus of the HyWay is:
- Hydrogen production: conversion (electrolysis) and storage (e.g. in distributed systems and caverns), also power-to-gas,
- Infrastructures: introduction of regenerated hydrogen as an innovative transport fuel (production, storage, filling stations for public transport and car fleets),
- Fuel cell vehicles: testing of vehicles (focus public transport, commercial vehicles and special applications),
- Stationary fuel cells: R&D and testing of fuel cell-based distributed combined heat and power (CHP) (in addition to the NRW.CHP launch program CHP), virtual power plants with a focus on fuel cell cogeneration and hybrid power plants, as well as
- Research and development: technical optimization and cost reduction of fuel cells and pre-commercial testing of new developments.
Lead Market Call NRW
The operational program of NRW 2014 – 2020 for the European fund for regional development “investments in growths and employment” (OP EFRE NRW) has been started. Central point of the funding strategy is a call for proposals for funding competitions in eight lead markets through the "Lead Market Agency NRW". Information regarding all six different calls in 2015 focused on NRW will be in German at the webpage.
NRW/EU.CHP - investment grant
NRW promotes the launch of CHP plants and CHP related measures from the program "progres.nrw - program area CHP." Funding will be provided by the Ministry for Climate Protection, Environment , Agriculture, Conservation and Consumer Protection of North Rhine -Westphalia. The promotion is aimed primarily at small and medium-sized companies in North Rhine-Westphalia, but also to prosumers. In addition to conventional CHP, funding will be given to demonstration projects of innovative co-generation providers (including fuel cells) regardless of performance and investment encouraged.
More information about the support program can be found on the sites of the campaign "CHP.NRW - Power meets Heat" (German).
In order to ensure the further development of technologies, the federal government and partners from industry and science have jointly initiated the "National Innovation Programme for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP)" through strategic alliance in 2006. The NIP aims to accelerate the market readiness of products of fuel cell and hydrogen technology. The total budget until 2016 is up to EUR 1.4 billion. The sum is equally provided by the federal government - the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) and the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) - and the industry involved. The NIP II (2016 - 2026) is a second phase as governmental program with R&D measures as well as market activation.
More information is available on the website of the program manager NOW GmbH.
6th energy-research-program of the federal government – research for environmentally friendly, reliable and affordable energy supply
Energy research is a strategic element of energy politics. Only with modern, efficient and environmentally friendly technologies we are able to manage the energy transition successfully. Therefore the federal government supports companies and research facilities to develop new technologies for energy supply.
Current calls focus on fundamental energy research (materials research), energy saving and energy efficiency (FC/H2 and energy storage).
The guideline regarding funding of CHP-systems up to 20 kWel has been amended and came into effect in January 2015. Funding rates for smaller systems were raised and can be increased about 85% through bonus funding “energy efficiency” and “heat efficiency”. Furthermore co-funding with twofold rates is permitted.
For power & heat with fuel cells in residential buildings click here (German).
ZIM - Central Innovation Programme for SMEs
ZIM (Zentrales Innovationsprogramm Mittelstand) is a funding programme for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with business operations in Germany which want to develop new or significantly improve existing products, processes or technical services. Public and private non-profit research and technology organisations (RTO) acting as a cooperation partner of a SME are also eligible for ZIM-funding.
The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) is a unique public-private partnership supporting research, technological development and demonstration (RTD) activities in fuel cell and hydrogen technology in Europe. The aim is to accelerate the market introduction of these technologies and to realize their potential as a tool in achieving a low-carbon energy system.
The three members of the FCH JU are the European Commission, the fuel cell and hydrogen industries represented by the new industry association and the research community N.ERGHY.
The 2nd phase of this program, FCH 2 JU (2014-2020) is under the umbrella of the European Framework Horizon2020.
Dr. Thomas Kattenstein
Leiter Themengebiet Brennstoffzelle und Wasserstoff, Elektromobilität / Leiter Netzwerk Brennstoffzelle und Wasserstoff, Elektromobilität
Dr.-Ing. Frank Koch
Brennstoffzelle & Wasserstoff
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