New funding programme for fuel cell heating systems commences

Berlin, 3 August 2016 – The German Ministry of Economics has kicked off a new programme to support fuel cell heating systems. Entitled “Die Energiewende im Heizungskeller” (The energy turnaround in the boiler room), the aim of the new funding programme is to establish pioneering fuel cell technology in the market – as this technology enables the highly efficient and simultaneous production of both power and heat.

Funded by the National Innovation Programme Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP), the technology was previously already tested under everyday conditions: the partners of the Callux project installed almost 500 plants in single-family homes to help advance fuel cell technology towards market maturityf or stationary applications. The National Organisation for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NOW GmbH) recently received the COGEN Europe Recognition Award 2016 in June, distinguishing the successful implementation of the Callux lighthouse project. The award from the association for the European cogeneration industry goes to organisations that can boast exceptional achievements in the development, applications and/or promotion of the technology.

Dr. Klaus Bonhoff, Managing Director (Chair) of NOW: “This award confirms that NOW successfully supports future-oriented efficiency technologies. The Callux project has won over both users and the jury of the COGEN Europe Recognition Awards with its cross-application approach and early incorporation of customer requirements. The BMWi funding programme represents the step that is now necessary to establish this technology in the market.”

0.25 to 5kW performance range of electrical output supported

The new programme for stationary fuel cell heating systems is part of the government’s energy efficiency incentive programme. Building owners can obtain attractive subsidies for the purchase of a fuel cell heating system. Support is provided for stationary fuel cell heating systems in performance classes spanning 0.25 to 5kW of electrical output in both new and existing buildings. The funding amount is tiered according to the electrical output of the system. Applications are made via the “Energieeffizient Bauen und Sanieren – Zuschuss Brennstoffzelle” (Energy efficient construction and renovation – fuel cell subsidy) programme.

More information (in German) can be found here:

And also on the Fuel Cell Initiation (IBZ – Initiative Brennstoffzelle) website (in German only):