The real laboratories are now to give fresh impetus to new energy technologies. Greater room for manoeuvre in regional projects should enable local business concepts to be tested first and then implemented on a larger scale nationwide. There’s a lot of interest in it: By the beginning of April 2019, project outlines could be submitted and, as has been confirmed by various parties, the call was oversubscribed several times.
No wonder – all the companies that have been researching and developing future technologies for years now want to benefit from the start-up financing and the regulatory freedoms, even if both are limited in time and space.
Real laboratories of the energy turnaround
The Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) initiated the introduction of real laboratories in order to develop a suitable legal framework with their help without sacrificing sensible and necessary standards. Thematically, this is particularly concerned with the areas of “sector coupling and hydrogen technologies”, “large-scale energy storage in the electricity sector” and “energy-optimised neighbourhoods”, which will receive annual funding of up to EUR 100 million until 2022.
“In selected real laboratories, we support companies and researchers in Germany in unfolding their innovative strength and contributing to the implementation of the energy turnaround in the regions.”
Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier
After initial scepticism, voices are now increasing, which are quite positive towards real laboratories. It is important that funding is provided and that it can be used both for research and development and for market preparation or access. The R&D activities have never been completed anyway, according to the unanimous opinion. However, in the laboratory stage, H2 and FC technology is no longer used, but is much more advanced in some areas.
read more in H2-international July 2019