ZSW, the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research, has seen the addition of a new building in the state capital of Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart, Germany. It was officially inaugurated on July 5 in the presence of the state’s economy minister, Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut, and the mayor of Stuttgart, Fritz Kuhn. The expansion is said to house new analytical and coating equipment for PV systems in addition to power-to-gas storage units.
In mid-February 2017, the European Commission approved the federal government’s incentive program for establishing a charging infrastructure in Germany. This EUR 300 million project has been open to applications since March 1. In late April last year, the German chancellor agreed with carmakers to provide a tax-funded budget for charging points on top of the incentive money for electric vehicles.