Commercial installations now eligible for grants

At first, the veritable amount of grant money supporting fuel cell purchases in Germany had only been available to individuals owning residential buildings. Last July, the government changed the eligibility criteria of its technology rollout program to allow applications from SMEs, energy service companies and municipalities planning to install non-residential systems.

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Vying for visitors

electCompetition among trade show organizers in Germany is now ramping up in the energy storage as well as the electric transportation arena. More and more event providers want to establish hubs of emerging technologies and draw industry-wide interest to their locations. The most recent example of this type of effort is

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New integrated energy study

At the end of September 2017, the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology and Swiss consulting firm E4tech held a forum on how to transform the energy industry through sector integration. The purpose of the gathering was to discuss the legal, financial and technical barriers to greater interaction between energy sectors, determined prior to the event through an analysis of possibly interrelated factors, and to come up with solutions. The proposed strategy focuses on pushing forward short- and long-term measures that will have an impact on the market and the industry during the upcoming legislative period.

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Pragma builds crowdfunded electric bike

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It took Pragma Industries, a French manufacturer of fuel cell bikes, fewer than 3 weeks to reach the EUR 300,000 goal of its early November crowdfunding campaign. The amount, which has meanwhile grown to over half a million euros, is planned to help with the construction of the first lpha bikes in Biarritz. The lpha 2.0, the company’s second generation of hydrogen-powered pedal cycles, comes with a 250-watt electric motor

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Incentives for electrolyzers

On Nov. 14, 2017, the National Organization Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology extended the list of eligible technologies in the NIP 2 rollout program to include electrolyzers producing hydrogen at gas stations. These new incentives could mark an important milestone in the country’s infrastructure buildup. Their implementation was a response to the drumbeat of criticism levelled at the authors of NIP 2, who were said to have ignored the technology altogether.

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Talk about disruptive technology

tony-sebaDisruptive innovations – What are they and what effect could they have on the energy industry? This was the theme of the sixth Barcamp Renewables, held Oct. 26 through 27, 2017, in and around Kassel, Germany. More than 120 people participated in a lively debate around current projects to promote renewable energy use.

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