VDMA: Leap forwards to series production

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Johannes Schiel, VDMA

The Fuel Cells Working Group in the German Engineering Federation (VDMA) has presented its new Fuel Cell Business Survey. To gather the latest data, the working group completed a survey of approximately 60 members and calculated representative figures on the basis of 40 substantial answers. According to the comments made by the director of the working group Johannes Schiel, “2014 didn’t go so well”. The turnover in the fuel cells industry in Germany with commercially available FC heating devices and power supply systems in 2014 was only a moderate EUR 70 million, after EUR 50 million in 2013. As, according to Schiel, these figures correspond

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WES integrates green2market

green2marketThis year, the World of Energy Solutions will be taking place from 12th until 14th October in Stuttgart together with the green2market. The company Peter Sauber Messen und Kongresse GmbH initially tried to stage a “Dialog Forum for Environmental Psychology and the Economy” last year. Together with Angela Imdahl from the

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Fuel Cell Forklift Trucks Undergoing Testing

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(Source: Daimler)

Mercedes-Benz doesn’t only sell vehicles powered by hydrogen fuel cells; it also uses them at its production facilities. Since the start of June 2015, the firm’s transporter plant in Düsseldorf has been operating two forklift trucks which are powered by hydrogen fuel cell. The forklift trucks were manufactured by Linde Material Handling and are supplied on location at a mobile H2 filling station provided by Air Products. One of the goals of the project, which will

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Biogas plants become control energy power plants

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GP Joule installed 24 electrolyzer stacks (Source: GP Joule)

At the end of April 2015, GP Joule began testing its electricity fill-in concept. As part of the 200 kW H2 biogas project, the engineers at the head office of the company in Reussenköge, Germany, installed two electrolyzers, each with 5 kW stacks. In May, the plant was extended, with 16 additional stacks initially being installed. By the summer of 2015, the first four stacks were set to be replaced with a total of 24 new modules so that the nominal output then totals 200 kW. This enables

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H2 Mobility Joint Venture Established

H2-MobilityOn the basis of the H2 Mobility initiative which was established in September 2009 – as previously announced – a joint venture has been initiated. At the end of 2014, the partners Air Liquide, Daimler, Linde, OMV, Shell and Total completed the final steps required to establish the company H2 Mobility Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG.

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How is it going on with NOW and NIP?

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Dr. Klaus Bonhoff, NOW (l.), Dr. Sascha Kühn, eZelleron (r.), and Andy Fuchs, Toyota

For several months, speculation has been rife concerning the continuation of the National Innovation Program for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP), or a possible NIP 2.0. To ensure that the ideas on the configuration of the revised program aren’t rejected before it has even got off the ground, it is worth taking a brief look back: what, exactly, were the contents and goals of the NIP 1.0?

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The NIP is to continue – initially until 2018

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Prof. W. Tillmetz hands over to a younger team

The sector is facing changes – this became clear during the general meeting of the National Innovation Program for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP), which took place on June 1st and 2nd 2015 in Berlin. At the same time, however, there is continuity. There is to be a change in the NOW advisory council this summer, for example, as Prof. Dr. Werner Tillmetz will not be standing as Chairman again. Continuity is set to prevail for the project financing, though: Rainer Bomba, State Secretary in the Federal ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI), agreed to the medium-term extension of the funding measures until 2018.

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BMWi starts incentive program for market launch

NAPE-nationaler-action-plan-webIn May 2015, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) presented the long-awaited funding instrument for the market launch of fuel cell heating devices. As announced by Minister of Economic Affairs Sigmar Gabriel, the market launch is to be supported via the so-called Energy Efficiency Incentive Program. The program is part of the National Action Plan on Energy Efficiency (NAPE), which was passed by the German federal government at the end of 2014. With other projects, it aims to contribute to a big improvement in the level of effectiveness in the construction sector. The package of measures has an annual funding volume

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The provision of funding to fuel cells in CHP units

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Panasonics Vitalor

In March 2015, the German Federal Ministry for Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) introduced a new funding regulation: “Fuel cells for highly efficient combined heat and power units”. These FC-CHP guidelines aim to ensure the smooth transition of fuel cell-based combined heat and power technology from the research and development stage (R&D) to commercialization over the short and medium term. On this basis, the BMVI awards investment grants to fuel cell CHP devices in single and multi-family dwellings as well as in industrial and commercial properties which have an electrical output of up to 20kW. Playing a leading role here are the

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Federal Ministry for the Environment improves CHP support

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“Sales talk” during the Hanover trade show (Source: SOLIDpower)

At the end of 2014 the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Construction and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) revised the mini CHP (combined heat and power) impulse program. It has now been in force since 1st January 2015, and has brought with it a range of new developments for FC heating equipment in particular, as fuel cells are more effective than conventional heating elements, a factor that is henceforth receiving funding. With this revision, the BMUB has used an

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